Mortgage News

The latest real estate and mortgage industry news, digested. Look beyond the headlines to better understand what’s really happening.

Freddie Conforming Jumbo Loan Guidelines Released

March 12, 2008 No Comments »

Freddie Mac released an update today detailing the new guidelines for so-called “conforming jumbo mortgages” that the mortgage financier will soon begin to purchase. The new loan limits, as most probably know, allow a max loan amount of 125 percent ... Read More »

Thornburg Restates Financials, In Discussions to Meet Margin Calls

March 11, 2008 No Comments »

Thornburg Mortgage said today that it filed its amended financial statement with the SEC and was in discussions with its lenders to meet all outstanding margin calls in a timely manner. The company’s amended form 10-K/A now accounts for the ... Read More »

Thornburg Unable to Meet Margin Calls, Will Restate Earnings

March 7, 2008 No Comments »

Thornburg Mortgage released a statement today saying it was unable to meet millions in margin calls and that’s its financial statements would need to be restated to account for a $427.8 million write-down to the value of its mortgage securities. ... Read More »

Many California Counties Get Maximum FHA Loan Limit

March 5, 2008 No Comments »

Thousands of California borrowers are likely to benefit from the higher loan limits backed by the FHA over the next year and change, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson said today in a number of speeches ... Read More »

NY Gov Proposes Mortgage Crisis Legislation

March 5, 2008 No Comments »

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer unveiled a plan aimed at providing meaningful aid to homeowners while stepping up anti-predatory lending laws and tackling mortgage fraud. “With thousands of New Yorkers impacted by this crisis, we must enhance protections against predatory ... Read More »

IndyMac Sees Rise in Delinquencies, Foreclosures

March 3, 2008 No Comments »

IndyMac Bancorp said delinquencies and foreclosures continued to rise in January as loan origination volume slumped. The Pasadena, CA-based mortgage lender said total loan production was $2.9 billion in January, down 33 percent from December and 66 percent from January ... Read More »

Mortgage Lenders Pledge $200 Million to Refinance Subprime Loans

February 14, 2008 No Comments »

The state of Illinois unveiled the Homeowners’ Assistance Initiative this morning, a program aimed at helping homeowners trapped in subprime ARMs refinance into fixed-rate mortgages. “The crisis in the sub-prime mortgage market has had a devastating impact on homeowners and ... Read More »

Half of U.S. Metros Experience Home Price Decline

February 14, 2008 No Comments »

More than half of the 150 metropolitan areas studied by the National Association of Realtors showed price declines in the fourth quarter, according to the group’s latest quarterly survey. Of the 77 “metropolitan statistical areas” that showed a drop in ... Read More »

Merrill Lynch Expected to Write Down $15 Billion

Merrill Lynch Expected to Write Down $15 Billion
January 11, 2008 No Comments »

The New York Times reported today that Merrill Lynch is expected to announce an enormous $15 billion writedown when it reports earnings next week, according to sources close to the company. The losses, stemming from bad mortgage bets, are almost ... Read More »

Bank of America to Buy Countrywide

Bank of America to Buy Countrywide
January 11, 2008 No Comments »

Rare Opportunity for BofA? As expected, Bank of America announced this morning that it would buy struggling mortgage lender Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock, rescuing the nation’s top lender while bolstering its own position. “Countrywide presents a rare ... Read More »