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Volume 7 - Number 9

April 25, 2014

GNMA Delays BofA MSR Sale Due to Missing Docs

Ginnie Mae has held up for several weeks an $8 billion sale of servicing rights from Bank of America to a nonbank because of missing documents on government-backed mortgages. Ted Tozer, president of the agency, confirmed the delay in approvals to Inside FHA Lending, but declined to name the nonbank on the buy-side of the transaction. However, sources familiar with the deal identified the counter-party as PennyMac. BofA and PennyMac would not comment. Once the missing documents are located and placed in the proper files, the deal will move forward, said Tozer. Tozer noted that that in the past the agency did not lose sleep over large MSR transfers because up until three years ago the nation’s megabanks were buyers of MSRs. “We knew they had the financial strength to make the P&I [principal and interest] payments” to the MBS investors, he said. But with nonbank servicers, such as Green Tree, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial as well as PennyMac, rapidly growing their portfolios, the agency is ...

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