Brentwood-based Churchill Mortgage has doubled its California footprint with the opening of a branch in San Diego. The lender also plans to add another location in Los Angeles County soon. The San Diego office is Churchill’s 25th overall and will be led by Joe Detmer, a former regional sales manager for U.S. Bank Home Mortgage and chairman of the San Diego Community Housing Corp.’s board.
Churchill first set up shop in California last year with an office in Orange. That location now is home to more than 10 people and is recruiting for various roles with an eye to opening a second Los Angeles County branch.
The financial state of Nashville's homeowners continues to improve ever so steadily, according to the researchers at CoreLogic. (See the chart on the right.) At the end of March, barely 2.5 percent of all mortgages in Middle Tennessee were delinquent 90 days or more. That's down 70 basis points from a year earlier and a full point below the number of early 2014.
Improvement on the foreclosure side of the housing market have been a little harder to come by of late. But the 0.47 percent rate is close to a post-crash low and bode well both for continued housing price gains and for the profitabilty of banks and other home loan lenders.
The graphic below shows a slightly bigger picture in the Freddie Mac Multi-Indicator Market Index, which includes some payment data of the kind tracked by CoreLogic but also throws in information on a city's incomes, mortgage applications and overall job growth. Improvements in the last two of that trio have pushed Nashville's score to its highest point since before the Great Recession.
Nashville's MiMi gain in March was the fourth-best among the country's 100 largest cities. For more national perspective, click here.
By most accounts, the Middle Tennessee housing market is cooking. But the aftershocks of the financial crisis have resulted in an underwriting conservatism that has shut out some potential homebuyers. Nonprofit Affordable Housing Resources is looking to step in with a loan program that helps bridge the gap for house hunters with higher debt ratio and lower credit scores.
To become eligible, borrowers must show a two-year work history and take an eight-hour education class. They also must contribute a down payment of at least 1 percent.
“The pendulum has now swung so far in that direction that it is preventing responsible people from getting a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage,” said Eddie Latimer, AHR's CEO. “They are being kept from buying their first home, an important rung in the economic ladder.”
It's not necessarily a surprise, but it is encouraging. Real estate research firm CoreLogic's latest numbers show that more and more Middle Tennessee homeowners are becoming current on their payments. The 2.71 percent delinquency rate for February was 70 basis points better than that of a year earlier and just about a full point below the number from October of 2013. That trend has had a positive effect on local banks' earnings and is showing little sign of slowing down.
Pinnacle Financial Partners has hired Brett Reynolds as a senior vice president and mortgage advisor for its Dickson office. Reynolds has more than five years of lending experience at TriStar Bank. He is a founding board member of Banebow Inc. and serves on the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum advisory committee.
Fourteen-year-old Pinnacle ranks sixth in Dickson County in deposit share with about 4.4 percent of the market.
So it appears that Middle Tennessee's residential real estate sector has purged from its system almost all the bad loans and foreclosures it could. New data from CoreLogic shows that the region's home loan delinquency and foreclosures rates — which were still dropping steadily this spring — have bottomed out. They're not moving back up yet — and given the steady growth of the region, that may not happen soon — but the positive momentum has clearly petered out.
Negative equity among Nashville-area homeowners finished the first half of the year at 12.4 percent, down from more than 20 percent compared to the figure of 12 months earlier and almost three points better than at year-end 2013. So says housing research and marketing firm Zillow, which puts the total amount of Middle Tennessee negative equity at $2.7 billion and puts the biggest negative equity rates in the region's most rural counties. More than half of the people who still owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth are less than 20 percent under water.
SEE ALSO: Zillow's release, headlined by a national negative equity number of 17.0 percent
Real estate data firm CoreLogic says the percentage of Nashville-area home loans that are at least 90 days behind fell in May to 3.08 percent from 3.15 percent the month before and 3.95 percent in May of 2013. If recent trends hold, the delinquency rate will be well below 3 percent by summer's end and about half its number during the peak of the Great Recession.
Similarly, CoreLogic says the Nashville MSA's foreclosure rate dipped to 0.53 percent from 0.57 percent in April and 1.02 percent a year earlier. That number peaked just under 2 percent in early 2011.
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