August 13th, 2013

Will Retirees Finally Get a Mortgage Break?

Posted by at 8:12 am

Until recently, retirees living on a fixed income probably had a better chance at being chosen for The Price Is Right than qualifying for a mortgage. Even when borrowers hold substantial assets, an income from Social Security, pensions and investments has often been considered too low to meet today’s stricter mortgage eligibility requirements. But that scenario is changing. New options are in place for retirees who want to downsize but still need a mortgage, and for people who’d hoped to age in place with a smaller refinanced loan. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage investment giants, announced recent policy changes that allow lenders to take retirees’ assets into account. So when loan officers calculate borrowers’ income eligibility, they can factor in IRA, 401(k) and other retirement assets as a supplement to their fixed income. “This could open up...
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August 8th, 2013

Legislation Seeks to Stabilize FHA’s Reverse Mortgage Program

Posted by at 4:15 pm

Legislation Seeks to Stabilize FHA’s Reverse Mortgage Program Due to requests from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials to gain the authority to add consumer safeguards and make other changes to improve financial performance of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) has urged Congress to grant HUD such power so that loans would be better matched with qualified borrowers. HUD is seeking to include the ability to perform financial assessments of HECM applicants, set mandates for funds set aside for tax and insurance payments, set proceed amount withdrawal restrictions and have the ability to include all spouses on the loan – regardless of the age. “The HUD proposal is a model for responsive and responsible governing,” said Peter Bell, president and CEO of NRMLA. “No government program works perfectly...
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August 2nd, 2013

Bay Equity Grows Rapidly in First Half of 2013

Posted by at 8:29 am

Bay Equity Home Loans nearly doubled its branches in the first half of the year, having its largest six months of steady and substantial growth as a San Francisco-based mortgage lender. The company has added 30 new branches as it expands its reach of mortgage lending professionals. Bay Equity’s expansion in 2013 adds to an already impressive reputation for growth. In 2011 and 2012, Bay Equity was ranked by the San Francisco Business Times as among the “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.” From opening its doors in 2008, Bay Equity has opened 69 branches and is licensed in 12 states: California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. The branches that joined Bay Equity this year are experiencing their own success. Bay Equity’s Costa Mesa, CA branch opened in February. In its first two...
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August 1st, 2013

Oregon Now Offers Assistance to Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Posted by at 9:28 am

Oregon Now Offers Assistance to Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Oregon is now accepting applications for a new assistance program to provide aid to homeowners facing foreclosure. The Home Rescue Program provides aid with up to one year of mortgage payments (capped at $20,000) and provide up to $10,000 to bring a delinquent mortgage current. In order to qualify for the program, you must be in a 10% decline in income this year compared to 2011 or 2012. This program is run by Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative. It is open to all homeowners except Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington. The program will become available to these counties Aug. 28. For more Credit:
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June 6th, 2013

Bay Equity Home Loans Introduces “Bay Direct”

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Under the Bay Direct program, Bay Equity offers financed mortgage insurance, investment properties up to 85% loan-to-value, condo projects with litigation, geodesic homes, approved leaseholds, and delayed financing options. “Bay Direct offers the broadest guidelines possible,” said Director of Corporate Operations Julie Taylor. “With the introduction of this product we are continuing to leverage our direct agency approvals.” Bay Equity is a direct seller with full agency approval by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae. Other Bay Equity agency-direct products include DU Refi Plus, Open Access and LP...
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June 4th, 2013

Bay Equity Offers Expanded HARP Program to Help Struggling Homeowners Refinance

Posted by at 7:08 pm

Significantly expanded Home Affordable Refinance Program assists “underwater” homeowners with their refinancing needs. Five years ago the real estate bubble burst and the mortgage industry imploded in the largest U.S. financial melt-down since the Great Depression. In an effort to help “at-risk-homeowners” avoid foreclosure, the Federal Government intervened and created the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in 2009. Through direct lenders like Bay Equity Home Loans, HARP has successfully helped many homeowners refinance out of high risk, sub-prime and adjustable rate loans into low fixed rate mortgages. With the recent extension of HARP through 2015, the Government expects millions more will benefit from the program. “When HARP was first introduced, it was fairly limited in its scope and excluded many homeowners,” says Tim Carroll, Sales Manager at Bay Equity Home Loans in Santa Rosa ( However, in 2012 the program...
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May 30th, 2013

Bay Equity Announces Rebranding Initiative

Posted by at 12:35 pm

Hometown Lending is now Bay Equity Home Loans Bay Equity Home Loans has announced the rebranding of its Hometown Lending division. Hometown Lending branches will become Bay Equity branches. Hometown Lending started in 2000 in Everett, WA and joined Bay Equity in April of 2012. “Hometown Lending has been a great partnership for us as we grow and diversify our geographic footprint,” said President Brett McGovern. “We have firmly planted the Bay Equity flag in the Pacific Northwest and now it’s a good time to bring the company together under one strong, easily identifiable brand. We look forward to continued growth in that region.” Curt Lillibridge, the founder of Hometown Lending added, “The decision to join Bay Equity, now over a year ago, has exceeded my expectations and I’m delighted to be partnered with such a forward-thinking company.” Bay Equity...
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May 23rd, 2013

Bay Equity Has Full Agency Approval

Posted by at 4:38 pm

Bay Equity Home Loans, ranked among the fastest-growing privately held financial institutions in the Bay Area, has announced that it is now approved by the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA). Known as Ginnie Mae, the agency expands affordable housing opportunities nationwide. In addition to Ginnie Mae, Bay Equity also has the approval of the two other federal agencies operating in the secondary lending market—Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FHLMC). “Our hard work to secure these approvals will lead to a variety of positive developments for the company,” said Bay Equity President Brett McGovern. “Above all, we are striving to build a company that is built on a solid foundation and the quality of our loans and strong relationships with the Agencies are central to that end.” Full agency approval means increased liquidity, freedom from investor overlays and purchase turn...
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May 16th, 2013

Bay Equity Celebrates 5 Years of Lending!

Posted by at 9:48 pm

Bay Equity funded its first loan five years ago this month! For all those who have joined in the past half-decade, I thought it would be fun to paint the picture of what Bay looked like in May of 2008. I will begin by recognizing those people who were on the ground floor and helped us overcome a number of the initial hurdles as we got into business. Matt Birdseye manned the lock desk and underwrote loans in his spare time. Brian Louie was the funding, docs and warehouse department. John Curtin, Colin Sullivan, Jon McGovern, Brett McGovern and I were the sales force. We had fewer than 10 employees in 2008 and we were housed out of 251 Kearny Street in San Francisco. The office was just over 2,000 square feet. Brett shared an office with our processor/controller. I...
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May 16th, 2013

Bay Equity Now a Freddie Mac Lender

Posted by at 9:39 am

Improves Access to Lower Housing Costs and Home Financing. Bay Equity Home Loans is approved by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) as a direct lender. Chartered by Congress in 1970 and commonly known as Freddie Mac, the FHLMC mission is to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the U.S. housing market. Approved lenders can help people get lower housing costs and better access to home financing. “With Freddie Mac approval, Bay Equity can help meet the needs of the mortgage market by making homeownership more affordable,” said President Brett McGovern. “By building a comprehensive agency-direct product portfolio, Bay Equity is emerging as one of the strongest and most stable lenders in today’s market.” Through federal programs like Making Home Affordable, Freddie Mac works to reduce the number of foreclosures and help families keep their homes by lowering costs...
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