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…

Rocket Companies Stock Up 19.5% On Opening Day

On its opening day of trading, Rocket Companies’ stock was up 19.5 percent Thursday – from $18 to $21.51 at the closing bell. Detroit-based Rocket Companies is trading under the ticker symbol RKT on the New York Stock Exchange. It climbed to $23.25 in after-hours trading. “Rocket Companies has a proven record of innovation that drives industry disruption and delivers an unmatched customer experience, and we’re excited to continue that legacy now as a public company,” CEO Jay Farner said.  “We see tremendous runway to drive long-term profitable growth by increasing market share in the massive and fragmented mortgage industry and leveraging our technology platform to unlock opportunities in our ecosystem. We invest for the long-term and place enormous value on supporting…

Employees Slam United Shore’s COVID Response

When the Oakland County health department sent an emergency order to United Shore and United Wholesale Mortgage CEO Mat Ishbia about safety protocols during the pandemic, they cited “numerous complaints” about the company’s practices and more than 50 positive tests. Those complaints are reflected on the company’s Glassdoor reviews, with numerous current and former employees alleging that company leadership forces employees to work in the office too close to others and doesn’t take health concerns seriously. “I’m disappointed in the way that United Shore has handled themselves with Covid19. They were late to the party by sending their employees to work from home, then forced them back at the beginning of July. It doesn’t surprise me to hear that there…

County Slaps UWM’s Ishbia With COVID Order

Amid multiple complaints and more than 50 confirmed COVID cases among employees, county health officials slapped United Shore with an emergency order this week requiring the company to comply with health and safety rules. Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford sent a letter to United Shore and United Wholesale Mortgage CEO Mat Ishbia, demanding the company do more to protect employees. “The Oakland County Health Division has received numerous complaints that United Shore … is operating a business in direct violation of the Governors Executive Order 2020-161, that requires minimum activities for business operations and Executive Order 2020-153 that requires masks to be worn over the mouth and nose when in an indoor space. In addition, over 50 confirmed cases reported being…

Checking In With Anthony Casa

If you thought Anthony Casa would dial things back in the wake of sending lewd video texts about a rival’s wife, well … he seems to be sending a different message. As seen in the picture above, Casa updated his Facebook cover photo with an old picture in front of a presentation slide that says “FUCK THESE GUYS. ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK.” His Facebook profile still identifies him as “Chairman @ Association of Independent Mortgage Experts” – even though he took a leave of absence after swift and severe backlash to his lewd texts and comments. Casa came under fire after The Mortgage Note and others shared videos he sent to Quicken executive Austin Niemiec falsely alleging his wife Theresa performed oral sex…

Quicken, Regions Top Ranked Mortgage Servicers

With the economy in shambles and millions of Americans struggling to pay their mortgages, borrowers’ satisfaction with their loan servicers actually has increased this year, according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Primary Mortgage Servicer Satisfaction Study released Monday. The survey found that borrowers are most satisfied with Quicken Loans, followed by Regions Mortgage and Huntington National Bank. PHH Mortgage, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing and NewRez were ranked at the bottom. The survey found that the record low interest rates, coupled with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, has created a huge surge in customer inquiries – resulting in a more website use, long wait times on call centers and very little proactive communication. “The COVID-19 pandemic has really amplified the…

GSEs Report Solid Q2 Earnings

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported financial results for the second quarter on Thursday, with Fannie notching net income of $2.5 billion and Freddie recording $1.9 billion. Both companies reported significantly higher net worth as of June 30. Here are the details: Fannie Mae Fannie Mae reported net income of $2.5 billion for the second quarter of 2020, compared with net income of $461 million for the first quarter of 2020 – due primarily to a decline in credit-related expense in the second quarter of 2020 compared with the first quarter of 2020.  Fannie Mae’s net worth increased from $13.9 billion as of March 31, 2020 to $16.5 billion as of June 30, 2020. Fannie Mae provided $542 billion in…

Rocket Companies Details IPO Plans

Rocket Mortgage’s parent company – Rocket Companies, Inc. – on Tuesday announced details about its proposed IPO, including the filing of documentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission to offer 150 million shares of common stock to the public. The initial public offering price is expected to be between $20 and $22 per share. Rocket Companies has applied to list its Class A common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “RKT.”  Detroit-based Rocket Companies is a holding company with 20,000 employees in the United States consisting of personal finance and consumer service brands including Rocket Mortgage, Rocket Homes, Rocket Loans, Rocket Auto, Rock Central, Amrock, Core Digital Media, Rock Connections, Lendesk and Edison Financial.  Rocket Mortgage is the nation’s…

Fannie Mae Puts 18K Loans Up For Sale

Want to buy a mortgage? Fannie Mae announced Tuesday it is putting 18,300 reperforming loans up for sale as part of its ongoing effort to reduce the size of its mortgage portfolio. Reperforming loans are loans that were previously delinquent but have reperformed for a period of time. Some of the loans may be up to 90 days delinquent. The terms of Fannie Mae’s reperforming loan sale require the buyer to offer loss mitigation options designed to be sustainable to any borrower who may re-default within five years following the closing of the reperforming loan sale. In addition, buyers must report on loss mitigation outcomes. Any reporting requirements cease once a loan has been current for twelve consecutive months after the…

Freedom Mortgage Adding Thousands Of Jobs

Freedom Mortgage announced Wednesday it will add 3,000 jobs over the next six months to meet increasing demand for mortgage financing and loan servicing. The jobs – in addition to 1,200 added since March – will include mortgage serving professionals, sales call representatives, and in its wholesale, correspondent and traditional retail channels. It will bring the company’s total employee count to 7,000 in the United States. “As our business continues to expand, robust recruiting efforts have been necessary to ensure we’re able to provide our customers with the type of top-notch service Freedom is known for, regardless of their home financing needs,” Mortgage CEO Stanley C. Middleman said. …