July 17, 2014

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Non-agency MBS issuance fell by 62.7% from the previous quarter according to estimates from Inside MBS & ABS

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FHFA MI Proposal Could Give a Competitive Edge To ‘Newbies,’ Narrow Gap With FHA Pricing

Private mortgage insurers that survived the housing market collapse are quietly gnashing their teeth over new eligibility rules proposed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which likely will cause some to reengineer their corporate structures and/or raise additional capital. The good news for the legacy firms – Genworth, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp., Radian and United Guaranty – is that they have the financial ability to meet the new capital standards. The bad news – for this group and MI newcomers – is that the FHFA’s proposals would narrow the competitive gap between the private MIs and the FHA. One trade group official, speaking under the condition his name not be used, noted...

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Mortgage Brokers Peeved as CFPB Targets Those Acting as Mini-Correspondents for More Scrutiny

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau late last week said it will take a close look at mortgage brokers acting as mini-correspondents, particularly if they are just trying to get around disclosure requirements and limits on broker compensation. The CFPB is concerned that some mortgage brokers are claiming to be mini-correspondent lenders by establishing warehouse funding lines when they are still essentially just facilitating a transaction between a borrower and a lender. “While some brokers may be setting up such arrangements because they intend to grow into full correspondent lenders, the bureau is concerned...

Most of the Megabanks Saw Mortgage Profits Increase Firmly in 2Q; A Barometer for the Rest of the Industry?

The nation’s megabanks reported fairly strong mortgage earnings during the second quarter thanks to a jump in new originations, robust servicing revenue and expense cuts. If the results reported by Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup are any indication, the industry may be rebounding from a rough stretch in late 2013 and early 2014. But the first quarter of this year was so bad – and originations so weak – that lenders had no place to go but up. Larry Charbonneau, a warehouse lending analyst, said...

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Inside the CFPB

At Three-Year Mark, Supporters See CFPB as a Brave, Noble Defender…

Few federal regulatory agencies are the objects of such scorn – and simultaneously such devotion – as the CFPB, reflecting the bitter partisan environment in which the bureau was created in the wake of the financial crisis. To its opponents, July 21, 2011, may as well be another “date which will live in infamy,” whereas to its supporters, the modern financial era might as well be divided into pre-CFPB time and post-CFPB time. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, the author of the concept that evolved into what is now the CFPB and the person tasked with getting the agency up and running, urged supporters of the bureau to keep up the fight. “It feels like yesterday that we were fighting for a strong ...

Inside FHA Lending

Endorsements Up for 620-679 Credit Scores

Mortgages with 620-679 credit scores accounted for more than half of FHA’s mortgage insurance business in the first quarter of 2014, up from 42.0 percent a year ago, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s latest quarterly report to Congress on the state of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. Data showed FHA-insured mortgages in the 620-679 credit score range, a band typically identified with borrowers with slightly tainted credit, comprised 51.1 percent of new endorsements in the first quarter. This was up from 50.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. FHA endorsements in the 620-plus category started trending upward in the first quarter of 2011, while endorsements in the 720-850 credit score range began a slow decline during the same period. The distribution of borrower credit scores continued the migration seen in previous quarters, though at a ...

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Loan Quality Remains Pristine in Jumbo MBS, But It’s Still Hard to Get Deals Done

The characteristics of mortgages included in jumbo mortgage-backed securities remained strong in the second quarter of 2014, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. However, the high quality of jumbo MBS has not attracted enough investors to make issuance more appealing for banks than retaining the loans in portfolio. Debt-to-income ratios on loans included in the $1.03 billion in jumbo MBS issued in the second quarter averaged ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Sputters in 2Q14 As Jumbo and Servicing Advance Deals Slow

The modest rebound in non-agency MBS issuance during the first three months of 2014 fizzled during the second quarter of the year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. A total of just $1.60 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the second quarter, a 62.7 percent decline from the previous period. It was the lowest quarterly volume in new issuance since the financial crisis of 2008. On a year-to-date basis, new issuance was...

Inside Mortgage Trends

Nonbanks Gaining More GSE Market Share; Retail Channel Losing Steam

The rebound in new business at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the second quarter of 2014 was fueled by a hefty increase in purchase-mortgage activity, but it also featured clear shifts in the volume of loans coming from different kinds of lenders. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of loan-level data on mortgage-backed securities issued by the two government-sponsored enterprises shows that nonbank lenders continued to ... [Includes 3 data charts]

Inside The GSEs

House Dem Trio Files ‘Middle Ground’ GSE Reform Legislation

A GSE reform bill filed late this week by a trio of House Democrats is less a last ditch effort to push their measure across the finish line this year than a bid to have the first word in next year’s debate over housing finance reform, note industry observers. The Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act, H.R. 5055, by Reps. John Delaney (MD), John Carney (DE), and Jim Himes (CT), follows through on their January draft proposal to seek a “middle ground” between the existing, politically untenable legislative proposals.

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