For Southern Top Producers, the inventory shortage curtails business

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A larger percentage of the Top Producers from the South were very concerned about the effect of the housing inventory shortage than the nationwide sample of participants in NMN’s Top Producers ranking.

In the survey, conducted in January and February, those that track listing data noted that potential sellers were not putting their properties up for sale — a condition that persists today. Even as the purchase market has rebounded strongly in recent months, it has led to higher prices and reduced affordability given the low number of homes on the market.

When it comes to first time home buyers, 35% of loan officers based in the South said they were very concerned about the inventory shortage affecting this group, versus 31% of all respondents. Over three-quarters, 77%, of Southern loan officers expressed any degree of concern, versus 71% of the nationwide total.

Asked about the effect on move-up buyers, 27% of respondents based in Southern states were very concerned about the shortage, the highest share among the four regions.

It is the single greatest challenge in real estate, said Alexander Jaffe, the branch sales manager with First Home Mortgage in Chevy Chase, Md.

"With low housing stock, the opportunity for buyers to purchase housing affordably, and therefore for us to make loans to them, is limited,” Jaffe wrote. “We should work with all levels of government to address this need, as affordable and available housing have multiple documented benefits for all."

When asked about the biggest issues within the originations market today, Robby Oakes, the managing director of Corporate Mortgage Investors Group of Morehead City, N.C., noted a need for greater transparency within the relationship between loan officers and the real estate brokers.

"There [are] still too many marketing services agreements and desk rentals driving up consumer costs," Oakes said. "Consumers need to know what they are paying and who is benefiting from a relationship between a real estate agent and a MLO. The answer should always be the consumer."

But the relationship between the three groups need not be contentious, said Max Leaman, the CEO, branch manager and senior loan officer of LoanPeople, an Austin, Texas-based company.

"For example, intuitive loan applications pull credit and allow borrowers to match mortgages to properties," Leaman wrote. "Efficiency such as this saves time for customers and loan officers, providing the client valuable credit information faster, and enabling the loan officer to review and qualify files with less organization work."

Here are the top 20 originators based in the South:

Region rank Overall rank Name Company City, State Dollar volume Number of loans
1 5 Max Leaman LoanPeople Austin, TX $316,491,755 990
2 12 Robby Oakes Corporate Investors Mortgage Morehead City, NC $251,167,985 794
3 15 Matt Andre FBC Mortgage Lake Mary, FL $231,960,067 858
4 16 Reginald Maddox McLean Mortgage Fairfax, VA $227,305,632 552
5 17 Craig Stelzer CrossCountry Mortgage Delray Beach, FL $226,184,036 701
6 30 Lance Johnson Regions Mortgage Charlotte, NC $171,109,706 297
7 32 Lauren Maxwell CrossCountry Mortgage Naples, FL $165,188,310 604
8 33 Carey Ann Cyr CMG Financial Franklin, TN $163,357,258 677
9 34 Sam Rosenblatt Academy Mortgage Hunt Valley, MD $158,166,682 510
10 38 Michael Brown Churchill Mortgage Brentwood, TN $153,535,066 541
11 43 Jonathan Okun Prosperity Home Mortgage Bethesda, MD $149,189,700 269
12 47 Tammy Saul Federal Hill Mortgage Baltimore, MD $139,298,399 430
13 50 Erik Hargrave PrimeLending Dallas, TX $135,889,630 321
14 54 John Pyne Intercoastal Mortgage McLean, VA $126,312,292 235
15 59 Cameron Breed SWBC Mortgage Austin, TX $120,285,076 298
16 60 Tyler Bahnsen Homebridge Financial Services Coral Gables, FL $118,197,365 407
17 61 Melissa Bell McLean Mortgage Fairfax, VA $116,536,469 298
18 69 Amit Kaim George Mason Mortgage McLean, VA $110,488,388 224
19 74 Sean Fritts Direct Mortgage Loans Reston, VA $105,020,961 237
20 75 Sarah Welsh Prosperity Home Mortgage McLean, VA $103,100,711 204
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