AmeriBanc Corp. - Agency, FHA, Alt-A, Jumbo, H.E.
We received this announcement via email:
The attachment states "On April 3rd 2008 the Board of Directors of AmeriBanc Corporation voted to cease the Operations of Ameribanc Corporation."
We spoke with Managing Director David Maxwell and CFO Robert Hulin. In their hayday, Ameribanc saw monthly volume peak at about $37.5 million. According to allmortgagedetail.com, this had dropped to an average of about $33 million per month in 2005, and fell dramatically to just over $5 million per month in 2006. The company employed 30 people, but is now down to three who remain to effect the final shut down of all operations by 2008-04-30.
AmeriBanc, like so many others, is the latest victim of the domino-effect the credit crunch has had across all lending platforms. They suspended operations as of 2006-12-31, but continued to service a portfolio of $2 million, mostly second mortgages. In August of 2007, they made an attempt to resume their wholesale business, but were thwarted by the loss of their warehouse line when Citi announced it was shuttering its warehouse-lending channel, First Collateral Services, followed by revocations by other warehouse lenders in a matter of days. Shortly thereafter, a number of repurchase requests from Aurora Loan Services sealed their fate. Operations ground to a halt in November of 2007, and volume for the year ended up at zero dollars.
The company has surrendered their DRE license in California, and Maxwell told us "bankruptcy is entirely plausible." They were unable to make payroll at the end of March as they continued to struggle managing expenses related to the buybacks.
AmeriBanc is headquarted in San Ramone, CA, and had a branch office in Medford, OR.
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Important: This company is on our list of lending operations that have "imploded". However, please note that "imploded" is a somewhat subjective and does not necessarily mean operations are ceased permanently: it can mean bankruptcy filing, temporary but open-ended halting of major operations, or "firesale" acquisition. All information here is provisional, and may contain inaccuracies (especially newer information). If you are planning on doing business with this company or any other one listed on this site, you should inquire with them directly on whether they can still meet your needs. Many are still operating in some capacity.