June 23, 2016

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Total non-agency jumbo mortgage originations fell by 1.3 percent from the previous quarter according to estimates from Inside Mortgage Finance

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Jumbo Market Closely Tracked Overall Trends in 1Q16 Mortgage Originations, Non-Agency Fared Slightly Better

Jumbo mortgage originations declined by 2.0 percent during the first quarter of 2016, mirroring the modest downturn in overall mortgage lending from the previous quarter. Jumbo originations – including loans that were within the high-cost loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA – totaled $100.61 billion in the first quarter, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. The sector accounted for 26.5 percent of total originations during the first three months of the year, down slightly from a 26.7 percent share in the fourth quarter. The jumbo share of total originations has generally been...[Includes three data tables]

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Is the TRID Good-Faith Compliance Phase Over? Industry, Regulator, Attorney Accounts Are Split

Late last week, news broke of a conversation from a closed session at the American Bankers Association conference in San Diego that the “sensitive” approach by regulators to respect lenders’ good-faith efforts to comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s integrated disclosure rule may have come to an end. According to one well-placed source, the CFPB and the other regulators – the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency – have decided that they will start examining banks for technical compliance with TRID, begin requiring restitution to affected borrowers, and start citing banks that are in non-compliance. “Apparently, the message is...

Subservicing Keeps Growing as Regulatory Headaches Force MSR Owners to Cut Costs and Outsource

Subservicing vendors continued to increase their contract totals in the first quarter as owners of mortgage servicing rights moved more of their business to these specialists to counter regulatory burdens that show few signs of abating. According to exclusive survey figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance, $1.625 trillion of home mortgages were being handled by subservicers at March 31, a 5.5 percent sequential increase and a 19.5 percent gain year-over-year. Subservicing firms – a business mostly dominated by nonbanks with one key exception – now process...[Includes one data table]

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Inside the CFPB

Life Under TRID: Regulators’ Good-Faith Enforcement Period is Evolving

Given the high stakes associated with the CFPB’s Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure Rule, commonly known as TRID, the mortgage lending industry perhaps can be forgiven for being hyper-sensitive to minute, incremental change, whether it be another clarifying rulemaking or a change in enforcement. Sometimes, these developments could be a matter of perception or semantics; at other times, facts on the ground may actually be changing. “Uncertainty about enforcement on TRID mirrors the uncertainty on the rule itself. TRID has been an extremely complex regulation for the industry to implement,” American Land Title Association CEO Michelle Korsmo told Inside the CFPB. “ALTA has continuously encouraged the CFPB to provide more written guidance on the 1,888-page ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

GSE Repurchase Activity Fell to Record Low in Early 2016, Focus on New Loans

Mortgage lenders continue to face persistent repurchase demands from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but a growing share of them end up being withdrawn, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of disclosures made by the two government-sponsored enterprises. During the first quarter of 2016, lenders repurchased or replaced $315.0 million of mortgage loans for breaches of representations and warranties. That was a record low for ... [Includes two data charts]

Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Publishes Standards to Help Non-Agency MBS Market Address TRID Issues, But CFPB Guidance Seen as Critical

The Structured Finance Industry Group late last week published a final draft of the standards for due diligence firms to use when testing loans for compliance with the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act disclosure rule. “The underlying premise of this documentation is to establish a best practices approach to pre-securitization testing logic that will drive the due diligence conducted by third-party review firms,” SFIG said. The RMBS 3.0 TRID Compliance Review Scope documentation addresses...

Inside The GSEs

GSE Repurchase Activity Sets Another All-Time Low in 1Q16

The level of repurchase activity at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued to decline during the first quarter, helped along by the resolution of older buyback cases, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis of Securities and Exchange Commission disclosures by the two. Lenders repurchased or replaced just $315.0 million of mortgages – or otherwise indemnified the GSEs – during the first quarter, the analysis reveals. That was the lowest quarterly repurchase total since Fannie and Freddie, along with other asset securitizers, began filing repurchase disclosures with the SEC back in early 2012. First-quarter repurchases were down 11.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 and 35.9 percent below the total for the first three months of last year.

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lone Star to Issue First Rated Nonprime MBS Backed by Post-Crisis Originations

Lone Star Funds is preparing to issue a $161.71 million nonprime mortgage-backed security that will close next week. COLT 2016-1 Mortgage Loan Trust received an A rating from DBRS and Fitch Ratings. The deal marks the first nonprime MBS backed by new originations to receive a rating since the financial crisis. It will also be the largest post-crisis nonprime MBS issued to date, topping a $150.35 million MBS from Angel Oak Capital Advisors in December. Officials at Fitch Ratings said ...

Inside FHA/VA Lending

Maximum Civil Penalties for HUD, FHA Violations Set to Increase

FHA lenders will face stiffer maximum monetary penalties later this year for various violations of agency rules and regulations. The higher monetary penalties are the result of legislation signed into law late last year requiring federal agencies to adjust the current maximum penalty amounts for inflation in order to maintain their deterrent effect. Specifically, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015 (2015 Act) requires federal agencies to adjust the level of civil monetary penalties with an initial “catch-up” adjustment through an interim final rule and subsequent annual adjustments for inflation. The interim final rules with the initial penalty adjustments must be published by July 1, 2016. The new penalty levels must take effect no later than Aug. 1, 2016. Additionally, agencies are required to make annual inflation adjustments, starting Jan. 15, 2017, and for each year going forward. The adjustments will ...

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What is the very best source of new mortgage customers for your lending shop? (Choose one only.)

Leads provided to me by employer

13%

Paid internet/website leads

9%

Real estate agents/Realtors

31%

Homebuilders

6%

Our existing customer base/our servicing customers

19%

My own personal sales "leads" database

13%

Other

9%

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