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March 23, 2017 - IMFnews

VA Considering Stronger Measures to Stop Early Solicitation of Purchase Loans for Refis

There have been scattered reports that some lenders and brokers are still chasing quick-turn refis aided by secondary market investors offering to buy and securitize those loans.

March 22, 2017 - IMFnews

HECM Production Stumbles a Bit in 2016

Among the top 10 originators in 2016, Reverse Mortgage Solutions posted the largest annual decline at 64.5 percent. RMS is owned by Walter Investment…

March 21, 2017 - IMFnews

USDA Securitization Rose in 2016; Chase Led the Sector, but…

Although JPMorgan/Chase was the market leader, it is now mostly out of the sector…

March 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Serial Rapid Refinancing on VA Loans Continues. Is There a Cure?

MBA’s Pete Mills noted there are a handful of lenders and brokers that specialize in quick-turn refis…

March 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Wholesale-Broker Channel Saw Big Gains in Agency Market Last Year

Mortgage brokers earned their biggest market share in the Ginnie Mae sector…

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Launches National Listening Tour in Detroit. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson began a national listening tour March 15 at Benjamin Carson High School in Detroit. Carson’s three-day visit to his hometown gives him an opportunity to hear directly from HUD field personnel and stakeholders who rely upon and support public housing. This week, President Trump released his proposed preliminary FY 2018 budget, which showed among other things a drastic $6.2 billion reduction in funding for public housing assistance and affordable housing. HUD did not release an itinerary of Carson’s listening tour. IG Seeks Changes to Ginnie Mae’s Management Hierarchy, Staffing. Ginnie Mae’s outdated organizational structure and staff levels have made it difficult for the agency to properly monitor and mitigate the risk posed by the increasing number of nonbanks participating in ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Utah FHA Lender Pays $4.25 M to DOJ, HUD to Resolve Fraud Claims

Security National Mortgage Co. of Salt Lake City has paid $4.25 million to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to settle allegations of failing to comply with FHA loan requirements. Security National, a retail lender, has been an FHA-approved direct endorsement lender since October 1993, the year it was founded. The settlement resolves a joint civil investigation by the HUD Office of the Inspector General, Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey into Security National’s FHA origination and underwriting practices in connection with 100 FHA-insured loans. As part of the settlement, the lender “agreed it engaged in certain conduct in connection with its origination and underwriting of the loans.” The HUD OIG provided no details about the investigation. The OIG said the loans that were certified as compliant would not have been insured had ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FEMA Suggests Policy Changes to Expand Flood Insurance Options

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has offered Senate lawmakers some recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the National Flood Insurance Program as Congress considers reauthorization, including increasing mortgage borrowers’ access to private flood insurance. Testifying this week during a Senate hearing, Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, urged the Senate Committee on Banking and Urban Affairs to reauthorize the NFIP before it expires on Sept. 30, 2017, and to extend it for multiple years. FIMA directs FEMA’s risk management, mitigation and flood-insurance programs. The stability of the real estate and mortgage markets depend on an “on-time, multi-year reauthorization,” said Wright. “All federally-backed mortgage lenders are required to verify that properties in special flood-hazard areas (SFHA) have ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM Originations Down in 2016, December Spike Slowed Descent

Production of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans was down in 2016 with an estimated $14.9 billion originated last year, compared to $16.0 billion the previous year. Year-over-year, total HECM volume fell 6.4 percent. Purchase loans accounted for 85.9 percent of FHA-insured reverse mortgages produced over the 12-month period. Originations, however, rose by 8.0 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter due to a spike in HECM lending in December. Purchase HECMs with an adjustable rate appeared to be the product of choice among HECM borrowers in 2016. American Advisors Group continued to dominate the market, closing 2016 with $2.1 billion in HECM originations for a 14.0 percent market share. One Reverse Mortgage was the second top HECM producer of the year with $855 million, while Reverse Mortgage Funding was in third place with $649.8 million. Liberty Home Equity Solutions hung on ... [ 1 chart ]

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Trump Proposes Drastic Cuts to 2018 HUD Discretionary Spending

The Trump administration has proposed deep budget cuts in 2018 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but whether the agencies’ critical housing insurance programs would be affected is unclear. The cuts are part of the administration’s plan to reduce non-defense discretionary spending dramatically in order to fund increased defense spending and President Trump’s southern border wall, and to bring down a projected $9.4 trillion U.S. deficit over the next decade.Released this week, the preliminary 2018 budget seeks $40.7 billion in gross discretionary funding for HUD, $6.2 billion or 13.2 percent lower than the department’s approved spending in 2017. The $47.3 billion in discretionary budget authority enacted for fiscal 2017 does not include offsetting receipts from FHA and Ginnie Mae, which lowered the congressionally appropriated cost for ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA Securitization Rose in 2016, Chase Home Continues to Lead

Approximately $18.8 billion in rural housing loans with a U.S. Department of Agriculture guarantee were delivered into Ginnie Mae pools in 2016, according to an analysis of Ginnie data. Securitization of USDA loans was up 3.9 percent from the previous year. Fourth quarter production, however, was off 10.3 percent from the prior quarter, slowing down production of USDA loans during the period. Ditech Financial, which ranked 15th among the top Ginnie Mae issuers of mortgage-backed securities backed by USDA loans, ended 2016 with $284.9 million. That was up a staggering 4712.9 percent from 2015. Chase Home Finance led the market with $3.6 billion in 2016, despite hefty declines quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year. Second-ranked PennyMac closed the year with a total volume of $2.1 billion, while Freedom Mortgage, in third place, reported $2.0 billion, a whopping ... [ 1 chart ]

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Georgia Appeals Court Finds for Wells Fargo in Provisional Win

A Georgia appellate court recently handed Wells Fargo Bank a provisional win in a lawsuit in which a VA borrower alleged breach of contract and wrongful foreclosure. In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., d/b/a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage v. LaTouche, the court ruled that Wells did not breach its duty to the borrower to comply with VA foreclosure regulations. The court concluded that the trial court had erred in denying Wells Fargo’s motion for summary judgment as to the defendant’s claims for wrongful foreclosure that hinged upon the same VA regulations. The reversal stemmed from Wells Fargo’s request for an interlocutory review of the trial court’s denial of its motion for summary judgment on defendant Michael LaTouche’s claims for breach of contract, wrongful foreclosure and “surprise. An interlocutory review is undertaken when a question of law must be answered by an appellate court before ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Quicken Loans Notches First Win After Court Narrows Scope of Case

A favorable court ruling on the statute of limitations for filing claims under the False Claims Act gave Quicken Loans its first win in a closely watched government case involving allegedly fraudulent FHA loans. Judge Mark Goldsmith of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan dismissed portions of the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Quicken in a March 9 decision, narrowing the lender’s potential liability for FHA losses. The losses were blamed on sloppy underwriting, fraudulent certification and loan performance. The DOJ said the FHA would not have knowingly insured the loans had it known they were defective. The DOJ and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general began an investigation of Quicken’s FHA lending activities in April 2012. The investigation encompassed some 246,000 FHA loans, which Quicken originated from ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Channel Lost Some Share of Gov’t Market in 2016

Correspondent mortgage originators account for an unusually large share of FHA and VA lending, but the channel lost some market share in 2016, according to a new analysis by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Correspondent production accounted for 53.2 percent of the $275.14 billion of government-insured mortgages originated by a diverse group of lenders that included the top players in the market. That was a significantly bigger correspondent share than was seen in the conventional-conforming market (42.6 percent) or the jumbo space (16.2 percent). However, the 2016 figure was down from a 57.8 percent correspondent share of FHA/VA lending back in 2015, the first year for which data are available. Correspondent originations of government-insured lending by the group were up 31.1 percent from 2015, but their total FHA/VA lending jumped 42.3 percent. The retail share rose ... [ 1 chart ]

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Serial Rapid Refinancing Continues As VA, MBA Explore Potential Cures

Solicitation of VA purchase loans for streamline refinancing within weeks of closing is apparently continuing despite Ginnie Mae’s efforts to stop the harmful practice. The Mortgage Bankers Association has expressed concern that guidance on pooling eligibility for streamlined refinance loans, which Ginnie issued in October last year, was far less effective than expected. Although the aggressive refinancing trend has slowed due to Ginnie’s action, there are still “pockets of that activity” being reported, said Pete Mills, MBA senior vice president. Refinancing a veteran’s purchase mortgage less than six months after its origination is not in the vet’s best interest because it strips equity from the house and results in higher financing costs, said Mills. While the rapid refi trend involves only a small number of loans in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities pools, investors do not get the full benefit of their investment because of early prepayment. Mills said there are a handful of lenders and brokers that ...

March 10, 2017 - IMFnews

Nation’s Largest FHA Lender Quicken Scores Partial Victory in FHA-DOJ Case

Early on, after the lender was sued, Quicken even threatened to leave the FHA program but never did and instead has dominated the FHA “direct” lending market…

March 9, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Practice Random Acts of Kindness at HUD and Cut the Budget / Moneymakers: FHA and Ginnie / IG Questions HUD Oversight of DPA / Stonegate Reports Profit, Books MSR Gains / Silver Hill Tweaks Loan Terms

Will HUD cut money from the FHA and Ginnie Mae programs?

March 8, 2017 - IMFnews

Still Anemic: Investor Interest in Ginnie Mae Servicing Rights (Flow Deals)

According to one advisor: “I do think a thaw is on, but if you threw it on the grill, it would still be pretty tough because it’s not fully defrosted.”

March 8, 2017 - IMFnews

A Booming Market for USDA Mortgages

The Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan initiative is the largest of the USDA’s single-family housing programs.

March 7, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: It Appears Carson Likes the MI Industry / New HUD Chief Carson Asks Employees to Take ‘The Niceness’ Pledge / You Can’t Overload the Human Brain? / Prestwick Selling GSE Servicing Rights / Freddie’s New Whole Loan Deal

"You can't overload the human brain," said newly minted HUD secretary Ben Carson. And there was more...

March 6, 2017 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae Issuance Takes a Tumble in February

Just three depositories ranked among the top 15 issuers for February…

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

IRS to Require More Information About Taxpayers’ Home Mortgage. Beginning tax year 2017, the Internal Revenue Service will require taxpayers to disclose additional information about their home mortgages. Currently, the IRS only requires disclosure of the loan’s principal balance at the beginning of the year, origination date and address of property securing the loan. Under the revised rule, taxpayers must report on the 2017 Form 1098 information such as mortgage insurance premium, confirmation that the address of the property is the same as the borrower’s address, description of the property in case the address is unreported, and the number of mortgaged properties owned by the taxpayer. Specifically, the information will help the IRS determine whether deducted mortgage interest is within the $1 million limit on home acquisition debt and $100,000 of home-equity debt, and whether the ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

IG Issues Warning on Appraiser ID Theft; Keep PIN, Codes Secure

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general is warning FHA appraisers to be careful with their state certification numbers lest they fall victim to identity thieves. The HUD IG said it has uncovered a series of appraiser identity thefts that resulted from the unauthorized use of a state-issued certification number of an FHA roster appraiser. The FHA roster appraiser was unaware of the theft until its discovery, usually by accident, the IG said. Such incidents occur when an FHA appraiser provides his or her personal identification number (PIN) for the desktop appraisal software to a colleague or supervisor. Reasons for providing the PIN varied, i.e., the PIN was needed to keep the process moving, the lender requested a fast turnaround, or for contingency, in case the roster appraiser was away or unavailable. Such actions raise the risks for theft and misuse because the appraiser can never be sure the ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA Indirect Loan Guarantees Post Year-Over-Year Gains in 4Q16

Lenders originated $4.93 billion of rural housing loans with a U.S. Department of Agriculture guarantee during the fourth quarter of last year, 33.2 percent more than volume reported during the same period the year prior, according to the Housing Assistance Council’s report on USDA Rural Housing program obligations. USDA provided guarantees under the Section 502 Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan program to 34,412 rural housing loans in the fourth quarter, up from 26,889 loans ($3.7 billion) at the end of 2015. The program is the largest of the USDA’s single-family housing programs. For the Section 502 Direct Guarantee program, guarantees exceeded $196.6 million (1,492 loans), up from $174.7 million (1,334 loans) at the end of 2015. Very low-income (VLI) loan obligations as a percentage of taxpayer funds allocated to the USDA direct loan guarantee program were 38.9 percent, exceeding the ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Public Disclosure of Misconduct May Bar Specific Claims of Fraud

Relators in a False Claims Act lawsuit must allege misconduct that has not already been publicly disclosed or risk dismissal of their qui tam claims, according to the U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit. In U.S. ex rel. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. v. U.S. Bank, the court ruled that whistleblowers cannot raise “substantially the same allegations or transactions” that have been previously alleged in an action or claim and publicly disclosed. The qui tam plaintiff must be the original source of the allegations, the court said. Only certain disclosures trigger the prohibition, the court noted. They include disclosures “in a federal criminal, civil or administrative hearing in which the government or its agent is a party,” or in a Government Accountability Office or other federal report, hearing, audit or investigation, or from the news media. n this case, the relator/plaintiff alleged that U.S. Bank initiated foreclosure proceedings ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Greater Liquidity in Ginnie MBS Led to Higher Share for Nonbanks

By creating liquidity in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) policies have attracted lenders – mostly nonbanks – whose funding relies more on securitizations – toward FHA loan originations, according to a new paper published by academicians. The paper, “Nonbanks and Lending Standards in Mortgage Markets: The Spillovers from Liquidity Regulation,” maintains that such lenders approve more FHA loans because they can sell the loans easily, given the high liquidity of the securitized product. The greater liquidity in Ginnie MBS has resulted in higher market share and eased standards especially for nonbanks and lenders with less deposit funding. It also has led to tighter standards for conventional mortgages, which are eligible for government sponsored enterprise securitization, wrote Pedro Gete and Michael Reher, researchers in the ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Primes Lenders for LRS, Defect Taxonomy; System to Go Live in 2Q

The FHA is nearing full implementation of a new loan review system (LRS) for managing FHA’s Title II single-family quality-control processes. No specific implementation date has been set but it could be sometime in the second quarter, the agency said. The LRS builds on FHA’s efforts to align the documentation of loan-review results. In addition, it incorporates the Single-Family Housing Loan Quality Assessment Methodology or defect taxonomy. The FHA said the new system would not be used to manage any aspect of the agency’s standard loan origination or endorsement processes. Rather, it would be used to review of test cases submitted by lenders seeking unconditional direct-endorsement authority. It would be used as well for various post-endorsement reviews of forward single-family loans. After the ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Senate Confirms Carson as HUD Chief by Nearly Party-Line Vote

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson plans to hit the ground running with a nationwide listening tour to learn more about the agency he will lead and the FHA programs he will oversee. This week, Carson, a neurosurgeon, was sworn in as the 17th secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development after the U.S. Senate voted 58 to 41 to confirm his nomination. A handful of Democrats, including Sen. Sherrod Brown, OH, ranking minority member on the Senate Banking Committee, joined Republicans in support of Carson in spite of his inexperience in housing policy and in running a federal agency. In a statement following Carson’s committee confirmation Jan. 24, Brown said he would have not picked the nominee to lead HUD because of his lack of experience and controversial public statements. Brown said he decided to give Carson a ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Issuance Tumbles in 1Q17 Following 2016’s Stellar Volume

Ginnie Mae production fell substantially in February from January as the government-insured lending market continued to lose steam in the first quarter of 2017. Ginnie mortgage-backed securities issuance fell 24.0 percent from January as fewer purchase and refinance loans were pooled for securitization, bringing February’s total issuance to just $32.2 billion. Year-over-year Ginnie MBS issuance, on the other hand, increased by 6.2 percent. The government-insured market set an all-time record of $545.0 billion in originations during 2016, a whopping 31.0 percent jump from the previous year. That total eclipsed previous records for originations of FHA, VA and rural housing loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to data compiled by affiliate Inside Mortgage Finance. In addition, government-insured lending accounted for a record ... [ 3 charts ]

March 3, 2017 - IMFnews

Agency MBS Production Takes it on the Chin in February: Down Almost 28 Percent

But the numbers need to be put into perspective: Agency MBS production in the first two months of 2017 was up 36.3 percent from the same period last year…

March 2, 2017 - IMFnews

Senate Confirms Ben Carson as New HUD Secretary. Next Up: FHA Commissioner…

Now that Carson is official, it's time to pick an FHA commissioner...

March 2, 2017 - IMFnews

New MSR Deals From Phoenix Capital, MountainView Servicing Group

The MountainView package has no delinquencies, average FICO scores of 753 and a weighted average LTV of 72 percent.

February 28, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Who Will Lead FHA? / Radian Says It’s News to Bazemore / Vote on Carson Nears / Will Trump Mention the GSEs?

Then again, Trump has been known to surprise people.

February 28, 2017 - IMFnews

Mortgage REIT Holdings of Residential MBS Fell Slightly in 4Q16

Annaly padded its lead as the top REIT MBS investor, thanks, in part, to its acquisition of Hatteras Financial in the third quarter of 2016…

February 27, 2017 - IMFnews

SFIG Vegas Show Opens, Record Attendance Likely, but Plenty of Uncertainty for Non-Agency MBS Market

The nonagency/nonprime MBS market is expected to get some attention at the SFIG show, but not much…

February 24, 2017 - IMFnews

The Time is Right for a Boom in Servicing Sales. However…

Meanwhile, selling Ginnie Mae receivables is still a difficult task…

February 24, 2017 - IMFnews

Creeping Upward: The Debt Burden of FHA and VA Borrowers

Average credit scores in the FHA program drifted slightly lower, while climbing 1.9 points for VA loans.

February 23, 2017 - IMFnews

An ‘Alt’ Theory Emerges on the Spike in FHA Delinquencies. MSR Transfers the Culprit?

Higher FHA delinquencies may have been caused by administrative mistakes…

February 22, 2017 - IMFnews

Uncle Sam’s Haul from Mortgage Lending and Financial FCA Cases in 2016: $1.6 Billion

Consequently, top-tier banks that offered FHA-insured mortgages have opted to either restrict their government business or exit the program altogether…

February 21, 2017 - IMFnews

Banks Increase MBS Holdings – Went on a Buying Spree of Ginnie Mae Product in 4Q16

Bank holdings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pass-through securities were up a more modest 0.6 percent from the third quarter…

February 21, 2017 - IMFnews

House Financial Services Chair Praises Decision by Trump to Block MIP Reduction, Citing Higher FHA Delinquencies in 4Q

David Stevens, MBA president and chief executive officer, said the FHA’s newer books of business have great credit quality, which makes the spike in 30-day delinquencies more surprising.

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Nominee for HUD Secretary Purchases House Prior to Confirmation. With his Senate confirmation still up in the air, Ben Carson, President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has bought a $1.3 million house in an affluent neighborhood in Fairfax, VA, the Washingtonian has reported. According to the magazine, Carson’s new abode is a 6,400-square-foot traditional-style house with five bedrooms and four and a half baths. It is located on a 1.5 acres, a short distance from the Wolf Trap concert venue and the Meadowlark Botanical gardens. The 65-year-old neurosurgeon and his wife Candy also own million-dollar homes in Florida and Baltimore County, MD. The Senate Banking Committee approved Carson’s nomination on Jan. 24 but the full Senate has yet to vote on it. No date for a confirmation vote has been set ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Peppers Lenders with New Policy Guidance, Instructions

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued guidance regarding various aspects of the VA Home Loan program. On Valentine’s Day, the VA sent out a reminder to VA lenders regarding the continued use of the current National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Department of Housing and Urban Development Forms NPMA-99-A and NPMA-99-B. Circular 26-17-07 has instructions for filling out both forms. HUD NPMA-99-A, Subterranean Termite Protection Builder’s Guaranty, is completed and certified by the builder. The licensed pest control company completes the HUD-NPMA-99-B. Also on the same day, the VA announced a new requirement for staff appraisal reviewers (SARs). In 2015, VA released guidance, that established a low-risk and a high-risk appraisal review process. This requires SARs to review the LoanSafe Appraisal Manager product during the issuance of the ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lender to Military Communities Aims for Transparency, Service

While one would usually expect a VA lender to entice military borrowers to take out a VA loan, AAFMAA Mortgage Services defies convention by giving military families the option of choosing a mortgage that best suits their financial needs. That means presenting the pros and cons of every product type – conventional conforming, FHA, VA and USDA loans – for prospective veterans and active duty military and boiling it down to the best possible loan choice, said Andy May, chief operating officer of AAFMAA Mortgage Services. AAFMAA stands for American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association, a member-owned, tax-exempt nonprofit that provides life insurance, survivor assistance, financial planning, investment management and trust services to military communities nationwide. The association has an interesting history. According to Wikipedia, a group of U.S. Army officers ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GAO Report Calls for Scrutiny of FHA Insurance Fund Requirements

The Government Accountability Office released a report this week highlighting “high-risk” areas that the federal government should address, including ongoing concerns about capital requirements for the FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. “As evidenced by the $1.68 billion FHA received in 2013, the current 2.00 percent capital requirement for FHA’s fund may not always be adequate to avoid the need for supplemental funds under severe stress scenarios,” the GAO said. Issues involving the MMIF first received the GAO’s “high-risk” designation in 2013. The GAO reiterated its call for Congress or the FHA to specify the economic conditions that the MMIF would be expected to withstand without requiring supplemental funds. The government watchdog noted that the issue could be addressed as part of broader efforts involving reform of the ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lender, Charity Hid Defaults from FHA to Manipulate Default Rate

Three federal agencies have announced a joint settlement agreement and consent order with a New York FHA lender and several of its top executives to resolve alleged violations of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act and the False Claims Act. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced the $1.25 million settlement with Franklin First Financial, Ltd., its Chief Executive Officer Frederick Assini, Chief Operating Officer Christopher Berman, and Andrew Dauro, a manager of the company. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants made illegal payments on behalf of borrowers from February 2009 through March 2010 to keep default rates low so that Franklin First could keep its ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA-Related FCA Enforcement, Recoveries Increase in 2016

Claims relating to housing and mortgage fraud represented a huge chunk of the amount recovered by the federal government under the False Claims Act last year. An analysis by the WilmerHale law firm found that the Department of Justice continued to give high priority to FCA investigations and prosecutions in 2016, resulting in more than $4.76 billion in settlements and judgments, nearly $1 billion more than in 2015. The increase also reflected a continued focus on financial institutions and the mortgage lending industry, with approximately $1.6 billion in recoveries last year, the law firm said. The DOJ, working on referrals from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general, has used the FCA effectively as a tool in prosecuting FHA-related fraud cases against lenders. The DOJ ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

4Q16 Spike in FHA Delinquencies Justifies Trump’s Premium Action

The spike in FHA delinquencies in the fourth quarter of 2016 justifies the Trump administration’s decision last month to suspend and review the outgoing administration’s lowering of FHA mortgage insurance premiums, said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX. Commenting on the Mortgage Bankers Association’s quarterly delinquency rate survey, Hensarling praised President Trump’s decision to set aside the 25-basis-point premium reduction, which Inside FHA/VA Lending reported first on Jan. 6, 2017. “Lowering premiums at this time was a big mistake,” said Hensarling. “The sudden increase in delinquencies makes it clear that President Trump was absolutely right to undo the previous administration’s irresponsible action.” Hensarling recalled that in 2013 “taxpayers had to spend $1.7 billion to bail out the FHA.” Going forward, the FHA must be fiscally sound, with a ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Republicans Invoke Cloture in Upcoming Carson Confirmation

Ben Carson is a step closer to being confirmed as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development after Republicans this week invoked cloture to block any attempt by Democrats to delay or prevent a Senate confirmation vote. Republicans filed their cloture motion and waived quorum call on Feb. 13, effectively ending further debate on Carson’s nomination. At least 16 senators must sign a cloture petition.]There has been no date set for Carson’s confirmation vote. The Trump administration has been slow to fill its Cabinet positions, partly due to Democrats’ stalling techniques. So far, only nine cabinet positions have been filled. There has been no Senate action scheduled since the Senate Banking Committee approved Carson confirmation by voice vote on Jan. 24, and nobody seems to have an explanation for the delay. While the committee vote was unanimous, Democrats continue to ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Debt Burdens Crept Slightly Higher In 2016 for FHA and VA Borrowers

FHA and VA borrowers took on slightly greater payment obligations in 2016 than they have in previous years, according to a new analysis and servicer ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. The average debt-to-income ratio for FHA loans securitized in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities last year was 40.4 percent, up about half a percentage point from 2015. The average VA DTI ratio nudged up slightly to 38.3 percent. Average credit scores in the FHA program drifted slightly lower, while climbing 1.9 points for VA loans. The differences in credit quality between the two programs remained substantial: the VA attracts borrowers with higher credit scores and lower DTI ratios who take on larger loans. Some 36.3 percent of VA loans backing Ginnie MBS issued last year had credit scores of 740 and up, while just 13.2 percent of FHA loans fell in that category. Meanwhile, 67.1 percent of FHA loans had ...


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