Stearns Lending to lay off 348 workers

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Stearns Lending will lay off 348 workers following the decision by Guaranteed Rate earlier this month to discontinue operations of its third-party wholesale channel. The post Stearns Lending to lay off 348 workers appeared first on HousingWire.

Automation is coming to non-QM lending

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Automated underwriting for agency [ Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ] products is definitely much easier because there’s a defined set of scenarios that you have to meet,” says Keith Lind, executive chairman and president of Acra Lending (a non-QM lender formerly known as Citadel Servicing ).

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Ex-Zillow execs promise revolution in lending

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Seventy million dollars in seed funding is a colossal investment for an unproven tech startup, even one that promises to fully disrupt a relatively low-margin, traditional industry like mortgage lending. The post Ex-Zillow execs promise revolution in lending appeared first on HousingWire.

Fannie Mae extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards

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Mortgage giant Fannie Mae extended its relaxed lending and appraisal standards put in place due to COVID-19 into the new year. To that end, the GSEs began accepting alternative forms of employment verification, including a recent paystub, to ensure lending can continue.

FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Thursday that it has again extended relaxed lending and appraisal standards for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The post FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards appeared first on HousingWire.

Guaranteed Rate to acquire Stearns Lending

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The post Guaranteed Rate to acquire Stearns Lending appeared first on HousingWire. M&A / Funding Mortgage Featured Guaranteed Rate M&A MORTGAGE M&A Stearns Stearns Lending

Lenders tread carefully around targeted lending programs

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Last week’s announcement from the Department of Housing and Urban Development cleared the way for lenders to adopt targeted lending programs, but so far, they are treading carefully. Still, FHFA Acting Director Sandra Thompson is pitching targeted lending programs.

2021 means new challenges for mortgage lending

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As we think about coming out of this first month of the year, we’ve quickly realized this year is going to be anything but planned or what we in the mortgage lending industry are used to. Buckle up lending community — this may be only getting started!

Suzy Lindblom named COO of Kind Lending

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Wholesale lender Kind Lending has brought on mortgage veteran Suzy Lindblom as its chief operating officer, the company said Tuesday. Lindblom has 40 years of experience in the mortgage space, most recently serving as the COO of Planet Home Lending for three and half years.

Why mortgage lending standards will ease in 2021

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Economists and housing experts say mortgage lending standards will likely loosen in 2021, despite the increased risk of delinquencies ahead. The post Why mortgage lending standards will ease in 2021 appeared first on HousingWire.

Cornerstone Home Lending to acquire Roscoe State Bank

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Houston-based nonbank mortgage lender Cornerstone Home Lending is buying Roscoe State Bank , a traditional depository bank headquartered in Roscoe, Texas. Increasing Lending and Servicing Capacity – Regardless of Rates.

Acra Lending launches new jumbo prime program

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Acra Lending, one of the largest independent non-QM specialty finance lenders, has added to its suite of mortgage loan programs with the launch of its Jumbo Prime mortgage solution. The post Acra Lending launches new jumbo prime program appeared first on HousingWire.

FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Thursday it has extended relaxed lending and appraisal standards put in place due to COVID-19 another month for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The post FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards appeared first on HousingWire.

Pandemic ushers in a new era of digital lending

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That has caused a remarkable shift to a digital lending model that has significantly impacted a lender’s ability to do business during these challenging times. The post Pandemic ushers in a new era of digital lending appeared first on HousingWire. Mortgage digital lending HWplus

Mortgage lending volume in 2020 likely to break records

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Fannie Mae , the world’s largest mortgage financier, said mortgage lending this year probably will reach an all-time high of $3.9 The post Mortgage lending volume in 2020 likely to break records appeared first on HousingWire.

Chase sees huge digital adoption in home lending business

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Another one would be home lending. The post Chase sees huge digital adoption in home lending business appeared first on HousingWire. Fintech Loan Origination Tech Mortgage Chase Home Lending Digital mortgage JPMorgan Chase Rohan Amin

Successful mortgage lending starts with superior customer service

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What happens when borrowers can’t or won’t walk into a lending branch? HousingWire recently sat down with Insellerate CEO Josh Friend to discuss that very question and what strategies retail lenders should look to adopt from direct-to-consumer lending.

To advance mortgage lending, trust must take backseat to truth

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So mortgage lending morphed from a trust-based system to what could be called a “trust, but verify” model, to coin a favorite Russian proverb of Reagan’s. It’s important to note that taking trust out of the lending equation does not mean dehumanizing the mortgage experience.

Glenn Stearns’ Kind Lending originates $1B in 6 months

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Kind Lending , national wholesale mortgage lender and second brainchild to mortgage veteran Stearns, announced that the lender originated $1 billion in the first six months of production – a feat that took Stearns first company, Stearns Lending , 15 years to accomplish.

How student lending can benefit non-bank lenders

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This gives non-bank lenders and servicers significantly greater access to more consumers and provides an opportunity for student lending to make an impact. Student lending offers an entryway into consumer finance that non-bank originators have not had access to historically.

[PULSE] Mortgage lending in a post-COVID, digital world

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In fact, the changes we’ve seen since the advent of the global pandemic are significant enough to serve as a catalyst that will drive all lending digital. The trends and lending requirements I’ve highlighted below became important long before the coronavirus made it to the U.S.

How digitizing the lending experience can optimize margins

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Now, as lenders anticipate tighter margins in 2022 in addition to an already-competitive lending environment, providing an optimal lending experience is key to their success. . The post How digitizing the lending experience can optimize margins appeared first on HousingWire.

Non-QM lender Citadel Servicing rebrands as Acra Lending

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Citadel Servicing Corporation (CSC) , one of the country’s largest non-QM lenders , is rebranding as Acra Lending (Acra). Citadel resumed non-QM lending in the summer. ” The post Non-QM lender Citadel Servicing rebrands as Acra Lending appeared first on HousingWire.

Simplify complex lending processes with powerful analytics

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As a premier provider of innovative, high-performance software, data and analytics for mortgage and home equity lending and servicing, Black Knight is transforming the housing finance industry. The post Simplify complex lending processes with powerful analytics appeared first on HousingWire.

The biggest missed opportunity in mortgage lending

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Knowing where borrowers are at in their home-buying journey is key to any successful mortgage lending strategy, but it’s often overlooked in the busy operations of an origination shop. Panel brought to you by: The post The biggest missed opportunity in mortgage lending appeared first on HousingWire. This session will explore how to make it easy to keep borrowers on your radar, and in your pipeline. Watch the full session below.

People movers: PropertySync, MCS, Gateway, Planet Home Lending

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Kelly Stewart has been promoted to vice president senior lending officer for banking operations at Gateway First Bank. The post People movers: PropertySync, MCS, Gateway, Planet Home Lending appeared first on HousingWire.

Real Estate Tech Demo Day: Home Lending Pal

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Home Lending Pal. Creating New Lender Pipelines, Creating a new pipeline of opportunities for our partners to valuable underwriting ready leads, likely to increase lending footprint in underserved markets.

Developing a lending strategy for rising mortgage rates

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For those that have focused on purchase lending, they will see less of a drop in total volume. The post Developing a lending strategy for rising mortgage rates appeared first on HousingWire.

Stepping up the fight against fraud in mortgage lending

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As origination volumes hit record highs in 2020, Truework’s verification experts saw a spike in fraud in mortgage lending, and expect that trend to continue this year. The post Stepping up the fight against fraud in mortgage lending appeared first on HousingWire.

Figure Lending lands $100M funding facility

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SoFi co-founder Mike Cagney’s latest digital mortgage operation Figure Lending closed on a $100 million funding facility from JPMorgan Chase this week. In a statement, Figure said the $100 million loan facility represents another push toward growth in mortgage lending.

People movers: Notarize, RE/MAX and Planet Home Lending

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Planet Home Lending has promoted four people to vice president positions, supporting the company’s continual growth. Michaelene Whyte has been promoted from processing manager of the East to VP, national fulfillment, distributed retail, and has been with Planet Home Lending since October 2018.

Mortgage lending sets a 20-year record with $1.1T in Q2

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Most took advantage of 3% interest rates to lower monthly payments; cash-out lending comprised just 3 out of 10 refi originations in the second quarter, Black Knight found. The post Mortgage lending sets a 20-year record with $1.1T lenders issued a staggering $1.1

The keys to lending in a post-refi boom world

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Tessar, President and CEO of CIVIC Financial, about the keys to lending in a post-refi world. WJT: CIVIC is a top originator and leader in the business purpose lending space, providing lenders products to supplement their business.

People movers: Opendoor, Offerpad, Waterstone Mortgage, Planet Home Lending

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McGuiness brings more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage lending space to the company, most recently serving as the chief sales officer at Embrace Home Loans. The post People movers: Opendoor, Offerpad, Waterstone Mortgage, Planet Home Lending appeared first on HousingWire.

Non-QM lending is poised for growth in 2021

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HousingWire recently spoke with Mike Fierman, managing partner and co-CEO of Angel Oak, about the non-QM lending outlook for 2021 and how Angel Oak’s “originate to hold” model benefits originators. HW: What is the non-QM lending outlook for 2021 and beyond?

Home Lending Pal leverages AI and machine learning to efficiently solve lenders’ and borrowers’ problems

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Home Lending Pal (HLP) has an anonymous marketplace that uses conversational intelligence, machine learning and blockchain to help first-time homebuyers through the home research and lending process.

JPMorgan Chase amps up correspondent lending

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The post JPMorgan Chase amps up correspondent lending appeared first on HousingWire. JPMorgan Chase , the nation’s largest depository bank, increased mortgage origination volume to $32.5 billion in the fourth quarter, a 12% gain from the prior quarter.