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Paul Financial Suspends Loan Origination

November 26, 2007 1 Comment »

Wholesale mortgage lender Paul Financial, LLC has halted new loan submissions effective today, according to an announcement posted on their website. The announcement states: “After much deliberation, Paul Financial has decided to temporarily suspend the acceptance of new loan submissions ... Read More »

Schumer Wants Review of Countrywide’s FHLB Borrowing

November 26, 2007 No Comments »

New York Senator Charles Schumer sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board today in regard to recent heavy borrowing made by mortgage lender Countrywide Financial via the Federal Home Loan Bank in Atlanta. In the ... Read More »

Fieldstone Mortgage Files for Bankruptcy

November 26, 2007 No Comments »

Fieldstone Mortgage Company, which halted most of its lending operations two weeks ago, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Baltimore on Friday. According to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District ... Read More »

US Thrift Earnings Sink, OTS to Announce Loan Mod Proposal

November 20, 2007 No Comments »

The combined net income of 831 thrifts plunged 84 percent to $704 million in the third quarter, down from $4.29 billion a year earlier, the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) reported today. Third-quarter earnings were also down a staggering 82 ... Read More »

Countrywide Downgraded as GSEs May Purchase Less

November 20, 2007 No Comments »

Fox-Pitt analyst Howard Shapiro downgraded Countrywide Financial (CFC) to “In Line from “Outperform” today, noting that the government-sponsored entities who buy many of the top lender’s loans could clamp up. Freddie Mac, who reported a $2 billion loss earlier this ... Read More »

H&R Block CEO Exits as Option One Sale Falters

November 20, 2007 No Comments »

H&R Block president and CEO Mark Ernst resigned Tuesday as the prospect of selling its money-losing subprime mortgage unit Option One looked increasingly bleak. Ernst will be replaced by Richard Breeden, a former SEC chairman who currently heads a hedge ... Read More »

Freddie Mac’s $2 Billion Loss

November 20, 2007 No Comments »

Freddie Mac announced third quarter earnings this morning, chalking a $2 billion loss, or $3.29 a share, compared to a loss of $715 million, or $1.17 a share in the third quarter of 2006. “The increased net loss, year-over-year, was ... Read More »

Impac Delays Third Quarter Filing, Expects Greater Loss

November 19, 2007 No Comments »

Irvine, California-based Impac Mortgage Holdings said today that its third quarter earnings report would be delayed, and though it couldn’t provide a “reasonable” estimate, expected a greater loss than a year ago. The mortgage lender, which expects to file the ... Read More »

Freddie Mac to Add, Raise Fees for Higher Risk Loans

November 16, 2007 No Comments »

Freddie Mac will begin charging mortgage lenders between 0.75% and 2% for loans its buys which exceed 70 percent loan-to-value, and fall below a credit score of 680. Freddie Mac’s changes are “in response to continuing volatility and turmoil in ... Read More »

WaMu Tightening Mortgage Guidelines

November 16, 2007 No Comments »

Washington Mutual has made a series of changes to its guidelines for both retail and wholesale mortgage loan origination. Probably most significant is the move to make mortgage broker-originated jumbo option-arms Full doc only, which should eliminate some of the ... Read More »