Mortgage Grapevine: MSR auctions have been few and far between of late, but all that may soon change. Meanwhile, Stearns Lending has secured the cooperation of its largest bondholder, PIMCO, to reduce its debt load. Now, it's just a matter of time and working with the bankruptcy court.
Is the White House getting cold feet on administrative reform of Fannie and Freddie? Maybe, maybe not, but it appears the Federal Housing Finance Agency may not release its GSE capital rule until December.
In 2018, residential originations suffered but that didn't crimp the pay packages of CEOs and other top executives at publicly traded mortgage companies. Leading the pack: Douglas Lebda, CEO of Lending Tree at $42.3 million.
Industry groups are unsettled by state mortgage servicing requirements that go beyond the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rules. More than 30 states now require nonbank servicers to obtain licenses.
Lenders are seeking significant revisions to FHA loan-level certifications and defect taxonomy in order to increase participation. Banks fled the FHA market following the financial crisis due to the False Claims Act cases brought against them by the Justice Department.
Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro and Cory Booker — Democrats jockeying to be the 2020 presidential candidate — lay out comprehensive plans to reform the nation’s affordable-housing system.
The company filed for bankruptcy protection this week, a maneuver that could lead to a merger with Finance of America. What the two nonbanks have in common: both are owned by The Blackstone Group. But it’s hardly a done deal.