Saturday, August 04, 2007

No Longer a Mortgage Broker

Now that I work for JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. I'm no longer a mortgage broker.

I just made the move a week ago, so I've been watching the news with interest as American Home Mortgage locks out it's employees (heard they did that, don't know for sure) and then shuts down completely laying off 7000 people.

Also Greenpoint Mortgage has stopped originating Jumbo (loans over the conforming limit of $417K) ARMS. That is a major part of my book of business here in Manhattan. Wells Fargo slashes it's Alt A programs, as does Wachovia. Wells Fargo's Alt A cutback only affects Mortgage Brokers, while Wachovia ditches Alt A lending altogether. Alt A mortgages are those in which the borrower falls between prime and subprime, but the borrower are closer to Prime borrowers, so this really hurts the homebuyer, who might be a small businessman, shop owners and the like.

Accredited's clean bill of health is pending.

Top brass at Bear Stearns says the secondary debt market is the most volatile it has been in 22 years. While Indymac's Chief Executive emailed people saying the mortgage-backed bond market is "very panicked and illiquid", driving Indymac's stock price down.

This next few months are going to be a roller coaster ride for us in the mortgage business, especially those of us on the front lines as we find out hour by hour what types of loans we can originate and what types are no longer available.


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