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Volume 2014 - Number 18

August 29, 2014

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Jumbo Production Bounces Back in Second Quarter, Share of Total Originations Soars

Originations of jumbo mortgages increased significantly in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the previous quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by affiliated publication Inside Mortgage Finance. An estimated $59.0 billion in non-agency jumbos were originated in the second quarter, up 34.1 percent from the previous quarter and reversing two consecutive quarters of declining originations for the jumbo sector. Halfway through the year, jumbo production ... [Includes one data chart]

REITs Ramp Up Jumbo Activity: Conduits, MBS

A number of real estate investment trusts are increasing their presence in the jumbo mortgage-backed security market with conduit programs as well as purchases of subordinate tranches from new MBS. Two Harbors Investment said its jumbo conduit had a pipeline with an unpaid principal balance of $650 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014, more than four times the REIT’s pipeline at March 31. Two Harbors recently issued a $267.67 million jumbo MBS, the first from the REIT this year ...

SEC Revises MBS Disclosure Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission this week unanimously approved a final rule covering registration and disclosures for asset-backed securities, including new non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The so-called “Reg AB2” measure requires significant changes for new non-agency MBS, including loan-level disclosures and a three-day waiting period before issuing new deals. “The SEC must protect investors in asset-backed securities just as it does investors in any other security ...

Mixed Views on Lowering GSE Loan Limits

Lowering the government-sponsored enterprises’ loan limits is one of the main goals for firms involved in the non-agency market but the effort lacks broad support in the mortgage industry, let alone in Congress. Among those submitting comments to the Treasury Department this month regarding how to increase non-agency activity, the American Bankers Association was one of the biggest supporters of decreased loan limits for the GSEs. The conforming loan limit is at $417,000 and ...

CFPB Taking a Close Look at Servicing Transfers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released an updated bulletin regarding servicing transfers due to continued concerns about how troubled borrowers fare when servicing moves from one firm to another. “In particular, CFPB examiners will carefully scrutinize transfers of loans with pending loss mitigation applications or approved trial and permanent modification plans,” the regulator said. “Examples of good practices by servicers include flagging those loans and ...

BofA Settlement Centers on MBS Disclosures

Bank of America last week agreed to a record settlement with the Department of Justice and others, largely involving non-agency mortgage-backed securities issued from 2003 through 2008. Officials at the DOJ said the settlement focused on disclosures provided by BofA and its affiliates, including Countrywide Financial, First Franklin and Merrill Lynch, to investors in the bonds. “It’s kind of like going to your neighborhood grocery store to buy milk advertised as fresh, only to discover that ...

SEC Sets New Rule for Ratings, Due Diligence

The Securities and Exchange Commission this week approved a final rule with new requirements for rating services and due diligence providers. The rule was approved on a 3-2 vote, with the SEC’s two Republican-appointed commissioners chafing at standards required by the Dodd-Frank Act. Among other provisions, the SEC is requiring nationally recognized statistical rating organizations to strengthen their internal controls, establish new procedures designed to protect the integrity of rating methods ...

News Briefs

Goldman Sachs agreed to a settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency last week to resolve claims about non-agency mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis. The FHFA said the settlement will cost Goldman $1.20 billion and the firm will buyback non-agency MBS from the government-sponsored enterprises. The original balance of the securities owned by Fannie and Freddie that Goldman will buyback is ... [Includes five briefs]

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

Poll

Home-equity lending is beginning to show new life. My company (pick one):

Plans to enter this market over the next 12 months.

25%

Is already making home equity loans and hopes to increase the offerings.

45%

Is in the market but don’t expect much growth.

15%

Is not making second liens and has no plans to do so.

15%

Housing Pulse