Saturday, August 11, 2007

Countrywide office on Camino Media closed

From the LA Times.com:

A few weeks ago, Kristi Beason and her colleagues at a Countrywide Financial Corp. branch in Bakersfield had two surprise visitors. The executives from the regional office had bad news: The office on Camino Media would be closed, and nearly all of the 15 workers there would lose their jobs.

"They gave us our final paychecks and told us to clean out our desks," said Beason, who worked for the company for four years, most recently as a loan processor. "They had a cleaning lady there with boxes waiting for us."

Beason, 27, said the layoffs were unexpected, even though she knew the business was turning sour.

With home sales slowing, fewer people needed loans. Lenders had also tightenedstandards, denying mortgages to people with shaky credit in reaction to risingdefaults.

Other mortgage companies had ordered layoffs and some had gone bankrupt. But Countrywide, as the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, didn't seem likely to be laying people off, Beason said.

"Being with a company for that long, it was just a shock," she said. "I wasn't really sure what to do.

"In retrospect, however, the signs of trouble were there. The Bakersfield office closed just 12 loans in the month leading up to the layoffs, compared with about 50 a month when the market was doing well, she said.

8 comments:

Rob Dawg said...

I want the Calabasas cardboard box concession.

xs10shell said...

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Bakersfield Bubble said...

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BubbleBoy said...

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Raynor said...

Calabasas cardboard boxes.

Remind me of HomeCrete "boxes" in the RTO biz.

What was that old song: "little boxes, little boxes, little boxes all in a row.......

little boxes full of ticky tacky, little boxes all in a row"

something like that. Whoever wrote that must be aaughing now! (or spinning in his grave)

mshearer said...

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Ichabod said...

Just a clarification. Countrywide Home Loans on Camino Media DID NOT CLOSE. From what I've been told, only their subprime division at that location closed. The entire office did NOT.

Bakersfield Bubble said...

Thanks for the clarification.

I wonder where the LA Times got their information from, probably a disgruntled ex-employee...