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November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Menendez Introduces HAWK Amendment in T-HUD Appropriations Bill. The National Association of Realtors recently sent a thank-you note to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, for introducing an amendment to H.R. 2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016, to restore HUD’s authority to offer the Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) program. Lawmakers who were concerned about the financial condition of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund denied funding for the HAWK program last year in a continuing spending bill, effectively stalling the program for a year. The HAWK program is a key component of the FHA’s Blueprint for Access, which was designed to open up the credit box for underserved borrowers. Specifically, program participants will benefit from reductions in FHA premiums once they complete ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues Servicing Guidance for Conveying Property in Florida

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued new guidance for submitting title documents to the VA when conveying a property in Florida. The servicing guidance addresses potential lien problems in relation to past due and unpaid homeowners association obligations. As part of conveying a property in the Sunshine State, documentation must be complete and in order so that VA can validate a clean title that will be acceptable to lenders, buyers, title companies and attorneys in the community where the property is located. Thus, property conveyance usually involves providing an owner’s title-insurance policy with no exclusions, other than for taxes that have not yet been billed but may be accrued against the property. Under Florida law, if an HOA is properly named in the foreclosure, a borrower or its assignees or successor-in-interest is only required to pay the lesser of either the ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

NYDFS Fines VA Lender $1 Million, Bars Firm from Further Lending

New York financial regulators have barred VA lender New Day Financial from doing any more business in the state for allegedly cheating on state-required continuing-education courses and examinations. The New York Department of Financial Services slapped the Fulton, MD-based lender (also doing business as New Day USA) with a $1 million fine and ordered it to surrender its mortgage banker’s license. The department accused top New Day executives as well as current and former employees of perpetrating an elaborate cheating scheme whereby compliance staffers took the required education courses and exams on behalf of senior managers and loan officers. According to state regulators, the cheating happened on numerous occasions and involved at least 20 New Day loan originators. The MLOs shared screen-shots of questions included in the National Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLSR) exams and ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Strong Divide on Portfolio QM Bill

President Obama last week threatened to veto legislation progressing in Congress to provide qualified-mortgage status to loans held in portfolio by depository institutions. Industry analysts suggest that the bill still has a chance at being signed into law, if adjustments are made. The House approved H.R. 1210, the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act, on a 255-174 vote last week. Similar legislation is under consideration in the Senate. The bill in the House would ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank First-Lien Holdings Up in Third Quarter

First-lien portfolio holdings continued to increase in the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of bank and thrift call reports. Banks and thrifts held $1.85 trillion in first-lien mortgages in portfolio at the end of September, up 0.3 percent compared with the end of the second quarter and a 2.8 percent increase compared with the third quarter of 2014. Wells Fargo had the largest portfolio at $266.3 billion as of ... [Includes one data chart]

November 20, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Repurchases Hit Post-Crisis Low

Repurchases and indemnifications by banks and thrifts fell to “just” $936.0 million in the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of bank call-report data. That was the lowest quarterly buyback figure for the industry since the first quarter of 2008, when banks began disclosing this activity in their call reports. The third-quarter repurchase total was down 17.9 percent from the previous three-month period. On a ... [Includes one data chart]

November 20, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Report Sharp Drop in Mortgage-Banking Income During Third Quarter

Commercial banks and savings institutions reported a hefty decline in mortgage-banking income from the second to the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. The banking industry earned $3.793 billion from mortgage banking during the third quarter, a 37.7 percent decline from the previous three-month period. That’s an even bigger drop than the 25.8 percent decline reported by the group of 34 ... [Includes one data chart]

November 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank MBS Holdings Soar to Record in 3Q15, Buying Spree in Agency Pass-Through MBS

Commercial banks and savings institutions held a record $1.608 trillion of single-family MBS in portfolio as of the end of the third quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. Banks and thrifts boosted their MBS holdings by 1.6 percent from the end of June, reaching a third consecutive record level. The gain pushed the industry’s market share of single-family MBS to an estimated 25.2 percent. Commercial banks were responsible for ... [Includes two data charts]

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MPF Program, Ginnie Mae Unveil Broader Government MBS Product

The Federal Home Loan Bank System is seeking to boost its share of government-backed lending and the Ginnie Mae market with a new servicing-release option for FHA, VA and rural housing mortgages that are sold into the Mortgage Partnership Finance program. The new feature adds to an existing servicing-retained execution in the MPF Government Mortgage-Backed Securities program. The current servicing-retained component requires participating lenders to service loans they originate and sell into the MPF conduit. The servicing-release option from Nationstar Mortgage, a top-10 mortgage servicer based in Dallas, will provide lenders with greater pricing flexibility so they can become more competitive in the communities they serve, said Matt Feldman, president of the Chicago FHLB. Only FHLBank members that are participants in MPF can use the government MBS program. In order to ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PHH Mulls Continued Participation In FHA, Will Proceed Cautiously

Facing the possibility of a potential False Claims Act lawsuit, PHH Corp. is reconsidering its participation in the FHA mortgage insurance program. Though PHH’s FHA segment represents only 3 percent of its mortgage volume over the past 12 months, the company will proceed cautiously as it evaluates the risk-adjusted return of FHA products and programs, said Glenn Messina, PHH president and chief executive.Ranked 50th among FHA lenders as of June 30, 2015, PHH expects more regulatory challenges in 2016 as well as rising compliance costs, said Messina during a third-quarter earnings call. In its latest quarterly filing, PHH disclosed receiving a subpoena from the inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for documents related to, among other things, FHA loan origination and underwriting practices. Like several other FHA lenders, PHH is ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Demand for Jumbos Expected to Continue

It would take a significant increase in interest rates to diminish bank demand for holding originations of jumbo mortgages in portfolio, according to industry analysts. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said higher interest rates could eventually shift the economics in favor of banks securitizing their jumbo production and buying back the AAA tranches of the mortgage-backed securities rather than owning the whole loans on their balance sheet. “While it is tough to ...

November 6, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Banking Profits Sink in 3Q15 As Nonbanks Take Biggest Declines

Most publicly-traded companies reported declining net earnings from their mortgage banking operations during the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. A diverse group of 34 major mortgage lenders that includes most of the top lenders and servicers posted a combined $3.56 billion in income from their mortgage banking activity during the third quarter. That was down 25.8 percent from the second quarter of 2015. The declining profitability was...[Includes one data table]

October 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Even with Resets, HELOC Losses May Be Low

New research from FICO suggests that broader economic conditions have helped limit losses on home-equity lines of credit originated before the financial crisis. For years, analysts have warned about the risks posed by HELOCs after the loans hit 10-year reset periods, prompting payment shock for some borrowers as principal and interest is due as opposed to the interest-only payments that were initially allowed. The risk to banks is seen as particularly harsh because ...

October 16, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Servicers Must Report Abandoned, Vacant Homes to VA Right Away

A VA mortgage servicer must immediately schedule an inspection and protect a property securing a VA loan if the property has been left vacant or abandoned by its owners. According to new guidelines issued by the VA, loan servicers must conduct an inspection immediately after becoming aware that the property’s physical condition may be in jeopardy. If local codes require more extensive protection than what VA requires, servicers should adhere to local requirements, the agency said. Failure to protect and preserve the collateral may result in a reduced guaranty claim if the servicer’s failure increased the VA’s liability on the loan. Unless the loan is undergoing loss mitigation, a property inspection is also required before the 60th day of delinquency or before starting foreclosure, whichever is earlier, the VA said. In addition, a property inspection will be required at least once a month after ...

October 16, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Loan Deficiencies Down in April, Higher Year Over Year

The number of VA loans with a deficiency fell in April from March but was up 71.7 percent from the same period a year ago, according to the VA Lender Report Card. The report card includes VA loan reviews and deficiencies by month from April 2014 through April 2015. VA loan originations over the one-year period totaled 563,967, the report showed. Of those loans, 303,149 were purchase loans, 162,447 were streamlined refinances, and 98,371 were cash-out refis. A total of 39,037 loans were reviewed by VA, which comprised about 7.0 percent of total volume. Altogether, 14,793 loans (37.9 percent) had deficiencies. The average deficiency response time was 28.1 days. Of the 1,726 loans the VA examined in April, 613 (35.5 percent) contained deficiencies, down from 1,234 loans (33.7 percent of 3,662 loans reviewed) that were found with flaws in March. The number of deficient loans found in ...

October 16, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nonbanks Dominate Ginnie Mae Market, FHA/VA MBS Rise in 3Q

Nonbanks comprised a significant portion of Ginnie Mae business as independent mortgage companies replaced banks as primary securitizers of FHA and VA loans. In the third quarter of 2015, mortgage companies accounted for 60.8 percent of VA loans and 67.1 percent of FHA loans securitized in Ginnie pools. For mortgage companies, production of Ginnie mortgage-backed securities backed by FHA loans increased by 5.0 percent in the third quarter from the previous quarter and was up a whopping 118.1 percent during the first nine months of 2015 over the same period last year. Nonbank securitization of VA loans rose by a modest 1.5 percent quarter over quarter and by 83.6 percent over the nine-month period compared to the same period last year. Megabanks, whose assets exceed $1 trillion, were the second largest issuers of Ginnie Mae MBS, accounting for less than ... [3 charts]

October 16, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Congressman Pushes Portfolio Lending Bill

Rep. Andy Barr, R-KY, used a recent hearing by the House Financial Services Committee as an opportunity to promote a bill that would grant qualified mortgage status to loans held in portfolio. He was particularly critical of an exemption in QM standards that currently applies to mortgages eligible for purchase by the government-sponsored enterprises. Such loans can have debt-to-income ratios above 43 percent and still be deemed safe-harbor QMs. “The policy is counterproductive ...

October 15, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Shareholder Group Says Risk-Sharing Puts Fannie, Freddie at a Disadvantage

Private investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stock are raising concerns about the expansion of risk-transfer activity at the two government-sponsored enterprises, warning that it should not be viewed as the answer to housing reform. The credit-risk transfer programs are often cited as a path to housing finance reform because they bring new private capital to the mortgage business, laying off some of the risk held by the GSEs and, ultimately, by taxpayers. “Some have suggested...

October 15, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Banks’ Retention of Conforming Mortgages Likely Driven by High G-Fees, Shift in Lenders

In the past year and a half, banks have started holding an increasing share of conventional conforming mortgages in portfolio instead of securitizing them through the government-sponsored enterprises. Industry analysts suggest GSE guaranty fees are the reason. In the first half of 2015, 91.6 percent of the estimated $442 billion in originations of conventional conforming mortgages were included in mortgage-backed securities. In 2013, 97.0 percent of the estimated $1.17 trillion in conventional conforming originations were securitized, according to an Inside Mortgage Finance analysis. “Securitizing conforming mortgages in agency MBS has become...


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