Volume 2014 - Number 5
February 28, 2014
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Officials at Redwood Trust, the leader in issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities since 2010, suggested this week that issuance of jumbo MBS from the firm this year likely won't hit the level seen in 2013. "Our preferred distribution for jumbo loans is securitization since we can retain attractive investments for our portfolio," Brett Nicholas, Redwood's president, said this week on a call with investors. "Today, however, whole-loan sales offer better execution." He said...
Redwood Trust's jumbo activity in 2014 will not match last year's production and overall mortgage originations may be down even more, so the real estate investment trust plans to put more emphasis on doing business with the government-sponsored enterprises and commercial mortgage activities. After seeing its jumbo acquisitions triple in 2013, hitting $6.9 billion, the REIT expects a downturn in 2014, but one that's less severe than the 32 percent decline projected for the industry ...
Nonbank servicers are receiving increased attention from state regulators, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and members of Congress. Ocwen Financial is at the center of the storm as its planned acquisition of mortgage servicing rights from Wells Fargo on loans with an unpaid principal balance of $39.2 billion is on "indefinite hold" due to a request from New York's Department of Financial Services. Ben Lawsky, superintendent of the NYDFS, has focused on ...
Officials at Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial and Walter Investment Management all stressed this week that their servicing efforts align with what regulators want as well as with the interests of investors in non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The servicers also suggest that while new scrutiny on their practices could extend the amount of time it takes to complete servicing transfers, there is still plenty of business to be done. William Erbey, Ocwen's chairman, said he agreed with ...
After two years of significant improvements, the total past-due rate for subprime mortgages has stalled since the first quarter of 2012. Special servicers continue to grow their subprime holdings in an effort to work out the poorly performing mortgages. The total past-due rate for subprime mortgages at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 was 20.82 percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, up from 20.14 percent in the previous quarter and from 20.30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. The past-due rate on subprime mortgages peaked in ... [Includes one data chart]
The wait for new disclosure requirements for non-agency mortgage-backed securities was extended this week as the Securities and Exchange Commission re-opened the comment period for the so-called Reg. AB2. The requirements for disclosures on new non-agency MBS and other asset-backed securities were first proposed in 2010. The SEC was set to approve a final Reg. AB2 rule earlier this month but is now reconsidering due to privacy issues. The delay comes as ...
HomeStreet Bank, a bit player in the jumbo mortgage-backed security market, wants a bigger role and has recently sought assessments from rating services and is working to expand its jumbo originations. Moody's Investors Service announced last week that HomeStreet received an "average" rating as an originator of jumbos. The Northwest bank also has jumbo MBS servicer ratings from Fitch Ratings and Moody's. Terri Silver, a vice president of investor relations and corporate communications ...
An increase in the purchase-mortgage share in new jumbo mortgage-backed securities will benefit investors in the deals, according to Moody's Investors Service. However, the loans are more difficult for lenders to originate than refinance mortgages, and it remains to be seen if investor demand will be high enough to prompt issuance of jumbo MBS. The share of refis in jumbo MBS declined as interest rates rose in 2013. Moody's said the trend is expected to continue this year and noted that ...
Titan Capital Solutions announced this week that it has 65 correspondent jumbo lending clients. The firm is a subsidiary of Titan Lenders and started accepting applications from jumbo correspondents in the first quarter of 2013. TCS said it offers mortgages with balances of up to $1.0 million and allows credit scores as low as 690 and loan-to-value ratios as high as 80 percent. Morgan Stanley has reached an agreement in principle with the Securities and Exchange Commission ... [Includes seven briefs]
A page of subprime and jumbo data.
- GSE Seller Profile: 4Q13
- Top Mortgage Players: 3Q13
- GSE Repurchase Activity First Half 2013
- Mortgage Profitability Report: 3Q13
- GSE Market Profile: FY12
- GSE Private Mortgage Insurance Profile
What is your mortgage servicing rights strategy for the year?
- We plan to originate and keep all of our MSRs.
- We sell all our MSRs "servicing released" for cash right away.
- We have a strategy of selling some of our MSRs, but only when we need to.
- None of these describes our 2014 strategy.
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