Brad Finkelstein

Brad Finkelstein


Brad Finkelstein is the editor of Origination News and originations editor of National Mortgage News. Among his areas of coverage are wholesale lending, consumer marketing, reverse mortgages, appraisals, mortgage insurance and title insurance.

Finkelstein has been with NMN since May 1990. Prior to that he was the associate editor of the Airport Press in Jamaica, N.Y., and a reporter for This Week Publications on Long Island. He is a past president of the New York Financial Writers Association.

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Home purchase applications are at their highest level in almost five years but a level that is still considered weak, according to the Freddie Mac Multi-Indicator Market Index.
Arch U.S. MI's acquisition of United Guaranty Corp. will make one of the smallest private mortgage insurers the sector's new market leader. While the move is likely to ease pricing competition among the six remaining players, it's not expected to set off a wave of further consolidation.
Sterling Bancorp of Montebello, N.Y., has sold its mortgage business to Freedom Mortgage of Mount Laurel, N.J., for an undisclosed price.
Mortgage portfolio retention strategies typically focus on proactively approaching borrowers who can benefit from refinancing. But companies are increasingly using enhanced analytics to further segment their customer base and identify borrowers on the cusp of buying a new home.
Title insurer operating revenue will end 2016 flat to slightly down as a modest increase in interest rates should dampen purchase and refinance transactions, a report from Fitch Ratings said.
Mortgage lenders can expand their businesses by catering to borrowers who aren't proficient in English, but doing so requires strategic recruiting and hiring and compliance with federal and state regulations.
PHH Corp. said Merrill Lynch plans to bring more of its origination activity back in house and that could hurt pretax earnings by $13 million in the second half of the year.
Walter Investment Management Corp. lost $232.4 million in the second quarter as the company took $216 million in charges related to its mortgage servicing portfolio.
Genworth Financial is looking at separating its mortgage insurance business from its life insurance line after it does the same for its long-term care insurance unit.
NMI Holdings reported second-quarter net income of $2 million, making it the first time the company founded in 2012 has ended a period in the black.
Foundation Asset Management has requested a special meeting of Stewart Information Services Corp. stockholders, where it will propose removing co-vice chairmen Malcolm Morris and Stewart Morris Jr. from the company's board of directors.
Old Republic International Corp.'s title insurance business had a 6% decline in pretax operating income year-over-year for the second quarter as costs rose greater than premium and fee revenue.
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