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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Lend America Closes Down After FHA Cancels Approval

by Calculated Risk on 12/02/2009 09:31:00 AM

The FHA is expected to announce steps today to raise reserves, tighten standards and crack down on poor performing lenders. For Lend America (aka Ideal Mortgage Bankers), there were allegations of submitting false documents, but I expect further approval cancellations just for poor performance.

From Ellen Yan at Mass layoff at LI home lender amid federal probe (ht Mike in Long Island)

Melville-based Lend America closed its loan-making operation Tuesday and laid off most of its 600 workers, a day after federal officials revoked its license to make loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

FHA-backed loans made up at least 90 percent of the company's business.
Last year, Lend America closed 6,986 loans, or $1.36 billion in loans, Lovallo said, and for this year it projected 12,500 loans closed, for about $2.5 billion. The company serviced about $1.8 billion in loans, he said, and it is not clear whether it will continue to provide that service.
According to the FHA Neighborhood Watch, Lend America (listed as Ideal Mortgage Bankers) originated 11,559 loans over the last 24 months (November 01, 2007 and October 31, 2009) and 11.47% are already in default. The national average for FHA insured loans during that period is 5.02%.

There are 302 FHA lenders on the FHA list with default rates already over 10%, accounting for 163,590 loan originations over the last two years. The FHA could probably start with that list.