Apr. 12: Cap. mkts, LO, AE jobs; home equity processing, del & non-del, TPO, rate reset products; Government program updates

When I win the lottery, I am going to buy one of these to heat my blankets at home. Of course, that would mean that I will have to start playing the lottery, so until then I’ll just have to rely on my cat Myrtle to prep things. Just because you own a home, doesn’t mean you’re wealthy; some homeowners live in poverty. A LendingTree analysis shows that more than 3 million families who live in owner-occupied homes in the U.S. earn incomes below the poverty threshold for their family. 7.4 million families across the nation earn incomes below their poverty threshold… nearly 9 percent living in poverty! Of the families in poverty, 41 percent live in owner-occupied housing units and 59 percent live in renter-occupied housing units. Montana, Vermont, and Idaho have the largest share of impoverished families living in owner-occupied homes, 55 percent on average. New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey have the smallest share of impoverished families living in owner-occupied homes at 29 percent on average. (If you want to dig into what “poverty” means, here you go.) (Found here after 8:30AM ET, this week’s podcasts are sponsored by PHH Mortgage. From subservicing to correspondent lending, MSR/co-issue transactions, portfolio retention, reverse mortgages, and commercial servicing, PHH has solutions for the entire mortgage lifecycle. Hear an interview with MCT’s Phil Rasori on the current state of the capital markets and the “holy grail” for pricing technology.)

Employment and transitions

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A non-QM investor is seeking to hire for a Capital Markets Strategy role responsible for growing our market share with existing originator clients by leveraging the firm’s capital markets and product development capabilities. The ideal candidate will have 5-10+ years of experience at a non-agency investor or experience as a senior capital markets or product development professional within an originator. Remote or New York City based. The company is rapidly growing and currently purchasing ~$3bn/yr. across Non-QM, DSCR and 2nd liens.” Interested parties should send a confidential note to Chrisman LLC’s Anjelica Nixt for forwarding.

While competitors have struggled to keep their doors open, Sierra Pacific Wholesale’s team has continued to grow. This last quarter, our Wholesale Channel welcomed 8 new Account Executives including Jason Wood, Sharlee Stemmons, Fay Hoffman, Denise Tully, Jeff Dolby, Steve Munster, Greg Neidhart, and Melanie Rocha. We also hired industry veteran Jonathan McCash as Regional Vice President – TPO Sales East. These new additions have brought a wealth of mortgage experience and align with the core values that are foundational to the ONE Sierra company culture. From cutting-edge technology and full-service operational support to a corporate commitment to continual growth, we equip our employees with the tools and resources they need to be successful in any market. If you’re an Account Executive looking for an opportunity to work with some of the best leadership in Wholesale today, send a note to Rob Saunders (EVP – TPO Production).”

Since 1902, OceanFirst Bank has believed in supporting and growing the local communities it serves. Initially, the focus was helping neighbors realize the dream of owning a home. Now, the Bank is fulfilling those dreams and assisting families with all of their financial needs during every stage of life. OceanFirst is a $13.5 billion regional bank providing financial services throughout New Jersey and in the metropolitan markets of Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Boston. Recently, OceanFirst was recognized as being one of the best regional banks in the country by Newsweek. Thus, making the Bank a great place for top producing Loan Officers to take their careers to new levels. Contact John Costa, Senior Vice President and Head of Mortgage Sales or dial 609.444.6121 for this exciting opportunity.

FDIC | Equal Housing Lender | Equal Opportunity Employer.

Lender and broker products, software, and services

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Orion Lending has revamped its HyperTrack training program to now offer both scheduled and on-demand training! Orion’s recent Down Payment Assistance (DPA) session covered the newest enhancements to their proprietary Boost DPA program, including Forgivable Seconds, 1/0 & 2/1 Buydowns, and High Balance options. Wait… what, you weren’t one of the 150+ registrants for that session?? From best practices on how to service more borrowers using DPA in this competitive landscape to learning about all other Orion Loan programs, (and the amazing STAR Portal!) HyperTrack is here to support you! No need to miss out on anything Orion has to offer going forward, it’s on demand, when you need it! Visit here to hyper speed your business!

ACES Q3 2023 Mortgage QC Trends Report Finds Critical Defect Rate Declines for Fourth Consecutive Quarter: Despite mortgage interest rates and volume concerns, critical defect rates have maintained a downward trend, ending the quarter at 1.67 percent. Summary of Findings include the overall critical defect rate declined 2.91 percent ending the quarter at 1.67 percent, defects in Credit & Liabilities categories increased for the 3rd straight quarter, income/employment continues to lead all defect categories, and defect share increased across all loan types except conventional. “While fewer loans may afford lenders the opportunity to intensify their focus on quality, it’s clear that maintaining high standards amidst market fluctuations remains paramount. The persistence of this trend underscores the industry’s adaptability and dedication to ensuring the integrity of lending practices.”- ACES Executive Vice President Nick Volpe. Read the Report

“The Arizona sun isn’t the only thing heating up. Total Expert is bringing the hottest tech in retail mortgage to HousingWire The Gathering 2024! The Total Expert team will be on-site to show you how we can help make the most of every opportunity as the market looks to rebound in 2024 and beyond. Three ways to connect with us at the show: stop by our kiosk to grab some pickleball swag; catch our Founder & CEO Joe Welu’s session on The Modern Marketing Strategy in Retail Lending during the Vanguard Forum in Salon A-G, Monday at 4:15 p.m.; and grab a drink on us at the Pickleball viewing party at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Schedule a meeting to connect with us at the show.”

Rocket Pro TPO is hosting a special edition Pro Talks event during the week of the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit, MI. On April 24th, 2024, at 2PM ET tune in virtually to hear from Mike Fawaz, Executive Vice President of Rocket Pro TPO, and featured guest Kirk Herbstreit, a renowned sports analyst known for his insightful commentary on ESPN’s College GameDay and Thursday Night Football on Prime. Herbstreit will explore the parallels between the sports and business worlds, offering his take on strategy, teamwork and what it takes for professionals, athletes, and business alike, to succeed. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain unique perspectives from Kirk Herbstreit. Sign up now for this special edition of Pro Talks! For more information, contact Rocket Pro TPO today!”

Want to cut your home equity origination times down from 45 days to as few as 5 days? Heading to the MeridianLink User Forum in Nashville later this month? FirstClose, the fintech provider of one-of-a-kind home equity workflow solutions for mortgage and home equity lenders nationwide, is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of this year’s event. Lenders using FirstClose Equity have experienced a 35 percent increase in online applications, a 25 percent increase in pull-through and a 77 percent reduction in time to close from application to funding. So if you’re looking to up your “equity game” or get into the space, schedule a meeting with us at the show so we can discuss your home equity needs.

FINOFR (formerly Rate Reset) launched its patented Reset technology with Vantage West Credit Union. What is a Reset? A “Reset” eliminates the process of a refinance and can be completed by the homeowner in 90 seconds. FINOFR has forever changed Mortgage Banking (for the better) solving mortgage retention. FINOFR has a 90 percent retention rate and has completed over 22,000 Resets with over $22 billion in volume. If you own portfolio mortgage loans, and want to see a demo, contact Foster Kelly.

The Mortgage Bankers Association Secondary & Capital Markets Conference Expo is nearly a month away. Have you scheduled time to meet with Spring EQ Correspondent Lending? Contact Joe Garcia or Rick Martinez today and meet with them during the conference at the Times Square EDITION Hotel! Spring EQ Correspondent is offering delegated and non-delegated options to qualified correspondent sellers, with maximum premiums paid up to 3 percent. The need for home equity solutions is surging among borrowers, so make sure your business is prepared to meet this demand by partnering with the experts in home equity at Spring EQ. Interested in a correspondent partnership? Click here. We look forward to seeing you in New York City!”

Government lending news never stops

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USDA Rural Development Bulletin discusses GUS changes and updates to HB-1-3555, Chapters 8, 12, and 15. Additionally, the bulletin announces revisions to technical Handbook-1-3555, Chapters 8, 12, and 15. These changes became effective upon the recent issuance of a Procedure Notice (PN).

FHA published extensions to its temporary regulatory waiver and related Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 waiver, which allow mortgagees to utilize alternative methods for conducting meetings with borrowers in accordance with FHA’s early default intervention requirements. These alternatives provide practical and useful methods for conducting meetings with borrowers while ensuring they still receive needed information directly from their mortgage servicer.

Pursuant to APM 17-06 and Chapter 3, Part 21 §B(1) Ginnie Mae monitors its counterparties portfolios to ensure Ginnie Mae Issuers meet acceptable risk parameters. Ginnie Mae has observed increased prepayment activity in some elements of its program. Ginnie Mae posted reminders to Issuers in Ginnie Mae News and Notes on prepayment activity monitoring.

Speaking of Ginnie, Ginnie Mae’s mortgage-backed securities (MBS) portfolio outstanding grew to $2.56 trillion in March, including $32.4 billion of total MBS issuance, leading to $12.5 billion of net growth. March’s new MBS issuance supports the financing of more than 101,000 households, including more than 45,000 first-time homebuyers. Approximately 68 percent of the March MBS issuance reflects new mortgages that support home purchases because refinance activity remained low due to higher interest rates. More information is available in this Ginnie Mae Press Release.

Capital Markets: what will a 5 percent 10-year do to your volume?

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Bond routs and substance references go well together, apparently. “Bond prices got smashed like a drunk at an open bar.” “The 10-year got smoked again yesterday like a joint at Willy Nelson’s ranch.” Okay, enough with the similes, but it has been a rough week for those hoping for relief from high rates. After March consumer prices caused a CPI-inspired selloff on Wednesday, it was much the same story again yesterday as investors continued to walk back the timing of Fed rate cuts. Inflation at the wholesale level rose 0.2 percent in March and 2.1 percent year-over-year, according to the Producer Price Index. Even with the smaller than expected month-over-month increases, the headline PPI rate accelerated from 1.6 percent in February while core PPI accelerated to 2.4 percent from 2.1 percent.

Bond traders are bracing for a potential rise in 10-year Treasury yields beyond 5 percent, as the scenario of no rate cuts by the Fed this year looks increasingly possible. Pricing in Fed Funds futures now implies less than a one-in-five chance that the Fed will cut rates by a quarter point in June. Prior to Wednesday’s CPI report, pricing implied more than a 50 percent chance of a June rate cut. Richmond Fed President Barkin said yesterday that recent inflation figures raise questions and that he is reluctant to declare victory over inflation. New York Fed President Williams said that he expects inflation to move closer to 2.0 percent in 2025, but that there’s no need to ease in the “very near term.”

March import and export prices kicked off today’s calendar (expectations were for both to increase 0.7 percent versus 0.3 percent and 0.8 percent previously) but are totally overshadowed by the CPI and PPI data this week. Later today brings preliminary April Michigan sentiment (which includes forward-looking inflation expectations), and remarks from multiple Fed speakers.

Bank earnings also kick off with JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo reporting before the open along with BlackRock and State Street Wall Street is expecting a subdued earnings season as global growth picks up. A solid domestic economy is expected to fuel a rise in profit growth for S&P 500 companies, and strong margins from big tech will be a key driver. We begin the day with Agency MBS prices better than Thursday by about .125, the 10-year yielding 4.52 after closing yesterday at 4.58 percent, and the 2-year yielding 4.91.

A gambler gets a notice from the IRS that he’s being audited. The gambler calls his tax attorney, and they go to see the IRS agent. As they are waiting in the office, the agent looks over his paperwork and says, “The reason for your audit is that you live such a lavish lifestyle, yet not much income to justify it. Can you tell me what you do for a living?”

The gambler says, “I’m a professional gambler.”

“A gambler?” asks the agent.

“Yes, I make money from bets. Let me demonstrate. I bet you $1,000 that I can bite my eye.”

“You have a bet!” The agent has a smug smile on his face. But it vanishes when the gambler takes out his glass eye and bites it. The agent did not see that coming, but he did agree to $1,000 in front of the gambler’s attorney.

“Fine, that wasn’t fair,” says the gambler. “I’ll give you a chance to win your money back by betting another $1,000 that I can bite my other eye.”

The agent looks through the guy’s paperwork and sees he’s not legally blind, so he takes the bet. To his horror, the gambler takes out his dentures and bites his other eye. Now he’s on the hook for $2,000.

“You know what,” says the gambler, “Double or nothing; I’ll stand on the edge of your desk, close my eyes, piddle into the garbage can on the other side of the room without spilling a drop. What do you say?”

Perplexed but desperate, the agent agrees. The gambler stands on the desk, unzips his pants, closes his eyes, then pisses all over the agent’s desk.

“YES!!!” exclaims the agent, glad he won’t owe the gambler anything.

“Damn it!” yells the attorney.

“What’s the matter?” asks the agent.

“Well… He bet me $20,000 that he’d come into your office today, piddle all over your desk, and you’d be happy about it.”

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