October 20, 2016

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Total non-agency MBS issuance rose by 78.3 percent from the previous quarter according to estimates from Inside MBS & ABS

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Nonbanks Keep Expanding in Agency MSR Market, Accounted for Over Half of Ginnie Sector in 3Q16

Nonbank mortgage servicers expanded their footprint in agency mortgage servicing rights during the third quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis. Overall, there were $6.062 trillion of single-family mortgages outstanding tied to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities at the end of September. (The table below excludes two significant categories: loans subserviced on behalf of the agencies and some seasoned loans for which no servicer is disclosed. This mostly affects the Fannie data.) The September figure was...[Includes three data tables]


Mortgage M&A Market Mostly Subdued; Flagstar in the Hunt for Retail Franchises

According to investment bankers, there continues to be plenty of talk about mergers and acquisitions in the mortgage industry, but deals just aren’t getting done for the simple reason that the primary targets – midsized nonbanks – are posting strong profits and want top dollar for their franchises. “We’re still having conversations with potential buyers,” said Chuck Klein, managing partner with Mortgage Banking Solutions, Austin, TX. “But there continues to be a wide gap between the bid and the asking price.” Klein also noted...

Industry Groups Urge CFPB to Extend the Diagnostic Approach to TRID Enforcement

A number of mortgage trade groups this week called upon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to extend its current “diagnostic” approach to enforcing the agency’s Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule. The groups were responding to the CFPB’s request for public comments on its proposed TRID clarifying rulemaking, which was issued at the end of July. It’s...

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Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nonbanks Took Over GNMA Servicing Market in 3Q16

Nonbanks crossed a threshold in the third quarter of 2016, posting a hefty 6.3 percent increase in their combined Ginnie Mae servicing portfolio, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis. Nonbanks serviced $826.6 billion of Ginnie single-family mortgage-backed securities as of the end of September. That represented 51.3 percent of the total Ginnie market. The nonbank servicing total includes a small amount of Ginnie servicing held by state housing finance agencies, roughly 1.0 percent of the entire market. But it doesn’t include the significant amount of Ginnie servicing that nonbanks do as subservicers for both depository and nonbank clients. Interestingly, the biggest gain for nonbanks in percentage terms came in servicing VA loans, which rose 8.1 percent from the second quarter to $252.1 billion, or 51.0 percent of the market. The VA sector is one business from ... [4 charts ]

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Retail Channel Is Dominant Source Of Jumbo Mortgages in Early 2016

The jumbo market is dominated by retail lenders to a greater extent than either conventional-conforming production or government-insured lending, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A group of 19 top jumbo lenders reported $92.45 billion in jumbo originations through their retail operations during the first half of 2016. That represented 76.8 percent of the $120.37 billion in total jumbo production for the group. The 19 lenders accounted...[Includes one data table]

Inside MBS & ABS

Vehicle Finance and Credit Card Securitizations Help Fuel Sturdy Increase in ABS Issuance During 3Q16

Issuance of non-mortgage ABS increased by 25.5 percent from the second quarter of 2016 to the third, thanks to significant increases in several asset categories, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. The market produced $54.05 billion of non-mortgage ABS during the third quarter, the highest output since the second quarter of last year. Despite the gain, year-to-date issuance remained 1.9 percent below the level notched in the first nine months of 2015. A lot of the increase came...[Includes two data tables]

Inside the CFPB

PHH Ruling Seen as a Big Threat To CFPB Enforcement Actions

The CFPB took a whipping last week in the long-awaited court ruling in its dispute with PHH Mortgage – so much so, in fact, that not only are its future enforcement actions likely to be curtailed, but even past actions might be challenged by the affected industry participants. “The ramifications of this case go far beyond restricting the CFPB’s reach, clarifying the interpretation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and resolving the question of how statutes of limitation apply to the CFPB’s enforcement actions,” said Craig Nazzaro, of counsel with the Baker Donelson law firm in Atlanta, in a review of the case. As he sees it, this case makes clear that the bureau has exceeded its bounds and that ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

Market Tilt Toward Purchase-Mortgage Lending Boosts Correspondent Share

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw a robust 29.7 percent jump in single-family mortgage business during the third quarter, with most of the gain coming from the purchase-mortgage side of the business. And more purchase-mortgage business usually means a bigger share for correspondent lenders. Correspondent originations accounted...[Includes two data tables]

Inside The GSEs

Big Banks Claim Larger Share of GSE Business During 3Q16

Reversing at least temporarily a long-running trend in the mortgage market, the four biggest banks in the U.S. expanded their presence in the GSE single-family market in the third quarter of 2016. Together, Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup delivered $61.88 billion of single-family loans into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities during the third quarter, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis and ranking. That was up a hefty 45.0 percent from the second quarter, well above the 29.7 percent increase in overall MBS issuance by the two GSEs. The four megabanks, all with over $1 trillion in assets, expanded their combined GSE footprint by 2.2 percent from the second quarter.


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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