Morning Roundup (12/21/2023) — Colony Ridge Under Fire

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, December 21. The U.N. is working on a ceasefire resolution to bring aid into Gaza and release hostages. Harvard found instances of insufficient citation in its president’s 1997 dissertation. The U.S. freed an ally of Venezuela’s president in a prisoner swap for 10 Americans.

The Mortgage Note Reports

CR Under Fire: The CFPB and DOJ are suing Texas-based Colony Ridge, saying it targeted Hispanic borrowers with “bait-and-switch” land sales and predatory loans.

ICE First Look: Delinquencies rose in November but remain historically low despite some worrying data about FHA and VA loans.

In other mortgage and housing news…

Pricing Buckets Pose Risk: Loan officers are dramatically cutting their pay to win clients, but it’s often illegal.

Better Backfire: SoftBank’s multi-billion dollar bet on Better is souring as the lender struggles to stay afloat in the current market under “polarizing” CEO Garg Vishal.

Support For Funding: Seven housing interest groups sent a letter asking the House and Senate to fully fund both the FHA and Ginnie Mae.

Company News: Argyle partnered with Dark Matter to streamline VOI/E; Planet Home Lending named Melony Harpe as Vice President, Construction Sales Manager.

Bittersweet Data: Major homeownership expenses require one-third of the average American’s wages, a 16-year high, but haven’t worsened between Q3 and Q4.