Our industry continues to be battered. Starwood Capital-backed Reverse Mortgage Funding and its parent company Reverse Mortgage Investment Trust have filed for bankruptcy. Inlanta Mortgage told the state of Wisconsin it plans to wind down its business. Switching gears, to celebrate the first day of December, spend 5 minutes taking one of my favorite quizzes, focused on figuring out where you’re from based on the words you use for certain common things. (What do you call the little bug that rolls up into a ball when you touch it? Sneakers versus tennis shoes? Y’all versus you guys?) It’s uncanny! What isn’t uncanny are the number of predictions we’ve heard about a recession, many dating from nearly a year ago. Recessions generally mean lower rates. Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan says that a “mild recession” is likely next year but that concerns about a more severe downturn appear to be abating, noting households have maintained strong financial footing. “At the end of the day, the consumer has held in well,” Moynihan says. “The consumer has stayed reasonably strong because they’re employed.” And Brian, how ‘bout the almost $30 trillion in home equity out there? (Today’s podcast is available here and this week’s is sponsored by Candor Technology: Home of the One Touch Underwrite, supporting lenders from Point of Sale to Post Close QC, to reduce repurchase risk, increase underwriter productivity by 400 percent, and decrease turn-times by 10. Listen to an interview with MBA’s Marina Walsh highlighting MBA’s latest National Delinquency Survey, as well as additional research.)
Source: Mortgage News Daily