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May 21, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbank Gains in Market Share Boost Warehouse Lending; a Strong Refinance Market Helps Too

Warehouse banks increased their commitment levels to $40 billion at the end of the first quarter, a 14.3 percent sequential gain and a sign that all is well in residential originations, at least for now. Not only did warehouse providers benefit from stronger originations in early 2015, their business was boosted by the fact that nonbanks continue to gain origination market share. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, commitments are up a mouth-watering 42.9 percent, according to exclusive survey figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance. Then again, at $360 billion, the first quarter of 2015 was...[Includes one data table]


May 21, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Refi Surge in Conventional-Conforming Market Helped Fuel Originations Uptick in Early 2015

The conventional-conforming sector led the mortgage market’s surge in production volume during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Lenders originated an estimated $207 billion of conventional-conforming mortgages during the first three months of this year, an 18.3 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2014. The conventional-conforming sector accounted for 57.5 percent of the $360 billion in overall mortgage originations during the period. The $360 billion is a revision of our initial estimate and does not include home-equity lending. The government and jumbo markets were...[Includes two data tables]


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 15, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

FHFA Extends HARP One More Time, Weighs Development of New Streamline Refi GSE Program

The Federal Housing Finance Agency surprised no one when it announced a fifth, and final, extension of the Home Affordable Refinance Program for underwater Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans. But industry experts are intrigued by the prospect of a new streamlined refi program for the two government-sponsored enterprises. Analysts from Barclays said an extension was widely expected by the market and, as a result, “may not have much of an effect on seasoned cohort valuations.” FHFA Director Mel Watt announced...


May 14, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA Recaptures Some Market Share in Recent Months, Thanks to Premium Price Cut, Economic Factors

FHA volume in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities rebounded in April because of the agency’s price cut in late January and improvements in the economy, according to industry participants. Recent data from the FHA show a sharp uptick in refinance business, which jumped from $2.29 billion in endorsements in February to $8.15 billion in March. Total FHA forward-mortgage business rose by 83.8 percent from February. The surge came...


May 8, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Study Suggests Big Banks Targeted Refinancing Efforts on Loans in Agency MBS Sold to Fed

Big banks in recent years likely focused their refinance efforts on loans in agency MBS that had been purchased by the Federal Reserve, according to a working paper by economists at the Fed. John Kandrac and Bernd Schlusche noted that agency MBS held by the Fed exhibit faster prepayment rates than MBS held by the rest of the market. While some analysts have pinned the prepayments on refi activities by nonbanks, the Fed economists said they found that Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo played a large role in the high prepayment rates for agency MBS purchased by the Fed. The economists noted...


May 8, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Activity Springs to Life in April As Purchase-Mortgage Volume Begins Growing

The agency MBS market in April had its strongest month of new issuance in 20 months thanks to the combination of strong refinance volume and a surge in purchase-mortgage lending. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking reveals that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae issued a total of $121.10 billion of new single-family MBS last month, an increase of 22.1 percent from March. It marked the strongest output since August 2013, when new agency MBS was tapering off from a huge influx of refinance business. Refinance loans continued...[Includes two data charts]


May 7, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbanks Continue Expanding Footprint in Mortgage Servicing Market, Further Deconsolidation in 1Q15

The overall size of the single-family mortgage servicing market isn’t changing much, but the dynamics of the business continued to shift in early 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. The Federal Reserve won’t provide an official reading on single-family mortgage debt outstanding as of the end of the first quarter for another month or so, but the data point to little or no growth in the market during early 2015. Mortgage originations were...[Includes two data charts]


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

VA to Repair Defect in Processing Transfers of Property Custody

The Department of Veterans Affairs has found a defect in “transfer of custody” (TOC) processing, wherein TOC reports are being rejected when submitted to the agency. The reports are not being accepted apparently because servicers are not filling out the “Date of Confirmation/Ratification of Sale” fields, the agency said. Servicers have 15 days after loan termination to report if they want to transfer custody of a foreclosed property to the VA. Loan termination for a foreclosure and loan termination for a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure are defined separately under VA rules. The VA said the defect will be fixed once the agency’s VALERI (VA Loan Electronic Reporting Interface) Manifest 3.4 is released in June. VALERI 3.4 comes in the wake of VALERI 3.3, which the VA deployed on April 11, 2015. The updated version included a revised description of a ...


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

VA Creates Borrower Disincentive With Delays, Longer Closing Time

A high percentage of VA loans are not closing on time, potentially creating a disincentive for borrowers to use the product and opt for the competition instead, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance’s HousingPulse Tracking Survey. Data showed that the share of VA loans closing on time declined to 55 percent in March 2015 from 70 percent in April 2014. This suggests that 45 percent of VA loans are experiencing serious delays in closing. “For VA, this is a significant change for the worse,” said Tom Popik, designer of the survey. The VA’s average closing time is 41 days as of March this year, up from around 39 percent a year ago. Comparatively, 75 percent of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans with private mortgage insurance are closing on time as of March 2015, up from 68 percent a year ago. When delayed, VA closing takes a lot longer, 29 additional days, up from ...


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 30, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

New Optimism for Broker Channel as Market Share Inches Up to 13 Percent; Is 20 Percent Doable?

Mortgage brokers accounted for almost 13 percent of originations packaged into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities in the first quarter of 2015, one of the highest readings in quite some time, according to loan-level data compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance. In the fourth quarter, the broker market share was 10.0 percent, a figure that includes originations of all loan types and not just ones packaged into securities. Over the past several quarters, there has been...


April 20, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Cracks Down on Mortgage Lender Over Advertising Practices

The CFPB brought an enforcement action against RMK Financial Corp., a California-based mortgage lender, for allegedly using deceptive mortgage advertising practices, including ads that led consumers to believe that the company was affiliated with the U.S. government. According to the CFPB, RMK used the names and logos of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the FHA in mailed advertisements in such a way as to falsely imply that the ads were sent by the VA or FHA, or that the company or the mortgage products it advertised were endorsed or sponsored by those agencies. RMK’s ads also allegedly misrepresented the loans’ interest rates and estimated monthly payments, including whether the interest rate was fixed or variable. Consumers who called the ...


April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

New Standards for VA Compliance Inspectors. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that compliance inspectors must adhere to new qualifications and pass an updated, more comprehensive exam that includes information relevant to Specially Adapted Housing. Policy staff decided the current exam was not effective since it did not address issues such as SAH-specific building practices, procedures, and minimum property requirements ... [Includes two briefs]


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

Lenders, Consultants Urged to Learn New 203(k) Policies

The FHA is urging 203(k) program lenders and consultants to be aware of key policy revisions when reviewing the published versions of the 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program and 203(k) Consultant Requirements in the new Single-Family Housing Policy Handbook. The revised policies include changes to reflect a clearer, more direct and consistent language and terminology. However, they do not represent a significant departure from 203(k) origination policies or ...


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 10, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

Heavy Refinance Volume Buoys GSE MBS Business in 1Q15

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued a robust $189.92 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the first three months of 2015, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis.Business in the GSEs’ core MBS guaranty program grew 5.9 percent from the fourth quarter of last year. The pace in early 2015 was up a hefty 47.0 percent from the same period last year, which was the weakest quarter in over a decade. Nonbank seller/servicers continued to gain market share. These companies accounted for 45.6 percent of GSE MBS issued in early 2015, and their total production was up 7.7 percent from the previous quarter. (Includes 2 exclusive charts).


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