Morning Roundup (1/13/2022)– Foreclosure Filing All-Time Low, Mortgage Applications Up

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, January 13. Donald Trump endorsed booster shots and said politicians who hid their vaccination status were “gutless.” Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, said he would not cooperate with the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. More than 8,000 unionized employees at Kroger’s King Soopers stores in Denver went on strike on Wednesday. And in mortgage and housing news… Mortgage Applications Up: Mortgage loan application volume rose 1.4% from last week, though refis once again fell, MBA reported. All-Time Low: ATTOM’s Year-End Foreclosure Market Report found foreclosure filings dropped to an all-time low in 2021, down 95% from a peak of nearly 2.9 million in 2010. Forty-Year High: The BLS’s Consumer Price Index reported that…

More Than $1 Million To Be Given Away During Super Bowl LVI Squares Sweepstakes

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Leaders at Rocket Mortgage say entries are open for the world’s largest official game of Super Bowl squares. The Detroit-based company announced on Wednesday that two grand prize winners will receive $500,000 each that can go toward a dream home. $50,000 will be awarded every time the score changes. Bob Walters, CEO of Rocket Mortgage, said watching the Super Bowl has been a staple of American culture for the last 55 years. Introducing the Rocket Mortgage Super Bowl Squares in 2020 has elevated that experience for millions of viewers across the country, he said. “Past winners have had their lives transformed and we are eager to give more Americans that opportunity again this year,” Walters said in…

Morning Roundup (1/6/2022)– Rocket Leadership Changeup, Second Home Demand Remains High

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, January 6. It’s the anniversary of the January 6 riot, and President Biden will speak today on steps to strengthen democracy in the US. A Philadelphia fire left at least thirteen dead and two hospitalized. The CDC recommended Pfizer boosters for children aged twelve and up. And in mortgage and housing news… Check Out The Photos!: These are the most expensive homes in 2022’s hottest housing markets. Second Home Demand Stays High: December demand for vacation homes topped pre-pandemic levels by 77% as affluent Americans continue to take advantage of remote work and low-interest rates. But it’s so hard to get into the game, some people are comparing it to finding their way into an…

Rocket Announces Leadership Changes

Rocket Mortgage announced several leadership changeups, including a new title for Jay Farner, the company announced. Farner, currently Vice Chairman and CEO of Rocket Companies, will now have the title of CEO for Rocket Central, the hub for the Rocket Companies fintech platform. The title change will not impact his role at the company, allowing him to “continue driving the growth of the entire ecosystem from mortgage and real estate to car sales and personal finance,” according to the statement. The former CEO of Rock Central, Angelo Vitale, will now focus exclusively on his role as General Counsel and Secretary at Rocket. Rocket Mortgage veteran Bob Walters will take over the role of Rocket Mortgage CEO. Prior to this promotion,…

Could A Drop In Chinese Interest Rates Spark A Bond Rally In The U.S.?

By SCOTT KIMBLER Prices of single-family homes and rental costs continue to rise in the United States. But officials in China have been lowering interest rates and over the last few months, the Asian county has seen a drop in property price tags as well. Here in the U.S., many companies—including Bloomberg—are reacting by predicting a possible rally in 2022. Especially in the bond market. Bond prices have an inverse relationship with mortgage interest rates. As bond prices go up, mortgage interest rates go down and vice versa, according to an article on Rocket Mortgage’s website. “These sorts of events cause uncertainty,” said Elizabeth Rose of Mortgage 300 in Dallas, Texas. “Their (China) money is going to seek a better return, so we’ll potentially have more buying in the…

Rocket Mortgage Volunteers Win TMN’s ‘Santa’s Helper’ Charity Contest

Across the country, mortgage professionals step up to help those in need every holiday season so we at The Mortgage Note decided to celebrate organizations and their employees who recognize the importance of giving back to their communities. On November 30, we started a contest asking members of the mortgage industry to submit photos and a brief description of the charity work they’re doing this year. The winner would earn a $1,000 donation from TMN to their highlighted charity. Valerie Pesonen, a senior manager in public relations at Rock Central, sent in a submission for Rocket Mortgage in Detroit, Michigan that warmed our hearts. Pesonen highlighted three community outreach programs the company participates in, including the Rocket Mortgage Cause Campaign…

Nicole Beattie Named Amrock CEO

Amrock, a title insurance and property valuations provider, announced its CEO Brian Hughes will retire at the end of this month. Nicole Beattie, Executive VP of Mortgage Servicing at Rocket Mortgage will assume the role on November 19. “I would like to congratulate Brian on Amrock’s success. His leadership has solidified the company’s position at the top of the industry and paved a clear path of innovation for years to come,” said Beattie.  “I’m excited to build on the company’s momentum, continuing to create technology solutions that improve the mortgage closing experience for our lender partners and the clients they serve.” Beattie spent 18 years with Rocket Companies, the last four as EVP of Rocket Mortgage’s servicing team, managing a…

Rocket Exceeds Revenue Expectations in Q3

Rocket Companies released its Q3 2021 earnings report, which showed its earnings bested expectations of analysts, despite a serious dip in refinancing activity. Analysts expected Rocket to close out the quarter at 48 cents per share, but the company came out on top at 57 cents per share, an adjusted net income of $1.14 billion. Its adjusted revenue reached $3.2 billion, well above consensus estimates of $2.96 billion. The company’s total revenue rose 96% from Q3 2019. “We had an excellent third quarter, as we executed on our mission to remove friction from life’s complex moments. Our core mortgage business exceeded the high end of guidance for closed loan volume and gain-on-sale margin while achieving record purchase volume,” Rocket CEO…

Morning Roundup (11/1/2021)– Rocket Partners With Salesforce, New Construction Prices Out Most Americans

Good Morning! Today is Monday, November 1. World leaders are gathering in Glasgow for a climate summit. American Airlines scrubbed more than 1,900 flights over the weekend, the latest in a series of cancellations to disrupt travelers’ plans. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for Covid-19. And in mortgage and housing news… Rocket Mortgage Partners With Salesforce: Rocket Mortgage announced a new partnership with Salesforce in a bid to expand its market share. 60% Of Households Priced Out Of New Construction: Prices for newly-constructed homes outpaced median income, pricing out most Americans, according to a study from real estate tech firm Knock. Haunting History: Halloween may be over, but it’s never a bad time to find out how many …

Rocket Mortgage Partners With Salesforce

Rocket Mortgage announced a new partnership with Salesforce to make its origination technology available as an end-to-end “mortgage-as-a-service” product. The service will be available to lenders with licensed mortgage loan officers through Salesforce Financial Services Cloud. “We recognize the important and personal role local banks and credit unions play with so many Americans – they have a trusted relationship with their customers,” said Jay Farner, Vice Chairman and CEO of Rocket Companies. “Financial institutions can now combine those relationships they’ve already established while leveraging Rocket Mortgage’s transformational platform powered by Rocket technology.” Rocket Mortgage will handle loan processing, allowing loan officers to use the company’s technology as their point-of-sale and loan origination system. In some cases, officers will be able…