Former Fannie Mae Attorney Named loanDepot CRO

Joseph Grassi has been appointed as chief risk officer of loanDepot, the company announced in a press release. Grassi reports directly to loanDepot CEO Frank Martell. He is responsible for the company’s risk management program, enterprise and loan-level risk governance policies, and potential operations risks. “I look forward to working with Frank and his entire leadership team at loanDepot to deliver on the company’s vision of becoming an increasingly purpose-driven organization,” said Grassi. “loanDepot has both an incredible reputation for fostering innovation and a deep commitment to its customer-first philosophy. I’m excited to leverage the strengths of the Company and team to help make the American dream of homeownership a reality for more families.” Grassi brings more than three decades…

One In Five Borrowers Report Issues With Their Mortgage Transaction

Mortgage lenders are constantly working to make the borrowing process painless for their customers. But one in five borrowers still encounters an issue with their transaction, according to new research from Snapdocs and STRATMOR Group. The “State of Borrower Experience” report surveyed 7,000 Americans who completed a mortgage transaction in the last nine months. The researchers found that borrowers are typically happy with the application process. Data suggests this is the result of dedicated efforts by mortgage lenders in the last decade, and that effort has paid off: 67% of respondents rated the experience of filling out a loan application an 8 or above on a 10-point scale, where 10 represents a “very easy” process. “Lenders have made significant strides…

Dwindling Refis Eclipsed Rising HELOC, Purchase Lending In Q2 2022

Refinance lending fell 36% from Q1 to Q2 2022, eclipsing increases in other lending areas, according to ATTOM’s second-quarter 2022 U.S. Residential Property Mortgage Origination Report. The report found that 2.39 million mortgages secured by residential property were originated in Q2 2022, down 13% from Q1 and 40% YOY. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of falling originations and the biggest annual drop since 2014. Though purchase originations and home-equity lending actually increased 8% and 35%, respectively, they were heavily outweighed by the double-digit refi drop. The total number of mortgages issued was down 13.2% from Q1 and 40% YOY, dropping at their fastest pace in eight years. Lenders issued $807.8 billion worth of mortgages overall in Q2, down 11%…

Mortgage Lenders Lost Money On Each Loan Originated In Q2 2022

Mortgage Lenders lost money on every loan originated for the first time since 2018 in Q2, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report. Independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks lost an average of $82 on each loan they originated in the second quarter of 2022, down from gains of $223 per loan in Q1. The average pre-tax production loss was 5 bps, a complete turnaround from Q1’s average net production profit of 5 bps. Average production volume totaled $705 million per company, down from $808 million in Q1. Only three other quarters in the survey’s history saw net production losses: Q1 2014, Q1 2018, and Q4 2018. “The second quarter of 2022…

Rates Drift Back Up

Mortgage rates drifted up again last week after plummeting the week prior, rising from an average 5.30% to 5.51%, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. Freddie’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) found that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.51%. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 2.88%. “Mortgage rates are volatile as economic growth slows due to fiscal and monetary drags,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “With rates the highest in over a decade, home prices at escalated levels, and inflation continuing to impact consumers, affordability remains the main obstacle to homeownership for many Americans.” Affordability is at record lows across the country. The average monthly mortgage payment is up 6.2% month-over-month and 51% year-over-year. Low…

Andrea MacArthur Promoted To Salisbury VP, Mortgage Advisor

Salisbury Bank and Trust Company has promoted Andrea MacArthur to Vice President, Mortgage Advisor, the company announced. MacArthur has worked at Salisbury since 2002, beginning in the mortgage department with no prior experience. She is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Her intelligence and willingness to learn allowed her to move up the ladder in the company to positions including Loan Processor, Closer, Closing Manager, and Retail Department Manager. Her most recent role was Mortgage Advisor in the Berkshire County market. “Your mortgage experience should be as painless as possible.  I will work hard to ensure that all of your mortgage needs are met throughout the entire process and beyond the closing,” her Salisbury page reads.…

IMB Profits Fell In 2021, Layoffs Loom Heading Into 2022

After a record-breaking year for independent mortgage banks, profits declined by 75 basis points in 2021, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Annual Mortgage Bankers Performance Report. Independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks made an average profit of $2,339 on each loan they originated in 2021, down from the record $4,202 per loan in 2020. Average production volume totaled $4.9 billion per company, up from $4.5 billion in 2020. But production expenses took a toll on profits, reaching their highest level since 2008, the first year of MBA’s report. Personnel expenses for sales, fulfillment, and production support all rose while revenues fell. “2021 was another stellar year for independent mortgage bankers, with production profits well above…

Better.com CTO Moving Into “Advisory” Role

Better.com is losing another C-suite executive in the wake of its controversial layoffs. Chief Technology Officer Diane Yu is stepping back into an advisory role, TechCrunch reported after obtaining an internal memo circulated at the company. The memo states that the move gives Yu “more flexibility to spend more time with her family and additional time in Hong Kong.” It is signed by Better’s infamous CEO Vishal Garg. Better.com has seen rapid turnover of execs after firing 900 employees on a Zoom call last December. Garg told the employees that they were “part of the unlucky group that is being laid off,” and that their employment was “terminated effective immediately.” The employees were then locked out of their work computers.…

CEO: Working With Professionals In Person Is Important When Buying Property

By KIMBERLEY HAAS The CEO of Comey & Shepherd in Cincinnati says there is something to be said for working with realtors and mortgage lenders in person at a time when it seems like more and more of the home buying process can be done from a cell phone. Scott Nelson collects data about what is happening in their market, where the median buyer is 47 years old with a $98,750 annual income. His realtors have been helping people navigate the process of looking for a home through the market’s changes in Ohio, where potential buyers who would use a traditional mortgage are losing out due to a high percentage of cash offers. Nelson estimates that 30% of home purchases…

Lenders Expect Profits To Decline As Market Returns To “Normal State”

Lenders don’t feel optimistic about their future profit margins, with 65% reporting they believe their profit margins will shrink in the next three months, according to Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey. The share of lenders who feel pessimistic about future profits rose by 19% from Q3, citing competition from other lenders and changing market trends. If they prove right, next quarter will mark the fifth consecutive quarter of profit declines. “This quarter’s MLSS results suggest that the housing market may be poised to return to a more ‘normal’ state in the new year, following the boom experienced over the past two years due to historically low mortgage rates and pandemic-related changes in homebuyer behavior,” said Fannie Mae Senior Vice…