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Greenpoint Mortgage Closed

Greenpoint Mortgage Closed
August 20, 2007 39 Comments »

Greenpoint Mortgage was shut down today by parent Capital One Financial Corp., who said weak demand for residential home loans forced the company to shut the ailing mortgage lender. Capital One announced that it would cease loan origination operations at ... Read More »

Countrywide Hiring As New Layoffs Reported

August 20, 2007 No Comments »

A Wall St. Journal article regarding the layoffs of Countrywide employees was released early this morning by a journalist who seemed to be privy to the situation over at Countrywide. Although the article was brief, and contained more fluff about ... Read More »

Capital One VP Sparks Greenpoint Mortgage Fears

August 19, 2007 No Comments »

At the KBW Inc. Large Cap Bank Conference in Kohler, Wisconsin last week Michael Rowen, VP of investor relations at Capital One Financial spoke to Wall Street analysts about a variety of banking topics, including the ongoing mortgage crisis and ... Read More »

Countrywide News Dissected

August 16, 2007 No Comments »

Ever since the now infamous Merrill analyst Countrywide downgrade and the accompanying bankruptcy comment, the news media and bloggers throughout the nation have been going nuts. At this point, it’s almost impossible not to read or hear a report about ... Read More »

First Magnus Financial Closed

August 16, 2007 No Comments »

First Magnus, the nation’s 22nd largest residential mortgage lender announced on their website this morning that they are no longer funding any home loans. The company announced that it will no longer originate, fund, or continue processing loans already in ... Read More »

Countrywide Bankruptcy Fears

August 15, 2007 No Comments »

***Click here for today’s news: 1/8/08 Countrywide shares plunge on bankruptcy rumors. The inevitable happened today. Shares of Countrywide, the largest mortgage lender in the United States took a relatively large tumble after an analyst downgrade and fresh bankruptcy fears. ... Read More »

Thornburg Stock Tumbles, Bankruptcy Ruled Out

August 14, 2007 No Comments »

After a terrible day on Wall Street, with shares of his company shedding nearly half their market value, Thornburg Mortgage president Larry Goldstone attempted to ease investor worries live on CNBC. While there’s not much you can really say to ... Read More »

Fannie and Freddie Asset Limits Unchanged

August 13, 2007 No Comments »

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s appeals to raise limits on their existing loan portfolios were met with disapproval by both the Bush Administration and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight late last week. Democrats had urged the agency to ... Read More »

Mortgage Brokers May Need to Dust Off Resumes

August 10, 2007 No Comments »

As the mortgage crisis widens, particularly with the latest news regarding limited liquidity, it makes sense to wonder if correspondent and wholesale lending will be the next to go. We’ve already seen a large number of mortgage lenders shut down ... Read More »

Countrywide and WaMu Spread Liquidity Fears

August 10, 2007 No Comments »

Two of the largest U.S. mortgage lenders came forward today, saying difficult market conditions would likely hurt operations in the near term. Both Countrywide and Washington Mutual cited the issue of liquidity, noting that the secondary mortgage market had become ... Read More »