The Gainesville Sun reports that Taylor, Bean, and Whitaker Mortgage (TB&W) agreed to pay state agencies a $9 million dollar settlement for modifying loan applicant information to obtain lending approval. This applies to mortgages originated in 2006 and 2007. The article states that Lee Farkas, TB&W’s president, did not admit to any wrongdoing.
MortgageDataWeb checked Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for 2006 and 2007. Using TB&W’s HMDA data we used the rate spread field to determine if TB&W originated mortgages had annual percentage rates in range commonly recognized as subprime mortgages. The HMDA data records examined include first lien conventional purchase or refinance mortgages having conforming loan amounts on owner occupied site built homes. None of TB&W’s mortgages for this category in 2006 or in 2007 had a rate spread value. This suggests that all of TBW’s mortgage originations had annual percentage rates below the 3 percent reporting threshold. TB&W's mortgages are not subprime mortgages.
Many other mortgage originators charged home borrowers excessively high fees and interest rates much higher than TB&W. These other mortgage originators made a large contribution to the collapse of the housing and finance industries. TB&W was responsible for the mortgage and housing train wreck.
You would think there are other lenders that state agencies can pick on in order to serve the public interest. Feel free to name any that are still around!
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