Century Bank, F.S.B. - Wholesale - Agency, Jumbo, Subprime
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In a bulletin posted on their web site (view here) Century Bank, F.S.B. announced they were discontinuing their wholesale lending activities. Many of you emailed us upon hearing the news.
"Based on the continuing volatility within the industry, we have made the decision to discontinue wholesale lending activities effective April 2, 2008. While this decision was not taken lightly, the wholesale business line does not meet with our current mortgage business strategy."
Calls to the corporate office in Sarasota, FL were not returned, but one former AE we spoke with told us there were 15 AE's and approximately 15 other people in operations who were laid off as a result. "It wasn't so much a matter of declining volume as it was the difficulty in the secondary market" that led to the decision to close the channel, we were told. According to our sources, they were doing about $30 million a month in volume. A small retail presence (of "half a dozen or so") will remain.
Century operates almost exclusively in Florida. They offered standard conforming and Jumbo loans, as well as subprime, construction and portfolio products.
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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.