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Volume 2016 - Number 36

September 22, 2016

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Servicing Business Continued Shifting Toward Nonbanks In 2Q16, and It’s Becoming Somewhat Less Top-Heavy

Nonbank loan administrators expanded their share of the mortgage servicing market during the second quarter, mostly capturing agency business abandoned by large banks, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions reported a combined single-family servicing portfolio of $6.930 trillion as of the end of June, according to call reports. That was down 0.5 percent from the previous quarter despite the fact that the total depository portfolio holdings of unsecuritized mortgages increased 1.7 percent during that period. But bank, thrift and credit union loan servicing for others – typically loans held in mortgage-backed securities trusts – fell...[Includes two data tables]

Liquidity, Credit Access, Regulation Remain As Chief Concerns As Ginnie Mae Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Market’s Future

With liquidity and an uncertain regulatory environment dominating this year’s Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, top agency officials called on stakeholders and other market participants to stand up to the challenges posed by a rapidly evolving Ginnie marketplace. Chief among those challenges is the growing domination of the Ginnie market by independent mortgage bankers, who now account for 80 percent of the agency’s monthly issuance volume. Ginnie President Ted Tozer reiterated his concerns raised last year about the increasing number of nonbanks in the agency mortgage-backed securities market with very little experience and liquidity. In his opening remarks, Tozer acknowledged...

Booming MBS Issuance and Uptick in Interest Rates May Mean Stellar 3Q Earnings for Fannie and Freddie

Thanks to booming originations the past few months – which should translate into higher guaranty fee income – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are likely to post their strongest profits of the year in the third quarter, according to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance this week. But it’s not just higher loan production that should allow profits to soar – it’s the fact that the yield on the 10-year Treasury now stands at 1.69 percent, 21 basis points higher than June 30. The 10-year rate is...

Impac Sells Additional Shares to the Public, a Good Sign for The Market. Unfortunately, Investors Reacted Negatively

Impac Mortgage Holdings late last week came to market with a “follow-on” offering of 3 million shares of common stock, the first public equity sale by a pure-play mortgage company in almost three years. Unfortunately, investors were not happy. When the shares hit the New York Stock Exchange last Friday, not only did Impac’s stock price tumble almost 9.0 percent, but it has continued to drift downward, resting at just over $13.00 a share as Inside Mortgage Finance went to press this week. The share price of the nation’s 28th largest originator hit...

Closings of Purchase Mortgages Increasingly Delayed As Strong Volume Mixes with Shortage of Appraisers

An increasing share of purchase mortgages have missed their scheduled closing dates in recent months, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. Many of the delays are tied to a shortage of appraisers as home sale activity increased during the spring and summer. Just before the start of the spring home-buying season, the on-time share of closings was at high levels for mortgage-financed purchases. Some 76.6 percent of purchases in April with a low downpayment mortgage securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac closed on time, based on a three-month moving average. The on-time closing share has declined...

Some RMBS Originators are Replacing QC Reviews With Feedback from Whole Loan Investors: Moody’s

Some residential mortgage-backed securities loan originators are moving away from performing internal post-acquisition quality control loan reviews in lieu of obtaining feedback from their whole loan investors, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. “Some aggregators are relying more on their investors for quality control feedback,” said Moody’s. The ratings service identified in particular Redwood Residential Acquisition Corp. and JPMorgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp., which it said “are relying more on feedback from whole loan investors to monitor the quality of due diligence firm loan reviews, as opposed to conducting their own internal reviews, since a large portion of their acquisitions are sold in whole-loan trades.” Moody’s noted...

NAR Survey Shows Downpayment Misconception May Be Contributing to Qualified Buyers Delaying Homeownership

Would-be homebuyers are hesitant to take the plunge thanks to downpayment misconceptions, according to the National Association of Realtors. In NAR’s third-quarter survey of more than 2,500 consumers, many reported that they were not aware of the low downpayment mortgage options in the market today. This was true across all income and education brackets. The downpayment confusion was...

Freddie’s New Mortgage Pilot Loosens Requirements Based on Demographic Trends of Diverse Communities

Freddie Mac is partnering with two lenders for a mortgage pilot program that will consider a wider range of underwriting criteria, including income from seasonal work, to help promote homeownership in diverse communities. The pilot, based on certain borrower characteristics, was launched with New American Funding, headquartered in Dallas, and Las Vegas-based Alterra Home Loans. It was announced this week during the national convention of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. The NAHREP said the narrow definitions of creditworthiness make it especially difficult for minority and first-time borrowers to qualify for and obtain a mortgage. The two nonbank lenders, which specialize in serving the Hispanic community and low-income borrowers, will build...

Mortgage Market at a Glance

Weekly mortgage rates and application survey data as well as indexes for ARMs.


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