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October 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

What Happens to Default Servicing, Post-Recovery?

Given that the mortgage servicing industry seems far removed from where it was when the housing crisis peaked, what will become of default servicing in the years to come? For one thing, a certain amount of delinquency will always exist in the housing market, according to a new white paper from the Five Star Institute, which drew together research, insight and commentary from a host of industry resources and experts. “For all the loans that are out there, there will always be...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Adopts Final Rule Increasing Agency Fines for Loan Fraud

The Department of Veterans Affairs adopted without change its interim final rule increasing the maximum amount of civil fines it can assess on lenders and other offenders for violations of agency loan-guaranty rules and regulations. Under the interim final rule VA issued for comment back in June, maximum civil monetary penalties would increase from $10,000 to $21,563 for false loan-guaranty certifications. Civil fines for fraudulent claims or statements in any VA program would increase from $5,500 to $10,781. The VA published the interim final rule on June 22, 2016, to implement the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and to improve the effectiveness of civil fines and maintain their deterrent effect. The new penalty amounts became ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-QMs Subject to Greater Regulatory Risk

Regulatory actions and lawsuits involving non-qualified mortgages have been essentially non-existent since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule took effect at the start of 2014. R. Andrew Arculin, counsel at the Venable law firm, noted that the broader economy has helped keep borrowers performing, limiting foreclosures to this point. “One of the lurking variables that I think people are concerned about is what happens if the market crashes and ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Residential Issues ABS Backed by Excess Spread from Mortgage Servicing Rights on Non-Agency Mortgages

Affiliates of New Residential Investment this week issued a $345.0 million ABS backed by excess spread from mortgage servicing rights on non-agency mortgages. The deal appears to be the first of its kind to receive a credit rating. Morningstar Credit Ratings assigned a BBB rating to NRZ Excess Spread-Collateralized Notes 2016-PLS2. With MSRs, excess spread consists...

September 30, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Issuers Say Strong Oversight Plan is Key to Successful Subservicing, Avoiding Liability

Ginnie Mae issuers that use subservicers need to have a proper subservicing oversight plan that encompasses all aspects of their Ginnie servicing portfolio to avoid servicing mishaps and liability. Participants in a recent Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, pooled their collective experiences with subservicers to come up with a general oversight plan touching on every servicing function. These functions include escrow, collections, customer service, notifications, loss mitigation, loan modification, payoff, claims and maintenance. The decision to use a subservicer is...

September 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

MBA Task Force Calls for Standardized Loan Modification Processes as HAMP Winds Down

A task force convened by the Mortgage Bankers Association proposed universal principles for loan modification programs across government guarantors, the government-sponsored enterprises and perhaps non-agency mortgages. The “One Modification” standards published late last week aim to provide servicers with a “cohesive framework” to complete loan mods when the Home Affordable Modification Program largely ends after this year. “MBA’s task force recognizes...

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Poised to Collect Huge FCA Settlement Funds from Lenders

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is set to receive more than $140 million in settlements with three individual lenders in connection with defective loans they originated with FHA insurance. Freedom Mortgage Corp., M&T Bank, and Land Home Financial Services all reached separate agreements this year with the Department of Justice on behalf of the HUD Inspector General to resolve the allegations. On April 15, Freedom agreed to pay $113 million, in response to charges that “it engaged in certain conduct in connection with its origination, underwriting, property appraisal and quality of certain single-family mortgages insured by FHA.” The disputed forward loans were insured by FHA between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2011, which resulted in claims submitted to HUD on or before June 15, 2015. HUD incurred substantial losses when it paid claims on the ...

September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

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...

September 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Home-Equity Lending Up Sharply in 2Q16 to Post-Crisis Record, But Portfolios Still Shrinking

Mortgage originators reported a sharp increase in home-equity lending during the second quarter of 2016, although it wasn’t as robust a gain as the 34.2 percent surge in first-lien originations. Lenders generated an estimated $53.5 billion in home-equity business during the second quarter, an increase of 18.9 percent from the first three months of the year. It was the strongest quarterly production number for the HEL market since the financial crisis. Halfway through 2016, home-equity lending was up 15.9 percent from last year and tracking toward $200 billion in annual production. Although home-equity lending has strengthened over the past few years as house prices have recovered to pre-crisis levels, the outstanding supply of home-equity debt continues...[Includes three data tables]

September 9, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Tennessee Lender Agrees to $70 million Settlement to Resolve Alleged FHA Violations. Franklin American Mortgage of Franklin, TN, has agreed to pay the federal government $70 million to resolve allegations of failing to comply with FHA requirements. Specifically, the direct endorsement lender allegedly engaged in improper underwriting of FHA loans between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2012, which later resulted in submission of claims and substantial losses to the FHA insurance fund. Franklin entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Inspector General. As part of the settlement, Franklin acknowledged “it engaged in certain conduct in connection with its origination, underwriting, and quality control of certain single-family residential mortgage loans insured by FHA.” The settlement was neither an admission of ...

September 9, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CA Lender Exposed MMIF to Higher Risk, Ordered to Indemnify HUD

A California FHA lender could face monetary penalties totaling $242,828 for deficient mortgage underwriting and exposing the FHA insurance fund to increased risk of loss and fraud. A Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general’s audit of Sun West Mortgage Co. of Cerritos, CA, also alleged unauthorized use of foreign staff in another country to “pre-underwrite” FHA loans. The audit was triggered by a complaint the IG Office received in November last year alleging that Sun West, an approved FHA lender since 1980, was not underwriting FHA loans properly. In addition, the complaint alleged that Sun West was having the loans pre-underwritten by a company in another country, in violation of HUD rules. Neither the company nor the country was identified in the audit report. The complaint further alleged that employees at Sun West shared user identification numbers for ...

September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Fails More Metrics Under Settlement

Ocwen Financial failed two metrics under the national mortgage settlement involving force-placed insurance, according to a report this week by the settlement’s monitor. The failures related to activity in the fourth quarter of 2015. The servicer had a 24.2 percent error rate on the timeliness of force-placed insurance notices, well above the 5.0 percent error rate allowed under the settlement. Ocwen said most of the errors were attributable to the implementation of a new ...

September 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

First Post-Crisis NPL MBS to Receive a Rating Pays Off, Investors in Senior Tranche Protected from Losses

The first rated post-crisis non-agency MBS backed by a significant share of nonperforming mortgages paid off recently, offering insights into how the deal performed and how investors fared. The $372.80 million Mortgage Fund IVc Trust 2015-RN1 was issued by Bayview Asset Management in October 2015. It received “A” ratings from Fitch Ratings and Morningstar. Fitch said it capped its rating “due to the idiosyncratic and adverse-selection risks associated with NPL collateral.” At issuance, 34.9 percent of the loans were nonperforming and 78.0 percent had been modified. The rating services said...


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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