May 26, 2016

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Total conventional conforming mortgage originations fell 1.5 percent from the previous quarter according to estimates from Inside Mortgage Finance

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Origination Channel Mix Little Changed in Early 2016 Despite Disruption Caused by TRID Problems

Mortgage brokers grabbed a slightly bigger share of the originations market in the first quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Mortgage brokers generated an estimated $38 billion of new home loans during the first quarter, a modest 2.7 percent increase from the previous period. Meanwhile, correspondent production declined by 0.8 percent to an estimated $122 billion and retail originations weakened by 2.2 percent. There appeared...[Includes four data tables]

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With Servicing Costs Steadily Rising, Is it Time to Think The Unthinkable: A Hike in GSE Servicing Compensation?

Although mortgage delinquency rates are once again at pre-crash levels, servicing costs continue to rise, leading some factions of the industry to ask whether Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should increase the standard 25 basis point fee they pay to their servicers. The issue of higher servicing compensation was raised by an individual lender during the audience Q&A at a panel featuring the top single-family executives of the two government-sponsored enterprises at last week’s secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Both noted that servicing has changed significantly since the housing crisis, and that the Federal Housing Finance Agency has directed them to review servicing compensation. Subsequent interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance revealed...

CFPB Is Now Examining for TRID Compliance. Does This Mean the Grace Period is Over? We’ll See

Examination reviews by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for compliance with the integrated disclosure rule known as TRID are now in full swing, according to leading industry attorneys. That was the biggest take-away from a panel of three legal experts who were featured in a webinar hosted by Inside Mortgage Finance late last week that focused on CFPB examinations and how lenders can navigate their way through them. Although TRID was not a key focus of the webinar, it did come up as a topic during the question-and-answer period. The attorneys were asked...

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Inside The GSEs

CSP Timeline Should Be More Aggressive, Says MBA

The pace of GSE reform has been too slow, said Mortgage Banker Association President and CEO David Stevens, who’s calling for faster implementation of the Common Securitization Platform and Single-Security. He’s worried that if the CSP platform has not made enough progress, it could face changes in planning down the line. He said the real estate finance industry should continue to push for faster implementation to make sure that any advances made cannot be reversed. “Additionally, the platform should be open to non-agency mortgage-backed securities so that long-term efforts for both private capital and GSE reform can take advantage of the benefits of its efficiency, data and consistency” Stevens added, while speaking...

Inside MBS & ABS

Test of Deeper MI Credit-Risk Transfer May Happen Later This Year, But GSEs Still Wary of the Risks

One of the government-sponsored enterprises appears likely to test a form of credit-risk transfer that mortgage bankers have been clamoring for: transactions that allow mortgage sellers to pay lower MBS guarantee fees on loans that have deeper mortgage insurance coverage than is required by the GSE charters. Robert Schaefer, vice president for credit enhancement strategy at Fannie Mae, said there is “a high probability that we will do an MI deal later this year that addresses the pain points” the GSE sees in the deeper MI concept. “We are talking...[Includes one data table]

Inside Mortgage Trends

Whole-Loan Market Is So Deep and Varied That Sellers Have to Be Careful

The whole-loan trading market has become more dynamic as more loan originators get approval to sell directly to the agencies while still having the option to deal with aggregators, industry insiders said during a panel at the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. “It’s an over-saturated market for correspondent buyers,” said Michael Quinn, executive vice president for correspondent products at PennyMac Financial. There are about ...

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Share of Originations Edged Up In 1Q16, Chase Puts Focus on Loans

Jumbo mortgages accounted for 20.3 percent of total first-lien originations in the first quarter of 2016, according to estimates by Inside Nonconforming Markets. While jumbo production declined slightly in the first quarter compared with the previous period, overall originations posted a steeper drop. An estimated $77.0 billion in jumbos were originated in the first quarter of 2016, down 1.3 percent from the previous quarter and up by 6.9 percent compared with ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Originations Decline in 1Q16, Production Improves Year-over-Year

FHA activity was lackluster in the first three months of 2016 as loan originations fell 7.8 percent from the prior quarter, according to Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. The weak first-quarter production of $53.5 billion appeared to continue a trend from 2015, which saw the fourth quarter close with $58.1 billion, down significantly from $73.7 billion in the third quarter. In contrast, FHA originations fared better year-over year. Loan production was up 35.6 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. Purchase lending totaled $36.5 billion in the first three months with overall production trending downward during the period. Borrowers in the 640-679 and 680-719 credit score ranges made up the bulk of new endorsements for January and February, the latest FHA data show. It is unlikely that trend will change even if March endorsements were added. Between all ... [ 2 charts ]

Inside the CFPB

Life Under TRID: Working With Tech Vendors a Big TRID Problem for Many Lenders

Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group surveyed senior mortgage executives earlier this year and confirmed that lenders are still facing challenges in complying with the CFPB’s integrated disclosure rule known as TRID, according to new findings released by the government-sponsored enterprise last week. The controversial rule integrates the consumer disclosure requirements under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. According to Sheila Teimourian, vice president and deputy counsel at Fannie, more than three-quarters of the lenders surveyed indicated that the two biggest challenges were managing or coordinating with third-party technology vendors and communicating with key players, such as the buyer, seller and loan officer. About eight in 10 of those who cited coordinating with ...

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