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May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA, FHA Purchase Applications Up, Refi Loan Applications Decline

The VA share of total loan applications (purchase and refinancing) for the week ending May 8, remained unchanged at 11.9 percent while FHA’s share fell to 13.8 percent from 14.0 percent the week prior, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest weekly survey of applications. VA purchase loan applications were up a smidgen, 0.2 percent, for the week while FHA purchase applications were up slightly higher, 0.6 percent. Refi applications at both agencies, however, were down for the week – 11.5 percent for FHA and 5.1 percent for VA. Meanwhile, the Rural Housing Service’s share of total applications rose to 0.9 percent as of May 8, from 0.8 percent the week prior. While there was no change in RHS’ share of refi loan applications during the week, its purchase loan applications was up 8.6 percent, a hefty increase for an agency that accounts for only a ...

May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Robust Refi Activity Propel VA Past Private Mortgage Insurers in 1Q

The Veterans Administration’s home loan guaranty program has racked up some serious refinance numbers in recent months, causing primary mortgage insurers to lose some market share during the first quarter of 2015, according to an Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of guarantor activity. Streamline refinance loans accounted for 59.0 percent of VA loans securitized by Ginnie Mae during the first three months, compared to just 32.8 percent of private MI loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the same period. In addition, the VA had the highest average loan size among insured mortgages in the first quarter, approximately 7.2 percent larger than the average loan with private MI. Private mortgage insurers provided coverage on $45.2 billion of mint conventional mortgages during the first quarter, down 5.3 percent from the fourth quarter of last year. VA and FHA originations also increased over the same period by 6.0 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively. FHA forward originations surged ... [1 chart ]

May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Premium Reduction Helped Fuel 1Q Jump in FHA Loan Production

Price reduction and improving economic factors helped push FHA volume up in the first quarter of 2015, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Production of forward single-family mortgages insured by FHA increased by 12.3 percent in the first quarter to $39.5 billion from $35.2 billion in the prior quarter, powered by a sharp uptick in refinances. FHA’s total refi business jumped from $2.29 billion in endorsements in February, a month of record snowstorms in the Northeast, to $8.15 billion in March. Total FHA forward-mortgage business rose by 83.8 percent from February, data showed. FHA streamline refis rose a whopping 144.1 percent quarter-over-quarter while conventional-to-FHA refis jumped 29.2 percent over the same period. Falling purchase loan volume, which was the reason for the overall decline in FHA originations last year, spilled over into ... [2 charts]

May 8, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

Lending Survey Shows Little Impact from Rep-and-Warrant Changes

New life-of-loan representation and warranty- exclusion guidelines issued by the GSEs in November, appeared to have little impact on banks’ lending policies so far, according to a recent Federal Reserve Board survey.The rep-and-warrant changes were intended to reduce uncertainty and increase transparency in addressing lenders’ concerns about when they might be asked to repurchase a loan. The concerns were based on repurchase risk and other market factors that can cause an increase in credit overlays. “Addressing these concerns by providing tighter definitions and clarity should encourage sellers to serve a broader range of qualified borrowers,” said Dave Lowman, Freddie’s executive vice president of single -family business, when the changes were announced in November.

May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Enhances Ability to Deliver Adverse PETR Notices to Lenders

The FHA has automated the delivery of notices to targeted lenders that receive an “unacceptable” rating following a post-endorsement review of a sample of their FHA-insured mortgage loans. The agency’s notification process shifted from manual to electronic effective on April 27, with the deployment of a new automated system for delivering notices of unacceptable findings, or eFindings letter. The change speeds up the process of determining whether a direct-endorsement lender should be subject to an indemnification request from FHA because of faulty underwriting. The enhanced delivery process will make it easier for lenders to do business with the FHA, the agency said. The post-endorsement audit is crucial to the success of the FHA’s direct-endorsement program. The FHA performs a post-endorsement technical review (PETR) on selected cases to evaluate the risk loans pose to ...

May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Bares Changes to DASP, Delays Foreclosure for a Year

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is requiring servicers of FHA-insured mortgages to delay foreclosure for a year and to evaluate all borrowers for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and other similar loss-mitigation programs. The move is one of the improvements to the FHA Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, a direct-sale pilot program that allows pools of foreclosure-bound mortgages to be sold to qualified bidders. Bidders are encouraged to work with borrowers to help cure the loan – a less costly alternative to foreclosure or an REO (real estate-owned) sale. An FHA servicer can place a troubled loan into a DASP pool if the borrower is at least six months delinquent on their mortgage and the servicer has exhausted all FHA loss-mitigation options. Previously, servicers could foreclose six months after they received the loan. They were also encouraged, though not required, to ...

May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Grassley Seeks HUD’s Explanation For Controversial Appointments

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, has asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development to explain the duties and functions of two officials who were appointed as “principal deputy assistant secretary.” The appointments make it appear that HUD is deliberately circumventing the nomination process by creating new official titles for appointees without obtaining Senate confirmation, said Grassley. If that is the case, HUD Secretary Julian Castro may be in violation of the Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, the lawmaker warned. The statute provides several mechanisms to fill job positions that require candidates to be nominated by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. “The Vacancies Act also declares that those mechanisms are the exclusive means of filling vacancies,” Grassley said. “Creating new job titles is not ...

May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Announces 90-Day Delay in SF Policy Handbook Effective Date

The FHA Single-Family Policy Handbook’s effective date has been changed from June 15 to Sept. 14, 2015, the agency has announced. The affected sections include the following: Doing Business with FHA – Lenders and Mortgagees; Doing Business with FHA – Other Participants – Appraiser; and Quality Control, Oversight and Compliance. The section for Origination through Post Closing/Endorsement (OTPC/E) becomes effective for FHA case numbers assigned on or after Sept. 14. All applicable existing single-family handbooks, mortgagee letters and policy documents continue to apply until the OTPC/E section becomes effective, the agency said. A number of competing initiatives prompted the change of effective date. The FHA expects lenders to be fully compliant by Sept. 14. The FHA will continue to issue mortgagee letters periodically to ...

May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Jumbo Volume Suffers Steep Decline in 2014 as Activity Slowed

FHA jumbo loan production dropped significantly in 2014, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. The volume of jumbo loans insured by the FHA – loan amounts exceeding $417,000 up to the national ceiling of $625,500 – fell 41.9 percent from the prior year, and 4.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 from the previous quarter. FHA jumbo production for 2014 totaled $10.5 billion, with purchase loans accounting for nearly 80 percent of volume and fixed-rate loans comprising 87.1 percent of jumbos originated last year. Seventy-two percent of lenders saw their jumbo volume decline, including Provident Savings Bank, which suffered the largest year-over-year drop (84.9 percent). An analysis of FHA endorsements by loan amount show that loans above $417,000 up to $499,000 accounted for 2.12 percent of loans endorsed in the first quarter. Additionally, loans from $500,000 to ... [1 chart]

May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Quicken Lawsuit Can Help Clarify FHA Rules, Government Use of FCA

Quicken Loan’s lawsuit against the government could help provide some certainty to lenders as to the proper legal standard for evaluating compliance with FHA rules and whether loan sampling is a permissible post-endorsement review strategy, according to legal experts. The adjudication of Quicken’s case against the Department of Justice in a public forum should clarify FHA policies, procedures, and the degree of future liability risks, experts said. Quicken Loans, the top FHA lender in 2014, sued the Department of Justice in federal court in Detroit April 17, accusing it of high-pressure tactics to admit wrongdoing and of using a small sample of flawed loans as a basis for claims under the False Claims Act. Up to that time, Quicken Loans had been the subject of an ongoing DOJ probe, which began three years earlier, in relation to its FHA lending practices. Quicken also asserted that, before filing its lawsuit ...

May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Refis Help Boost Volume of Ginnie MBS Backed by VA Loans in 1Q15

VA home loan guaranty originations nearly caught up with FHA single-family volume in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a strong pickup in veteran loan refinancings, an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae issuance data indicated. Refi loans accounted for 58.5 percent of VA loans securitized in the first quarter compared to just 34.4 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities. Approximately $35.0 billion in VA loans were securitized in Ginnie Mae MBS in the first quarter, up 5.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. On the other hand, $35.6 billion of FHA loans were securitized during the same period, down 1.8 percent from the prior quarter. Of the VA loans in Ginnie MBS, $14.5 billion were purchase mortgages, mostly delivered through retail and loan correspondents. Brokers accounted for only 8.5 percent of the purchase loans. Securitized VA purchase volume, however, was ... [2 charts]

April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Government Mortgage Stimulus a Wash

Recent actions by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government-sponsored enterprises and FHA to make it easier for borrowers to get a mortgage are probably going to be an inconsequential wash overall, according to a panel of industry representatives and policy experts. However, there was some optimism expressed as well. Commenting on last week’s changes from the FHFA on GSE guaranty fees and loan-level price adjustments, Ron Haynie, senior vice president of ...

April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Prepayment Speeds Above, Loss Rates Below Projections

Low interest rates have pushed FHA prepayments to 34 percent above actual predictions while claim payments are 24 percent below predicted levels in 2014, according to the agency’s most recent quarterly report to Congress. Actual loss rates of 47.43 percent remained below the actuarially projected 54.65 percent, the report showed. Meanwhile, the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund account balances totaled $46.2 billion in the fourth quarter, no change from the previous quarter ...

April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

1st Alliance Aims to Help Distressed Homeowners with New Platform

1st Alliance Lending of East Hartford, CT, has announced a new multi-channel lending platform to help underwater homeowners refinance into affordable government-backed mortgages and help those who have lost their homes previously in bankruptcy obtain a new mortgage. The platform focuses mainly on the FHA Short Refi program and the agency’s “Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstances” program. The multi-channel platform adds a wholesale channel to ...

April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Reverse-Mortgage Lenders Seek Exclusion From Servicing Rules

The reverse mortgage lending industry is asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to clarify that reverse mortgages are excluded from proposed changes to mortgage servicing rules relating to “successors in interest.” In a comment letter, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association warned that requiring lenders to determine which parties meet a new regulatory definition of “successor in interest” could expose lenders to numerous, costly risks. The requirement would ...

April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Looks at Non-Traditional Factors to Improve Credit Scoring

The FHA is looking at non-traditional factors in credit scoring that might be considered in determining a borrower’s creditworthiness. In remarks during a credit-access symposium co-hosted by the National Association of Realtors and other industry groups, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said the FHA is looking at various alternative credit-scoring models that might help increase homeownership opportunities for more people ...

April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FTH, Special Programs Fuel Navy Fed’s Record Lending in March

First-time homebuyers and specialized loan products helped propel Navy Federal Credit Union’s mortgage originations over the $1 billion mark in March, the best month in the credit union’s 82-year history. Year-to-date, Navy Federal has made more than $2.5 billion in mortgages to members, which now include active-duty, retired and reserve personnel of all the armed services, as well as Department of Defense civilian employees and defense contractors. In March 2013, Navy Federal expanded its ...

April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

DOJ, HUD Settlement with Defunct Lender Raises Recovery Issues

A recent $36 million settlement agreement between Golden First Mortgage Corp. and the federal government is raising questions about the lender’s ability to pay. The Department of Justice apparently has a plan to collect from a company that is no longer in business and hardly generated enough revenue to pay the full settlement amount. Whatever that plan is, the agency is not disclosing it. Based in upstate New York, Golden First agreed to pay up to resolve allegations that it ...

April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

First Tennessee, DOJ Reach Interim Agreement on FHA-Related Claims

First Horizon National Corp. has announced an agreement in principle with the federal government to settle potential claims related to the underwriting and origination of FHA-insured mortgages during the run-up to the financial crisis. Disclosed in a regulatory filing, the agreement between First Tennessee Bank and the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development covers FHA loans originated from 2006 through 2008, which have gone to claim ...


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