UWM Declares Broker War On Rocket, Fairway

Mat Ishbia just provided rocket fuel to his war with Rocket Mortgage. The United Wholesale Mortgage CEO announced Thursday that his company will no longer work with brokers who do business with Rocket Mortgage or Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. “Starting today, we are not helping those that help them. If you work and send loans and send business to Fairway Independent or Rocket Mortgage, which by the way is about 25 percent of the brokerage channel works with either of them. … If you work with them, can’t work with UWM any more, effective immediately,” Ishbia said on a Facebook Live. “I can’t stop you, but I’m not going to help you, help the people that are hurting the broker channel.…

loanDepot Reports Q4, 2020 Results

loanDepot on Thursday reported lower quarterly net income for the fourth quarter – but significantly higher earnings for 2020 overall. Fourth quarter revenue declined to by $70.5 million – or 5 percent – to $1.3 billion “due to gain on sale margins returning to a more normalized level.” For the year, revenues climbed to $4.3 billion from $1.3 billion in 2019. loanDepot’s results also showed: Record rate lock volume of $49.7 billion during the fourth quarter and $161 billion for the year. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 decreased to $547.2 million from $728.3 million in the prior quarter. For the year, net income totaled $2 billion – up from $34.4 million last year.Loan origination volume for the fourth quarter of 2020 wasa record at $37.4 billion, an increase…

Fannie Mae Reports $11.8B In Net Income

Fannie Mae released its 2020 financial results Friday, reporting $11.8 billion in net income for the year and $4.6 billion in the fourth quarter. Fannie’s net worth climbed to $25.3 billion at the end of the year, up from $14.6 billion at the end of 2019. The company reported providing a record $1.4 trillion in liquidity to single-family and multifamily mortgage markets. That includes 3.4 million refinanced loans amid historically low interest rates. “2020 presented the nation with an historic test and Fannie Mae rose to the challenge, delivering a record $1.4 trillion in mortgage liquidity to meet home purchase, refinancing, and rental housing needs,” Chief Executive Officer Hugh R. Frater said.…

Freddie Mac Reports $7.3B In Net Income

Freddie Mac on Thursday announced net income of $7.3 billion for 2020, up $100 million from the year before as the housing market surged amid pandemic-induced record low interest rates. Freddie Mac also reported: Net worth increased to $16.4 billion, from $9.1 billion at the end of 2019. Net income of $2.9 billion and comprehensive income of $2.5 billion in the fourth quarter, up $400 million and $100 million, respectively, from the prior quarter, driven by a reserve release due primarily to realized house price growth during 4Q 2020. “In 2020, Freddie Mac continued to serve the important role for which it was founded: supporting the housing market in all economic conditions. In the face of extraordinary economic uncertainty caused…

UWM Reports Record Earnings

United Wholesale Mortgage’s parent company announced financial results for the first time since going public last month, reporting large increases for the quarter and 2020 over the year before. UWM Holdings Corporation reported net income of $1.37 billion for the fourth quarter and full-year net income of $3.38 billion – increases of 821 percent and 715 percent over 2019, respectively. UWM also announced: Originations of $54.7 billion in loan volume, a 71 percent increase from the 4Q19 $31.9 billion loan volume, bringing UWM’s full year 2020 production to $182.5 billion, which is 69 percent higher than UWM’s prior record production for 2019 of $107.8 billion.Total gain margin of 305 bps in 4Q20 compared to 110 bps in 4Q19.Increased UWM’s equity…

Rocket Mortgage Unveils Broker Directory

Rocket Mortgage on Wednesday announced a new national broker directory on its website – allowing homebuyers and homeowners seeking to refinance to find local independent mortgage brokers to guide them through the process. Part of Rocket Pro TPO, the directory is designed to deepen Rocket Mortgage’s partnership with the broker community. “At our core, we are obsessed with providing Americans an incredible process through our powerful Rocket technology platform and infrastructure. There are many ways to receive this experience, no matter how they apply for a mortgage – including our Rocket Pro TPO national network of broker partners,” said Jay Farner, CEO of Detroit-based Rocket Mortgage. “Our clients deserve the opportunity to easily choose the method that makes them most…

loanDepot New “Official Mortgage Provider” Of MLB

Major League Baseball has made loanDepot the “official mortgage provider” of MLB under a multi-year partnership announced this week. Financial terms of the deal were not released, but California-based loanDepot and MLB “will partner to promote the company’s brand, products and services through MLB’s multi-media digital and linear outlets, including MLB.com, MLB Network, MLB social media platforms and MLB’s national broadcast partners, FOX, Turner and ESPN.” “Partnering with the nation’s preeminent sports league, a league which holds a special place in the hearts of American families as our national pastime, is a natural fit for us,” loanDepot Founder and CEO Anthony Hsieh. “We look forward to loanDepot bringing their creativity to the Major League Baseball family reaching our fans with…

UWM’s First Day On NYSE Ends Slightly Down

Mat Ishbia rang the bell – and UWM Holdings Corporation started trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Trading under the ticker symbol “UWMC,” it opened at $11.95 and closed at $11.35 – and was trading at $11.25 after hours. “The energy at the New York Stock Exchange was electric today and marked the beginning of our journey as a public company,” UWM President and CEO Mat Ishbia said. “Today signifies the launch of us growing mortgage brokers and their businesses across America at the highest level while continuing to develop long term value for all our shareholders.”…