Walter Consolidates Business Units

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Walter Investment Management Corp. said that it has completed the consolidation of its loan origination and mortgage servicing businesses.

Walter acquired the Ditech brand in 2013. Ditech was among 28 businesses associated with Residential Capital LLC to file bankruptcy in 2012.

The residential loan originator, which previously operated simply as ditech.com, was subsequently renamed Ditech Mortgage Corp.


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Bank Mortgage Lenders and Originators Decline

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Compared to a year ago, the number of financial institution mortgage lenders and their loan originators has declined, while non-bank lenders and originators have increased.

As of the first quarter, there were 512,045 mortgage loan originators who were registered in the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System.

The number of registrations declined compared to the final quarter of last year, when 524,734 originators were registered.


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Sideline Assistance Aimed at Integrated Disclosures

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With the countdown clock running out the on integrated disclosures, the rule’s enforcer has affected some revisions on material guides. Industry associations are taking steps to ensure a smooth transition for their members, while technology providers are making headlines with services aimed at coaching mortgage players through a tricky rulebook.

>Soon, disclosures required by the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act will be replaced with two forms to eliminate overlapping information. Born out of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Know Before You Owe initiative, lenders will be required to provide consumers with the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms starting Aug. 1.

On Feb. 19, the CFPB published a rule that updated the 2013 TILA-RESPA final rule. This modification extended the revised disclosures timing requirement on locked rates and granted certain language connected with new construction loans.


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Videos Help With CFPB Mortgage Rules Compliance

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A set of videos are intended to help mortgage lenders and servicers comply with three key mortgage rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The first video in the series, released late last year, addresses compliance with the CFPB’s Ability to Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rule.

A second video that was released just last month takes on compliance with the regulator’s Loan Officer Compensation Rule.


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Mortgage Rates Soar, Likely to Hold

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Interest rates on home loans leapt on a strong jobs report, and it’s not looking like they’ll be much different in next week’s report. Fifteen-year rates looked more attractive, while hybrid adjustable-rates skyrocketed.

Secondary lender Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ended Feb. 12 that 30-year fixed rates averaged 3.69 percent.

Compared to the previous week, long-term mortgage rates were 10 basis points higher. The 30- year, however, was down 59 BPS from the same week last year.


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2014 Mortgage Layoffs Increase by 1,000 at Chase

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The latest estimate of mortgage jobs expected to be eliminated this year by JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been raised by a thousand.

In its third-quarter earnings report, the New York-based company reported that it had reduced its mortgage staffing by 6,000 so far this year.

Chase has made job cuts in production as refinances have retreated and in mortgage servicing as delinquency has declined.


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Watt: New Normal Ahead

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The head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency told real estate agents and brokers that a new normal is eventually ahead for mortgage lending.

From Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, the National Association of Realtors is meeting for the REALTORS Conference & Expo.

The event is being held at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Among those speaking at the conference are FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt and NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.


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PennyMac Reports Solid Mortgage Results

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Quarterly home loan originations moved up at PennyMac Financial Services Inc. and appear to be headed to even higher ground. Earnings improved, staffing expanded and servicing grew.

Third-quarter earnings data indicate that 16 percent more in residential loans were originated during the period than in the second quarter.

In addition, the Moorpark, Calif.-based company improved on its mortgage fundings in the third-quarter 2013 by 16 percent.


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Mortgage Jobs Grow With Overall U.S. Employment

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Mortgage companies added more jobs during September. Sector improvement came as U.S. employers increased payrolls by over 200,000 jobs in all industries — with the unemployment rate sinking to the lowest level in more than six years.

U.S. jobs expanded by 214,000 employees during October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Job growth slowed from the previous month’s 248,000 expansion in nonfarm payroll employment.

But anything north of 200,000 tends to be received well lately. The nonfarm number was 204,000 in October 2013.


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Mortgage Rates Rise, Might Climb Further

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Mortgage rates moved higher this past week, leaving long-term fixed rates above 4 percent. Rates might rise further, though employment numbers could change that. Fifteen-year rates surged.

A 4-basis point increase from last week left 30-year fixed rates averaging 4.02 percent in Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ended Nov. 11.

But fixed interest rates on home loans still sat below the their levels as of a year earlier, with a year-over-year improvement of 14 BPS.


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