Bank of America has taken a significant reputational hit as a result of its 2008 acquisition of Countrywide Financial. Could it have mitigated some of the damage with a different branding strategy?
Many active-duty service members are unaware that they are eligible to postpone mortgage payments under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. A group of major financial services companies have pledged to improve communication about this option, according to the Financial Services Roundtable's Tim Pawlenty and John Dalton.
It is clear that the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has made the mortgage industry a top priority and its supervised entities have had to fall in line with its expansive rules and regulations quickly.
All employees, including executives, need to be focused on compliance and customer complaints. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is specifically concerned when a company does not appropriately monitor third-party vendors.
Weather-wise, we're having a relatively placid season. But legal and regulatory developments are a different story when it comes to lender-placed insurance.
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The CFPB and other regulators are showing an increasing appetite for big data. The HMDA database may be the biggest in the mortgage business and a preview of the upcoming dataset may give lenders a chance to stay one step ahead of the feds.
With mounting indicators clearly showing that the so-called housing recovery was just an illusion, and many housing industry pundits who formerly touted the validity of said recovery now recanting their views, there should be no doubt that we are headed for another/further housing downturn.
Banking presents opportunities for non-depository mortgage companies seeking to boost competitiveness and expand market share.
While use of facsimile has decreased in the workplace for general business practices over the years, fax machines still remain the default delivery method for sending and receiving mortgage payoff statements.
The GSEs make mortgages? Banks don't? For an economics professor who has made the causes of the housing collapse a central campaign issue, David Brat sure doesn't sweat the details.
Previously there were a few larger institutions assuming the majority of the risk in the mortgage servicing market, but now this risk is more evenly distributed across smaller institutions.
Risks and headwinds abound, but if smaller investors opt to pool their properties into multi-borrower securitizations, this market could materially grow. Lingering economic factors suggest large players will remain involved.
The mortgage life support provided by the federal government since the crash is ebbing. It will be interesting to see if the industry can breathe on its own now.
There will be enough grist for the NPL mill for at least three more years, industry insiders say.