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.
Reverse mortgage lender Live Well Financial is headed into liquidation, causing financial damage along the way to warehouse providers Flagstar Bank and Customers Bank. What killed the company? Answer: IO securities that were decimated by falling interest rates.
Mortgage Grapevine: Rushmore is buying another origination platform, a sign that mortgage M&A could be on the rise again. Meanwhile, Fannie Mae is offering buyout packages to a select group of employees.
It's no secret that Ginnie Mae officials are losing sleep over nonbanks dominating the government MBS market. With liquidity a primary concern, the agency is ready to consider "non-traditional" investors in its MSRs. But there's a catch: They may have to commit as much as $1 billion.
Possibly dozens of VA lenders have been handed subpoenas from the federal government tied to VA delinquencies and possibly loan churning. Is this a fishing expedition or something more? Needless to say, lenders are worried.
It appears that RoundPoint Mortgage is once again on the auction block. This time around, it looks as though the $90.5 billion residential servicer will be sold to top-ranked Freedom Mortgage, Stan Middleman's shop. But it's not a done deal, sources say, at least not yet.