Casa Blanca Mortgage/Shearson - Wholesale - Agency A, Alt A,
Characterized as a "new venture," Shearson has announced the end of wholesale lending. We received the following today:
"Shearson Wholesale (www.shearsonwholesale.com) a division of Casa Blanca Mortgage, Inc. announced that it was entering into a new venture with Skyline Wholesale Lending (www.skylinewl.com), a division of Skyline Financial Corp. of Encino, CA."
The email suggests retail operations will continue. You can view the entire message here.
Our call to Ms. Zonte at Skyline was not returned, but we were able to confirm with a source that this is end of Shearson Wholesale. A discussion has been active on our forum since January... read here.
From the original Ailing/Watch Listing - 2008-01-21: From information sent to us in December, it is our understanding more than a dozen states have investigations concerning Casa Blanca Mortgage's out-of-state lending practices. It's possible there is evidence Brokers have been lending in states they are not approved in through the Shearson contract system. If this is the case, subpoenas could be issued within the next few months.
This could be significant, because the brokers are not net branches. They are paid via 1099. Shearson Mortgage operates under a California Finance Lender's license AND a DRE License. This is excerpted from Shearson's Mortgage Loan Originator Agreement — Out of State (.pdf) form on their website:
In a forum post on a popular industry web site, it appears a California Manager for the company is supporting the 'out-of-state' work-around:
A source noted "Of particular interest is the owner Mike Chung whose name appears on thousands of loans as the loan officer even though he allegedly never spoke to the borrowers or had any contact with them." A quick check with CA's DRE shows Mr. Chung's license is currently expired. He is shown as the "DESIGNATED OFFICER" for Casa Blanca Mortgage, Inc, with Shearson Mortgage as a DBA. Mr. Chung may have stepped down as company President, replaced by former Countrywide and American Home Mortgage formers.
Shearson Wholesale, located in Woodland Hills, CA, operates as a division of Casa Blanca Mortgage, Inc., dba Shearson Mortgage, currently doing business in 37 states according to their current rate sheets (.pdf). Although the web site states it "is not available to the public," the rate sheets are publicly accessible as of this writing. We could find no licensing information on this Wholesale division in California DRE or DOC records online, and are not aware if any is needed.
On 12-31-07, the company announced they would no longer be lending in Nevada. They had previously withdrawn from Michigan, and have been issuing routine announcements of product and pricing changes since late November 2007.
December volume is reportedly around $17.5 million closed. We have been told they have about 15 AE's and 20 Op's staff.
NOTE: Shearson Wholesale, Shearson Mortgage and Casa Blanca Mortgage, Inc. are not affiliated with Shearson Financial Network Inc. (OTCBB: SHSN) or its subsidiaries, including Shearson Home Loans.
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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.