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April 24, 2017 - IMFnews

Signs of Life in Ginnie Mae Servicing Sales? MIAC Out with a $2.1 Billion Package

The MSR portfolio that MIAC is selling has an average FICO score of 672…

April 24, 2017 - IMFnews

Servicing Transfer Activity Slowed in 1Q17; Fannie’s Temporary Freeze a Factor

Matrix Financial Services edged out Lakeview Loan Servicing as the top acquirer of servicing rights through co-issuance deals…

April 21, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: How do you Solve a Problem Like Ocwen? / Hints that Something was Afoot / Should Ocwen Call its Overseas Workforce Home? / Influencing the GSE Debate / Ginnie Mae Cracks the $1.8 Trillion Mark

And now the obvious questions becomes: where does Ocwen go from here? The company can’t possibly be sold because of all the outstanding lawsuits and “legacy” problems...

April 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Agency Servicing Continues to Grow – Nonbanks Increase Holdings by Almost 22 Percent

Nonbanks serviced $2.418 trillion of agency loans at the end of the first quarter, up 21.6 percent from a year ago…

April 19, 2017 - IMFnews

Incenter Selling GSE/Ginnie Servicing Package

On a loan count basis, Michigan represents the largest chunk of the portfolio at 37.1 percent.

April 19, 2017 - IMFnews

The Final Tally on FHA Legal Settlements for 2016: $454 Million

The largest civil money penalty imposed by the board was $604,000 as part of a settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing...

April 18, 2017 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae Officials Attribute Decline in VA Refis to Anti-Churning Policy

John Getchis, senior vice president at Ginnie Mae, said he does not think the churning trend will continue…

April 17, 2017 - IMFnews

PennyMac Passes Wells Fargo to Claim Top Rank in Ginnie MBS Production in 1Q17

Even though PennyMac fared slightly worse than the total market, its first-quarter downturn was less severe than Wells Fargo’s.

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Judgment Imposed on Former President and Founder of Loan Correspondent Firm. A federal court in Chicago ordered the former president and founder of MDR Mortgage of Palatine, IL, to pay more than $10 million to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for submitting false certifications on FHA loans. The HUD Inspector General Office and the Department of Justice withheld the identity of the former bank official, who was found liable under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act. The violations allegedly involved loans the FHA insured from 2006 through August 7, 2008, the period during which MDR submitted the allegedly false certifications. The DOJ identified 237 loans that MDR processed during the period in question. The loans defaulted and resulted in $3.4 million in claims paid by the FHA. In addition, MDR provided annual verifications to ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Patenaude for DepHUDSEC? Bright To Replace Tozer at Ginnie Mae?

The Trump White House has yet to fill key positions at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and agencies that fall under the HUD umbrella, including the FHA and Ginnie Mae. According to industry officials who claim to have some knowledge of the process, the administration is seriously considering Pam Patenaude to be the deputy HUD secretary. Patenaude is president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families. She served as HUD assistant secretary for community, planning and development during the George W. Bush administration. Meanwhile, Michael Bright has been mentioned as a candidate to be the next president of Ginnie Mae. Bright currently serves as director, Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute. During his career he has worked for mortgage lender/servicer PennyMac, investment banking firm BlackRock and ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Initial Loan Defect Rate Drops in 4Q16, Missing Docs Leading Cause

The initial material defect rate on sampled FHA loans targeted for a post-endorsement technical review was down in the fourth quarter of 2016 from the previous quarter, according to the FHA’s latest quarterly loan review update. FHA’s Lending Insight reports the material defect rate prior to curing fell to 49 percent in 4Q16 from 53 percent in the previous quarter, based on an analysis of 5,267 sampled FHA loans endorsed between Oct. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. Of the loans sampled, 75 percent were purchase-money mortgages; 10 percent were streamlined refinances; 7 percent rate and term refinances, and 8 percent, Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans. Twenty percent of the sample, 1,081 loans, were conforming while 25 percent, or 1,313 loans, were found to be defective. About 13 percent of the loans were denied endorsement. On the other hand, approximately 41 percent of loans ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Remarks on Defect Taxonomy, LRS, Changes to Data Collection

The Mortgage Bankers Association is calling for improvements and clarifications of the new Loan Review System and the Defect Taxonomy to provide FHA lenders greater certainty as to the type of errors that can expose them to False Claims Act risk. The LRS unifies FHA quality control processes into a single system, including test cases from post-closing lenders, post-endorsement loan reviews, lender monitoring reviews and lender self-reporting. It streamlines all the review processes and analysis of results. The new system includes the defect taxonomy, a streamlined rating system for documenting loan-review results and finding the root cause of defects. In MBA’s view, the defect taxonomy shows how far FHA has advanced to ensure lender accountability for the quality of their loans, protecting borrowers and managing its financial risks. However, the Department of Housing and Urban Development needs to ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Servicing Market Thawing? Stakeholders Hope as Market Stirs

When it comes to selling Ginnie Mae mortgage servicing rights the past two years, it’s been mostly a bear market, but all that may be changing soon. At least that is what sellers and their merger and acquisition advisors hope. Mark Garland, executive vice president of MountainView Financial Solutions, Denver, said that of late, “We have seen a few Ginnie trades go off at a level closer to full value.” Garland told Inside FHA/VA Lending that he expects this trend to continue with prices tightening over the summer “provided rates hold and [prepayment] speeds stay largely in line with expectations.” And if that happens, there could be an increase in the ability of FHA/VA lenders to securitize excess cash flows. But that’s getting a little ahead of the equation. Over the past 24 months, the Ginnie MSR market has been difficult for two reasons: the fear of lawsuits/sanctions tied to FHA lending, and fast ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MRB Reports Settlements, Fines From Administrative Actions

The Mortgage Review Board reported approximately $454.4 million in settlements against 25 FHA lenders for various violations of agency lending requirements and imposed more than $1.8 million fines and other penalties against 253 lenders for annual recertification violations. The settlements and penalties resulted from administrative actions taken by the board against FHA lenders from Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. The settlements did not constitute an admission of liability or fault. The largest settlement amount, $113 million, was between Freedom Mortgage of Mount Laurel, NJ, and the Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of FHA requirements and the False Claims Act. In August last year, the MRB voted to release Freedom from any civil money penalties or administrative actions as part of the lender’s settlement with the DOJ. The largest civil money penalty imposed by the ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Perceived Shortage of Appraisers Delays VA Closings, Raises Costs

The VA mortgage market is experiencing a shortage of qualified appraisers willing to accept VA loan assignments, causing longer wait times, delayed closings and higher appraisal costs. Testifying during a hearing called by the House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, top VA officials complained of difficulty in obtaining appraisals, particularly in rural and remote areas of the country. Jeffrey London, director of the VA Loan Guaranty Service, said the apparent shortage has resulted in turn times for appraisals that can take up to nine weeks. The VA maintains a seven-day timeliness requirement for appraisals for the VA Fee Panel. The problem was more acute last year when loan volumes were strong in many markets, including VA. Turnaround times for appraisals may have exceeded more than 30 days in some rural areas, according to the Appraisal Institute. The markets have ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Officials Attribute Decline in VA Refis to Anti-Churning Policy

A steep drop in VA-backed securities issuance in the first quarter of 2017 suggests that Ginnie Mae’s efforts to curb serial refinancing of VA loans are working, according to agency officials. Speaking on a panel at the annual VA Lenders Conference in Kansas City, MO, this week, Ginnie executives said that a change in pooling requirements for streamlined refinance mortgages appears to have curbed a destructive appetite for refinancing new VA loans within six months of closing. The practice has caused faster prepayments in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities pools and smaller payouts to investors. VA refi volume fell 42.7 percent from the previous quarter (see chart on page 2), contributing significantly to the 32.2 percent decline in total VA loan securitization during the period. John Getchis, senior vice president at Ginnie Mae, said he does not think the churning trend will continue because the ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PennyMac Claims Top Rank in Ginnie MBS Production in 1Q17

There is a new boss in the Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities market. PennyMac Financial rose to the top of the issuer ranking in the first quarter of 2017 despite a sharp decline in volume, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. PennyMac issued $10.78 billion of single-family Ginnie securities during the first three months of the year. The figures in this analysis are based on Ginnie loan-level disclosures, which truncate loan amounts to $1,000 increments. PennyMac’s first-quarter production was off 27.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016, a slightly bigger decline than the 24.8 percent drop in overall Ginnie issuance. Even though the firm fared slightly worse than the total market, its first-quarter downturn was less severe than Wells Fargo’s. Wells has been the top Ginnie producer for a long time, as well as the top player in most segments of the ... [ Charts ]

April 12, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: CFPB Continues to Hire – Examiners / The Ginnie Mae Job? / An End to ‘Implied’ Guarantees / The Ginnie Mae ‘Plan’ / Fears About the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

More CFPB examiners means more CFPB exams? Maybe, maybe not...

April 11, 2017 - IMFnews

With Originations Down in 1Q17, Lenders Keep an Eye on Expenses; Some Banks Pondering FHA Again?

“There are a couple of big banks looking at FHA again,” said the consultant, but he declined to identify the shops, citing client confidentiality.

April 7, 2017 - IMFnews

MBS and ABS Issuance Cooled in Early 2017 as Refis Swooned

Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie securitized $156.80 billion of refi loans during 1Q17, down 35.1 percent sequentially, according to Inside MBS & ABS.

April 5, 2017 - IMFnews

Banks Still Dominate the FHA Servicing Market. But for How Long?

The top five FHA servicers are: Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Cenlar Federal Savings Bank, U.S. Bank and PennyMac Loan Services.

April 5, 2017 - IMFnews

Signs of Life in the Ginnie Mae Servicing Market? Not Really, but…

Servicing brokers believe that the relatively strong showing in Ginnie transfers in the fourth quarter might have been an aberration…

April 4, 2017 - IMFnews

Coming May 1: FHA’s New Loan Review System (Defect Taxonomy)

The ultimate goal of the LRS is to reduce lenders’ liability risk and minimize overlays…

April 3, 2017 - IMFnews

And the Beat Goes On: VA, MBA Continue Work on Finding a Solution to Aggressive VA Refis

Pete Mills of MBA said the revised policy was intended to “take some of the economics out” of serial refinancing…

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Correction: There was an error in the total number reported for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage originations in 2015 in the March 17, 2017, issue of Inside FHA/VA Lending. The correct total is $16.0 billion. HUD Secretary Ben Carson Visits Dallas/Ft. Worth. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson continued his national listening tour this week in Dallas/Ft. Worth to learn more about HUD’s public housing programs. Carson embarked on a national listening tour March 15 at a Detroit high school bearing his name President Trump recently 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. Carson said the discretionary budget plan promotes fiscal responsibility at HUD by “promoting better efficiencies and ...

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA Extends Use of Two-Tiered Income Limits for SFH Programs

The USDA Rural Development has issued guidance instructing approved lenders to continue using the two-tiered income limit pilot for the agency’s Section 502 single-family housing programs. Launched in June last year, the pilot bands together the income limits of households with one to four members and with 5-8 members. The USDA banding process significantly increases the number of rural households that are eligible for Rural Development’s direct home loan program and the Home Repair Loan and Grant Program, the agency said. The pilot is based on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s one-to-eight person income limits, which the department releases every year. Until last year, the USDA had been using the HUD income limits for its single- and multifamily housing programs, with the exception of the USDA’s “hold harmless” clause and the moderate-income banding allowed in the ...

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

IG Criticism of FHA Loans with HFA Downpayment Aid is ‘Perplexing’

The Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general’s criticism of state downpayment assistance programs is misplaced and could be damaging to the program, the Urban Institute warned. In a recent analysis, researchers Laurie Goodman, Jim Parrott and Bing Bai said their study of FHA loans with downpayment assistance provided by housing finance agencies (HFAs) has found no problems and, in fact, has been valuable to borrowers. “They present minimal risk to FHA’s finances,” the authors concluded. The UI study responds to a HUD IG audit of FHA loans originated with downpayment assistance to see whether the department had adequate controls to ensure that such loans complied with HUD requirements. After three previous audits, the IG has concluded that FHA borrowers pay for the assistance through higher interest rates, in violation of HUD rules. In addition, the ...

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Broadest Impact of FHA MIP Freeze Felt in High-Cost, Top FHA Markets

The FHA’s mortgage insurance premium freeze will have the hardest impact in markets with high shares of FHA-insured mortgage loans, according to a new analysis by the National Association of Realtors. The top 10 markets in which FHA dominates are in Texas and California along with wide swaths of the Southeast and Rust Belt states. FHA comprises more than 40 percent of home-purchase mortgages originated in the aforementioned markets, which would benefit significantly from the 25 percent MIP reduction announced by former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Jan. 9 this year. Shortly after taking office, the new Trump administration froze a number of new policies issued during the waning days of the Obama administration, including the 25 bps MIP reduction. During his Senate confirmation hearing, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said he would set aside the ...

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA’s New Loan Review System, Defect Taxonomy to Launch May 1

The FHA will implement its new Loan Review System that features a defect taxonomy on May 15, 2017. The new system is designed to reduce potential lender liability when FHA loans go into default. The LRS will be used to manage FHA single-family loan and monitoring reviews as well as lender self-reporting of fraud, misrepresentation and other material findings. A change in the pre-endorsement loan review period from pre-closing to post-closing will also become effective on May 15. Scrutinizing loans after they close prior to endorsement for FHA insurance would ensure that loans have no material defects or material errors that could expose the lender to enforcement action or false-claim litigation and the likelihood of a hefty settlement. The defect taxonomy will help lenders identify and classify loan-level defects uncovered through individual loan reviews. Material loan defects have been narrowed down to ...

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lender Group Calls on Carson to Rescind HUD’s Current PACE Rule

The Mortgage Bankers Association is urging Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to rescind current guidance and prohibit future FHA financing of properties encumbered by a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) tax lien. The guidance, which the Department of Housing and Urban Development implemented in July last year, should be eliminated unless the PACE lien is clearly subordinated to the FHA loan and national, standardized consumer protections are in place, the MBA said. The MBA said it has significant concerns with the risk posed by PACE financing to traditional lien priority and the FHA, as well as the lack of consumer protections. “Unfortunately, [current PACE guidance] does not reduce these concerns – it amplifies them,” the letter warned. PACE loans were developed to help finance energy-efficient retrofits, such as solar panels, energy-saving appliances and ...

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Top Banks Dominate FHA Servicing Market, Nonbanks Climbing Fast

More than 11 percent of FHA servicing outstanding was delinquent in 2016, mostly in the 30-60 day categories, with banks dominating the FHA servicing market. An estimated 7.77 million FHA loans are currently being serviced, of which 6.93 percent were 30 to 60 days behind on their monthly payments at the end of last year, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of FHA servicing data. Seriously delinquent loans (90-days plus overdue) accounted for 4.90 percent of all FHA loans outstanding. FHA delinquencies spiked in the fourth quarter of 2016, primarily in the 30-day category, which increased 55 basis points over the period. On the other hand, overall FHA delinquencies remained flat year-over-year. Banks comprised four of the top five FHA servicers. They are, in sequential order, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Cenlar FSB, and US Bank. PennyMac, in fifth place, is the ... [Charts ]

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA, MBA Working to Find Solution To Aggressive Refinancing Problem

The Department of Veterans Affairs and mortgage industry stakeholders are working to resolve the churning problem in the VA Home Loan Guaranty program. It appears the agency is unhappy that Ginnie Mae’s recent pooling policy change was only partially effective in discouraging early solicitation of VA purchase loans for refinancing. Apparently, the practice is continuing and is adversely affecting mortgage-backed securities investors who are not getting full return on their investments. The Mortgage Bankers Association said a handful of lenders and mortgage brokers are still engaging in serial refinancing of VA purchase loans within six months of closing, causing faster prepayments in Ginnie MBS pools. Ginnie announced a policy change, which took effect on Feb. 1, 2017, clarifying that streamline refinance loans may be delivered into Ginnie MBS pools only if, at the ...

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Jumbo Production Up in 2016, Great Year for VA Jumbo Issuance

FHA-insured jumbo lending fell slightly in the fourth quarter of 2016 although year-over-year results were a lot better. Production of conforming-jumbo purchase and refinance loans insured by the FHA slipped 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter, a slight bump on the way to an annual jumbo origination total of $26.9billion. Year-over-year, FHA jumbo production was up 5.6 percent from 2015. Conforming-jumbo loans represented 9.8 percent of FHA loans securitized last year, according to data compiled by affiliated newsletter Inside Mortgage Finance. Purchase mortgages comprised 64.9 percent of jumbo loans insured by FHA in 2016 and 98.7 percent were fixed-rate loans. Nonbanks comprised the top five FHA jumbo lenders. Wells Fargo, which closed the year with $423.8 million in FHA jumbo originations, was in sixth place. Quicken Loans led the field with $802.5 million of ... [ Charts ]

March 31, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Uncle Sam’s Cash Cow: Mortgages / Time to Kill the GSE CRT Deals? / Should a Conservator Conserve? / A Large Earnings Decline for Ginnie Mae / Bank of America Gets Slapped with a Huge Penalty – and a Kafka Analogy as Well

But isn’t the job of a conservator to preserve assets? If CRT deals are bad financially for Fannie and Freddie, isn’t it time to pull the plug on them?...

March 31, 2017 - IMFnews

And the Biggest Foreign Investor in U.S. MBS/ABS is: Taiwan (Yes, Taiwan)

China still ranked second in agency MBS investment, but Japan’s larger portfolio of non-agency MBS and ABS boosted it to second place overall.

March 30, 2017 - IMFnews

MBS Trading Volume Weak in February; Market Nervous About Stocks, Trump Agenda

Joe Farr, director of marketing for MBS Quoteline, said MBS prices have actually improved since the Federal Reserve’s decision to hike rates one week ago.

March 29, 2017 - IMFnews

Retail Channel Dominated Agency Lending in 2016

Mortgage brokers accounted for 12.9 percent of agency production.

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

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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 ...


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