Oct. 20: Tech sales, LO job; companies wanted; corresp., verification, pricing products; mitigating credit costs

“Who closes the door when the bus driver gets off? The world is full of questions. “Why have all the predictions of lower rates been wrong?” Yesterday I was in the SF Bay Area giving a speech to a group of LOs and management and was asked, “Rob, are you hearing that lenders are requesting clients pay for the credit report(s) up front?” Absolutely I am. Lenders have grown weary of paying for the credit reports of loans that don’t fund and heaping those rising costs on the loans that do. “Rob, are mergers and acquisitions going to pick up?” Yes. We had one recent depository bank deal (Mississippi’s Guaranty Capital Corporation will acquire Lafayette Bancorp, Inc.), but we can expect continued deals in an 8 percent mortgage rate world as lenders and vendors, big and small, re-evaluate either their position in the market or even if they want to continue to exist. (Today’s podcast can be found here: Sponsored by nCino, maker of the nCino Mortgage Suite, built for the modern mortgage lender. The nCino Mortgage Suite unites the people, systems, and stages of the mortgage process. Hear an interview with nCino’s Ben Miller on the rapidly evolving digital mortgage suite of products.)

Employment coast to coast; companies wanted

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DocProbe, a leading post-closing service provider for mortgage lenders, is seeking a dynamic and tech-savvy sales representative with deep expertise in the mortgage industry. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of building and maintaining strong relationships with top mortgage lenders and a deep understanding of the mortgage process from origination to post-closing. If you have a successful track record of selling to mortgage lenders and a passion for innovative technology solutions, we encourage you to apply. Don’t miss the opportunity to join a rapidly growing and innovative company. Confidentially apply today to become a part of the DocProbe team!

“Evergreen Home Loans is set to return as the title sponsor for the 26th annual KZOK “Rock the Harvest” event, benefiting Northwest Harvest. This 12-hour radiothon and online auction aim to support those experiencing food insecurity in Washington. With over $1.4 million raised since its inception, it highlights the ongoing struggle of 1 in 10 Washingtonians and 1 in 6 children in the region. The Evergreen Cares Foundation encourages and supports our associate’s compassion for giving while improving lives through wellness and housing programs. If you are looking to partner with a company emphasizing community involvement, visit our careers page to explore the newest opportunities at Evergreen.

AmCap Home Loans has made a significant stride in bolstering its leadership team by appointing Caleb Mittelstet as SVP of Sales. Mike Johnson, President of AmCap Home Loans, expressed enthusiasm for this pivotal addition, stating, “We’re thrilled to welcome Caleb Mittelstet as an integral member of our team. His wealth of experience along with his industry contacts will undoubtedly propel our sales team to another level. With Caleb on board, we see immense potential to expand our market share and further solidify our position as an industry leader.” Caleb cited the company’s culture and people as driving factors. He emphasized, “AmCap’s inclusive culture and the accessibility to colleagues with decades of experience are unparalleled. You can pick up the phone and call any department, and that’s a testament to the collaborative spirit here.” Mittelstet’s appointment signifies a promising chapter for AmCap Home Loans as they continue to thrive and innovate. Click here to see why Caleb Mittelstet chose Amcap and so should you!

Independent Mortgage Banker owners: If you are uncertain how you will survive this winter if rates remain higher, please contact us directly to discuss a win-win opportunity. We are a very well-established and privately owned mortgage banking company that has been in business for 30 years, a direct seller with Fannie and Freddie, issue our own government securities, and service the majority of our closed loans. We offer a full marketing team, social media team, and a media/video production team to provide best in class support to our loan officers and referral partners. Our history and culture are exceptionally important so let’s have a conversation to see if we may be a fit. We are large enough to offer exceptionally sharp pricing, products, a dedicated marketing team, and an exceptional operational team, yet, we have a boutique feel where you may talk to the owner of the company at any time. Partner with a company where your voice and input is valued! We have a successful history of incorporating other companies into our model. For a confidential conversation please contact Anjelica Nixt and specify this opportunity.”

Attention Loan Officers: Take your career to the next level with best-in-class Operations, Underwriting, Support and more. Find out how at the next virtual Fairway Day on Wednesday, October 25 at 3pm ET. Join Steve Jacobson, Founder & CEO and David “Laz” Lazowski, President, Retail Sales East and others from the Executive Team and the Street. Here is the registration link and participation is 100% anonymous.

Lender and broker software, products, and services

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Truv saves Lenders 60-80% over The Work Number. That’s the savings of multiple full-time employees. For example, Compass Mortgage saved roughly 60 percent in verification costs and maintained their same conversion rate. “Truv has given us the ability to lower costs, all while speeding up the verification process and providing better employment data” said Justin Venhousen, COO, Compass Mortgage. Stop wasting money. Contact TRUV today to discuss how we can help you with your income, employment, insurance, and asset verifications.

“In this market, hustle is everything. You can’t afford to waste a single deal, or a single minute. That’s why ReadyPrice has launched its innovative new Shop, Lock & Deliver loan exchange platform, designed to help independent mortgage brokers and their lenders save time and money. Now you can shop competitive loan offerings from multiple lenders, get rate lock guarantees in real time, receive underwriting findings, and deliver the borrower’s complete loan file to lenders—all on a single platform, at no cost to brokers. It’s already helping brokers around the country thrive and compete in the toughest market. Multiple lenders. One platform. Zero b.s. Come check us out today.”

Sierra Pacific Wholesale has completed the first phase of its pricing integration on the ARIVE platform! Sierra Pacific-approved Brokers and Non-Del Correspondent lenders can access their pricing seamlessly through ARIVE. “ARIVE truly is the best solution for third-party originators looking to save time and money in order to maximize their success,” says Rob Saunders, SVP, Western TPO Sales. This strategic partnership emerges at a pivotal time, as the Wholesale Channel continues to experience unparalleled growth. “We look forward to working with the broker community to help you scale your business and reach your peak performance,” shared Cindy Ferrentino, SVP – Eastern TPO Sales. To learn more about this exciting new partnership, read the full press release. Third-party originators interested in learning more about Sierra Pacific’s full-service experience can connect with an Account Executive here.

Get the income and employment records you need with the new Mortgage Flex™ View from The Work Number®.  Inaccurate or incomplete applicant employment and pay information continues to be a challenge in the loan process. Automating the income and employment verification process with The Work Number can help reduce potential errors associated with hand-keying or relying on consumer-provided information. With 631M employment records, The Work Number can help lenders get a holistic view of an applicant, but there may be times that lenders are looking for one specific employment record. Introducing Mortgage Flex View – a new addition to The Work Number suite of solutions, which enables lenders to order just the verifications of income and employment that they need. Lenders can instantly purchase a preview of available employers prior to selecting and purchasing the full verification. Learn more about the new flexible solution from The Work Number: Mortgage Flex View.

With one of four homes being sold to real estate investors, it’s clear there’s an enormous opportunity to work with these borrowers. That’s why on the next National Mortgage Professional Webinar, Navigating Experienced Real Estate Investor Needs, they show you how to step up your game with these serial borrowers. While homeowners in normal market conditions will get a mortgage every five to seven years, many individual real estate investors are purchasing and refinancing properties several times a year. On this webinar Sam Bjelac, VP of TPO at LendingOne will discuss, types of real estate investors and their financing needs, learning how to understand property cashflow, understanding and optimizing the BRRRR strategy plus a few strategies you can easily implement to find real estate investors. Join NMP and Sam on Thursday, November 2, at 2PM ET / 11:00 am PT by registering here.

Newrez Correspondent says, ‘THANK YOU PHILADEPHIA!’ What a great MBA Conference in the City of Brotherly Love. We want to thank the over 100 customers along with several industry partners that we were able to have serious discussions with around products, pricing, and what it will take to navigate this market over the next six months. If you aren’t a current customer, you need a Trusted Advisor during these challenging times, which is why Newrez Correspondent is the right investor for you. The time to align with us is now, so click here to join our team. We hope you enjoyed the conference, look forward to our continued partnerships heading into 2024 and to meeting you next May in NYC at the MBA Secondary.”

 

Capital markets: higher rates are impacting housing

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Ginnie Mae’s mortgage-backed securities (MBS) portfolio outstanding grew to $2.477 trillion in September, including $36.6 billion of total MBS issuance, leading to $19 billion of net growth. Issuance for this month was less than $38.1 billion in August and $38.0 billion in July. For the 2023 calendar year to date, Ginnie Mae supported the pooling and securitization of more than 466,000 first-time homebuyer loans. For full story, read October 5 Ginnie Mae press release.

As I wrote yesterday, we received a lot of housing data this week. Existing home sales during September showed that the housing market continues to cool due to the recent run-up in borrowing costs. Sales declined 2.0 percent to a 3.96-million-unit pace during the month. That marks the fourth straight monthly drop and the slowest pace of resales since 2010. Sales are down 15.4 percent from one year ago.

Fed Chairman Powell delivered remarks at a luncheon hosted by the Economic Club of New York yesterday, saying that progress toward the Fed’s dual mandate has been made but that resilient economic growth raises the prospect of renewed inflationary pressures that could warrant additional rate hikes. He repeated that the Committee will depend on data in guiding policy decisions. The fed funds futures market has seen a downward shift in rate expectations with the implied likelihood of a January hike falling to 37 percent from 48 percent on Wednesday.

There is no market-moving scheduled news today. Two Fed speakers are also scheduled, Philadelphia’s Harker and Cleveland’s Mester, who are expected to continue the narrative that we’ve been hearing from Fed Presidents for months. Around the close, markets will receive the September Treasury Budget. We begin Friday with Agency MBS prices better .125-.250 and the 10-year yielding 4.94 after closing yesterday at 4.99 percent; the 2-year is at 5.14.

Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost, and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen anything like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”
Apparently, I’m still lost…. it’s a man thing.

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