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Volume 2014 - Number 26

December 19, 2014

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Field of Jumbo MBS Issuers Growing, Attracting Investors Still a Problem

The number of issuers offering jumbo mortgage-backed securities will increase in 2015, according to analysts at various rating services, but total issuance volume isn’t expected to grow by much compared with this year. Attracting investors willing to purchase AAA tranches of jumbo MBS remains a key obstacle. Some $5.4 billion in jumbo MBS were issued during the first three quarters in 2014, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets, including $3.1 billion in the third quarter ...

CBO: Non-Agency Market Can Replace GSEs

Non-agency financing sources could replace the government-sponsored enterprises with relatively minor impacts for borrowers, according to a report released this week by the Congressional Budget Office. “Although the transition to a new structure could significantly decrease the number of borrowers who received mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, additional private capital would replace most of the lost funding,” the CBO said. The nonpartisan ...

IO Originations Down But Not Out

Origination of interest-only mortgages declined in 2014 after the rule took effect that made them ineligible for qualified-mortgage status, but the product is far from dead and could see a rebound in 2015. A group of 15 lenders originated a total of $21.59 billion in IOs through three quarters in 2014, according to a new Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis and ranking. That was down 28.0 percent from the same period in 2013. IO lending slowed ... [Includes one data chart]

Banks Increase Holdings of First Liens

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages increased in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the third quarter of 2013, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $1.76 trillion in first liens as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, up 0.4 percent compared with the same period last year. The growth was driven by jumbo mortgages. On a quarterly basis, portfolio runoff and loan sales slightly outpaced ... [Includes one data chart]

Fair Lending Issues with Income Documentation

Industry attorneys warn that documenting borrowers’ income for compliance with ability-to-repay standards established by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can prompt fair lending liability issues. During a webinar hosted by Inside Mortgage Finance Publications last week, R. Colgate Selden, counsel at the law firm of Alston & Bird, said there are a number of fair lending issues surrounding income documentation and determining debt-to-income ratio calculations ...

Cenlar Seen as a Strong Servicer of Jumbo MBS

A savings bank that focuses on subservicing has been the most active servicer of loans in jumbo mortgage-backed securities since 2013, according to Fitch Ratings. A number of rating services view the firm, Cenlar, as a strong servicer with good prospects for continued growth. Last week Fitch affirmed its RPS2 rating for Cenlar as a servicer of prime mortgages that demonstrates “high performance in overall servicing ability.” Fitch said that since 2013, Cenlar has added ...

Major Servicers Improving, Save for Ocwen

Most major servicers participating in the Home Affordable Modification Program and subject to national mortgage servicing settlements are generally improving their performance, according to officials overseeing the programs. CitiMortgage will receive incentive payments from HAMP that were being withheld due to poor performance, the Treasury Department noted in a report released last week. Citi went from needing “substantial” improvement in HAMP ...

News Briefs

Credit Suisse appears to be close to issuing a jumbo mortgage-backed security with some loans sourced from Five Oaks Investment. Stonegate Mortgage announced an expansion of its offerings of non-agency mortgage products last week. The lender is offering adjustable-rate mortgages with loan-to-value ratios as high as 90 percent and no requirement for mortgage insurance. The loans can have balances as high as the conforming loan limit ... [Includes three briefs]

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

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It will give our business a big boost as there is a lot of pent up demand for the product.
It will have only a minor impact on our overall business as we already are doing high LTV business through FHA and some of our high LTV FHA business is likely to shift to Fannie and Freddie.
It won’t have any impact on our business as we plan to steer clear of all high LTV business – particularly in the GSE market.

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