American Pacific Mortgage

American Pacific Mortgage

Friday, March 27, 2020

Holy Moly! Hang On Tight!

The current environment is unprecedented on many fronts. Quarantines and Social Distancing, unemployment is mounting, and the havoc in the mortgage industry is staggering. Mortgage lenders are under tremendous pressure on multiple fronts: volume, rate drops, market volatility and "churning" of their loan portfolios, e.g. early payoffs and rate lock abandonment. This causes a lack of liquidity since once locked, lenders hedge their positions and if the lock is broken, it is costly. Servicing income drops dramatically and forbearance (forgiveness of loan payments) isn't going to help.

APM is NOT a loan servicer, so we do not face the risks of the large servicing companies or "aggregators" of mortgage loan pools. However we do have interest rate risk, which is the risk of not being able to sell loans, once closed, at low rates if pricing and rates increase.

The Fed move to drop the fed rate did not, and does not directly affect mortgage loan rates. But the stimulus package to buy Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) DOES have a downward effect on rates. This in reality is NOT helping since it is motivating so many borrowers to break current locks and/or refinance their loans, causing huge losses to the above mentioned servicers/aggregators.

What does it all mean? We all need to be patient, and wait for the markets to normalize. This may take a few weeks or months. In the meantime, The Card Team and APM are diligently working through our pipeline of refinance loans and, as always, prioritizing purchase loans. One of the steps we have taken is locking all refinance loans for 60 days on a 30 day lock price, to handle the high volume.

We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We continue to open new refinance loans for our clients, and prep them for processing, floating the rate and not locking yet, while waiting for the market to settle down.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Rate and Travel Updates

Mortgage rates continue to hover near record lows with the Corona virus taking most of the credit! The market flight to security caused a dip in the stock market which provided a boost to US treasuries.

What does it all mean? Right now is a great time to pull cash out of your home for improvements or remodeling, while rates are low. Home prices have continued to increase, as there isn’t a lot of inventory out there, which means it is a great time to sell if you are so inclined.

If you haven’t refinanced recently you can likely lower your rate and payments, even if you aren’t pulling cash out.

Loan limits have increased again for FNMA, Freddie and FHA/VA loans. The high-cost counties, such as Orange and Los Angeles, are up to $765,500 loan limits… which makes it easier to qualify for mortgage financing.

Reverse loans continue to gain in popularity although I still hear some of the myths repeated, such as “the bank owns your home.” NOT!!!

Please reach out to me or Katie with any questions. We are here to help! Visit our website at


We continue to enjoy spending time with our adult children, grandchildren, and friends. The grandchildren, now numbering five, are ages 7,5,3,2 and 1. We took a camping trip to El Capitan, north of Santa Barbara in September, and most of our crew joined us. The weather cooperated and we had a blast swimming and playing on the beach. I actually tried boogie-boarding for the first time, what a hoot.

November saw us traveling to Maui with friends where we stayed at Ka’anapali. We enjoyed hiking to the blowhole, swimming, snorkeling, and got in a number of scuba dives. We saw more sea turtles than ever before, and had our first sighting of Manta Rays. What a delight! One day we did four dives. Water Warriors!


Steve’s boys played at The Troubador last month and they have released an album. WOW! They are amazing. Just search for Little Dume on Spotify or YouTube to tune in and enjoy! They played earlier in the year at our Yacht Club and were a fabulous success. We hope to host them again there soon.

Here is hoping you all have a wonderful 2020!