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July 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie Prices Fourth, Largest Credit Risk-Share Transaction, More to Come

Fannie Mae late last week priced its third credit risk-sharing deal of 2014. The $2.05 billion note is the government-sponsored enterprise’s fourth and largest transaction under its Connecticut Avenue Securities series since the Federal Housing Finance Agency ordered both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to shrink the GSEs’ role in the U.S. housing market last year. In its latest offering – Series 2014-C03 – Fannie included reference loans with original loan-to-value ratios of up to 97 percent and “is consistent with prior transactions.” Previous C-deal offerings included reference loans with up to 80 percent LTV ratios. “We’ve continued...


July 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie’s H-Pools Backed By Modified Mortgages Seen as Good Investment to Avoid Prepayment Risk

MBS from Freddie Mac backed by modified mortgages offer investors protection from prepayment risk in an environment in which interest rates are expected to climb, according to analysts at Barclays Capital. The analysts said Freddie’s H-pools are particularly attractive, as the loans in the deals have been restructured under the Home Affordable Modification Program. Slightly more than $1.0 billion in H-pools have been issued, with the most recent activity in October. Barclays noted that Freddie could significantly increase its issuance of H-pools as the government-sponsored enterprise has accumulated a substantial amount of modified mortgages in its retained portfolio in recent years. Freddie had...


July 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Two-Plus Years Have Passed and Fannie Still Isn’t Doing Much Business with BofA; As for Jumbo MBS…

More than two years have passed since Bank of America parted ways with Fannie Mae on selling new purchase-money loans to the government-sponsored enterprise and no remedy seems in sight regarding a resolution to the matter. “There’s no change that I’m aware of related to the Fannie Mae situation,” said a spokesman for the bank. “We’re able to handle our loan origination business just fine with Freddie Mac.” According to figures compiled by Inside MBS & ABS, BofA did sell...


July 24, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA IG Report on Nonbanks Ticks Off Industry; But More ‘Operational Reviews’ Are on the Way

As a way to keep a tight grip on counterparty risk, Freddie Mac will start conducting bimonthly “operational reviews of certain specialty servicers” later this year. Not to be outdone, Fannie Mae will also perform such reviews, but only when a seller/servicer reaches a “certain mortgage loan delivery threshold.” The news – contained in a recent report from the Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency – isn’t likely to warm the hearts of fast growing nonbanks. Both Nationstar Mortgage and Walter Investment Management are mentioned by name in the report, which voices concerns thatsome nonbanks pose a risk to the government-sponsored enterprises because they have “limited financial capacity” to make good on representation and warranty contracts. Nationstar and Walter are...


July 24, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Federal Judge Grants Limited Discovery in GSE ‘Taking’ Case Against Government, But Public Access Limited

A federal judge last week granted limited discovery to a hedge fund representing a group of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders as they challenge the government’s “net worth sweep” of their profits. But the court will keep a tight lid on public access to the documents in a nod to the government’s claim that a leak could have dire economic consequences on the mortgage market. Fairholme Capital Management has been pushing hard for discovery and access to internal government documents since the shareholder filed suit last summer demanding that the Treasury Department void its August 2012 Third Amendment to its preferred stock purchase agreement with Fannie and Freddie. In her ruling, Judge Margaret Sweeney of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims was...


July 24, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

First-Time Homebuyer Share of Purchase Market At High Levels, GSEs Account for Growing Share

The first-time homebuyer share of home purchases has increased for four consecutive months, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. First-time homebuyer activity tends to increase through the spring homebuying season, but the first-time homebuyer share is at particularly high levels this year. First-time homebuyers accounted for 37.2 percent of home purchases in June, based on a three-month moving average. That was up from a 34.2 percent share in March, and the last time the first-time homebuyer share of home purchases was at 37.2 percent was September 2010. According to real estate agents, first-time buyers appear...


July 24, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Most Lenders Rode Surge in Mortgage Production In 2Q14, But Pace Was Well Below Recent Past

A healthy housing recovery boosted mortgage origination volume during the second quarter of 2014, but production remains at relatively sluggish levels, according to a new market analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. Single-family mortgage originations totaled an estimated $295 billion during the second quarter, up 25.5 percent from the first three months of the year. The first quarter of 2014 was the worst production environment for the mortgage industry since the end of 2000, even falling below the mark set at the depth of the financial crises in the fourth quarter of 2008. In fact, the most recent April-to-June cycle brought...[Includes three data charts]


July 24, 2014 - IMFnews

10 Trade and Consumer Groups Tell FHFA: Please, No Increases in G-Fees or LLPAs

The 10 groups question “whether it is appropriate for the GSEs to target private sector returns while in conservatorship.”


July 23, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: More Gripes About the FHFA IG Report on Nonbanks / Will the MI Biz Shift back to FHA? / GSE REO Contractor Accused of Discrimination / Ellie Mae Signs Fat Lease / A Rise in Mortgage Applications but Can it Last?

One critic of the report on nonbank risk had this to say: “It’s just ridiculous what they [the IG] get away with. There’s risk in every business. Don’t they get it?”


July 22, 2014 - IMFnews

Prospect Mortgage Still Scouring for Lenders to Buy?

“Prospect has a target list and they have an audience,” said one advisor. “But so far, in the mortgage M&A market there has been a lot of talk – with not too many deals getting done.”


July 18, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Is the FHFA IG All Wet Regarding Nonbank Risk? / Hurting the GSEs’ Reputations? / Time to Probe GSE Specialty Servicers? / Prospect Mortgage Continues to Hunt for Acquisitions / Raj Date Doesn’t Recognize ‘His’ CFPB

Industry reaction to the FHFA IG report on nonbank and small lender risk was swift. Maybe Fannie Mae is better off having Countrywide as its biggest customer again?


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

House Democrat Bill Would Put Ginnie in Charge of All Government-Backed MBS. No Chance This Year

A significantly bigger Ginnie Mae would be placed in charge of all MBS issued with a government backing while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be wound down and stripped of their government sponsorship under a bill filed last week by House Democrats. The legislation – the Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act, H.R. 5055, sponsored by House Democrats John Delaney (MD), John Carney (DE) and Jim Himes (CT) – has zero chance of gaining traction this year. It would create a new Ginnie Mae MBS backed by conventional mortgages that would have the full faith and credit of the federal government while tapping private capital to absorb some of the risk. The new structure under the Delaney-Carney-Himes bill would create...


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

FINRA Eases TBA Margin Requirement Proposal For Smaller Participants, Forgoes Other Suggestions

After hearing from some market participants about certain unintended consequences, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority decided to revise its earlier proposal to establish margin requirements for to-be-announced transactions to accommodate smaller players in the market. Last week, its board authorized FINRA to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission the revised amendments to FINRA Rule 4210 (Margin Requirements) to establish margin requirements for TBA transactions (including adjustable-rate mortgage transactions), specified pool transactions, and transactions in collateralized mortgage obligations, with forward settlement dates. The proposal is...


July 18, 2014 - IMFnews

Put Ginnie Mae in Charge of All Government MBS?

Over five years, Fannie and Freddie would be wound down, but would be allowed to be sold and recapitalized as private entities with different business plans.


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Sputters in 2Q14 As Jumbo and Servicing Advance Deals Slow

The modest rebound in non-agency MBS issuance during the first three months of 2014 fizzled during the second quarter of the year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. A total of just $1.60 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the second quarter, a 62.7 percent decline from the previous period. It was the lowest quarterly volume in new issuance since the financial crisis of 2008. On a year-to-date basis, new issuance was...


July 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

House Democrats’ ‘Middle Ground’ Bill Lauded by Industry But Lawmakers Tired of Mortgage Reform

A new “middle ground” legislative proposal that would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a beefed-up Ginnie Mae is getting high marks from industry observers, but lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill have no more appetite for housing finance reform this year. The Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act, H.R. 5055, sponsored by House Democrats John Delaney (MD), John Carney (DE) and Jim Himes (CT), would create a new Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed security for conventional mortgages. It would have the full faith and credit of the federal government while tapping private sector capital to absorb some of the risk. H.R. 5055 has...


July 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA-OIG Report Cites Purchase Mortgage Risks To Fannie, Freddie From Nonbank, Smaller Lenders

The recent shift in direct mortgage sales by smaller and nonbank lenders has reduced Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s concentration risks, but the trend has led to an increase in counterparty credit risk, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s official watchdog. The evaluation report issued this week by the FHFA’s Office of Inspector General said the regulator of the two government-sponsored enterprises needs to monitor Fannie’s and Freddie’s risk-management controls regarding smaller lenders and nonbanks. According to Inside Mortgage Trends, an affiliated newsletter, nonbank sellers accounted...


July 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA MI Proposal Could Give a Competitive Edge To ‘Newbies,’ Narrow Gap With FHA Pricing

Private mortgage insurers that survived the housing market collapse are quietly gnashing their teeth over new eligibility rules proposed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which likely will cause some to reengineer their corporate structures and/or raise additional capital. The good news for the legacy firms – Genworth, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp., Radian and United Guaranty – is that they have the financial ability to meet the new capital standards. The bad news – for this group and MI newcomers – is that the FHFA’s proposals would narrow the competitive gap between the private MIs and the FHA. One trade group official, speaking under the condition his name not be used, noted...


July 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Judge Grants Partial Discovery in GSE ‘Takings’ Case, Public Access Limited

“In essence, defendant asserts that the court should merely take its word that the documents – some of which defendant itself has not reviewed – are privileged,” wrote Sweeney. “This suggestion runs contrary to law.”


July 17, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA IG Frets Over Nonbank and Small Lender Counterparty Risk to the GSEs

"Buying loans from some nonbanks could damage the enterprises' reputations," the FHFA IG says.


July 16, 2014 - IMFnews

GSE MBS Business Activity Rebounds in Second Quarter

Year-to-date MBS issuance by Fannie and Freddie was down 60.9 percent from the first half of 2013.


July 14, 2014 - IMFnews

Nonbanks Gaining More GSE Market Share; Small Shops Shine

Surprise: most of the growth by nonbanks has been by smaller mortgage bankers.


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Loss Mitigation Activity Declines in First Quarter 2014

Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’ home retention activity declined for the most part during the first quarter of 2014, according to a new analysis of Federal Housing Finance Agency data by Inside The GSEs. Total loss mitigation activity – total home retention efforts and foreclosure alternatives combined – declined 8.9 percent from the first quarter of the year to 130,854 and was down 28.9 percent from year-ago levels.


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSE MBS Business Activity Rebounds in Second Quarter 2014

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac generated $141.8 billion in single-family mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter of 2014, rebounding from the dismal first three months of the year, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis. That was up 9.8 percent from the 14-year record low Fannie/Freddie MBS production of just $129.2 billion during the first quarter. However, the April-June cycle generated the second lowest quarterly volume since the end of 2008, and refinance volume continues to reach new lows – falling another 8.5 percent from the previous quarter.


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA: ‘No Change’ in Opposition To Eminent Domain to Seize Loans

The Federal Housing Finance Agency remains committed under new management to deploy regulatory countermeasures against municipalities that move forward with proposed efforts to seize underwater mortgages via local eminent domain powers, agency officials say. After a quiet period when it appeared this issue was going away, eminent domain initiatives are cropping up again, including a recent push by a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to get the city to partner with Richmond, CA.


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

HSBC Pays $10 Million to Settle Fraud Charges Against Fannie, FHA

HSBC failed to implement and maintain required quality controls and failed to oversee the foreclosure-related charges it submitted to the FHA and Fannie Mae, resulting in unspecified millions of dollars in taxpayer losses, according to federal investigators. Under the terms of the civil settlement announced last week by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office and the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Inspector General, HSBC will pay $10 million to settle charges that in 2009 and 2010 it failed to properly supervise foreclosure-related fees by outside lawyers and other service providers to the FHA and Fannie.


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

OCC: Freddie Re-Default Mods Perform Ahead of Fannie in 1Q14

Modified Freddie Mac mortgages performed somewhat better than Fannie Mae loans for up to two years after modification as the performance gap between the two GSEs closed slowly, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The OCC’s latest Mortgage Metrics Report noted that Freddie loans had a 15.6 percent re-default rate six months after modification, while Fannie mods saw a 16.3 percent rate. At the 12-month mark, Freddie stood at 22.3 percent compared to Fannie’s 23.4 percent.


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Freddie Announces Second ACIS Deal of 2014, Largest to Date

Freddie Mac last week announced its second Agency Credit Insurance Structure of 2014, through which it buys insurance to lay off risk. The GSE said its purchase of a number of insurance policies designed to cover some $285 million in potential losses from a pool of single-family loans acquired in the second quarter of 2013 was its largest credit risk transaction to date. …


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA-OIG Raises Red Flags About GSE Nonbank Servicers

A new audit issued last week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s official watchdog revealed that an unnamed nonbank special servicer raised red flags for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their regulator. The report by the FHFA’s Office of Inspector General prompted the FHFA to issue guidance on the counterparty risk posed by nonbank servicers by year’s end. The OIG audit said the Finance Agency and the two GSEs “have responded well to specific problems at nonbank special servicers.”


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

New GSE Mortgage Insurance ‘Stand-In’ Takes Effect

Last week, new GSE repurchase requirements announced this spring took effect as a potential alternative to repurchase for certain mortgage loans for which the mortgage insurance has been rescinded. Among the requirements are an “MI stand-in,” which Fannie Mae defines as “the full mortgage insurance benefit that would have been payable under the original mortgage insurance policy if the mortgage loan liquidates.” In May, both Fannie and Freddie Mac announced that repurchase requests will no longer be an automatic response in the event that MI is rescinded.


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Unveils ‘Eligibility’ Standards For Mortgage Insurance Firms

The Federal Housing Finance Agency late this week finally unveiled new eligibility standards for the mortgage insurance industry, introducing for the first time risk-based capital rules that are tied to a measurement called “available assets.” Immediately after the rule hit the market, several MI firms said they support the idea that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must have strong financial counterparties, while hinting they will have more to say on the topic in the near future.


July 11, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

House Dem Trio Files ‘Middle Ground’ GSE Reform Legislation

A GSE reform bill filed late this week by a trio of House Democrats is less a last ditch effort to push their measure across the finish line this year than a bid to have the first word in next year’s debate over housing finance reform, note industry observers. The Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act, H.R. 5055, by Reps. John Delaney (MD), John Carney (DE), and Jim Himes (CT), follows through on their January draft proposal to seek a “middle ground” between the existing, politically untenable legislative proposals.


July 11, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Is Our Mortgage Origination Estimate Crazy? / Good News from At Least One Warehouse Lender / Bullish on Non-QM Lending? / The FHFA MI Proposal is Out and the World Hasn’t Ended, Yet / As for Radian… / Frank Raines’ New Job

So, you doubt our 2Q origination estimate? Here’s what an executive from a top-five warehouse bank told us: “We’re experiencing a significant pick up in outstandings."


July 11, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Investing REITs Have Been Paying Hefty Dividends the Past Few Years, But How Long Can the Gravy Train Last?

Real estate investment trusts that have been gobbling up MBS the past few years – and paying hefty dividends in the process – may have some more room to run, especially if interest rates remain relatively benign. “Given the tailwinds of lower prepayment speeds and Fed purchases, we believe that payout levels should remain stable in the near term,” said one veteran analyst who works for a top five bank. This analyst, who tracks several large REITs that invest in agency securities, added...


July 11, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Experts: FHFA’s HARP Campaign Won’t Attract Many More Refis, With or Without Eligibility Extension

The Home Affordable Refinance Program has nearly reached the practical limit of eligible homeowners willing and/or able to refi – whether or not the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac further tweaks the program’s eligibility requirements, say industry observers. This week, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt met with community leaders in Chicago in a town hall-style meeting to discuss the benefits of HARP. Last fall, the agency launched a nationwide public awareness campaign to reach eligible borrowers and encourage them to participate in HARP, with little apparent success. “We are...


July 11, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Purchase Mortgages Fueled Second-Quarter Surge in Agency 1-Family MBS Production

A promising surge in purchase-mortgage lending was the key ingredient in the 13.3 percent increase in agency issuance of single-family MBS during the second quarter of 2014, according to a new market analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae issued a total of $212.23 billion of single-family MBS during the second quarter. That was a nice gain from an exceptionally poor $187.38 billion in production during the first three months, but it still marked the second lowest quarterly volume since the beginning of 2005 – and it fell short of the $213.12 billion produced at the low point in the financial crisis at the end of 2008. The agencies securitized...[Includes two data charts]


July 11, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA’s New HARP Effort a Waste of Time?

“We’ve got approximately $72 million [of HARP refinance business that can be done] in this metropolitan area," said FHFA director Mel Watt about Chicago. "People won’t come in and say I want that money.”


July 11, 2014 - IMFnews

New GSE Mortgage Insurance ‘Stand-In’ Does Nothing to Reduce Buyback Uncertainty

New GSE repurchase requirements are now in effect, including the “MI stand-in” option, which Fannie defines as “the full mortgage insurance benefit that would have been payable under the original mortgage insurance policy if the mortgage loan liquidates.”


July 11, 2014 - IMFnews

Purchase Mortgages Fueled Second Quarter Surge in MBS

The agencies securitized $122 billion of purchase mortgages during the second quarter of this year, a 16.6 percent sequential increase.


July 10, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA Unleashes New Capital Rules on MI Sector

At the very least, MI firms must have $400 million in capital, and $500 million if the company is start-up mortgage insurer.


July 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

SunTrust Mortgage to Pay $320M To Settle HAMP Fraud Allegations

SunTrust Mortgage will pay $320 million to resolve a criminal investigation and allegations that the bank misled homeowners interested in the Home Affordable Modification Program, the Department of Justice announced late last week. In the first settled case of its kind, SunTrust allegedly misrepresented how long it would take to determine if a borrower was qualified for HAMP and how long the trial period would last. “Specifically, SunTrust made...


July 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lender: New GSE Mortgage Insurance ‘Stand-In’ Does Nothing to Reduce Buyback Uncertainty of Legacy Loans

Recently implemented steps by the two government-sponsored enterprises to provide an alternative to repurchase when mortgage insurance is rescinded is a pleasant salve for a minor ailment, but it does nothing to address lenders’ chronic pain of sudden and unexpected buyback demands, according to a mortgage lender. Last week, new GSE repurchase requirements took effect, including the “MI stand-in” option, which Fannie defines as “the full mortgage insurance benefit that would have been payable under the original mortgage insurance policy if the mortgage loan liquidates.” In May, both Fannie and Freddie announced...


July 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

To Avoid QM Landmines, Wholesalers Tread Carefully in Payments to Mortgage Brokers

Mortgage wholesalers are being extra careful these days on how much they pay loan brokers in a table-funding transaction to make sure they don’t run afoul of the points-and-fees cap on qualified mortgages set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance over the past few weeks, table funders are capping those fees at anywhere from 2.20 percent to 2.75 percent. Some may go as low as 1.40 percent. The cap for qualified mortgage eligibility set by the CFPB under the Dodd-Frank Act is...


July 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Securitize Hefty Crop of Privately-Insured Mortgages in 2Q14

The modest rebound in the housing market during the second quarter of 2014 produced a solid increase in the volume of home loans with private mortgage insurance securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking reveals that the two government-sponsored enterprises securitized $37.36 billion of single-family mortgages with private MI coverage during the second quarter. That was up 24.7 percent from the first three months of the year, which had produced a dismal $29.95 billion of MI-insured loans in new GSE mortgage-backed securities. By comparison, total GSE business was...[Includes two data charts]


July 10, 2014 - IMFnews

House Democrats File ‘Middle Ground’ GSE Reform Legislation

The Democratic proposal calls for private mortgage capital to backstop the first 5 percent of conventional-mortgage securitizations with the remaining 95 percent of risk shared “on a pari passu basis.”


July 10, 2014 - IMFnews

Fannie and Freddie Securitized a Healthy Crop of MI Mortgages in 2Q

One positive trend for the mortgage insurance sector is that the growth in business during the second quarter was squarely in purchase mortgages and traditional MI loan-to-value ranges.


July 9, 2014 - IMFnews

Mortgage Banker with a ‘Substantial’ MSR Portfolio Unloading Some of its Holdings

Over the past six months, many nonbanks have moved to sell MSRs as a way to remain cash flow positive in a tough origination market.


July 9, 2014 - IMFnews

Mortgage Brokers Gained Market Share in Second Quarter, At Least on GSE Loans

Marc Savitt, president of the National Association of Independent Housing Professionals, said he is seeing more lenders entering the wholesale channel. Most are nonbanks.


July 7, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA Readies Capital Rules for Mortgage Insurers; ‘Available’ Assets Key

Investors that have bought stock – and debt instruments – in the MIs are anxious about the phase-in period for the capital standards.


July 7, 2014 - IMFnews

Residential MBS Issuance Gathered Momentum During Second Quarter

The most encouraging sign is that agency volume has been gaining pace. Production increased by 11.4 percent from May to June, with $76.48 billion in gross issuance.


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