UWM Broker Ban ‘Bizarre,’ ‘Unethical,’ ‘Anticompetitive’

United Wholesale Management CEO Mat Ishbia is facing significant blowback from industry leaders over his edict that his company will not do business with brokers who work with his competitors. Ishbia announced Thursday that UWM will force brokers to sign an agreement that they will not work with Rocket Mortgage or Fairway Independent Mortgage – or else be banned from work with UWM, the largest wholesale mortgage lender. Critics are calling the edict “bizarre,” “unethical,” “anticompetitive” and antithetical to the whole broker model. One broker said UWM is “butthurt” over Rocket’s deeper foray into the broker market. “We’re not sure this is even legal. It certainly isn’t ethical,” National Association of Mortgage Brokers President Kimber White said. “And it doesn’t…

It’s Good To Be Mat Ishbia

By Elise Daniel United Wholesale Mortgage is slated to go public Friday. The Wall Street debut will turn Mat Ishbia into a billionaire overnight.  Ishbia is the 40-year-old President and CEO of UWM, the second-largest mortgage lender in the country. After playing college basketball at Michigan State University, Ishbia joined his dad’s mortgage company, United Shore, in 2003 and worked his way up. Ten years later, his father, Jeff Ishbia, made him president of United Shore’s primary business unit, UWM.   Ishbia is considered the biggest player in the wholesale sector. He was named one of the “Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40” by National Mortgage Professional magazine in 2019. Merging with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Gores Holdings IV and going public will likely make him even…

There’s A Mortgage Industry IPO Boom. Why?

By Elise Daniel Even in the middle of an economic recession, IPOs are booming and mortgage companies don’t want to miss out. The mortgage industry at large is at a peculiar crossroads and companies and investors are jumping to cash in on a unique set of circumstances, at least in the short term.  Though some public debuts went on hold in the fall, likely due to market uncertainty surrounding COVID stimulus negotiations and the election, IPOs are back in 2021. Several lenders either went public or announced their plans to go public last year and many are expected to go public in the first quarter.  Between jaw-droppingly low interest rates and a booming stock market, many experts aren’t surprised so…

Stimulus Package Includes $25B For Rent Aid

The new $900 billion stimulus package agreed to by Congressional leaders includes additional housing relief, but an advocate is warning that more assistance may be needed after the new year. The deal, which is before the House, incudes $25 billion in rental assistance for families struggling to make monthly payments. It also extends the ban on evictions through the end of January. David M. Dworkin, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference, applauded the deal while cautioning that much work remains ahead. “Help is on the way for millions of renters and small business property owners who for months have faced an impending housing crisis,” Dworkin said. “The $25 billion for rental assistance announced by Congress … is a…

Redfin’s 10 Predictions For 2021 Housing Market

Tis the season for year-end lists and predictions, and Redfin released its top 10 predictions for the 2021 housing market. Without further ado, here’s the list: Mortgage rates will remain historically low at 3 percentThere will be more home sales than in any year since 2006, but price growth will slowThere will be more new homes built than in any year since 2006The number of Americans relocating will be the highest it has been in 16 years, which will help the economies of affordable places like Buffalo, Cleveland and PittsburghThe homeownership rate will reach 70 percent for the first time since 2005San Antonio, Tucson and Tampa will be the hottest housing markets as major southern cities like Austin, Phoenix and…

Mr. Cooper Settles With States, Feds For $74.5 Million

Mortgage servicer Nationstar, which does business as Mr. Cooper, agreed to pay a $74.5 million settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, state attorneys general and bank regulators for violating a variety of federal laws designed to protect borrowers. Regulators had accused Mr. Cooper of violating the law from 2012 to 2015 by: Failing to identify thousands of loans with existing in-flight modifications and failing to recognize some transferred loans with pending loss mitigation applications or trial modification plans or failing to identify and honor other borrowers’ loan modification agreements.Foreclosing on borrowers to whom it had promised foreclosure holds while they applied for loss mitigation relief.Improperly increasing borrowers’ permanent, modified monthly loan payments.Failing to timely disburse borrowers’ tax payments from…

‘Zoom Towns’ Thrive As People Leave Cities

Vacation homes are becoming just … homes. A new report released by Redfin on Wednesday found that popular second home destinations are becoming full-time residences for homebuyers – including the Jersey Shore, Cape Cod and Lake Tahoe. The top 10 counties where the housing market is heating up the post are overwhelmingly dominated by vacation resorts, while a majority of the bottom 10 counties are home to dense, relatively expensive cities, including New York, San Francisco and Boston. Here are the top 10 markets: U.S. CountyParent MetroAreaMedianSale Price,YoYChangeHomesSold, YoYChangeMedianDays on MarketMedian Dayson Market YoY ChangeShare Homes  Sold Above List PriceEl DoradoCounty, CA(Lake Tahoe)Sacramento, CA16%80%16-3142%DeschutesCounty, ORBend, OR18%54%17-2234%Ocean County,NJ (JerseyShore)New Brunswick,NJ23%36%28-3135%BarnstableCounty, MA(Cape Cod)Barnstable Town,MA19%51%33-3326%FairfieldCounty, CTBridgeport, CT33%80%63-1530%Essex County,NJNewark, NJ23%37%35-2257%MonmouthCounty, NJ(Jersey Shore)New Brunswick,NJ23%52%25-1833%RiversideCounty, CA (Palm Springs)Riverside,…

United Shore Employee: “Our Building Is Not Safe”

The number of United Shore employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 climbed to 84, according to the Oakland County Health Department – but CEO Mat Ishbia told the Detroit Free Press that the virus is “not being spread around here.” United Shore, a Pontiac, Michigan-based mortgage firm, was slapped with a county health order earlier this month after 53 employees tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, another 31 employees have tested positive, the Free Press reported Saturday. The first case at United Shore was recorded June 29 – and the company is believed to have the most cases of any Oakland County business, a county official told the Free Press. But Ishbia claims it has nothing to do with the…

Trump: Suburbs Will “No Longer Be Bothered” By Low-Income Housing

President Trump said Wednesday that his recent action to rescind an Obama-era housing rule will keep low-income housing out of the suburbs. “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood,” Trump Tweeted, follow it up with: “Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!” …Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2020 Last week, Trump rescinded President Obama’s…

Mortgage Trade Group CEO Sends Lewd, Misogynistic Texts To Rival

Warning: This story and the embedded videos include crude and misogynistic language. The head of the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts sent a mortgage company executive expletive-filled video messages falsely alleging the man’s wife performed sexual acts on United Wholesale Mortgage President & CEO Mat Ishbia while in college. “Austin, great to see you’re having a great time. Love to meet your wife. It’s amazing that’s the girl who sucked Ishbia’s d*** in college. Way to marry up,” AIME CEO Anthony Casa said in the video directed at Quicken Loans Executive Vice President Austin Niemiec – and apparently distributed to others. In response, Theresa Niemiec – Austin’s wife – filed a lawsuit against Casa, alleging he “published and distributed derogatory, misogynistic and…