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Sterne Agee Mortgage Announces Expansion in the Western United States

November 14th, 2014 by

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ORLANDO, FL – Sterne Agee Mortgage, a division of FBC Mortgage, LLC, is pleased to announce their expansion in the Western United States.  Sterne Agee Mortgage has hired a production and operations staff led by industry veterans Tim and Grace Frohock.  The new branch has ten employees and is located in Phoenix, AZ.   The team was most recently with Affiliated Mortgage and was one of their top producing branches. “Our Team has a proven track record and we all look forward to continuing our customer centric business model with Sterne Agee Mortgage.  We are confident that Sterne Agee Mortgage’s culture is an ideal match and is consistent with our approach to creating lasting relationships,”  stated Tim Frohock, Regional Manager.

The branch generates wholesale and correspondent business in Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.  “It was immediately evident that the addition of Grace, Tim and their entire team would be a great fit for Sterne Agee Mortgage.  We have been looking in this market for several months and timing worked out perfect,” stated Denese Carty, TPO Division Manager, Sterne Agee Mortgage.  Sterne Agee Mortgage currently generates the majority of its business from Banks and Brokers located in the Southeast and New England area.  “Our goal has been to expand our business model out west.  We believe we have the right products and leadership to move forward with this expansion,” stated Rob Nunziata, CEO of FBC Mortgage, LLC.

About Sterne Agee Mortgage “SAM”
SAM is an operating division of FBC Mortgage (2005), a subsidiary of Sterne Agee Group Inc. (1901).  SAM, is a National Correspondent Mortgage Lender headquartered in Orlando, Florida. SAM provides competitive rates on home loans FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA, and FHA 203k rehab loans. The award-winning company also specializes in creating a boutique lending experience for its bank partners. Visit us on the web at www.sterneageemortgage.com or call us at 407-215-0860 to become an approved correspondent.
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, 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.


VirPack and National MI Create Interface for Loan Document Delivery

November 14th, 2014 by


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MCLEAN, Va. and EMERYVILLE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — VirPack, a leading document management and delivery solution provider to the residential mortgage industry, announced today that it has released an interface to the mortgage insurance system of National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI), a subsidiary ofNMI Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ:  NMIH). The interface enables lenders using VirPack’s Document Management and Delivery system to efficiently transmit loan documents that are required for mortgage insurance underwriting directly to National MI.

Founded in 2012, National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI) is headquartered in Emeryville, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. NMI Holdings, Inc., National MI's parent company, raised over $500 million of capital in a private placement of its securities in April 2012 and is led by an experienced management team. National MI has received approval from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as a qualified mortgage insurer, and has been approved to provide mortgage insurance in 50 states and the...

The interface between VirPack and National MI is designed to save lenders time and to increase accuracy by automating the process of sending documents to National MI with VirPack’s “One Click” delivery technology.

“VirPack and National MI developed the integration because it provides a faster, more efficient and accurate way for National MI to collect the documents necessary for it to make a decision on issuing and pricing insurance,” saidCy Brinn, VirPack’s COO.

“As a result of the integration, we are able to order services and securely deliver the documents that National MI requires to issue mortgage insurance,” saidTony Eelman, COO atFBC Mortgage, LLC. “We are leveraging this platform because it improves accuracy, reduces costs, and helps us to preserve our competitive advantage through advanced technology.”

FBC Mortgage, LLC, aSterne Agee Group Co., is a national mortgage lender based inOrlando that works with borrowers, as well as many of the largest real estate firms and builders in the U.S.

“We’re pleased to have this direct integration with VirPack’s top-flight document management and delivery system,” said Pete Pannes, chief sales officer at National MI. “Our integration with VirPack is part of our ongoing commitment to our lender customers to make doing business with National MI as easy as possible. We believe our mutual customers will benefit from the time- and cost-savings realized with the integration.”



Mortgages down; apartments started

November 4th, 2014 by


Mortgage applications in Metropolitan Orlando declined during the summer and Freddie Mac described region’s housing market as “weak and declining,” according to a quarterly report by the mortgage giant..

Compared to a year ago, the housing market had improved for the region but several indicators have pointed to a slowed recovery in August from one month and three months earlier.

“The Orlando housing and mortgage market continues to vacillate but is better today than it was at this point last year,” said Rob Nunziata, president of Orlando-based FBC Mortgage.

The outlook, he added, is promising because Fannie Mae is expected to release a mortgage product with down payments of only 3 percent in order to help low- and moderate-income households.

Even though the Orlando housing market showed improvement over the 12-month period that ended in August, the Orlando region’s housing index ranked 47th among the top 50 metro areas, according to Freddie Mac.

Among other things, Orlando lags behind nationally in terms of homeowners paying their mortgage. Of the mortgages within the Orlando area, only 30 percent had been paid on time. Nationally, homeowners’ rate of staying current on mortgage payment was more than double Orlando’s rate.


Construction manager Roger B. Kennedy Inc. started work on the second phase of Unicorp’s $6.2 million, 60-unit Casa Mirella Apartments in Windermere. The firm completed the $18 million, 216-unit first phase ahead of schedule in February. Designed by Slocum Platts Architects of Winter Park, Casa Mirella’s second phase is slated for completion in June 2015. …

Charleston-based Greystar selected Charlan Brock & Associates Inc. to design the 449-unit Elan Audubon Park apartments near Maguire Boulevard and East Colonial Drive in Orlando. Greystar Development and Construction will serve as general contractor on the project, which gets underway in November. The community is planned to have one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. …

Tavistock Development Co. started work on the GuideWell Innovation Center at Medical City in Lake Nona. The 92,000-square-foot, three-story facility will include a life-sciences incubator to be managed by the University of Central Florida in partnership with the University of Florida.


Orlando’s 240-unit Rolling Hills apartment complex and Eustis’s 138-unit Tanglewood complex were part of a portfolio of 14 Florida apartment communities purchased by Tzadik Management for $81 million, or an average of $37,000 per unit. Evan Kristol, senior vice president in Marcus & Millichap’s Fort Lauderdale office and Institutional Property Advisors Senior Director Still Hunter III represented the buyer. Darron Kattan, Kevin Kelleher, Deme Mekras, and Elliot Shainberg, all of Franklin Street, represented the seller, Avesta Communities LLC.

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Fourteen Certified Mortgage Bankers Recognized by the MBA

October 23rd, 2014 by


MBA Education, the award-winning education division of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), recognized 14 individuals who earned the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation at a ceremony held at MBA’s 101st Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas. Earning one’s CMB is the highest professional honor within the real estate finance industry.

The 14 CMBs who received their designations this past calendar year will join a group of more than 1,200 industry professionals who have proven their commitment to excellence within the mortgage banking industry.

“The knowledge that comes with the CMB accreditation is the most significant component of this honor because it positions one to navigate today’s ever-changing landscape,” said MBA Chairman Bill Cosgrove. “I applaud this year’s graduates and wish them luck in their continued career advancement.”

CMB candidates must acquire 150 points earned through a combination of professional experience, secondary education, continuing education through MBA-sponsored events and MBA Education courses, as well as participation in MBA at the local, state and/or national level. After accumulating the required points and passing a comprehensive written exam, candidates must demonstrate industry knowledge by passing an oral exam conducted by a panel of CMBs.

“I join MBA Chairman Bill Cosgrove in congratulating all of this year’s CMB graduates for achieving this noteworthy milestone,” said Jeff Schummer, MBA’s vice president of Education Development. “Because of this honor, each now has a new set of skills that will serve them well going forward.”

Candidates have the option of choosing among the Commercial CMB, Residential CMB or Master CMB designations. The Master CMB is a combination of both commercial and residential mortgage banking disciplines, while the Residential CMB and Commercial CMB focus on their respective subfields of the mortgage industry.

In June 2009, MBA launched the Executive Certified Mortgage Banker program. Designed for busy professionals, this program allows candidates to substitute their real-world knowledge and experience for many of the educational requirements of the CMB program.

In order to be eligible for the CMB designation, candidates must either work for an MBA member company or be a member of a recognized state MBA. Every candidate for an Executive CMB is required to have a minimum of 10 years of experience in real estate finance and hold a senior management position at an MBA member company.

MBA Education awarded the following industry professionals with the CMB designation from November 2013 to October 2014:

Residential CMB Designees
Daniel H. Aminoff, CMB, AMP: Branch Manager, EverBank – Alexandria, Va.
​►Michael Bekes, CMB, AMP:  Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage – Milwaukee, Wis.
​►Jonathan M. Grafflin, CMB, AMP: Key Account Executive, Chase – Irving, Texas
​►Peter A. Hinrichs, CMB, CRU: Senior Director, AgStar Home Mortgage Services – Rochester, Minn.
​►Bruce Meyers, CMB: Branch Manager, First Home Mortgage Corporation – Bethesda, Md.
​►Joe Nunziata, CMB, CRO: Chairman, FBC Mortgage, LLC – Orlando, Fla.
​►Joseph Panebianco, CMB, CFA: President and CEO, AnnieMac Home Mortgage – Mount Laurel, N.J.
​►Todd Potter, CMB: National Correspondent Sales Manager, Envoy Mortgage – Brighton, Mich.
​►David Rembert, CMB, AMP: Branch Manager, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. – Belton, Texas
​►Matthew J. Whalen, CMB, AMP: Assistant Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage – Champaign, Ill.
​►Andrew C. Wideman, CMB, AMP:  Senior Vice President-National Sales, Title Source – Denver, Colo.

CMB Designees from the Executive Certified Mortgage Banker program
Michael Kaysen, CMB: Chief Operations Officer, Home Point Capital – Ann Arbor, Mich.
​►Eduardo Perez, CMB: President, Equity Loans, LLC – Atlanta, Ga.
​►Souren Sarkar, CMB: Managing Partner, Advantium Mortgage Solutions – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


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.

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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.