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October 2, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

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HUD Announces New Mortgagee Compliance Manager. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has hired Information System & Networks Corp. (ISN) as its new mortgagee compliance manager. ISN took over from Michaelson, Connor & Boul, which was awarded the first MCM contract in 2010, when HUD reorganized its Management and Marketing (M&M) I and II programs under a new M&M III. As mortgage compliance manager, MCB performed real estate acquisition-to-disposition servicers for HUD, among other things. ISN effectively took over Oct. 1, assuming all pre- and post-conveyance activities including the following: requests for more time to convey; processing of occupied conveyances; approval of reimbursable expenses for preservation and protection, particularly amount in excess of allowable P&P expenses (including Home Equity Conversion Mortgages); and requests to ...

October 2, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Prioritizes Certification, PACE, Delayed Claims Filing, MMI Fund

The FHA has a number of rulemakings in the regulatory pipeline and other policy topics related to mortgage origination and servicing, all lined for action in the fall. The program changes are geared towards FHA single-family priorities, such as expanding first-time homebuyers’ and underserved creditworthy borrowers’ access to credit, ensuring the long-term viability of FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and making it easier to do business with the FHA. Agency data show that, as of July 31, 2015, first-time homebuyers accounted for 82 percent of FHA purchase loans compared to 72 percent in the prior year. FHA officials attributed the surge in purchase loans to the half percentage point reduction in the annual mortgage insurance premium, which they translated into a yearly savings of $900 for a household with an average mortgage-loan size of $180,000. On Sept. 15, the ...

October 2, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

2014 HMDA Data Show Huge Chunk of Higher-Priced FHA Loans

The majority of higher-priced first-lien loans in 2014 were FHA-insured, according to the latest Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data. Approximately 45 percent of FHA-insured, first-lien purchase mortgages had annual percentage rates in excess of the reporting threshold, similar to the percentage in the latter half of 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council noted. Higher-priced loans are those with APRs that exceed the average prime offer rate by at least 1.5 percentage points for first-lien loans and at least 3.5 percentage points for subordinate-lien loans. The data on the incidence of higher-priced lending show that about 8 percent of first-lien purchase loans originated in 2014 have APRs that exceed the loan-price reporting thresholds, up from about 5 percent in 2013, the FFIEC said. The higher APRs for FHA loans were due to a slight increase in ... [ 1 chart ]

October 2, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Slams loanDepot for Using Ineligible DPA Funds on FHA Loans

The Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development called for civil and administrative actions against loanDepot for allowing ineligible “gifts” on FHA-insured loans. Acting on a referral from HUD’s Quality Assurance Division, the IG focused on FHA loans originated by loanDepot that included downpayment assistance from the Golden State Finance Authority. A review of 75 loans endorsed from Oct. 1, 2013, to Jan. 31, 2015, determined that 62 loans involved gift funds that did not comply with FHA requirements. In addition, the privately held nonbank lender “inappropriately charged borrowers $25,700 in fees that were not customary or reasonable, as well as $46,510 in discount fees that did not represent the purpose of the fee,” the IG said. The IG blamed loanDepot’s overreliance on Golden State’s Platinum Downpayment Assistance Program as well as ...

October 2, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Chief Reveals Ongoing Talks Between Independent Shops, HUD

Certain unidentified independent mortgage bankers are in talks with the Department of Housing and Urban Development over alleged False Claims Act violations, according to a top mortgage industry executive. Speaking recently on the Internet radio program “Lykken on Lending,” Dave Stevens, president of the Mortgage Bankers Association and a former FHA commissioner, said the lenders are quietly negotiating and have avoided media attention, so far. On air, Stevens said he and a “certain group of individuals had met with HUD Secretary Julian Castro” to discuss the FCA complaints. The MBA official said the use of the FCA – which allows for treble damages – represents an “extraordinary overreach” by the government that is threatening the overall FHA program. Stevens did not name the lenders are or say how many there are, but he did mention an ...

October 2, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Posts Record Quarter as VA Jumbos Drive MBS Issuance

Riding a wave of heavy purchase-mortgage activity, Ginnie Mae issuers produced a record $128.23 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending ranking and analysis. The third-quarter figure, which includes FHA home-equity conversion mortgage MBS, was up 6.5 percent from the second quarter of this year. The previous record was $125.68 billion, set back in the third quarter of 2009. Loan-level MBS data, which do not include HECMs and have truncated loan amounts, show hefty gains in purchase-mortgage activity that more than offset sharp declines in refinance business. The flow of FHA purchase mortgages jumped 37.7 percent from the second to the third quarter, and VA purchase mortgages were up 37.9 percent over the same period. Meanwhile, refinance volume fell ... [ 2 charts ]

September 18, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Collects on Whatever is Left of TBW – A Mere Slice of FHA Losses

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently saw its long-running attempt to recover $179 million from a bankrupt FHA lender come to a disappointing close, receiving only a little over half-a-million dollars after liquidation. HUD’s Inspector General gave the agency the green light to book its share of funds available to pay an $89.9 million HUD claim against the now-defunct lender Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, ending further action against the company. In 2006, whistleblowers filed a “qui tam” lawsuit in federal district court in Georgia alleging that TBW and Home America Mortgage had falsely certified and approved poorly underwritten loans for FHA insurance. In 2009, the two mortgage lenders filed for bankruptcy separately but were later consolidated by the court into one bankruptcy case. In May 2010, the Department of Justice, on behalf of HUD, filed a ...

September 18, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM Lending Rises in First Half, HMBS Issuance Up Same Period

FHA lenders funded $7.8 billion in new Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans during the first half of 2015, up 8.2 percent from the same period a year ago. HECM loan production was slower in the second quarter with originations down 1.1 percent from the prior quarter. Purchase loans accounted for 86.1 percent of all HECM transactions during the first six months. Interestingly, borrower bias against adjustable-rate loans appeared to have eased. Fixed-rate HECMs accounted for only 15.4 percent of originations during the first half of the year. Initial principal amount at loan origination totaled $4.6 billion over the same period. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, the FHA reported a total of 53,372 HECM endorsements, up from 47,662 HECM endorsements in fiscal YTD 2014. Meanwhile, HECM endorsed cases increased to 5,750 in August compared to ... [ chart ]

September 18, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Frustration Prompts Wells Fargo to Reinstate Overlays on FHA Loans

Wells Fargo this week reinstated the 640 minimum credit score requirement, following through on its threat to re-impose credit overlays due to its frustration with FHA’s republished loan-level certification proposal. Officials said the re-proposed version of the proposal, which was initially issued for comment in May, still disappoints in spite of industry input to put concerned FHA lenders at ease (See next story for background). In 2014, Wells dropped the minimum credit-score requirement to 600 for FHA borrowers after talks with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and policymakers. The FICO readjustment applies to Wells’ FHA retail purchase loans, aligning it with the 640 minimum credit score requirement for the bank’s correspondent business. In a previous statement, Wells reiterated the need for clearer rules in order to ...

September 18, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Second Quarter Originations Fuel FHA Jumbo Securitization Surge

FHA jumbo securitization continued to rise over the first six months of 2015 on the back of soaring FHA jumbo production in the second quarter. FHA jumbo originations in the second quarter more than doubled to $6.8 billion, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance database. FHA data showed that the jumbo share of originations was highest in conventional-to-FHA refinance (14.9 percent) and streamlined FHA refis (13.3 percent,) but just 9.0 percent for purchase loans. Delivery of FHA jumbos, including modified loans, into Ginnie Mae jumbo mortgage-backed securities rose 131.9 percent in the second quarter from the prior quarter and was up 115.8 percent compared to the first six months of 2014. Wells Fargo led the market in the first half with $1.4 billion in jumbos contributed to MBS, up 123 percent quarter over quarter. That was good enough for a 12.7 percent market share. PennyMac Corp. accounted for ... [ chart ]

September 18, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Jumbo Volume Up in 2Q15, Significant Gains Year-Over-Year

Ginnie Mae securitized $14.2 billion of VA jumbo loans in the first half of 2015, more than double the volume seen during the same period a year ago. VA securitization data for the first six months reflect an upward trend in VA loan originations, which lenders attribute to better outreach to veterans and servicemembers and aggressive marketing strategies. VA jumbo securitization in the first half of the year was up 120.7 percent from the same prior-year period. Volume also was up 13.9 percent in the second quarter from the previous quarter. All top-five VA jumbo securitizers reported large gains year over year, but four showed volume decreases quarter over quarter. Third-ranked PennyMac recorded a 3.4 percent gain in the second quarter from the prior quarter. The top five, in sequential order – Wells Fargo, Freedom Mortgage Corp., PennyMac Corp., U.S. Bank and Quicken Loans – accounted for ... [ chart ]

September 4, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Crafting New Standards for Insuring Loans with PACE Liens

The FHA is developing standards that would allow FHA financing on homes with existing Property Assessed Clean Energy liens going forward. Specifically, the guidance would require subordination of PACE financing to first-lien FHA mortgages. The FHA is also working on a monitoring mechanism to track the number of PACE loans with FHA insurance in the future, said a HUD spokesman. Mortgage market analysts say FHA’s action could lead to broader adoption of the PACE program for FHA-insured single-family homes. The Mortgage Bankers Association, in a statement, applauded the move. “This modification should allow some homeowners to install energy improvements in their home but not impede the rights of the first lien, something the original PACE program failed to consider,” said David Stevens, MBA president and CEO. PACE programs allow local governments to raise bond-funded financing to ...

September 4, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Increased Purchase, Refi Activity Boost Ginnie First Half Issuance

Securitized FHA,VA and rural housing loans in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities totaled $188.5 billion in the first six months of 2015, fueled by significant purchase and refinance activity, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae data. An estimated $113.4 billion in FHA-insured mortgages were securitized during the first half of the year. Of that total, $60.6 billion were purchase mortgages and $44.2 billion were refinance loans. FHA purchase-loan production increased 58.8 percent in the second quarter from the prior quarter while refi lending jumped 160.8 percent over the same period as FHA’s reduced annual mortgage insurance premium began to take hold. The FHA loans that went into Ginnie MBS showed an average loan-to-value ratio of 92.8 percent and an average debt-to-income ratio of 39.7 percent. Borrowers’ average FICO score was 675.9, which was indicative of ... [ 2 charts ]


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