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Volume 8 - Number 13

June 26, 2015

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VA Jumbo Securitization up in 1Q, 2 States Account for Over 55%

Ginnie Mae securitized $6.6 billion of VA jumbo loans in the first three months of 2015, up 15.9 percent from the prior quarter, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Jumbo loans – single-family mortgages with loan amounts exceeding $417,000 – comprised 18.7 percent of total VA originations in the first quarter. VA jumbo originations outpaced FHA jumbo production, which totaled $2.8 billion in the first quarter, up 17.0 percent from the prior quarter, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance database. VA jumbos in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities issued in the first quarter included modified VA loans as well as those originated in Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wells Fargo ranked first among securitizers of VA jumbos in the first quarter, with $1.3 billion in production. Second-ranked Freedom Mortgage conveyed $652.7 million in ... [ 1 chart ]

USDA Securitization Volume Drops In 1Q, Rises Slightly Year over Year

$4.3 billion in rural housing loans with a U.S. Department of Agriculture guaranty were securitized during the first quarter of 2015, down 24.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. Nearly all of the 10 leading USDA securitizers saw their issuances drop by more than 10 percent quarter over quarter, according to Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Stearns Lending reported the largest quarter and yearly declines in the volume of USDA loans securitized by Ginnie, 45.7 percent and 39.1 percent, respectively. On the other hand, the volume of securitized USDA loans rose 2.7 percent year over year. The top USDA loan securitizers, Chase Home Finance and Wells Fargo, led the market with a combined 45.9 percent market share. Chase funneled $1.3 billion in USDA-backed loans into Ginnie mortgage-backed securities while Wells Fargo delivered $621.0 million for securitization. Third-ranked PennyMac closed the quarter with $291.7 million in securitized USDA mortgage loans ... [ 1 chart ]

FHA Jumbo Originations Rise in 1Q, Purchase Loans Fuel Increase

FHA jumbo loan production rose nearly 36.9 percent in the first quarter, ending the period with $3.8 billion in new volume, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Volume includes all FHA loans exceeding $417,000. It was also up significantly, 59.6 percent, from the same period a year ago. Purchase loans accounted for 52.8 percent of FHA jumbos originated during the first three months of 2015, and 93 percent were fixed-rate purchase and refinance loans. The top five FHA jumbo lenders – Quicken Loans, Wells Fargo Bank, Prospect Mortgage, Pinnacle Capital Mortgage Corp., and LoanDepot – reported increases on a quarter-to-quarter basis. Together, the elite group accounted for 13.0 percent of the FHA jumbo market. The largest quarter-to-quarter increases were mostly mid-level FHA jumbo lenders. For example, 12th-ranked Freedom Mortgage, a top player in the ... [ 1 chart ]

Taxonomy Gives Lenders a Glimpse Of How FHA Will Handle Defects

Clearer FHA guidance on loan defects may help lenders avoid problems but they do not provide legal protection against costly government false-claim lawsuits, according to mortgage industry stakeholders. Long-anticipated rules issued recently by the FHA explain how the agency intends to categorize loan defects identified during an individual loan-level review of endorsed single-family mortgages. The loan-defect assessment methodology or “defect taxonomy” was first unveiled in September 2014 as part of the FHA’s Blueprint for Access, which outlined steps the agency is taking to expand lending to underserved and first-time homebuyers. Combined with the updated loan-certification language used by lenders to warrant compliance with FHA rules and the new Single Family Policy Handbook, FHA plans to use the taxonomy to create a stronger quality assurance program. With better quality ...

VA Provides New Appraisal Review Tool to Enhance Risk Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs is providing VA lenders with LoanSafe Appraisal Manager, a new automated tool for appraisal review. The LSAM is designed to help VA lenders do a quick assessment of appraisal risk for VA policy compliance violations, over/under valuations and appraisal quality issues. The automated appraisal tool does not provide an estimate of value or make decisions for lenders. It does not accept or reject appraisals or characterize them as good or bad. Currently, every VA appraisal report must be reviewed either by a VA-designated fee appraiser or by a staff appraisal reviewer before the agency issues a notice of value. A notice of value is the reasonable value of the property for loan purposes. A staff appraisal reviewer (SAR) ensures that all VA loan requirements are satisfied. The reviewer might find some inconsistencies during the review and ...

WA Regulators Accuse Quicken Loans of False VA Loan Advertising

Financial institution regulators in Washington state have charged Quicken Loans with using false, deceptive and misleading advertisements to target veterans and active military members with adjustable-rate refinance offers. According to a complaint filed by the Division of Consumer Services of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Quicken Loans falsely implied in its direct mailings that it is associated with the Department of Veteran Affairs. The VA provides guarantees to fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgage loans to veterans and servicemembers through the agency’s Home Loan Guaranty program. Quicken Loans allegedly used graphics in its 5/1 ARM solicitations that resembled the seal of the VA, with the words “Governed By: United States Veterans Department.” In addition, the Michigan-based lender allegedly used an ...

Handbook FAQs Hold No Surprises, But More Guidance Expected

The frequently-asked-questions guidance to using the FHA’s consolidated Single Family Policy Handbook is good to have though it shows just how complicated the FHA’s mortgage origination process is, according to lenders. In fact, the updated FHA handbook could still be confusing to borrowers simply because a lot more information is concentrated in one source, lenders said. According to the FHA, the more than 290 FAQs will enable lenders to make operation adjustments before the handbook goes into effect on Sept. 14, 2015. The FAQs are for information purposes only and do not apply to current FHA policies. They do not establish or modify policy contained in the handbook. The FAQs reiterate information in the handbook under headings such as Credit Underwriting, Closing and Insuring, FHA System Support and Consumer Information. Industry observers noted that the FAQs did not ...

RHS Raises Upfront Guaranty Fee For SF Mortgages Effective FY2016

Rural borrowers will be paying a higher upfront fee for mortgage loans with a Rural Housing Service guaranty, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced. In an advance notice, the USDA said it will raise the upfront guaranty fee for loans originated under the RHS’ Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program in FY2016. For purchase and refinance loans, the upfront guaranty fee will change from 2.00 percent to 2.75 percent of the loan amount. The annual fee will remain at 0.50 percent. The fee increase will apply to guaranteed loans obligated on Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016, the USDA said. A loan is obligated when the USDA has approved a complete loan-application package and issued a conditional commitment for a single-family housing loan guarantee to the USDA lender. The new fee will apply to loan guaranty requests submitted to the USDA prior to Sept. 30, 2015, without a ...

IRS Denies Some Lenders’ Request For 4506-T Transcripts, Says RHS

The Internal Revenue Service is rejecting some lender requests for tax-return transcripts due to a recent data breach, warned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service in a lender alert. According to the RHS, the IRS action is meant to deter any fraud that might result from identity theft. The IRS has not responded to a request for confirmation or comment as we went to press. An IRS tax transcript is required as part of a complete loan-application package submitted to a mortgage lender to request a conditional loan commitment. The transcript contains the borrower’s tax record for the current tax year and three prior processing years. The RHS, which guarantees rural housing loans under its Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP), has issued guidance if a transcript request from a lender returns with the following message: “Due to limitations, the IRS is unable to ...

Around the Industry

GNMA to Modernize Management of Loan Docs that Serve as Pool Collateral. Ginnie Mae plans to reform its document custody policies to minimize agency risks. Michael Drayne, Ginnie’s senior vice president of issuer and portfolio management, said the changes will apply to documents for loans that serve as collateral for securitized pools of mortgages. Current policies will be reexamined to see whether they adequately reflect and mitigate actual risks. Existing technology will be reevaluated as well. Ginnie will also study how to integrate document-custody functions and information into the agency’s systems. In addition, Ginnie will look at whether information about the status of pool collateral should be managed at the loan level, not merely the pool level. Furthermore, the agency will reevaluate the need to reexamine its enforcement methods and whether they should be ...


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