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Volume 2016 - Number 20

September 23, 2016

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Jumbo MBS Issuance Picks Up With Chase Deal; Strong Demand for Whole-Loan Sales

JPMorgan Chase is set to end another lull in the issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities. The $395.40 million JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2016-3 is scheduled to be issued next week, according to a presale report from Fitch Ratings. The most recently issued jumbo MBS priced in mid-August and was also from Chase. Only two firms with active conduits have issued jumbo MBS this year: Chase and Redwood Trust. Two Harbors Investment and WinWater Home Mortgage issued ...

IO Originations Increase in 2Q, Led by PHH

Originations of interest-only mortgages increased significantly in the second quarter of 2016, particularly at PHH Mortgage, according to a new ranking by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A group of 12 lenders had $12.65 billion in IO originations in the second quarter, up 44.7 percent compared with the previous quarter. A large amount of the increase in volume was driven by PHH, which more than doubled its IO originations in that span. PHH had $6.25 billion ... [Includes one data chart]

Improved Pricing on Latest Nonprime MBS

The nonprime mortgage-backed security issued last week by Lone Star Funds priced at tighter spreads than the deal the company issued in June, indicating increased demand among investors. The $217.00 million COLT 2016-2 was also larger than the previous $161.40 million deal from Lone Star. According to Deutsche Bank Securities, spreads of A-1 tranche and A-2 tranche in COLT 2016-2 were respectively priced at 130 basis points and 175 bps, significantly tighter than ...

Sample Deal-Agent Agreement Drafted for MBS

An investor-led group of participants in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market released a sample deal-agent agreement last week. The investors said the agreement can help reform non-agency MBS practices and increase issuance. Some investors have balked at buying new non-agency MBS until significant reforms are put in place. As early as July 2008, the American Securitization Forum started work on reforming the market and the Structured Finance Industry Group ...

Non-QM Lenders See Plenty of Room for Growth

Originations of non-qualified mortgages could reach $100.0 billion a year, according to officials at three prominent nonprime lenders. Since QM standards from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took effect at the start of 2014, non-QMs such as jumbo mortgages with interest-only terms have predominantly gone to affluent borrowers. However, officials at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, Deephaven Mortgage and Citadel Servicing see promise in originations for ...

No Delinquencies on Sterling Bank-Statement Loans

Sterling Bank & Trust does limited income documentation under its bank statement program but the bank said there have been zero delinquencies on the nearly $1.00 billion in such loans the bank has funded in the past five years. Some $33.2 million in loans from Sterling’s Advantage Home Ownership Program were included in the $217.0 million non-agency mortgage-backed security issued by Lone Star Funds last week. Rating reports on the MBS by DBRS and Fitch Ratings provided ...

Ocwen Dominates Initial Streamline HAMP Mods

Ocwen Financial accounted for slightly more than half of the modifications completed under the new Streamline Home Affordable Modification Program offering, according to the company. Streamline HAMP mods are only available for non-agency mortgages. The program is aimed at borrowers who meet general HAMP eligibility criteria but haven’t completed a loan mod application by the time their loan is 90 days delinquent. It’s streamlined in that no income documentation is ...

News Briefs

CORRECTION: Redwood Trust’s Choice program doesn’t allow for stated-income documentation, as originally reported in the Sept. 9, 2016, issue of Inside Nonconforming Markets. And Redwood does allow underwriting exceptions for Choice mortgages, a change that was made after the program was introduced. The baseline conforming loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will likely go up to about $422,000 in 2017, according to an Inside ... [Includes four briefs]

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


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

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