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2008 Conforming Loan Limit Guidance

October 19, 2007 No Comments »

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight has released the proposed 2008 conforming loan limit guidance. If the index used to calculate the maximum loan amount should rise, the amount of the increase in 2008 will be decreased by 0.16 ... Read More »

Bank of America Profit Down on Loan Writedowns, Trading Losses

October 18, 2007 No Comments »

Bank of America shocked investors today when it announced a 32 percent decline in third-quarter profits from the same period a year ago, pointing to disruptions in capital markets and extensive credit losses. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank and mortgage ... Read More »

Lack of Jumbo Financing Hurts Bay Area Home Sales

October 18, 2007 No Comments »

As jumbo loan financing continues to be increasingly difficult, many potential homeowners in expensive regions of the country are finding it next to impossible to secure financing on their homes. These days, most mortgage lenders are sticking to loan products ... Read More »

WaMu Profit Hit by Mortgage Mess

October 17, 2007 No Comments »

Seattle-based Washington Mutual reported third quarter profit of $210 million, or 23 cents a share, compared with profit of $748 million, or 77 cents a share a year earlier, its smallest profit since 1998. The quarter included $967 million set ... Read More »

Thornburg Mortgage Reports Billion Dollar Loss

October 17, 2007 No Comments »

Sante Fe-based Thornburg Mortgage reported a net loss of $1.084 billion, or $8.83 per share in the third quarter, compared to net income of $75.3 million, or 64 cents a share a year ago. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected ... Read More »

Mortgage Originations to Slide in 2008

October 17, 2007 No Comments »

According to a forecast released today by the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage originations will fall to their lowest levels since 2000 next year as tighter underwriting standards and increased foreclosures take their toll on the market. “We have not yet ... Read More »

GMAC Expected to Cut 25 Percent of Mortgage Workforce

October 16, 2007 No Comments »

GMAC’s finance arm Residential Capital LLC is expected to announce a 25 percent reduction in its workforce tomorrow, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. ResCap currently employs about 12,000, so roughly 3,000 are expected to be laid ... Read More »

Countrywide Restructuring Charge Up to $150 Million

October 16, 2007 No Comments »

Countrywide said Tuesday that pretax restructuring costs associated with a slowdown in business and the resulting massive layoffs that occurred could be as high as $150 million. In a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Countrywide said the cost of ... Read More »

Wells Fargo Takes $490 Million Mortgage Charge

October 16, 2007 No Comments »

Wells Fargo, the second-largest U.S. mortgage lender, took a $490 million charge in the third quarter related to the write down of its mortgage assets, while nearly doubling loan loss provisions. “The housing market inevitably goes through cycles and we ... Read More »

New Credit Scoring Model Filters Authorized Users Accounts

October 16, 2007 No Comments »

CreditXpert Inc. has released a new credit scoring system that has the ability to filter out authorized user accounts, allowing banks and mortgage lenders to see the difference in scoring when such accounts are removed. The filter could drop many ... Read More »