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Foreigners riding the U.S. real estate market up

October 14th, 2014 by


Favorable exchange rates, affordable home prices and relatively inexpensive financing continue to drive international home buyers to the United States, and lenders are taking notice.

At HSBC, foreign-national mortgages accounted for about 35% of its U.S. home lending business so far in 2014, according to Peter Alongi, senior mortgage manager at HSBC’s New York City office. Alongi said the bank has consistently experience year-over-year increases.

International home buying in the U.S. increased 35% between March 2013 and April 2014, with Chinese buyers outpacing the rest. The Chinese spent $22 billion of the total $92.3 billion international home buying volume during that time period, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Overall, foreign clients made up about 7% of transactions in the $1.2 trillion U.S. residential real estate market.

Other lenders are showing interest, too. Mega Capital Funding, a Calabasas, Calif.-based lender, started lending to non-residents in June after seeing rising demand from Chinese buyers, according to Bloomberg. Orlando, Fla.-based FBC Mortgage increased its mortgages to international buyers by 65% in 2014 compared to last year.


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Mortgage Lender FBC Mortgage, LLC Releases Record Rankings

October 8th, 2014 by

Orlando, Florida – FBC Mortgage, Florida’s largest mortgage banker, is now the largest new construction mortgage lender in the State of Florida based on data contained in a report from MortgageDataWeb.com*.  FBC Mortgage is also the second largest lender in the state for purchase money mortgages, trailing only Wells Fargo Bank.  MortgageDataWeb.com* pulls public records data from all counties in the State of Florida.  “As a company, we have always focused on the purchase market.  We were happy to see the results of our team’s hard work.  Moving forward our goal is to replicate our success in Florida in other markets that we serve,” stated Rob Nunziata, CEO and Co-Founder.  FBC is based in Central Florida and has 340 employees in the State of Florida and over 400 employees nationwide.   FBC is licensed in 43 states and has offices throughout the U.S.

*MortgageDataWeb.com powered by CBMI (2014, August 29). Retrieved from http://www.mortgagedataweb.com. Reports provided upon request.

About FBC Mortgage
Founded in 2005 in Orlando, Florida, FBC Mortgage, LLC, A Sterne Agee Group Company, is a National Mortgage Lender headquartered in Orlando, Florida and operates under the FBC Mortgage, Sterne Agee Mortgage, and Home Loans Today names. FBC Mortgage provides competitive rates on home loans (FHA, VA, Conventional, Jumbo, USDA), construction loans, and FHA 203k rehab loans. The award-winning company also specializes in refinancing home loans. Visit us on the web at www.fbchomeloans.com or call us at 1-866-413-2563 to schedule your free mortgage consultation.[...] Read More

From card table to 13 locations, FBC Mortgage expects big gains for 2014

October 6th, 2014 by


FBC Mortgage LLC has come a long way from when brothers Joe and Rob Nunziata started the firm on a card table in 2005. Now, the company has 13 locations, including a recent acquisition in Jacksonville, 385 workers companywide and expects to close 9,250 loans worth $2 billion for 2014, making it one of Central Florida’s largest mortgage lenders.

Here, CEO/President Rob Nunziata talks about challenges and more:Rob Nunziata

How you’re using technology to increase sales? We developed a point-of-sale kiosk to put on-site at builder and Realtor offices. We also have a development department with six programmers to help automate many manual functions. For example, we automated the appraisal, flood certification and IRS verification process. And we started to focus on social media like Twitter, Rate Your Lender and Facebook.

Key accomplishments in the past 12 months? Staying profitable in a difficult market. The competition has increased dramatically, so the number of closings has gone down tremendously because 70 to 80 percent were refinance transactions. A lot of companies focused on the refinance transactions now are moving into that purchase market.

Most difficult challenges? Keeping up with regulatory changes and increased competition. We learned that we needed to make quality control and compliance one of our major areas of focus. Today, we have two full-time attorneys on staff and more than 15 people in those two departments. Before 2011, we didn’t have any staff attorneys and a small quality control and compliance staff.


Brits Get Disney Fix as U.S. Banks Lend to Foreigners

October 6th, 2014 by
By Heather Perlberg and Prashant Gopal Sep 23, 2014 11:03 AM ET

Adele and Mark Lee, who live in England with their three children, said they got approved for a U.S. mortgage without setting foot on American soil. The vacation home they’re buying near Florida’s Disney World would have been out of reach if they had to pay all cash.

“It would have been a stretch,” said Adele, a 35-year-old nursery school teacher, speaking from the family’s home near Birmingham. “We wanted to keep some money here just to fall back on.”

The Lees are using a foreign-national mortgage, a loan for overseas buyers that required a 40 percent down payment, to purchase the five-bedroom house later this month for $423,000. Adele and her husband, a construction worker, plan to rent the Orlando property when they’re not living in it.

Lenders are providing greater access to credit for non-U.S. residents to finance vacation houses and investment properties. Foreign buyers, who are helping to fill a void left by Americans facing high borrowing hurdles, spent about $35 billion on U.S. homes using mortgages in the 12 months through March, a 46 percent increase from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors.

“The American pool of borrowers is drying up,” said Anthony B. Sanders, an economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. “Middle-class borrowers have flatlined due to low income growth, and domestic investors are finding it less appetizing because the foreclosure inventory has dried up. So who do you go to? Foreign investors.”


FBC Mortgage Deploys VirPack’s Document Management and Delivery System

June 17th, 2014 by



VirPack has announced that FBC Mortgage LLC has selected and deployed VirPack’s Document Management and Delivery System. FBC Mortgage, a Sterne Agee Group Company, is a national mortgage lender based in Orlando that works with borrowers, as well as many of the largest real estate firms and builders in the U.S. The firm has proven expertise in residential mortgage lending, from purchasing to refinancing to construction lending.

“FBC Mortgage is focused on originating mortgages as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible while ensuring compliance with federal, state, and investor regulations and requirements. We leverage technology wherever possible to make it as easy and as fast as possible for borrowers, loan producers, and our processing staff to originate loans with FBC,” said Tony Eelman, chief operating officer at FBC Mortgage. “We have created competitive advantages with our technology and continually seek to strengthen our competitive position with on-going technology innovation.” (more…)

National Mortgage Lender, FBC Mortgage, LLC Announces New Partnership with HomeBanc N.A.

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Contact:  Stephanie Simmons 407-377-0327

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National Mortgage Lender, FBC Mortgage, LLC Announces New Partnership with HomeBanc N.A.

Orlando, Florida – National Mortgage Lender FBC Mortgage, LLC announced that it has entered into a partnership with HomeBanc N.A. to handle residential mortgage referrals from its customers. It is anticipated that over 2,000 residential loans will be handled by FBC this year based on the new arrangement.  (more…)