While lenders are grappling with steadily increasing Agency repurchase requests, it’s National Donut Day! Someone had better offer those folks at State Farm Insurance a donut… maybe they’ll change their mind about cutting off insuring properties in California. Three thousand miles away, I wonder if Florida home owners should be happy of even having insurance despite it being four times cost of the national average. And good luck insuring anything built near the coast prior to 1992’s Hurricane Andrew. While we’re on the topic of Mother Nature and economics, it’s fine for the Biden Administration, or any politician, to call for more affordable housing, but what about where’s there’s no land or a community limiting development due to running out of water like in Phoenix!? (Today’s podcast can be found here and this week’s is sponsored by Lenders One, one of the largest mortgage co-ops in the country with a diverse mix of 250+ member companies and providers of an end-to-end solution independent mortgage professionals trust to drive profitability and growth. Listen to an interview with nCino’s Ali Maquet and Brett Dooies on why experience-driven automation should matter to financial institutions.)
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“Experience for yourself what NexBank’s Wholesale, Non-Delegated Correspondent, and Delegated Correspondent clients have to say: ‘Everyone from AE to Underwriter and in between is amazing to work with all around.” and “I have been doing this a long time and have done a ton of loans and I finally feel like I found a team that cares about my clients as much as I do.’ NexBank’s goal is to make our TPO clients successful as we continue to roll out new, competitive products –> Announcing NEW pricing improvements on low loan balances to further promote affordable homeownership (< $275K) by introducing a Loan Balance Adjuster on Agency Conforming 30- & 25-year products, with certain restrictions. Plus, Escrow Holdbacks are now Eligible with Conforming Conventional, Mortgage Connect Full Doc and Non-QM, allowing our clients to close more loans in a timely manner. Contact us today. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NMLS 672886.”
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Wholesale and TPO News
Sometimes news from third party investors falls into neat categories, like conventional conforming changes, or government (FHA &VA & USDA) updates. Sometimes the news doesn’t, so with that in mind, let’s see who is doing what regarding policy and procedure changes.
United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) announced PA+, a service that offers an additional level of loan processing support when needed. When an LO or processor orders PA+, they’ll get a dedicated UWM Loan Coordinator who will work with them and their borrower to help ease some of the most time-consuming parts of the loan process, from import to closing. UWM also announced UWM Portal, a bi-directional API that lets independent mortgage brokers who work with UWM seamlessly link their Loan Origination System (LOS) platform to UWM’s EASE system, further helping to streamline the entire loan process. This will allow brokers to sync their data to their LOS and eliminate the need to manually reconcile information during the loan.
On 5/25/2023, with Amendment No. 3 to DR-4699, FEMA granted individual assistance to Butte County impacted by California flooding.
After a thorough review of the most common reasons for the IRS rejection of the new Form 4506-C, AmeriHome provides some best practices and tips for successfully executing the new IRS Form 4506-C as another resource for its Sellers. See AmeriHome Product Announcement 20230503-CL for details.
Brokers, Kind Lending has extended CalHFA loan options to California homebuyers. Kind Lending offers CalHFA Conventional, Government and MyHome Assistance.
Rocket Pro TPO Partners have its new Home Equity Loan1 (HEL) product, helping clients achieve their financial goals. Clients can tap into their home equity without adjusting their first mortgage structure. Compare a Home Equity Loan to a cash-out refi with our HEL vs Cash-Out Calculators on PathfinderSM by Rocket.
Leverage another great tool from Rocket Pro TPO to win more business and potentially save clients thousands on their mortgage. Credit Upgrade, Rocket Pro’s free rapid rescore program, really works. In the first quarter of 2023, Credit Upgrade saved clients over $4 million on mortgage payments.
United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) announced the roll out of Six Fixed-Rate Jumbo Products. Brokers now have access to more competitive jumbo pricing, along with transparent investor guidelines and loan qualifications. Additionally, UWM expanded its Conventional 1 percent Down product to 80 percent AMI. UWM supports independent mortgage brokers with industry-leading training, technology, and service.
Pennymac Correspondent Group posted three new announcements: Announcement 23-37: Navigating Form 4506-C: Insights and Tips for Completing, and Announcement 23-38: Fannie Mae SEL 2023-02 Required Use of Condo Project Manager.
Citi Correspondent Lending implemented changes to the CRA Schedule, effective for Best Effort locks completed on/after Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Two changes are being made related to MSA 35004 – Nassau. Agency LMICT premium is increasing to 1.50 from 1.00. MSA 35004 is being added to the Non-Agency Best Efforts grid.
We had a massive amount of data for markets to digest yesterday, which, along with news that the House and Senate passed the bill to raise the debt ceiling, pushed investor sentiment and ultimately price movement toward the third consecutive day of gains (rates down) in the bond markets. That comes as a welcomed relief considering that mortgage rates jumped again last week to hit new year-to-date highs, according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac.
In terms of economic data, the May ISM Manufacturing Index fell further into contractionary territory, the seventh consecutive month of general contraction in manufacturing activity. The Production Index climbed back into expansionary territory, giving some hope for an improvement in the coming months. The ADP Employment Change Report for May showed an estimated 278k jobs were added to private-sector payrolls, well above 160k expectations on the heels of a downwardly revised 291k in April. Job growth is still strong, but pay growth is slowing. The weekly initial jobless and continuing claims report both corroborated the ongoing strength in the labor market as businesses overall remain reluctant to cut staff size in large numbers, leaving the level of initial jobless claims well below what is typically seen in a recession environment.
The Revised Q1 Productivity and Unit Labor Cost report showed productivity was weak in the first quarter (declining 2.1 percent, better than expected), and unit labor costs were up 4.2 percent versus the advance estimate of up 6.3 percent. Total construction spending increased 1.2 percent month-over-month in April, better than expected after increasing 0.3 percent in March. Continued weakness in new single-family construction was overshadowed by strength in private and public nonresidential spending. On a year-over-year basis, total construction spending was up 7.2 percent.
We are 50 percent through the Signature and Silicon Valley Bank portfolio liquidations, at least in specified pools, and according to BofA’s Bill Bekery, by nearly every metric these have been “a resounding success in terms of execution, clearing level, and both dealer and customer participation. Given the performance and execution of the last ‘reverse inquiry’ auction, we would expect that an announcement is imminent for round two of reverse inquiry, which will further bring us closer to the end date of this sell program. 20-year pools have stood out to us as a standout performer, with payups outperforming. There has been strong customer demand for pools such as 100 percent Florida, Texas, and low FICO pools.
However, many other specified sectors are trading less well: REIT demand generally has underwhelmed as of late, and $200-275k balance pools as well as FICO/LTV/investor have struggled to find footing in production coupons. Loan balance 6.5 percent pools remain somewhat of a no-mans-land sector. 70 percent of Agency MBS outstanding is held by the Fed and banks, both of which are net selling. That continues to be an area of concern for mortgages, as does impatience by monetary policymakers regarding the lagged effects of 500 basis points of rate hikes and/or a resumption of the banking crisis resulting in additional bank portfolio liquidations.”
Today brings the all-important May jobs report. Nonfarm Payrolls increased by 339k versus expectations of +230k, up from the prior month of +253k, while the unemployment rate jumped from 3.4 to 3.7 percent when it was seen ticking up to 3.5 percent. Hourly earnings were +.3 percent, as expected, year over year +4.3 percent. There are no other economic releases of note scheduled for today. Despite yesterday’s rally to open June, the 2-year U.S. Treasury yield increased by 33 basis points over the month of May and the 10-year yield increased by 19 basis points. After the solid employment data we begin the day with Agency MBS prices worse about .125, the 10-year yielding 3.64 after closing yesterday at 3.61 percent, and the 2-year up at 4.40.
Employment and Transitions
“Equity Resources is independent and family-owned mortgage banker that is very proudly celebrating our 30th anniversary this year! While many lenders are reducing staff and are uncertain about their future, we are creating opportunities for our award-winning loan officer team! We are actively seeking career-focused loan officers throughout our footprint states. Equity Resources is currently licensed in 19 states along the east coast and mid-west. We are an agency direct lender that offers an exceptional marketing platform for our loan officers, including a media and video production team. We offer a full suite of loan products and programs (including several specialty lending programs.) If you are frustrated with the direction of your mortgage banking career and not getting the support you deserve; or simply would like to have a conversation about “Why Equity Resources”, please contact Tom Piecenski, Executive Vice President of Sales and Development (614.327.5353).”
A Louisiana based full-service, independent mortgage banker averaging $1 billion in production annually is searching for a proven retail sales leader to run all business development initiatives. The Sales, Recruiting, and Marketing departments will report directly to this head of business development role, and the role will report directly to the CEO. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of hiring and managing multiple production offices across several states. The IMB is well capitalized, has agency direct approvals, offers niche products, significant technology advancements and a world-class operations team with experienced, tenured sales and fulfillment employees. For confidential consideration, please email confidential resume to Chrisman LLC’s Anjelica Nixt.
The Loan Store, Inc. announced that Phil Shoemaker has assumed the role of chief executive officer. Shoemaker was named incoming CEO on April 7 when it was announced that The Loan Store had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Homepoint’s wholesale originations channel. Mark Lefanowicz, who has served as The Loan Store’s president and CEO since 2019, will continue as chairman of the board.