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January 30, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Regional Banks Report Falling Income From Mortgage Banking During 4Q14

Regional banks are reporting significant declines in mortgage-banking income during the fourth quarter, although nearly all institutions continue to earn a profit from the business. A diverse group of 20 regional banks posted a combined $684.2 million in mortgage-banking income for the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports. That was down 13.5 percent from the group’s aggregate $790.5 million in ...

January 29, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

On a ‘Per Loan’ Basis, Bank Loan Officers Earn Less Than Nonbank LOs, But…

Not only have nonbank lenders steadily increased their production market share the past two years, but their loan officers, in general, earn more money on a per unit basis than their depository counterparts. At least that was the finding of several interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance during January. “Banks are tiered 50 to 100 basis points [per loan] with qualifiers,” said Paul Hindman, managing director of business development for Grid Financial. “Nonbanks are tiered 75 to 175 basis points with qualifiers.” And LOs who work for net branch operators can earn...

January 16, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Retail Mortgage Lending Up in 3Q14

Commercial banks and thrifts originated $89.88 billion of home mortgages through their retail production channels during the third quarter of 2014, a healthy 7.7 increase from the prior quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. That brought year-to-date retail originations by banks to $236.57 billion, off 55.5 percent from the first nine months of 2013. Bank and thrift retail originations appeared to trail the overall market ... [Includes one data chart]

January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Basel Risk Weights Not Expected to Have Much of an Impact on U.S. Banks

Risk weights established by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for holdings of securitized assets won’t have much of an impact on U.S. banks, according to analysts at Barclays Capital. It’s unclear which banks the risk weights will be applied to and many U.S. banks have transitioned to similar methods to evaluate capital requirements for their holdings of MBS and ABS. The BCBS issued a revised framework for calculating risk weights on banks’ securitization exposures in December. The framework is set to take effect in certain countries beginning in 2018. It was issued to address concerns that banks were holding insufficient capital for certain securitized assets and to reduce the reliance on external ratings to derive securitization risk weights. Barclays said...

January 9, 2015 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Lenders Agree to Settle DOJ Fraud Charges

Two FHA lenders have agreed to separate settlements with the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to resolve allegations of mortgage fraud that resulted in huge losses for HUD. Golden First Mortgage Corp. and its owner/president, David Movtady, have agreed to a $36.3 million settlement with the DOJ to resolve allegations they had lied to the FHA about the quality of loans they had certified for FHA insurance since July 2007. Consequently, the agency incurred more than $12 million in losses since that time, according to court documents. Filed in April 2013 in Manhattan federal court and amended in August 2013, the government complaint sought damages and penalties under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act against Golden First for years of misconduct as an FHA direct-endorsement lender. Golden First was a ...

December 30, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Mortgage Sales Spiked in 3Q14

Commercial banks and thrifts sold some $175.6 billion of home mortgages during the third quarter of 2014, a healthy 25.4 percent increase from the prior quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. Despite the bump in loan sales and mortgage originations, the banking industry reported a modest 4.9 percent drop in mortgage-banking income during the third quarter. And there was relatively little left in the tank as the market ... [Includes one data chart]

December 30, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

More Firms Angle for Whole-Loan Trading

Investment banking firm FIG Partners, based in Atlanta, recently inaugurated a new whole-loan trading capability for small to mid-tier community and regional banks. The firm will now buy or sell performing and non-performing residential mortgages as well as commercial real estate, consumer and other types of loans for its bank and investor clients. Company officials say their new whole-loan trading capabilities complement the firm’s securities trading operations. The new platform ...

December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Increase Holdings of First Liens

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages increased in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the third quarter of 2013, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $1.76 trillion in first liens as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, up 0.4 percent compared with the same period last year. The growth was driven by jumbo mortgages. On a quarterly basis, portfolio runoff and loan sales slightly outpaced ... [Includes one data chart]

December 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

REITs that Focused on Residential MBS See Promise in Commercial MBS Market

Two real estate investment trusts that have focused their efforts on residential MBS recently announced plans to enter the commercial MBS market. The moves come as issuance of residential MBS has been subdued since the financial crisis while issuance of commercial MBS activity has been soaring in recent years. PennyMac Financial Services announced this month that it formed PennyMac Commercial Real Estate Finance. The business will focus on loans that finance multifamily and other commercial real estate with a typical value of under $10 million. PennyMac said it plans for its REIT, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, to acquire and securitize the commercial mortgages. “The opportunity in this market is...

December 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

In a Stalled MBS Market, Most of the Heavy Hitters Increased Their Holdings in 3Q14

The outstanding supply of agency single-family MBS continued to grow at a subdued pace during the third quarter of 2014, and the biggest investor classes did most of the heavy lifting funding the market, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. On the supply side, there were $5.632 trillion of single-family MBS guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae outstanding at the end of September. That was up just 0.4 percent from the previous quarter but had enough growth rings to show a 1.2 percent gain from a year ago. As has been the case for the past few years, the Ginnie MBS market grew...[Includes two data chart]


The FHA is cutting its annual premium by 50 basis points. How much of a difference will this cut make in your FHA business?

Not much at all—maybe 10 percent at best.
Modestly. We expect a 10 percent to 25 percent gain in applications.
This is a real game changer, 25 percent or better.
Hard to say. This cut may just steal business away from the new Fannie/Freddie 97 LTV effort.

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