Mortgage companies announce layoffs amid housing market fallout

More mortgage professionals lose their jobs as companies continue to tighten belts

Mortgage companies announce layoffs amid housing market fallout

Mortgage companies Angel Oak and have slashed several jobs in an effort to counter dwindling profits as rising interest rates persist.

Amid a tumultuous market, Atlanta-headquartered retail lender Angel Oak Home Loans reportedly laid off 15% of its staff last week – about 57 employees. Its non-QM wholesale lending arm, Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, cut 20% of its workforce, or roughly 75 people, in the third week of September, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Even one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US has started to downsize its mortgage business as demand cools., a HELOC home lender headquartered in Ohio, has reduced its team by approximately 6% as it shifts focus away from refinances and more on to purchase loans.

Keller Mortgage earlier this month also axed 150 new recruits, close to one-third of its recent hires, according to the LinkedIn posts of at least two employees. A spokesperson cited macroeconomic market conditions as the main reason for the job cuts.

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Additionally, AmeriSave Wholesale Mortgage officially closed its doors in September, joining the growing list of firms that have gone bust due to the shrinking mortgage market. Sprout Mortgage and First Guaranty Mortgage Corp. are among those companies that have either entirely stopped operations or scaled down dramatically.