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January 23, 2015 - Inside FHA Lending

Low Rates, High Demand Power VA’s 3Q14 Surge

Production of loans with a VA guaranty was moderately strong in the third quarter of 2014, thanks to lower rates and increased demand for the no-downpayment loans, according to Inside FHA Lending’s analysis of the latest agency data. A 14.1 percent quarter-to-quarter surge helped the industry end last year’s first nine months with a total of $76.3 billion in VA loans, mostly purchase home mortgages taken out by a younger generation of war veterans. VA streamline refinancing also accounted for a substantial chunk of originations, 19.2 percent. Volume jumped from $19.5 billion in the first quarter of 2014 to $26.5 billion the following quarter. Lenders closed out the third quarter with $30.2 billion. Stanley Middleman, chief executive officer of Freedom Mortgage, said VA lending is on the upswing, driven by low interest rates. He thinks the VA home loan guaranty program has been ... [ 1 chart ]

January 23, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

FDIC Proposes Clarification on Interplay Between Risk Retention and Securitization Safe Harbor

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took an action this week aimed at reducing confusion regarding the interplay between the banking regulator’s securitization safe harbor and risk-retention requirements recently set by federal regulators. Under the FDIC’s securitization safe harbor, if certain requirements are met, the FDIC, in its capacity as receiver or conservator of an insured depository institution, won’t recover or reclaim securitized assets when exercising its authority to repudiate contracts. In 2010, the FDIC added a risk-retention requirement to the safe harbor. For securitized assets to qualify for the FDIC’s safe harbor, sponsors of deals issued in 2011 and beyond must retain...

January 22, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Outgoing Senate Democrat Pressed CFPB to Iron Out Wrinkle in QM Points-and-Fees Calculation

Shortly before he left office, the former chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to fix a problem that may prevent some loans from being classified as qualified mortgages. Former Sen. Tim Johnson, D-SD, said the problem in the CFPB’s points-and-fees definition was the result of a drafting error in the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the qualified mortgage under the ability-to-repay regulation. Loans with points and fees exceeding 3 percent can still be legal under the ATR, but the lender doesn’t get the liability protection afforded QMs. “The calculation of points and fees for purposes of determining what is a qualified mortgage was not intended...

January 9, 2015 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Borrowers Benefit from MHA Enhancements

FHA borrowers who refinance through the agency’s Home Affordable Modification Program will also be eligible to earn $5,000 in the sixth year of their performing, modified loan, subject to the Department of the Treasury’s guidelines, the FHA has announced. The incentive to FHA-HAMP borrowers is one of several enhancements to the Making Home Affordable program that the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department unveiled in December last year. The enhancements were designed to motivate homeowners in MHA to continue making timely mortgage payments, strengthen the safety net for those still facing financial hardships, and help them build equity in their homes. Under the revised HAMP guidelines, all homeowners in the program become eligible to earn $5,000 in the sixth year of their loan modification. This means a borrower’s outstanding principal balance could ...

January 9, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

RMBS is Looking Much Better Despite the Glacial Speed of Progress, Lingering Challenges, Fitch Says

The U.S. non-agency MBS space is looking more inviting these days, even though progress is painfully slow and there remains plenty of room for improvement, analysts at Fitch Ratings have concluded in a report out this week. The Fitch analysts said that the underwriting of residential mortgages has improved dramatically since the financial crisis, with recent vintages demonstrating the best performance on record so far. “New legislation has completely eliminated...

December 22, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Oversight Hearings, Dodd-Frank Changes Expected in 2015

Conversations with Capitol Hill insiders, industry lobbyists and trade group representatives suggest the CFPB is going to face a double-barreled threat from a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the 114th Congress that convenes in January. On the one hand, the GOP is expected to be aggressive in holding numerous oversight hearings on a number of issues having to do with the CFPB. On the other hand, Republicans also are likely to push multiple pieces of legislation relating to the bureau and its rulemaking. A number of tweaks, revisions and technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are expected as well. Elaborating on the legislative front, Joe Pigg, vice president and senior counsel ...


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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