Volume 2014 - Number 9
March 6, 2014
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Non-agency mortgage lending staged a minor revolt in 2013, reversing two years of increasing domination of the market by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. The only growth spots in the mortgage market last year were in jumbo originations and home-equity lending, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Jumbo production surged 20.9 percent from 2012 levels to an estimated $272 billion – the strongest output for the sector since 2007. Home-equity lending was...[Includes two data charts]
The Obama administration is asking Congress for authority to charge FHA lenders an “administrative fee” to help pay for improvements to the FHA quality assurance program. FHA wants to build a new quality assurance framework that will provide lenders more clarity about the agency’s expectations regarding the loan production process, said FHA Commissioner Carol Galante during a media briefing on provisions in the administration’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal that affect the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The idea is...
Warehouse lines of credit extended by commercial banks to non-depository lenders fell a modest 11.8 percent in the fourth quarter on a sequential basis, but executives who work in the sector are reporting usage ratios as low as 20 percent. Based on exclusive survey figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance, warehouse providers had an estimated $30.0 billion in commitments at Dec. 31 compared to $34.0 billion at the end of the third quarter. But a commitment is...[Includes one data chart]
PNC Bank, BofA Under Federal Investigation for Possible FHA-Related Fraud, SunTrusts Settlement Bid Delayed
The Department of Justice is investigating PNC Financial Services Group and Bank of America in connection with their FHA-related mortgage lending practices, the two financial institutions disclosed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PNC said it has received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York seeking information relating to National City Bank’s lending practices in connection with FHA-insured loans as well as the origination of non-FHA loans and their sale and securitization. Another subpoena was issued...
A Miami-based investment management firm is accusing the boards of directors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of failing in their fiduciary responsibilities to the holders of the government-sponsored enterprises’ junior preferred and common stock. Fairholme Capital Management, one of the largest holders of junior preferred stock of the GSEs, says the boards need to improve their corporate governance. “At present, you remain...
JPMorgan Chase is scaling back its mortgage origination and servicing operations to control costs and focus on retail production. “We are committed to the mortgage business in the long term,” said Kevin Watters, CEO of Chase Mortgage Banking, during a presentation for investors last week. “But it’s going to be a smaller, less volatile, higher-quality business." Chase plans...
Legislation that would block implementation of premium rate increases in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act passed the House of Representatives this week by a bipartisan 306 to 91 vote. The passage of H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013, paves the way for both the House and the Senate to iron out the differences between their bills in conference. The Senate passed its version on Jan. 30. H.R. 3370 would reduce...
Fair-Lending Enforcement Actions Likely to Increase In QM Era as Regulators Cooperate, Focus on Data
Lenders will face increased fair-lending scrutiny even if they stick to originating loans that meet qualified-mortgage requirements, according to industry attorneys. While federal regulators have stated that a lender’s QM-only policy won’t increase fair-lending risk, a number of factors beyond QMs have prompted an increased focus on fair-lending issues. During a webinar this week hosted by Inside Mortgage Finance, Andrew Sandler, chairman and executive partner at the law firm of BuckleySandler, said he has never seen regulators work more closely together on fair-lending issues. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are doing joint investigations. Sandler said...
Weekly mortgage rates and application survey data as well as indexes for ARMs.
- 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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