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October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

VA Special Relief Following Hurricane Matthew. VA encourages holders of guaranteed loans to extend forbearance to borrowers in areas that were ravaged by Hurricane Matthew. Careful counseling with borrowers is recommended to help determine whether their difficulties are related to the hurricane or to some other cause that needs to be addressed. Lenders may reapply prepayments to cure or prevent a loan default, or modify the terms of an existing guaranteed loan without the prior approval of VA, provided certain regulatory conditions are met. In addition, VA has requested lienholders institute a 90-day freeze on all new foreclosures on loans affected by Hurricane Matthew. Lienholders must review all foreclosure referrals to ensure that servicers are justified in delaying foreclosure action. Further, the VA asked servicers to waive late charges and to suspend credit bureau reporting on ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Investors Ramp Up Streamline Refi Offers to FHA, VA, USDA Borrowers

Mortgage credit availability increased in September as more investors offered streamlined refinancing programs to borrowers with FHA and U.S. Department of Agriculture rural housing loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s mortgage credit-availability index (MCAI) report. The government MCAI, one of four component indices of the trade group’s MCAI, saw the greatest increase in availability over the month (up 1.9 percent). Conventional MCAI also was up 0.7 percent and so was the conforming MCAI by the same percentage. The jumbo MCAI rose by 0.6 percent. The increases reflected an improvement in the MCAI, which grew 1.4 percent to 167.0 in September. A drop in the MCAI indicates a tightening of lending standards, while an increase suggests loosening of credit, the MBA said. “Streamline [refinancing] programs allow borrowers who have been consistently making their ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Not Issuing ‘No Bids’ on Pending Mortgage Loan Terminations

The Department of Veterans Affairs is reminding servicers that it does not issue “no-amount-specified bids,” commonly known as VA “no-bids,” on pending loan terminations. A regulatory change in 2008 allowed VA only two bid types: net value bid and total debt bid. Prior to the change, when VA issued a no bid, servicers were barred from conveying the property to VA following a completed termination action. A allows servicers the option to convey property to VA on loans that have been terminated through foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. The option to convey reduces additional mortgage-industry expenses associated with missed foreclosure sales, maintenance and marketing of properties that could not be conveyed, the VA explained. Other servicer news from the VA Loan Electronic Reporting Interface (VALERI): Oregon Appraisals. Effective Sept. 1, 2016, all Oregon liquidation ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Spells Out Requirements for Obtaining Key Eligibility Doc

One of the key documents VA lenders require veteran borrowers to submit is the certificate of eligibility (COE). A VA loan application will not move forward without a COE, a requirement for any active-duty servicemember or veteran seeking to take advantage of the VA’s home-loan guaranty program. The COE verifies to the lender a loan applicant’s eligibility for a VA loan. The evidence a lender might require depends on the nature of the applicant’s eligibility. Veterans and current or former National Guardsmen or reservists who have been called to active duty must submit DD Form 214. The form would show the character of service and the reason for separation from the service. Active-duty servicemembers must submit a current statement of service signed by a superior, the unit commander or the adjutant, higher headquarters or the personnel office. The statement must contain the ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

SCRA ‘Bug’ Spit Out False Reports On Soldiers’ Active-Duty Status

A glitch in the federal government’s Servicemembers Civil Relief Act website that had been churning out false verifications of soldiers’ active-duty status has been fixed, the Defense Manpower Data Center of the Department of Defense has announced. The bug responsible for the false negative results was removed after rendering the website inoperable for several days. The DMDC is urging active servicemembers to re-run their SCRA certificate requests if they have reason to doubt any negative results returned by the website. The DMDC shut down the website temporarily on Oct. 4 making it impossible for mortgage lenders to verify their or their vendor-partners’ compliance with the SCRA. The statute provides certain protections from civil actions against servicemembers who are called to active duty. It restricts or limits actions against active-duty military personnel in areas such as mortgages, rental and lease agreements, credit-card interest rates, tax liability, lawsuits and other debt obligations. The SCRA certificate provides information only for the purpose of verifying an individual’s active-duty status for a given time period to ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD-IG Bares Additional Penalties, Settlements, Actions Against Firms

The Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general, over the last several weeks, has reported a series of final civil actions that resulted in an enforcement action or monetary settlement between an FHA lender and the federal government. On Oct. 6, the IG announced the results of an audit of TXL Mortgage Corp., a direct endorsement lender, in Houston. The audit found TXL in violation of HUD requirements and that it had no acceptable quality-control plan in place. Specifically, 16 of the 20 sample loans the IG reviewed did not comply with HUD standards. Of the 16 loans, eight had significant underwriting defects and failed to qualify for FHA mortgage insurance. Two loans qualified but were over-insured, according to the report. As a result, TXL exposed HUD to more than $713,000 in unnecessary insurance risk and caused the department to incur more than ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

New VA Lender Looks to Make an Impression in a Familiar Market

Norwich Commercial Group has launched a new division, Military Direct Mortgage, to focus exclusively on VA direct-to-consumer lending. Based in Avon, CT, just down the road from its parent company, Military Direct opened for business in August this year and the timing could not have been better. In September, issuance of securities backed by VA loans totaled $22.3 billion, up from $18.1 billion in August, according to Ginnie Mae data. VA loan originations saw a 17.4 percent increase in the third quarter from the previous quarter, and were up 22.3 percent over the nine-month period compared to last year. VA purchase-mortgage volume for September totaled $9.9 billion, up after a slight drop in August. Purchase-mortgage activity also improved by 26.1 percent in the third quarter, and by 16.5 percent year-over-year. VA refinance volume featured a huge 34.0 percent increase in ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Recent Nonbank Settlements Boost Total Recoveries for MMIF

Two nonbanks in Salt Lake City recently joined a growing list of FHA lenders paying substantial penalties to resolve False Claims Act lawsuits brought by the Department of Justice.Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. and SecurityNational Mortgage Co. have agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle charges they knowingly originated and underwrote loans that were ineligible for FHA insurance. So far, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has reported more than $29.6 billion in FCA and Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act settlements with FHA lenders since 2014. Portions of the settlement funds were used to help strengthen the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. As part of the settlement, both PRMI and SecurityNational Mortgage Co. admitted they endorsed loans that did not meet FHA requirements. Both companies are direct endorsement lenders in the ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Urges IG to Reconsider Cost of Delayed Conveyance, Foreclosure

The Department of Housing and Urban Development called on its inspector general to reassess estimated financial losses to the FHA insurance fund, which an IG audit attributed to lengthy delays of servicer foreclosures and property conveyances. A recent audit report by the HUD inspector general alleges that HUD paid approximately $2.23 billion in claims for an estimated 239,000 properties that missed foreclosure and conveyance deadlines. According to the IG report, HUD paid an estimated $141.9 million for servicers’ claims for “unreasonable and unnecessary” debenture interest on the distressed loans, as well as $2.09 billion in servicer claims for holding the properties past their foreclosure and conveyance deadlines. While it was necessary for servicers to pay for property-preservation costs, HUD should not have paid for holding costs, the ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Revises Pooling-Eligibility Rules for Streamlined Refi Loans

Ginnie Mae this week announced a policy change to ease investor fears about the rapid streamline refinancing of some loans in Ginnie I mortgage-backed securities pools and the effect of faster prepayments on mortgage securities investments. The revised policy establishes new criteria for pooling for streamlined refi loans. The revised policy addresses confusion regarding the Department of Veteran Affairs’ streamlined refi program, also known as the Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) program, which is at the core of the rapid refi dispute. Under the VA’s interim qualified mortgage rule, a borrower must show six consecutive months of payments on the original loan before they can refinance into an IRRRL. With an IRRRL, borrowers get net tangible benefits of a lower interest rate, limited underwriting and no appraisal. As a qualified mortgage, an IRRRL provides ...

October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nonbanks Took Over GNMA Servicing Market in 3Q16

Nonbanks crossed a threshold in the third quarter of 2016, posting a hefty 6.3 percent increase in their combined Ginnie Mae servicing portfolio, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis. Nonbanks serviced $826.6 billion of Ginnie single-family mortgage-backed securities as of the end of September. That represented 51.3 percent of the total Ginnie market. The nonbank servicing total includes a small amount of Ginnie servicing held by state housing finance agencies, roughly 1.0 percent of the entire market. But it doesn’t include the significant amount of Ginnie servicing that nonbanks do as subservicers for both depository and nonbank clients. Interestingly, the biggest gain for nonbanks in percentage terms came in servicing VA loans, which rose 8.1 percent from the second quarter to $252.1 billion, or 51.0 percent of the market. The VA sector is one business from ... [4 charts ]

October 20, 2016 - IMFnews

MorVest Working on Large Ginnie Mae MSR Sale

Back in August, Incenter Mortgage Advisors auctioned off one of the largest bulk packages of Ginnie Mae servicing rights in quite some time: An $8.87 billion pool of receivables…

October 20, 2016 - IMFnews

Private Mortgage Insurers Winning Purchase Market Share

The private MI share of agency purchase loans rose from 26.9 percent in the second quarter to 27.8 percent in the third.

October 18, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: The FHA Premium Cut Will be 25 BPs? / About Those New Walter Hires / Late Foreclosures Drive Up Costs at HUD / Some Glum Takes on Housing From Fannie, Freddie and NAR

Two thoughts: Force colleges to forgive a large chunk of what’s owed to them and/or order real estate agents (and sellers) to drastically reduce the asking price on homes. Which would you choose?

October 17, 2016 - IMFnews

Phoenix Selling ‘Flow’ Servicing that Could Top $2.1 Billion Per Year

Based on the seller’s past performance, California, Texas and Florida will account for 30 percent of the receivables. Bids are due Oct. 18.

October 17, 2016 - IMFnews

Will the Upcoming MMIF Audit Show a Flush FHA Insurance Fund?

The MMIF had $30.86 billion in capital resources at the end of fiscal 2015. HUD does not provide updated figures on the fund’s capital resources through the year…

October 13, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Trade Group Wants a Cut in FHA Premiums, Now / Wait Until After the MMIF Audit? / A Somewhat Large MSR Deal May be in the Works / Tweaks to the Ginnie Mae ‘Acknowledgement’ Agreement?

A $5 billion Ginnie Mae MSR sale could be in the works...

October 13, 2016 - IMFnews

Flow of Private MI Into GSE MBS Kept Pace with Overall Increase in 3Q16 Fannie/Freddie Business

Looks like private MI firms gained market share in the third quarter…

October 12, 2016 - IMFnews

‘Defect’ Rate on FHA Mortgages Rises; A Reading of 50 Percent

Of the top five mitigated findings, two were related to borrower assets, two were about documentation and one about borrower credit.

October 11, 2016 - IMFnews

IG Audit: Ginnie Mae Left Hundreds of Uninsured Loans in MBS Pools

Ginnie Mae requires that all loans in its MBS pools have federal insurance or a federal guarantee.

October 10, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Wells Fargo, Still the Number One Ginnie Issuer … for Now / Who Will Replace Ibrahim at Radian? / Clayton in the News / The GSE Net Worth Sweep: What did President Obama Know?

Who will succeed S.A. Ibrahim at Radian? We've heard two names...

October 10, 2016 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae Crushed Single-Family MBS Issuance Records in 3Q16

The agency issued a whopping $145.14 billion of single-family MBS during 3Q16…

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Ginnie Mae FY 2016 Highlights. “So far, we’ve pretty much broken every record,” said a Ginnie Mae spokesperson. Total mortgage-backed securities issuance for FY 2016 was $490.3 billion, “an all-time high by a pretty wide margin,” according to the spokesperson. September MBS issuance was also at an all-time high: $54.8 billion. Ginnie Mae commitment authority for the fiscal year was $430.2 billion. Approximately 2.3 million mortgage loans worth $462 billion underlay Ginnie’s single-family MBS pools in FY 2016. Of this total, $278 billion (1.4 million loans) were purchase mortgages, and $184 billion (0.9 million loans) were refinances or modified loans. Of the purchase dollar volume, first-time homebuyers accounted for $200 billion (1.1 million loans). Of the $462 billion single-family MBS pools, FHA accounted for 57.1 percent ($264 billion), VA, 38.8 percent ($179 billion), and rural housing loans, 3.9 percent ($18 billion). New California Law Protects Spouses of HECM Borrowers from ‘Widow Foreclosure.’ On Sept. 29, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown, D, signed Senate Bill 1150 into law to protect widows, widowers and other heirs of mortgage borrowers from unnecessary foreclosures.

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 FHA/VA Lending

VA Supports Adoption of Energy-Saving Standards for VA Properties

The Department of Veterans Affairs is urging VA lenders, borrowers and other participants in its loan guaranty program to adopt recommended standards, equipment and activities to reduce water and energy usage and to ease the impact of natural disasters. The VA has recommended wind-hazard standards, resilient building and retrofitting standards, a water- and energy-saving program, and property-and-energy conservation strategies to help VA borrowers protect their homes against storms, flooding, earthquakes and other calamities. VA made clear it allows, but does not require, any of the recommended standards, strategies or equipment. The programs are strictly voluntary, it said. The agency noted the increasing incidence of extreme weather events, earthquakes and flooding, which makes planning and building in the most resilient and economically feasible ways all the ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Initial Material Defect Rate Rises For the First Time in Nine Quarters

The initial material defect rate of FHA loans has increased to 50 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from the previous quarter, according to the latest FHA Lender Insight report on quality control. A good portion of the defective mortgage loans, however, has been mitigated during the post-endorsement technical review process, the report indicated. In the second quarter, the initial material defect rate had been flat, averaging 47.4 percent over the last eight quarters. The latest report show the top five mitigated findings, which reflect the number of initially unacceptable ratings and the number of findings mitigated for loans between April and June, 2016. Some 6,312 FHA loans comprised the sample, and they consisted of purchase loans (71.0 percent), streamline refinance (13.5 percent), rate and term refis (9.0 percent), and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (6.7 percent). In addition, ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Urged to Maintain Current FHA HECM Assignment Option

Industry groups are urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to reconsider a supplemental proposal to require mortgagees to assign a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loan to the FHA once the loan balance reaches 98 percent of the maximum claim amount (MCA). The Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association said there are more disadvantages than benefits to the proposal. The supplemental proposal is an offshoot from a previous HUD proposed rule to codify significant changes made to the HECM program by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013 and all other revisions in between. Both groups recommended that HUD maintain its current assignment election options rather than adopt the proposed rule. Currently, mortgagees have an option, before the ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Return of FHA Spot Approval is a Shot in the Arm for Condo Market

Lenders are optimistic about a proposed rule that would reinstate FHA spot financing in unapproved condominium projects, saying this could be the spark that would jump-start the slow condo market.The proposed rules would clarify and modify certain FHA rules to kick-start condominium lending activity, and allow some flexibility in existing approval standards. Key proposals include the reinstatement of spot approvals in unapproved condominium developments and extending the effective recertification period for condo approvals to three years, rather than the current two-year requirement. Prior to 2009, spot approval allowed a buyer to use FHA financing to purchase a unit in an unapproved condo project, but the HUD approval process was expensive and time consuming. Consequently, few lenders were able to take advantage of the spot-approval program. The Department of ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Thanks to Automation, Response To COE Requests ‘Instantaneous’

VA lenders are reporting faster turnaround times in processing borrower requests for certificates of eligibility (COEs). At a Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, recently, agency officials said more than 70 percent of COEs are issued instantaneously. That is a vast improvement from six years ago, when it took VA about 26 days to issue a COE, said VA Acting Director Jeffrey London. A certificate of eligibility verifies a veteran’s eligibility for the VA home loan benefit. VA’s electronic applications can verify eligibility and issue a COE in a matter of seconds. “Previously we were getting less than 40 percent electronic submissions of COE requests,” London recalled. “We have improved our system so that this year alone, 95.6 percent of our COEs are issued electronically. Out of that 95.6 percent, 65 percent are issued automatically with no human involvement.” London said the ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

IG Audit Finds GNMA Left Hundreds Of Uninsured Loans in MBS Pools

Requiring an undercapitalized issuer to repurchase uninsured performing mortgages out of a mortgage-backed securities pool could increase risk to the federal government, warned Ginnie Mae. Responding to an adverse audit report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General, Ginnie said that while it generally accepts the IG’s recommendations, forcing an undercapitalized issuer to buy out performing loans and either hold them in portfolio or sell them at a substantial loss would put the government at greater risk. “This is something we need to be alert to in certain cases,” the agency said. According to the report, Ginnie improperly allowed more than $49 million of single-family mortgages with terminated insurance to remain in its MBS pools for more than one year without obtaining FHA coverage. The IG warned Ginnie could be on the ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Crushed Single Family MBS Issuance Records in 3Q16

Ginnie Mae rode a surging purchase-mortgage market and heavy refinance activity to new production records during the third quarter of 2016. The agency issued a whopping $145.14 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the third quarter, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of MBS disclosures. That figure is based on pool-level disclosures that reveal exact principal balance amounts and it includes securities backed by FHA home-equity conversion mortgages. The data in the table below are based on truncated loan-level disclosures and do not include HECM activity. New Ginnie MBS issuance in the third quarter was up 15.7 percent from the previous quarter. Ginnie MBS production set three consecutive monthly records during the third quarter, culminating in a huge $52.46 billion month in September. Purchase-mortgage activity was the key driver, but the ... [ 4 charts ]

October 7, 2016 - IMFnews

Securitization Market Revved Up in 3Q16, Reaching Three-Year High

Single-family MBS issuance jumped 25.7 percent during the third quarter to $440.77 billion…

October 6, 2016 - IMFnews

MIAC Hits the Street with a GSE/Ginnie Mae MSR Auction

The MSR package has a heavy West Coast concentration, MIAC said.

October 5, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Another Year, Another Issuance Record for Ginnie / 3Q16 Looks Like a Blowout Quarter / KB Will Take a Financial Hit on NSM JV / Redwood Readies New Jumbo MBS / New Chief for Appraisal Organization

A blowout 3Q16 for residential originations and MBS issuance?

October 4, 2016 - IMFnews

Yet Another Lender Settles FHA Claims: PRMI of Utah

According to a mid-year ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending, PRMI ranks 15th nationwide among all FHA lenders.

October 3, 2016 - IMFnews

Retail Channel Yields High Credit Score Refi Loans

Retail loans had lower debt-to-income ratios as well…

September 30, 2016 - IMFnews

BB&T Unveils FHA Settlement with DOJ. Next…

In settling the case with the government, BB&T admitted no wrongdoing…

September 30, 2016 - IMFnews

VA Mulling Changes to Resolve QM-Related Issues in the IRRRL Program

It appears some VA lenders are refinancing veteran borrowers into IRRRLs before the end of the six-month seasoning period.

September 29, 2016 - IMFnews

A Significant Increase in ‘Agency’ Jumbos for 2Q; GSE Loan Limit to Increase?

The baseline agency conforming loan limit likely will rise slightly next year…

September 28, 2016 - IMFnews

HUD Rolls Out New Rules for Condo Projects; ‘Spot Approvals’ Reinstated

In addition, HUD proposes to vary its owner-occupancy requirement…

September 28, 2016 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae Keeping a Close Eye on Servicing Sales, Liquidity

Ginnie Mae wants to make sure that issuers are not selling all their good loans and retaining the potential dregs…

September 27, 2016 - IMFnews

VA Lending Up Almost 30 Percent; Nonbanks Dominate

Among the top 20 VA lenders, just six depositories made the cut: USAA, Navy Federal, Wells Fargo, Flagstar Bank, The Federal Savings Bank and North American Savings Bank…

September 26, 2016 - IMFnews

Streamline Refis Causing Problems for VA, Ginnie Mae Investors

VA wants to make sure that borrowers are not making a hasty decision to refinance, said VA Acting Director Jeffrey London.

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

HUD Issues Guidance on Fair Housing Act Protections for People with Limited English Skills. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued guidance on how the FHAct applies to claims of discrimination by people who either lack or have poor English communication skills. The guidance is significant because more than 25 million people in the United States do not speak, read or write in English very well, said HUD in a statement issued with the guidance. Nearly 9 percent of the U.S. population is limited in English proficiency. The majority of these people speak Spanish, while the rest are comprised of speakers of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tagalog (the main dialect spoken by Filipinos). The FHAct prohibits any overt act of discrimination in the rental or ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PACE Guidance Not Reassuring, Too Many Uncertainties, Pitfalls

New FHA guidance for dealing with mortgages with a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligation went into effect last week but uncertainty lingers and its full impact remains to be seen, according to an industry attorney. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued guidance specifically allowing properties encumbered by a PACE lien to be eligible for FHA mortgage financing for both purchase and refinance loans. The department of Veterans Affairs has issued similar guidance. According to Erika Sonstroem, an attorney with the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, the PACE industry is touting the guidance in its pitches to lenders as posing no risk to mortgage investors. PACE is a program that lends money to homeowners for home-energy savings projects. It is treated much like a tax lien on a property and is included in the ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues Clarifying Guidance for Manufactured, Mobile Properties

VA Home Loan Guaranty has issued clarification regarding title requirements for manufactured or mobile homes conveyed to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Effective immediately, VA is requiring proof of noteholders’ compliance with the agency’s requirements for guaranteed mobile-home financing. Foreclosure title packages that do not include the required documents will be rejected, the agency warned. Under federal law, a manufactured home must be permanently affixed and classified as real property in the state where it is located. VA will not guarantee financing if the property does not meet the criteria. To ensure that a guaranty claim is fully payable and that the holder has the option to convey the manufactured home to VA, servicers must ensure that home loans with a VA guarantee meet federal requirements. Under the clarified VA guidelines, servicers may submit the ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Shares Pointers to Help Avoid Delays in Processing COE Requests

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made recommendations to VA lenders and borrowers calling in with questions and problems at VA regional centers to avoid long wait times and have their concerns resolved as quickly as possible. In a recent memo to lenders, the VA Loan Guaranty Service is reporting that many of its regional loan centers (RLC) are being swamped with calls due to record increases in VA originations in recent months. While this suggests that more veterans are using their housing loan benefit than ever before, the large volume of calls to VA has caused long hold times for callers and delayed processing of borrower certificates of eligibility (COE). To cut down on the waiting time, the VA urged lenders and borrowers to consider several things before making the call. First, do not call to check on the status of a COE request if there is no urgent need, like an ...

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 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Liquidity, Net Worth Issues Persist But Nothing Ginnie Can’t Manage

Ginnie Mae continues to wrestle with issuers lacking liquidity and net worth although the number of such cases has gone down significantly, thanks to tight oversight, according to the agency’s top counterparty risk officer. Briefing participants at this year’s Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, Zack Skochko, director of counterparty risk, reported that some issuers are still struggling to comply with Ginnie Mae’s liquidity and net worth requirements.A number of small issuers failed their liquidity and net worth audits this year by not maintaining the minimum $1 million cash or 10 basis points of outstanding Ginnie securities required to participate in the agency’s mortgage-backed securities program. Ginnie Mae also requires issuers to meet a minimum net worth of $2.5 million plus 35 bps of the issuer’s total effective single-family obligations The requirements were designed to ensure that the ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Originations Stayed Strong in 2Q16 as Volume Rose 30 Percent

VA lenders recorded a strong first half for 2016, thanks to a substantial boost in production in the second quarter, agency data show. VA guarantees on purchase and refinance mortgages totaled $83.5 billion for the first six months, as lenders made a strong second-quarter push that brought production up by 29.9 percent. Streamlined refinancing, also known as Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRLs), comprised a hefty portion of total VA originations – 21.7 percent. VA has been particularly strong in the refinance segment over the last six months, racking up $44.3 billion in total refi volume, far exceeding FHA’s $36.4 billion and private mortgage insurers’ $21.6 billion. (see IFHA/VA Lending, 8/9/16.) Overall, FHA remained the top mortgage insurer in the government-backed lending market with $123.0 billion, compared to VA’s $84.8 billion. Loans with primate MI totaled $102.7 billion ... [ 1 chart ]


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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