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May 26, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

House Eases LO Employment Transitions; Senate Passes FY 2017 FHA Funding Bill

The House this week approved legislation making it easier for loan officers working for depository institutions to go to work for nonbanks. Separately, the Senate last week approved a $39.2 billion fiscal 2017 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. By a unanimous voice vote, House lawmakers approved H.R. 2121, the SAFE Transitional Licensing Act. The legislation provides for a 120-day temporary license for registered loan originators who change jobs and makes for an easier transition when moving from a financial institution to a state-licensed nonbank or to another state. Introduced last April by Rep. Steve Stivers, R-OH, the bill would require...

May 26, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Guild Mortgage Digs In, Vows to Fight FCA Allegations, Says Punitive Environment at Odds with FHA Mission

Guild Mortgage vowed to defend itself against government charges that it improperly originated and underwrote mortgages, which later caused millions of dollars in losses to the FHA and taxpayers. In a statement released after the Department of Justice filed its complaint in federal district court in Washington, DC, last week, Mary Ann McGarry, president and chief executive officer of Guild Mortgage, said the government’s action is unwarranted and meritless. “The implication that any default on an FHA loan by a borrower represents wrongdoing by the lender is not justified...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

HUD Sends Final Condominium Rule to OMB for Clearance. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has sent a final rule to the Office of Management and Budget that would make it easier for borrowers to obtain FHA financing for certified condominium units. Once issued, the final rule will replace temporary guidance which HUD issued in November last year to ease FHA’s condo approval process. The move is aimed at increasing affordable housing options for first-time and low-income homebuyers. The final rule is expected to reflect measures in the interim guidance, including modification of the requirements for condo project recertification, revised calculation of FHA’s required ownership-occupancy percentage, and expansion of eligible condo-project insurance coverages. IG Scrutinizes HUD Oversight of SFHAs’ Downpayment Assistance Programs. Residential lenders that rely on ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Clarifies Guidance for Conveying Titled Properties to VA Secretary

The Department of Veterans Affairs has clarified the type of documents lenders would need to provide clear and marketable title for conveyed properties to the VA in all states and U.S. territories. Under VA rules, each conveyance or transfer of real property to the VA shall be acceptable if “the holder covenants or warrants against the acts of the holder and those claiming under the holder (e.g. by special warranty deed).” In addition, the conveyance would be acceptable if it entitles the VA Secretary to such title as is or if it is acceptable to prudent lenders, informed buyers, title companies and attorneys, generally in the community in which the property is located. The VA said its determination of clear and marketable title depends on state statutory requirements. As a general requirement, documents for proper conveyance of clear and marketable title to the VA include the ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues New Servicing Guidance, Reminders on Foreclosures, Others

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued new guidance and some servicing reminders in connection with mobile-home foreclosures, consent judgments, servicer transfers, liquidation appraisal fees and others. VA servicers must specifically refer to the mobile home in foreclosure declaration documents to ensure that both the home and the land are properly foreclosed, the VA said. Many states require two separate foreclosure procedures for every transaction – one to foreclose the interest on the land and the other to foreclose on the title of the mobile home. The VA said foreclosure on the title of the mobile home may have to be filed with state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). When a VA loan on a home on wheels is referred to foreclosure, the servicer must inform the foreclosing attorney that it is a mobile home and whether a DMV filing is required. The VA will reconvey the mobile home to the ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Trade Groups Urge Congress to Reevaluate Appraisal Oversight

Trade groups representing lenders, homebuilders and appraisers have asked Congress to hold a hearing this year on the future of appraisal regulation. In a joint letter, five industry groups urged the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to reevaluate oversight of the appraisal industry and the current federal regulatory structure for real estate appraisal. The committee last held an appraisal oversight hearing in 2004. Federal appraisal regulations have been untouched since the enactment of the Federal Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989, the trade groups noted. In addition, the groups asked that both federal and state responsibilities be reassessed to see if they continue to serve consumers and market participants well, as well as promote competition in the marketplace. In addition to federal regulation, states regulate appraisers as well. The groups want to know from Congress whether federal oversight of appraisers is still necessary.

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Appraisers Balk at FHA Rule Adding Home Inspection to Appraisals

There is widespread frustration among FHA appraisers regarding the scope of service they are now required to provide under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s newly revised single-family policy handbook. While the new handbook brought more clarity to FHA’s lending and underwriting policies, certain changes to property-valuation rules appear to have added home inspection to appraisal work – and appraisers and real estate professionals are not pleased. Many of the so-called changes in the handbook already existed, but one change that stood out is the word “must,” said Martin Wagar, a certified broker/appraiser and president of Wagar & Associates. Appraisers are now required to know the basic appliances that come with the home, how to operate them, and to identify and report any deficiency that may affect their “contributory value” to the property, said Wagar at a ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Proposes to Codify HECM Reforms, Consumer Protections

The FHA has proposed to codify key improvements to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program and add new protections to senior homeowners to ensure they can remain in their homes and enjoy the benefits of an FHA-insured reverse mortgage. The proposed new HECM consumer protections include full disclosure of all HECM loan products and features. Lifetime interest rate increases on HECM adjustable-rate mortgages would be capped at 5 percent, while annual interest-rate increases on HECM ARMs would be limited to 1 percent. Lenders would be required to pay the HECM’s mortgage insurance premiums until the loan is paid in full, foreclosed on, or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure is executed. In addition, the rule proposes to amend the definition of “expected average mortgage interest rate” to allow lenders, with the agreement of the borrower, to lock-in the rate prior to ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Key Lessons for FHA Lenders from M&T Bank, Guild FCA Lawsuits

There are important details in the recent M&T Bank settlement with the Department of Justice and in this week’s announced filing of a lawsuit against Guild Mortgage that could help lenders avoid a potential false claims lawsuit, according to industry observers. The government’s complaints against the two FHA lenders were brought under the False Claims Act, which penalizes acts that intend to defraud the government and taxpayers. The government has been using this powerful statutory tool in the mortgage arena in its attempt to recover FHA losses arising from fraud and noncompliance with agency requirements. As in previous FCA cases against FHA lenders, both M&T Bank and Guild Mortgage were accused of false certification, lax underwriting, poor quality control, failure to review early payment defaults, and failure to self-report deficient loans and remediate problems in a timely manner. In addition, the ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Attorneys See Potential Defense In Recent Circuit Court Rulings

Recent circuit court rulings may bolster FHA lenders’ defense against the government’s heavy use of the False Claims Act in FHA lending cases, according to industry attorneys. In the years following the financial crisis, the Department of Justice and the relators bar have used the FCA aggressively to target banks and nonbank mortgage lenders for losses incurred by FHA due to poor underwriting and false certifications. The DOJ and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have recovered billions of dollars through settlements with various mortgage lenders and servicers, using increasingly creative theories of liability to hold them responsible for FHA losses. This week, the DOJ filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC, accusing Guild Mortgage of improper origination and underwriting of FHA-insured mortgage loans from January 2006 through December 2011. As in ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Deconsolidation Opened Credit Access, New Things to Think About

The rapid deconsolidation in the Ginnie Mae issuer community and shift to nonbanks helped expand access for borrowers, but it’s also given the agency new issues to consider, officials said. Back in 2010-11, three Ginnie issuers dominated the program, noted Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer during the Mortgage Bankers Association secondary-market conference in New York this week. But those three firms now account for just 14 percent of the agency’s business, and nonbanks held a combined 70 percent of the market, he said. Many new firms became issuers in part so they could get away from the credit overlays imposed by the national aggregators, Tozer said. The result is that the average score on a Ginnie loan is now 60 points lower than on loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, he added. Michael Drayne, senior vice president in Ginnie’s office of issuer & portfolio management, said the ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Originations Decline in 1Q16, Production Improves Year-over-Year

FHA activity was lackluster in the first three months of 2016 as loan originations fell 7.8 percent from the prior quarter, according to Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. The weak first-quarter production of $53.5 billion appeared to continue a trend from 2015, which saw the fourth quarter close with $58.1 billion, down significantly from $73.7 billion in the third quarter. In contrast, FHA originations fared better year-over year. Loan production was up 35.6 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. Purchase lending totaled $36.5 billion in the first three months with overall production trending downward during the period. Borrowers in the 640-679 and 680-719 credit score ranges made up the bulk of new endorsements for January and February, the latest FHA data show. It is unlikely that trend will change even if March endorsements were added. Between all ... [ 2 charts ]

May 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lenders Anxious About Ongoing HUD IG Audit of State Downpayment Assistance, But Keep Using the Programs

Residential lenders that rely on “downpayment assistance” programs (DPAs) operated by state housing finance agencies are growing nervous about a lengthy and ongoing audit being conducted by the Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Late this week, a spokesman for the HUD IG’s office confirmed to Inside Mortgage Finance that audit has yet to be completed. “It’s getting into the final stages,” he said. “We originally thought it would be done in early 2016.” He stressed...

May 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Delinquency Rates and Foreclosure Starts Falling Steadily in the First Quarter of 2016

Falling delinquency and foreclosure rates over the last few years have continued to break recent records, according to industry sources, thanks to several factors including an improved housing market and price appreciation. As of the end of March, only 4.95 percent of the $5.08 trillion of home mortgages covered by the Inside Mortgage Finance Large Servicer Delinquency Index were in default or foreclosure status. That was down from 5.54 percent at the end of the fourth quarter. The figures are not seasonally adjusted. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported...[Includes one data table]

May 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Product Mix Little Changed in Early 2016, Refi Surge Bolstered Purchase Slump

All three major food groups in the contemporary mortgage market – government-insured, jumbo and conventional conforming – saw roughly the same drop in new originations from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the first three months of 2016, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Production of loans with FHA, VA and rural housing guarantees held up a little better than the other sectors, with estimated originations slipping 1.0 percent from the fourth quarter. Although purchase mortgages account for a relatively higher share of originations in the government-insured market, there was a boost in refinance lending, especially in the VA program, that helped sustain overall production in the sector. The conventional-conforming and jumbo markets were...[Includes two data tables]

May 12, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Quicken Loans CEO Says Company Will Not Settle DOJ False Claims Charges, Wants Trial by Jury

Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson ruled out any possibility of settlement with the Department of Justice over allegations of filing false claims on flawed FHA-insured mortgage loans, preferring instead a jury trial. During a recent interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box, Emerson said settlements are a business model that has worked well for the DOJ in its effort to recover taxpayer losses due to questionable FHA lending practices. Quicken Loans, however, will not cave in to agency…

May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CRC Urges HUD to Order a Freeze On Servicer’s HECM Foreclosures

The California Reinvestment Coalition last week called upon the Department of Housing and Urban Development to impose a moratorium to prevent CIT Group and its servicing subsidiary, Financial Freedom, from initiating any more reverse mortgage foreclosures. The CRC’s request is based in part on data it obtained from HUD indicating an unusually high foreclosure rate for Financial Freedom/CIT Group.According to the data, Financial Freedom’s 39 percent share of reverse mortgage foreclosures since April 2009 is more than two times greater than the company’s estimated market share. The CRC began looking into Financial Freedom’s foreclosure history after receiving complaints from a number of widowed homeowners and other heirs about Freedom’s foreclosure practices, said Kevin Stein, CRC associate director. Stein said the CRC filed a data request under the ...

May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA Issues Final Rule on Lender Indemnification, Refis, QM Loans

Nearly a month after abruptly withdrawing a final rule for its single-family guaranteed loan program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service has republished a final rule on lender indemnification, refinancing and qualified mortgage requirements. The changes to the Section 502 Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan program intend to broaden borrower access to USDA-backed loans and improve the agency’s risk management. Published in the May 3 Federal Register, the final rule expands RHS’ lender indemnification authority for loss claims in cases of fraud or misrepresentation or noncompliance with USDA loan origination. This action continues the agency’s efforts to broaden and improve its ability to manage risk related to its guaranteed home mortgage lending. In addition, the USDA is amending its refinancing provisions to require that the new interest rate not exceed the ...

May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Active-Duty Homebuyers Tend to be Younger, Prefer VA Loan Financing

Younger, active-service soldiers are outpacing non-military homebuyers under the age of 35 in home purchase – and they are buying larger, more expensive homes with VA loans, according to a new National Association of Realtors survey. The NAR survey, 2016 Veterans & Active Military Home Buyers and Sellers Profile, found quite a few contrasts between active-service military homebuyers and those who have never served. Of all homebuyers, 18 percent were veterans and 3 percent were in active military service. Of all home sellers, 21 percent were vets and 1 percent were active-military. According to the survey, the typical active-service homebuyer was a lot younger (median age of 34 years old) than non-military buyers (40 years old). The active-military homebuyer was more likely to be married and have several children living in the household. Consequently, they prefer larger single-family homes. Interestingly, the ...

May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Channel Plays Huge Role in 1Q FHA Purchase Lending

Retail loan originations account for most new VA lending, but the correspondent channel plays an outsized role in the FHA market, especially in purchase-mortgage lending, according to a new analysis of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities data by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Over half (51.1 percent) of VA loans securitized through Ginnie MBS in the first quarter of 2016 were retail originations, but only 39.1 percent of FHA loans came through that channel. The biggest source of FHA loans was correspondent lenders, which accounted for 45.8 percent of loans securitized during the first three months of this year. That was actually slightly below the 49.2 percent correspondent share of FHA loans back in 2014 and 46.8 percent last year. Correspondents accounted for well over half (53.9 percent) of FHA purchase mortgages during the first quarter, while playing a more ... [ 3 charts ]

April 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Data: Top Sellers of TPO Originations - 3M2016

A ranking of the top 100 sellers of third-party originations in the first three months of 2016. Based on loan-level mortgage-backed security disclosures for MBS issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae.

April 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

FASB Proposes Technical Corrections, Tweaks to GAAP, Changes Affect MSRs, FHA and VA Loans

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has proposed technical corrections and changes to its codified accounting handbook for private companies, including revisions to guidance relating to FHA and VA loans as well as transfers and servicing of financial assets. The proposed updates respond to suggestions by stakeholders and affect a wide variety of topics in the Accounting Standards Codification, which was established in September 2009 as a comprehensive source of authoritative generally accepted accounting principles used by the private sector. Among other things, a proposed amendment to Subtopic 860-20, Transfers and Servicing – Sales of Financial Assets would add...

April 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Senate Panel Unveils HUD Funding Bill, Spurns Lender IT Fee, Senate Okays Inclusion of Energy Costs in FHA Underwriting

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved funding for several housing provisions in the government’s Transportation and Housing and Urban Development fiscal year 2017 budget proposal, including FHA technological improvements, while the full Senate passed an amendment to include energy costs in FHA underwriting and appraisals. Approved by a unanimous vote of 30 to 0, the T-HUD budget bill, among other things, would provide federal funding for FHA technological upgrades rather than charge lenders an administrative fee as HUD had proposed. The committee appropriated $13 million in specific funds to improve FHA’s information technology. The proposed per-loan fee charged to lenders was projected...

April 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Banks Toy With Creating an ‘FHA-Like’ Mortgage For Portfolio; But Chances of Success Are Unlikely

Having agreed to pay billions of dollars in damages for underwriting allegedly faulty FHA mortgages, the nation’s megabanks could be pondering a better idea: Creating a portfolio product that accomplishes the same task as a low-downpayment, government-backed loan. According to industry officials who claim to have knowledge of the situation, Wells Fargo and at least one other top-five ranked lender are working on such a concept, but it remains to be seen whether they will ever get there, and if they do, whether such a creation can amass any type of volume. When asked whether Wells was working on an FHA-like portfolio loan, a spokesman did not dismiss...

April 22, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Sets Up Joint FHA/VA System To Prescreen Mortgage Applicants

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a notice to establish a computer-matching program between FHA and the VA that would enable the two agencies to prescreen mortgage applicants. The notice was published in the April 15 Federal Register. The computer-matching program would allow HUD to incorporate VA debtor files into the department’s Credit Alert Verification Reporting System (CAVRS). Consequently, both the FHA and VA would be able to prescreen loan applicants and identify who is delinquent or in default on a federally guaranteed mortgage loan. The use of CAVRS would allow HUD to monitor its FHA programs better and prevent the extension of credit to individuals who are delinquent or in default on their obligations to HUD and other federal agencies. Meanwhile, VA expects to achieve savings through risk reduction and ...

April 22, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Eases Rules for Qualifying Borrowers with Student Loans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has revised guidance to lenders for calculating monthly student-loan payments for debt-to-income ratio purposes. The change is aimed at helping more borrowers with student-loan obligations to qualify for an FHA-insured mortgage. Currently, the FHA requires lenders to calculate a monthly payment for deferred student loans based on 2.0 percent of the outstanding balance, and include it in the borrower’s DTI for qualifying purposes. The disadvantage of the current method of calculation is that it makes it harder for the borrower to qualify for an FHA loan, according to Marc Savitt, president of The Mortgage Center, an exclusively FHA/VA lender in Martinsburg, WV. Under the revised guidance, regardless of the borrower’s payment status, the lender must use: (a) the greater of 1.0 percent (a 50 percent reduction from the current 2.0 percent) of the ...

April 22, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Guidance Clarifies Compliance With TRID Disclosure Requirements

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued new guidance clarifying how VA lenders should comply with the disclosure requirements of the new TRID rule. TRID, which stands for Truth in Lending Act-Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosures, was adopted in final form by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 3, 2015. Specifically, TRID establishes new requirements regarding mortgage disclosure forms, which lenders must use for all home loans. Lenders are required to itemize the services and fees they charge to borrowers on the TRID disclosure forms, instead of on the HUD-1 closing statement, in connection with a loan application to purchase or refinance an existing mortgage. However, switching from the HUD-1 to the TRID form has caused uncertainty among VA lenders as to how to complete the new forms. VA’s TRID guidance lays out ...

April 22, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FCA is Altering the FHA Landscape As Banks Flee, Nonbanks Jump In

More large lenders may pull back from FHA lending in the wake of this month’s massive settlements between two major FHA lenders and the Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of FHA lending guidelines and the Federal Claims Act, warned a Baker Donelson attorney in a recent analysis. As DOJ increases its use of the FCA, “large lenders will continue to step away from FHA originations,” said Craig Nazarro, of counsel at Baker Donelson in Atlanta and author of the analysis. Nazarro also warned nonbank FHA originators of the risk they are taking on by continuing to originate FHA loans and growing their government-backed loan portfolio as the larger banks exit or limit their participation in the FHA market. “Many large lenders have faced or are currently facing these [enforcement] actions, and from the [DOJ’s] recent statements, it does not appear that they are slowing down ...

April 22, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Annual MIP Cut Helped Spur FHA Streamline Refi Activity in 2015

FHA’s Streamline Refinance program went through an erratic pace in 2015 as business exploded in the second quarter and declined over the second half of the year. FHA lenders closed 2015 with $67.5 billion in total streamline refis, a 252.4 percent improvement over volume in 2014. Production fell 30.0 percent in the fourth quarter from the prior quarter. The second-quarter spike – which caused streamline refi volume to jump from $12.1 billion in the first quarter to $25.0 billion in the second quarter – was fueled apparently by FHA’s reduction of the annual mortgage insurance premium. In January 2015, the FHA cut its MIPs on 30-year loans, making it less expensive to carry an FHA home. Under the revised MIP schedule, a 30-year FHA streamline refi with a loan-to-value ratio over 95 percent is charged an annual MIP of 0.85 percent. For a 30-year loan under 95 percent LTV, the annual MIP is ... [ 1 chart ]

April 22, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Paced Growth in Government- Insured Servicing During 1Q16

The Ginnie Mae servicing market continued to grow during the first three months of 2016, with most of the impetus coming from the VA home loan guaranty program. A new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of mortgage-backed securities data reveals that the amount of Ginnie servicing outstanding swelled to $1.544 trillion as of the end of March, a 1.65 percent gain from the previous quarter. Because issuer-servicers regularly repurchase seriously delinquent loans out of Ginnie MBS pools, the actual volume of government-insured loans outstanding was somewhat higher. The VA program saw the most growth, increasing by 3.25 percent in just three months, while FHA servicing in Ginnie MBS rose only 0.96 percent from December 2015. Servicing of rural housing loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was up 1.34 percent, while the FHA insurance program for Native Americans ... {4 charts]

April 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae to Eliminate 19-Year Program Targeting Underserved, Guaranty Fee Reduction Ineffective

Ginnie Mae is shutting down its long-running Targeted Lending Initiative (TLI) because it has not made much of an impact on lending to underserved urban and rural areas in recent years. Launched in 1997, the TLI was designed to encourage lenders to finance housing in underserved areas through a reduced guaranty fee. In 2005, the program played a major role in offering relief and financial assistance to homeowners in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Under the TLI, Ginnie Mae’s guaranty fee is reduced...

April 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA Eases Rules for Qualifying Borrowers with Student Loan Payments Should Help First-timers Get Home Loans

Borrowers saddled with student loan debt now have a better chance of qualifying for an FHA mortgage, thanks to a recent change in the way lenders factor such payments in the calculation of a borrower’s debt-to-income ratio. Under newly revised guidance announced by the FHA recently, lenders may apply the same calculation criteria used in the mortgage industry regardless of the type of student loan-payment plan (such as income-based payment plans) or a deferred-payment plan. Currently, there are...

April 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

New Jersey Nonbank Pays $113 Million to Settle FHA Quality Control, Underwriting and Reporting Issues

Freedom Mortgage Corp. has agreed to pay the federal government $113 million to resolve alleged violations of the federal False Claims Act and FHA requirements in connection with the origination of FHA-insured single-family mortgages. The April 15 settlement agreement between the New Jersey-based mortgage lender and the Department of Justice comes in the wake of a record $1.2 billion settlement between DOJ and Wells Fargo, which earlier admitted to false certification of defective mortgages for FHA insurance and failure to file timely reports on several thousand loans that were materially defective or badly underwritten. Like Wells Fargo, Freedom Mortgage failed...

April 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Insurance Claiming Slightly Larger Share of Agency Purchase Market

More loans securitized by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae are carrying mortgage insurance, either private MI or coverage through government-insured programs, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of mortgage-backed securities data. The trend toward more insured loans has been gradual over the past two years. In 2014, purchase-money loans with no mortgage insurance accounted for 39.9 percent of new MBS issued by ... [Includes one data chart]

April 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay $1.2 Billion to Resolve Charges Of Improper FHA Lending Practices Over 9-Year Period

Wells Fargo last week reached an agreement to pay $1.2 billion to the federal government to resolve certification and reporting violations in connection with FHA-insured loans. The settlement is the largest recovery for loan-origination violations in FHA history, according to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. The April 8 court filing details an agreement in principle, which Wells Fargo announced in February, that resolves not only a pending lawsuit filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, but also a number of potential claims dating as far back as 15 years in some cases, according to a statement issued by Wells Fargo. According to the settlement, Wells Fargo “admitted...

April 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie and Freddie Securitized Fewer Private MI Loans In Early 2016 as Purchase-Mortgage Market Stalled

The flow of home loans covered by private mortgage insurance into new Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities fell by 11.5 percent during the first quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. That decline mirrored the 11.6 percent drop in purchase-mortgage securitization from the fourth quarter by the two government-sponsored enterprises. A slight uptick in refinance activity partly offset the slide in purchase-mortgage business. Private MIs do...[Includes two data tables]


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