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August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Mortgage Company President Charged with Defrauding Ginnie Mae. Robert Pena, president and founder of the now-defunct Mortgage Security Inc., was charged in federal district court in Boston for allegedly bilking Ginnie Mae out of nearly $3 million. MSI was an approved participant in the Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities program, pooling eligible single-family mortgages and selling the securitized products to investors. The firm also serviced the underlying loans. In 2011, Pena allegedly began diverting borrower payments and huge loan-payoff amounts into secret accounts, which he used to fund personal and business activities. Likewise, he is said to have funneled borrowers’ escrow funds and mortgage-insurance premiums into other personal accounts. In total, Pena pocketed $3 million due Ginnie Mae, which had to pay investors whose investments it had guaranteed, according to the ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Purchase Lending Fires Up FHA in First Half, Refis Push VA Volume

FHA saw a modest rise in originations midway through 2016 compared to the same period last year, but VA did a lot better with a double-digit increase in loan production, according to an analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Lenders delivered $123.0 billion of FHA-insured loans to Ginnie pools during the first half of 2016, up 8.4 percent from the previous year. FHA’s midyear production was driven by a surge in purchase-mortgage lending in the second quarter, which also pushed volume higher for VA as well as conventional-conforming mortgages. Government-backed lending rose 32.3 percent from the first quarter to approximately $131.0 billion in second-quarter originations, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, an affiliate publication of Inside FHA/VA Lending. It was the highest three-month total for government-insured lending on record, although private mortgage insurance did more business in the ... [2 charts]


August 26, 2016 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Caliber and PHH, an Update / Not a Good Thing: Having Too Much of Your Net Worth Tied up in MSRs / Banks and Brokers: No Longer in Love / Will a Retail Subprime Lender Emerge and Go National? / IU Chief Loses GSE Case

Angel Oak, by the way, is licensed to lend in 30 states. It hopes to be in 40 within the next year, said company official John Hsu…


August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Pressure for GSEs to Expand Role in Manufactured Housing Grows, Freddie Forms MH Task Force

Manufactured housing advocates are pushing for more government-sponsored enterprise support for manufactured lending, especially for chattel loans that are not considered mortgages because the loan is not secured by a dwelling and land. The issue has gathered steam as the Federal Housing Finance Agency works to finalize a “duty-to-serve” regulation for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that focuses on mortgage financing for very low-, low- and moderate-income families in rural areas and manufactured housing. Back in May, the Manufactured Housing Institute and representatives from both GSEs had discussed...


August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Drifts Slightly Lower In 2Q16 and Remains Well Below Post-Crash High

A total of $333.1 billion of residential MBS backed by freshly originated home loans were issued during the second quarter of 2016, a 30.3 percent increase over the first three months of the year. But that trailed the 34.2 percent surge in primary-market originations during the same period. The result was a further decline in the mortgage securitization rate, from 67.3 percent in the first quarter to 65.3 percent in the second, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. It marked the lowest securitization rate since 2004, when the non-agency MBS market was just beginning to take off. The biggest decline was...[Includes one data table]


August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Suisse Sells $800 Million in Securities Backed By Warehouse Facility on Agency-Eligible Mortgages

Credit Suisse sold two warehouse facility-backed securities this week totaling $800.0 million, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service placed A2 ratings on the Mortgage Repurchase Agreement Financing Trust Series 2016-1 and Series 2016-2 transactions. Much like a warehouse facility security issued by Jefferies in May, Moody’s said the MRAFT securities are structured with two legs of “back to back” repurchase agreements. The first leg consists...


August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

FHFA Announces New Streamlined Refinance To Replace HARP in 2017, Allows Multiple Use

The Federal Housing Finance Agency revealed details this week on a new high loan-to-value streamlined refinance option for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages that will replace the Home Affordable Refinance Program. HARP was due to sunset at the end of this year, but the FHFA extended it until Sept. 30, 2017, with the new alternative beginning immediately after. The as-yet-unnamed option is...


August 26, 2016 - IMFnews

GSEs Introduce a New Loan Dispute Appeal Process…

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac introduced the IDR program back in February as the final piece to the representation-and-warranties framework.


August 25, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Stonegate Mortgage a Buyer of Other Firms? / The Other Stonegate Buys a Florida Bank / The Kings of the Channels / A New Permanent CEO for Clayton / Former FHFA Director DeMarco Sets the Record Straight

From what we understand, Stonegate Bank is not very active in residential lending, but Insignia is…


August 25, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Freddie’s AVM Seen as Providing Home-Price Valuations Slightly Higher than Prices in Case-Shiller Index

New disclosures on risk-sharing transactions from Freddie Mac provide some details on the automated valuation model used by the government-sponsored enterprise to determine home prices and loan-to-value ratios. Freddie’s AVM – Home Value Explorer – provides home price valuations that are a little higher than the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The analysts based their findings on estimates of current LTV ratios that Freddie recently added to monthly loan-level disclosures on Structured Agency Credit Risk transactions. LTV ratios based on Freddie’s AVM were...


August 25, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Panelists say Mortgage Servicing Is Evolving, But Costs Are Still Stuck in the 1980s

Rising costs for mortgage servicing and more frequent transfers have become key issues for the industry, according to panelists at a seminar hosted by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic last week. Ed DeMarco, former acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and now a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, said that mortgage servicing compensation has not changed in decades as the servicing industry itself has undergone what he called “profound changes.” He noted...


August 25, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSEs Introduce a New Loan Dispute Appeal Process Prior to Third-Party Arbitrator

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac introduced a new impasse and management escalation process this week as a middleman between the normal loan dispute appeal process and the final independent dispute resolution (IDR) process for seller/servicers. The government-sponsored enterprises said they hope to resolve as many disputes as possible before any IDR process begins. The GSEs introduced...


August 25, 2016 - IMFnews

FHFA Readies Successor Program to HARP. Name to Follow

FHFA estimates there are roughly 300,000 homeowners potentially eligible to refinance through HARP.


August 25, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Retail Channel Sees a Slight Uptick in Market Share In Second Quarter, Correspondents Lose Some Ground

All three major mortgage-production channels posted significant gains in volume from the first quarter of 2016 to the second, but retail posted the biggest increase. According to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis, an estimated $300 billion in first-lien mortgages were originated through retail platforms during the second quarter, including traditional brick-and-mortar offices and consumer-direct efforts. That was up 36.4 percent from the first three months of the year, and a scant 1.4 percent higher on a year-to-date basis. The retail share edged up to 58.8 percent, the highest it’s been in two years. Wells Fargo remained...[Includes four data tables]


August 24, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Not Everyone Loves the New Fannie, Freddie Application / Okay, Who Bought the Subprime Deals? / PennyMac Gets Repo Line from JPM / MountainView Selling MSRs / Apps Fall

One source said that in the Angel Oak transaction, bidding started with eight investors…


August 23, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A 25 Percent Chance Uncle Sam Will Lose the GSE Lawsuits / Risk-Sharing Depletes Shareholder Value / Former Fannie CEO Mudd Settles with SEC / Mudd’s Second Act Didn’t Last Long / A New Hire for Closing Corp.

KBW believes all the GSE risk-sharing deals will “put further pressure” on the long-term value of the stocks of Fannie and Freddie…


August 23, 2016 - IMFnews

New GSE Application Allows for Cell Phone Numbers, Email Address, More. Industry Applauds

Regarding the omission of cell phone numbers and email addresses, one Florida-based mortgage executive said, “It drove us crazy – of all things not to have in this day and age.”


August 22, 2016 - IMFnews

Fannie Reclaims (Some of the) Share it Lost in First-Time Homebuyer Market

By itself, the FHA insured 37.1 percent of first-timer business in the first half of 2016…


August 19, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

GSEs Offer Forbearance for Flood-Damaged Homes. With more than 40,000 homes hit by deadly flooding in Louisiana this week, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are offering temporary mortgage suspensions. Fannie Mae said servicers can grant forbearance of up to 90 days to borrowers they believe were impacted by the flood, whether they make contact with them or not. When they make contact, the servicer can offer up to six months of forbearance, which can then be extended with approval. Also, lenders must verify the condition of the property of loans originated and sold to the GSE. Freddie’s policy allows for forbearance and foreclosure suspension up to 12 months. Penalties and late fees against disaster-damaged homes are also waived.


August 19, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie, Fifth Third Personal Relationship Causes Termination

A personal relationship between Fannie Mae CEO Tim Mayopoulos and Heather Russell, the chief legal officer for Fifth Third Bancorp, caused the bank to terminate its top lawyer because of conflict of interest concerns. Both Mayopoulos and Russell are separated from their spouses, and both revealed the relationship to their respective companies. “Mr. Mayopoulos previously disclosed the relationship to Fannie Mae’s Office of Compliance and Ethics. The Office of Compliance and Ethics provided appropriate direction to Mr. Mayopoulos, and he followed it,” according to a spokesman for Fannie. “Further, Mr. Mayopoulos has no involvement in Fannie Mae’s relationship with Fifth Third Bank. Quite simply, there is no conflict of interest under Fannie Mae’s corporate policies,” said the spokesman.


August 19, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Could Need $125B Bailout in Severe Economic Crisis Scenario

  Although the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s recent stress test results showing that the GSEs could need up to $125 billion in a severe economic crisis, quarterly earnings continue to show a profitability that cancels out the need for a bailout. Required annually by the Dodd-Frank Act, the test of severely adverse scenario is based on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac portfolios as of Dec. 31, 2015. …


August 19, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

Freddie Explores Chattel Lending With New MH Task Force

Freddie Mac recently formed a Manufactured Housing Initiative Task Force as the result of manufactured housing advocates pushing for greater support from the GSEs, especially in the form of chattel lending. The group met for the first time in late July in Reston, VA. The meeting came after a comment letter from the Manufactured Housing Institute on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s duty-to-serve rule, which was followed by an invitation from MHI to discuss chattel loans at an MHI meeting in May. In December, the FHFA issued a proposed rule to implement the “duty-to-serve” provisions included in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.


August 19, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Mae Re-claims Some Share in FTHB Market

Fannie Mae has re-claimed some lost market share in the prized first-time homebuyer market during the first half of 2016, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis and ranking. Fannie securitized $41.70 billion of first-time buyer purchase loans in the first six months of this year. That represented 28.4 percent of the total FTHB business securitized by the three agencies, up from 27.8 percent for all of last year. Freddie Mac, however, is still playing catch-up. The GSE accounted for 17.0 percent of the agency FTHB market, compared to 17.8 percent in 2015. The top securitizer of first-timer loans remained Ginnie Mae, with a 54.6 percent share of the sector.


August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Homeownership Rising Among Older Millennials

While the homeownership rate for people 25 to 34 years old remains well below the levels seen for that age group before the financial crisis, analysts at Fannie Mae note that the homeownership rate for millennials is starting to increase. Fannie defined millennials as those born between 1981 and 2000. Patrick Simmons, director of strategic planning in Fannie’s economic and strategic research group, turned to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to ...


August 19, 2016 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: LO Jobs in Danger From Hal? / How Many Mortgage Loan Officers Are There? / The Human Touch / American Home’s Michael Strauss is Back with Nonprime Lender / 'Alt A' Lending May Return

Of course, it’s debatable how many LO jobs might disappear through automation...


August 19, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Liquidity Has Its Best Reading in 18 Months as More Supply Hits the Market

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS totaled $219.3 billion in July, the best reading in 18 months, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. However, the sequential improvement was a mere 3.30 percent. Then again, any gain is better than none. For all of 2016, the worst reading came in March at $189.4 billion. The strong showing (relatively speaking) comes as the primary market has produced a better-than-expected $890 billion for the first six months of 2016. Some industry executives believe loan originations could top $2 trillion this year, which would increase the supply of outstanding MBS. For the past few years there has been a debate in the industry about the significance of lower trading ...


August 19, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank Holdings of Residential MBS Climb to New Record in June, Heavy Increase in GSE Paper

Commercial banks and savings institutions continued to load up on residential MBS during the second quarter of 2016, pushing their investment in the sector to a new high, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. Banks and thrifts reported MBS holdings of $1.684 trillion as of the end of June, a 1.4 percent increase since the previous quarter. These are long-term holdings in banks’ held-to-maturity and available-for-sale portfolios. The industry held another $46.02 billion of MBS in their trading accounts. Not surprisingly, all of the gain came in agency MBS, particularly pass-through securities issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The industry’s aggregate holdings of these securities, $867.64 billion, were up 4.1 percent from the ...


August 19, 2016 - IMFnews

Phoenix Selling Flow MSR Package that Could Yield $4.8 Billion

Meanwhile, MountainView Servicing Group is selling a $1.9 billion Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bulk MSR portfolio…


August 19, 2016 - IMFnews

The Love Affair Continues: Bank Holdings of MBS Hit a New High in June. GSE Paper Leads the Way

Depositories also added to their Ginnie Mae pass-through investments, but by only 0.7 percent…


August 18, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The GSE Guaranty-Fee Debate Continues, FHFA Set on Maintaining Current Level

The Federal Housing Finance Agency again made clear that it has no immediate plans to lower the guaranty fees charged by the two government-sponsored enterprises in conservatorship. Guaranty fees more than doubled from 2011 to 2015, rising to 56 basis points, according to the FHFA’s most recent annual report on g-fees. Moreover, g-fees crept up in the past year, averaging 59 bps in 2015, compared to 57 bps in 2014. But the FHFA believes that slight uptick ...


August 18, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

All Cylinders Firing in 2Q16 as Surging Purchase-Mortgage Market Boosts Volume Across the Board

The boom in mortgage originations during the second quarter of 2016 pushed volume higher in all the major product categories, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. The conventional-conforming sector saw the biggest increase in originations, a 36.0 percent jump from the first three months of the year. Lenders produced an estimated $272.0 billion of conventional-conforming mortgages, which represented ... [Includes two data charts]


August 18, 2016 - IMFnews

Fannie Mae in Largest Manufactured Housing Deal Ever: $1 Billion

Since 2000 Fannie Mae has provided more than $9.5 billion in liquidity to the manufactured housing sector.


August 18, 2016 - IMFnews

All Production Cylinders Firing in 2Q16 but Conventional Lending Increased the Most

Some 61.0 percent of loans securitized by Ginnie Mae in the first half of 2016 were purchase mortgages, compared to 46.2 percent for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac…


August 17, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Underperforming LOs Should be Shown the Door / loanDepot’s Hsieh on What Investors Want / Former Goldman Trader Chin Takes it on the Chin / GSE Relief for Flooded Homes in Louisiana / New Hire for ATTOM

Joe Garrett added: “…if you keep mediocre producers around, it sends a message that you tolerate mediocrity…”


August 16, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Another MI M&A Deal in the Works? / Tony Renzi’s Stock Award / Fannie Reviewed Board Seat for CEO / Don Works for Free / Regions Works Out HUD Settlement

Keep in mind there are just seven MI firms writing new policies today so there are antitrust implications regarding two large players merging...


August 15, 2016 - IMFnews

Fannie Could Issue More than $20.0 Billion in MBS Backed by Modified Mortgages

Fannie Mae recently released performance data covering some $70.0 billion of outstanding modified loans as well as $60.0 billion of modified loans that have either re-defaulted or paid down.


August 12, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Freddie Quicker at Reducing Nonprime Holdings

Freddie Mac’s efforts to reduce holdings of nonprime mortgages and nonprime mortgage-backed securities are proceeding at a faster pace than efforts at Fannie Mae, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The government-sponsored enterprises had a combined $161.12 billion in nonprime holdings as of the end of the second quarter of 2016, down 6.3 percent from the first quarter and down 20.4 percent from the second ... [Includes one data chart]


August 12, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Latest Batch of Documents Unsealed in GSE Shareholder Case Focuses on Treasury’s Control Over Fannie, Freddie

A federal judge rejected efforts by the government to keep a new batch of official memos and other documents from being disclosed in the ongoing legal war over the terms of the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Margaret Sweeney released a new set of documents that included a brief excerpt of former White House housing policy expert Jim Parrott’s deposition from January, a presentation from the Federal Housing Finance Agency in 2008 and several memos dating back to 2008 and 2012. Sweeney rejected...


August 12, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Dire Predictions of Soaring CMBS Delinquencies Prove False, So Far. But That Doesn’t Mean it Won’t be a Bumpy Ride

Although delinquencies on commercial MBS rose for a fifth straight month during July, predictions of a bust have not developed and many analysts are starting to feel more comfortable with the sector, especially in regard to multifamily credits. According to figures compiled by Trepp, the overall delinquency rate on U.S. CMBS increased 16 basis points during the month to 4.76 percent. The percentage of loans considered seriously delinquent increased 19 bps to 4.67 percent. This compares...


August 12, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

JPMorgan, FDIC Near Settlement with Defunct WaMu, DOJ Asks Second Circuit for Another Shot at ‘HUSTLE’

JPMorgan Chase is a step closer to settling a dispute with Deutsche Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. over certain mortgage securitization agreements in connection with the government’s takeover of failed mortgage lender Washington Mutual. According to Chase’s most recent 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm, Deutsche Bank and the FDIC have signed a term sheet to resolve pending litigation brought by the German bank against Chase and the FDIC in relation to WaMu as well as Chase’s outstanding indemnification claims pursuant to the terms of the purchase-and-assumption agreement with the FDIC. The term sheet is subject...


August 12, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Participants Push for Changes to Funding Ratio Requirements Proposed by Federal Bank Regulators

Federal banking regulators should make a number of adjustments to proposed net stable funding ratio requirements, according to the Structured Finance Industry Group and other industry participants. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued the NSFR proposed rule in April, following standards set by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. Comments on the proposed rule were due late last week. The NSFR addresses...


August 12, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie Releases Modified Loan Historical Data to Support New MBS Program that May Become Significant Asset Class

Fannie Mae’s new securitization program for modified single-family mortgages could generate as much as $24 billion in issuance, according to an analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The program will create “an asset class meriting investor focus,” BAML noted. Fannie recently released...


August 12, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Mortgage Portfolios Continued to Shrink in 2Q16, Both Firms on Track for Conservatorship Targets

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued to whittle away at their retained mortgage portfolios during the second quarter, keeping up a focus on shedding less-liquid assets. The two government-sponsored enterprises held a combined $637.0 billion of mortgage loans and mortgage securities at June 30, down 17.6 percent from a year ago. Under the current terms of their conservatorship, Fannie and Freddie are required to reduce their mortgage portfolios by at least 15.0 percent a year. By the beginning of 2018, each GSE portfolio is expected...[Includes one data table]


August 12, 2016 - IMFnews

The Mandate Continues: GSE Mortgage Portfolios Down to $637 Billion

The GSEs have reduced their holdings of subprime MBS to just $17.5 billion.


August 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Push for Housing Counseling to Expand, Evolve, Integrate and Attract Millennials

Homebuyer counseling classes should expand and evolve, according to some in the industry who said such programs are critical to promoting successful homeownership. And there have been a few changes this year that speak to the growing importance of borrower education. Studies show that borrowers participating in homebuyer counseling classes are more likely to sustain homeownership than those who haven’t been counseled. But a newly published paper from the Urban Institute said...


August 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Stress Test of Hypothetical Crisis Shows Fannie And Freddie Could Need as Much as a $125B Bailout

In the event of a severe economic crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could need a bailout of up to $125.8 billion, according to a Federal Housing Finance Agency stress test released this week. The test of severely adverse scenarios, required by the Dodd-Frank Act for companies with total consolidated assets of more than $10 billion, took place in March and is based on Fannie and Freddie portfolios as of Dec. 31, 2015. The bailout would be needed on an incremental basis and would also depend on the treatment of the government-sponsored enterprises’ deferred tax assets. Under this hypothetical economic scenario, situations include...


August 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Insurance Came Roaring Into Spring, Setting New Business Record in Booming Market

Lenders originated home loans that included primary mortgage insurance at a hectic pace during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. A whopping $196.23 billion of new mortgage originations carried private MI during the second quarter, including significant increases in both private MI and government-insured mortgage insurance. That was up 34.1 percent from the first three months of 2016, and represented the biggest quarterly total on record. Private MI posted...[Includes three data tables]


August 11, 2016 - IMFnews

As Rates Stabilize, More Bulk MSR Deals Hit the Auction Market

The $1.5 billion offered by MIAC has an average interest rate of 4.22 percent and delinquencies of 2.65 percent.


August 11, 2016 - IMFnews

Relationship with Fannie CEO at Heart of Decision to Fire Fifth Third General Counsel. So Far, Industry Questions Bank’s Decision

According to figures compiled by Inside The GSEs, Fifth Third doesn’t even rank among Fannie’s 40 largest customers and sells almost 70 percent of his home mortgages to Freddie Mac, based on July data.


August 11, 2016 - IMFnews

New MI Has a Stellar Spring, Setting New Business Records in a Booming Market

All seven of the nation’s active MIs reported hefty increases in flow volume…


Poll

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury fell to all-time low of 1.34% recently. How much better will originations be at your shop in the second half compared to 1H, if at all?

Better by 1% to 10%.

30%

Better by 11% to 25%.

39%

Off the charts better. Applications are great now.

22%

Worse than 1H, but not by much.

4%

A lot worse. But not sure on the damage.

4%

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