Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. home lender, is turning to former University of Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and a captive audience of real-estate agents to attract new business as the pace of U.S. mortgage refinancings is set to drop to the slowest since 2008.
Redwood Trust Inc. is having a spectacular run. Its shares have returned almost 85 percent in the past year and there have been zero defaults among the $4 billion of jumbo loans it packaged and sold as bonds since 2010.
Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. home lender, changed its compensation for some mortgage salespeople to include a reward for submitting complete loan applications to processors and underwriters within five days.
Jung Lim plans to offset the cost of rising mortgage rates by using an adjustable-rate loan to buy a home for his expanding family. For the California endodontist, the money he’ll save makes up for the ARM’s risky reputation.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris objects to giving banks broad releases of liability for predatory lending. At the same time, she may be locked into her predecessor’s 2008 settlement with the largest lender in the state during the mortgage boom that does exactly that.