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Sharp Increase in Foreclosure Filings during Third Quarter

November 1, 2007 No Comments »

According to RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings for the July-September quarter rose to 635,159, representing 1 in every 196 households, marking a 30 percent increase from the second quarter, and nearly doubling the amount of filings in the same period last year. ... Read More »

Fannie and Freddie Increase Market Share

October 31, 2007 No Comments »

During the third quarter, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac purchased $342.3 billion in mortgages and mortgage-backed securities, up about 3 percent from the prior quarter, according to calculations by Inside Mortgage Finance. Those purchases accounted for roughly 60 percent of ... Read More »

Fed Lowers Key Interest Rates by Quarter Point

October 31, 2007 No Comments »

The Federal Reserve cut key interest rates by a quarter point Wednesday, citing the need to support the distressed housing and financial sectors. The federal funds rate now sits at 4.5 percent, while the discount rate was also lowered to ... Read More »

Chase, MBA Mortgage Application Volume Jumps

October 31, 2007 No Comments »

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly survey, mortgage application volume increased 3.8 percent during the week ended October 26. Much of the growth was driven by a surge in refinance volume, which leapt by 9.2 percent to cover the ... Read More »

Countrywide Shareholders Sue Mozilo, Executives

October 30, 2007 No Comments »

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, a pension fund accused CEO Angelo Mozilo and many other Countrywide executives of gross mismanagement for improperly using $2 billion in cash to repurchase stock. The New England Teamsters & ... Read More »

PMI Group Reports First Loss in 17 Years

October 30, 2007 No Comments »

PMI Group, the second-largest mortgage insurer in the U.S., reported a third-quarter loss of $86.8 million, or $1.04 a share, beating revised estimates by a penny. Originally, analysts had expected the insurer to post a loss of 67 cents for ... Read More »

WMC Mortgage Cuts Most of Staff

October 30, 2007 No Comments »

It’s been reported that WMC Mortgage, the wholesale residential subprime and Alt-A mortgage unit of GE Money, laid off the majority of its staff yesterday, per the OC Register. It is believed that a skeleton crew is sticking around to ... Read More »

Countrywide Analysts Not Convinced of Quick Turnaround

October 29, 2007 No Comments »

Just days after Countrywide stock surged on news that profits would return as soon as the fourth quarter of 2008, some analysts covering the struggling mortgage lender expressed doubt. Friedman Billings Ramsey cut its price target on Countrywide Financial by ... Read More »

California Mortgage Defaults Hit Record in Third Quarter

October 28, 2007 No Comments »

According to DataQuick,, mortgage lenders sent a record 72,571 “notices of default” to California borrowers during the third quarter, easily smashing the previous record of 61,541 set in 1996. The number of default notices in the third quarter beat all ... Read More »

Countrywide Reports $1.2 Billion Loss, Shares Jump

October 26, 2007 No Comments »

The top U.S. mortgage lender reported third-quarter earnings this morning, revealing a $1.2 billion loss, its first quarterly loss in 25 years. But shares of the beleaguered lender leapt on the prospect that the worst was behind the company, with ... Read More »