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October 31, 2014 - IMFnews

Academic Weighs in on GSEs' Future: Obama Should go with an ‘Administrative’ Solution

An administrative solution is already possible within the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which grants the FHFA authority to bring the GSEs out of conservatorship.


October 30, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Experts: Obama Admin. Should Look to Release Fannie, Freddie From Conservatorship to Build Policy Legacy

The Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Obama administration could secure their legacies during the next two years by releasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from conservatorship as two stable and smaller government-sponsored enterprises, say some experts. Speaking during a conference call sponsored by GSE shareholder rights group Investors Unite, Clifford Rossi – founder and principal at Chesapeake Risk Advisors – reiterated his call for an administrative solution that would recapitalize the GSEs and bring them out of conservatorship under strict conditions. “Knowing that it’s going to be an uphill battle to get any sort of resolution from Congress, it could be...


October 30, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Recent Rate Decline Isn’t Expected to Slow the Mortgage M&A Train; Guild is Still Hungry for Deals

When rates take a noticeable dive – as they have the past few weeks – mortgage lenders contemplating a sale sometimes have a change of heart, opting to ride the new production wave. But this time around, that doesn’t appear to be the case. “Most every lender I speak to understands this to be a very temporary event prior to a relatively cold and uncertain winter,” said M&A advisor Rick Roque of Menlo Company. Over the past two months, Inside Mortgage Finance has found 10 publicly announced M&A transactions with several more likely signed that weren’t disclosed. Roque, who’s working on several deals, said...


October 29, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Redwood’s New Jumbo MBS Has Eight Non-QMs / MB Launches Sports Firm, Reveals Mortgage Earnings / Ellie Mae is Worth What? / FHFA Has a New Watchdog, Finally / Distressed RE Fund Raises a Bundle

Pacific Union Financial took in $100 million of profits. It’s not every day that a privately held nonbank tells the world what it’s earning…


October 29, 2014 - IMFnews

Fannie Mae Turning Into a Multifamily MBS Monster: Deals Doubled in 3Q

Former FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco wanted to shrink the multifamily programs of Fannie and Freddie, but that initiative has been placed on the back burner.


October 28, 2014 - IMFnews

MBS Investments by Credit Unions on the Wane

With certain exceptions, credit unions invest almost exclusively in agency product, avoiding jumbo securities.


October 27, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Try Convincing Commercial Banks About Buyback Relief / Fannie Not So Bullish / Simpler Comp Plans for LOs? / Wells Pays HECM Fine / New Correspondent Chief for Nationstar

Industry consultant Joe Garrett notes that one of his clients (back in 2003) had 52 loan officers and “about 52 comp plans”…


October 24, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: More Questions About Wingspan but No Answers / Are Specialty Servicers Toast? / Should Ocwen Move Its India Workers to Upstate New York? / Mortgage Company Owner Wants to Buy Baseball Team

Note to Ocwen management: every US employee is a potential mortgage customer. Think about it.


October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

FHFA-IG: Fed Tapering of Fannie, Freddie MBS Means ‘Significant’ Reductions in G-Fee Revenue

The Federal Reserve’s decision late last year to taper its agency MBS purchases appears to have contributed to higher mortgage rates, which in turn has helped lead to “significant reductions” in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranty fee revenue on MBS issued so far this year, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Inspector General. The evaluation report issued by the IG late this week concluded that continued tapering by the Fed and the eventual reduction of its massive MBS portfolio could have an “adverse impact” upon the financial performance of the two government-sponsored enterprises. “Although the Federal Reserve’s [quantitative easing] programs benefitted the enterprises’ financial condition in 2012 and 2013, its decision, among other factors, in late 2013 to taper its MBS purchases contributed...


October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Updates Issuer Eligibility; Fannie and Freddie Continue With Do-It-Yourself Reform

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae have been around for decades and they dominate the residential MBS market, but the agencies are not standing still. Pushed by their federal conservator, Fannie and Freddie are rebuilding their securitization infrastructure and trying to reinvent how they do business with mortgage sellers. At the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association this week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced an agreement in principle on changes to the representations-and-warranties framework used by the government-sponsored enterprises. Ginnie officials disclosed new issuer eligibility standards and performance evaluations. “GSE reform does not mean...


October 24, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA IG Among Growing List of Financial Regulators with Armed Agents

According to the most recently available data, 33 IG offices had roughly 3,500 agents authorized to carry firearms.


October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA Share of Home-Purchase Financing Falls to Five-Year Low, Borrowers Shift to GSEs and VA

High fees on FHA mortgages have helped push FHA’s market of financing for home purchases to the lowest level since the financial crisis, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. FHA mortgages were used to finance 18.2 percent of home purchases in September, based on a three-month moving average. That was down from a 21.9 percent share in September 2013 and 36.6 percent in May 2010, the highest level for FHA financing in the five-year history of HousingPulse. From 2008 through 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development increased...


October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie, Freddie Shareholders Look to Iowa Federal Court to Vacate DC Judge’s Dismissal of GSE Lawsuit

An Iowa-based investor in government-sponsored enterprise common stock this week asked a federal court in the Hawkeye State to give “no weight” to a ruling earlier this month by a Washington, DC, federal judge who dismissed litigation against the government by other GSE shareholders, including Perry Capital and Fairholme Funds. Continental Western Insurance Co. filed papers in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa Central Division arguing that Judge Royce Lamberth was “simply wrong” in his interpretation of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and his HERA-based rationale to shut down shareholders’ suits in DC. An investor in GSE stock, Continental’s counsel in the case is...


October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Change in Control of Capitol Hill Could Spur Some Legislative Activity; GSE Reform Still Lacks Traction

If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming elections, Congress next year may actually produce some mortgage-related legislation, according to political analysts participating on a panel at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas this week. Any successful legislation will be narrowly targeted and not address complex problems like building a new mortgage finance system or resolving the status of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, analysts agreed. Over the last four years, the Democrats’ top priority has been preserving...


October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Expanding Access to Credit May Grease Underperforming Home-Purchase Market

The mortgage credit box contracted quickly as the housing market slid toward disaster in 2007, but it’s proving to be much more difficult to stretch it back to what used to be considered normal. The subtitle to this week’s annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association could well have been “access to credit,” an idea that clearly dominated the conversation. Despite the recent unexpected drop in mortgage interest rates, most observers expect origination volume in 2015 to track closely to this year’s sluggish level and part of the problem is relatively weak home-purchase lending. Industry people are...


October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Agrees to Additional Buyback Relief, Pushes Fannie and Freddie Back Into 97s

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt this week unveiled two significant policy changes aimed at opening up the mortgage credit box: additional buyback relief for originators that sell loans to the government-sponsored enterprises and a return to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac purchases of mortgages with loan-to-value ratios between 95 percent and 97 percent. Speaking at the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Las Vegas, Watt gave some concrete details about the new “life of loan” representation and warranty relief and outlined a number of other changes in the works. Moreover, industry officials contend...


October 23, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A ‘Troubling’ Corporate Culture at Ocwen? / IMA Launches Crowd-Funding Unit / Massachusetts Loses Foreclosure Battle with GSEs / Reverse Stock Split for Mortgage REIT

Interactive Mortgage Advisors has launched RealPartner.com, a crowd funding platform giving accredited investors access to performing residential mortgages...


October 23, 2014 - IMFnews

Yes, But Will the Megabanks Loosen Credit?

David Steckel of Bank of America said his institution has focused on capturing more of the customers who fit into the company’s credit box rather than making that box bigger.


October 22, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA’s Watt Promises a CSP CEO Will be Named by Year-end

One former CEO candidate told IMFnews that back when he was approached about the job, the starting salary for the position was at least $400,000.


October 22, 2014 - IMFnews

GSE Shareholders Look to Iowa Federal Court to Vacate DC Judge’s Dismissal

An investor in GSE stock, Continental’s counsel in the case is Cooper & Kirk, the same law firm that represents Fairholme, a large hedge fund that bought up GSE stock last year.


October 21, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: MBA Shows the Love for FHFA’s Mel Watt / Looser Mortgage Credit? Are You Crazy? / The CFPB ‘ePilot’ Moves Closer / The Fear of Running Out of Money / Are You Afraid of Ghosts?

After all, didn’t America suffer a housing “depression” because credit was too loose? Some GOP conservatives in Congress live by the edict: those who can own; those who can’t rent…


October 21, 2014 - IMFnews

QRM = QM; Final Rule on Risk Retention Includes Exemptions for Large Majority of Mortgages

Non-agency MBS sponsors will be allowed to retain the risk portion on vertical or horizontal tranches of the security or a combination of the two.


October 21, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA’s Olive Branch on Buybacks and HLTVs Welcomed but It Won’t be a Game Changer

One mortgage executive added: “Watt is trying to do the right thing, but I’m not sure he will get there. It’s good to see the government admit that the pendulum went too far.”


October 20, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA Chief Floats Initiatives Tied to Looser Credit: More Buyback Relief and Higher LTVs

In defining misrepresentations, FHFA will set a minimum number of loans that must be identified with one of the six trigger elements.


October 20, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Will FHFA’s Mel Watt Deliver the Goods? / Actually, Fannie is Buying 97 Percent LTV Loans, But… / IBM Gets Whacked / First Republic’s GOS / Quicken CEO Sworn in at MBA Show

What does IBM have to do with the mortgage business? Actually quite a bit, IBM is one of Fannie Mae’s largest technology vendors...


October 20, 2014 - IMFnews

Phoenix Capital and IMA Unveil New MSR Auctions

Servicing brokers expect a land rush of servicing deals before yearend.


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

IG Recommends FHFA Upgrade Its Recordkeeping. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is in compliance with its recordkeeping procedures but the policy and infrastructure of its records management could do with an upgrade, concluded an evaluation by FHFA’s Inspector General last week. The IG said that the Finance Agency’s Division of Enterprise Regulation’s recordkeeping practices “have limitations that impede the efficient retrieval” of examination workpapers by agency staff and by IG auditors.


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

UI Dings IG Audit of FHFA Rep-and-Warrant Framework as ‘Incomplete’

In an unusual move, a Washington, DC, think tank has publicly taken to task the official watchdog of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, finding a recent audit of the FHFA’s representation-and-warranty policy “incomplete.” The September report by the FHFA’s Inspector General concluded that the Finance Agency’s implementation of the rep-and-warrant framework was premature and resulted in “significant and unresolved operational risks” to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. An analysis by the Urban Institute found that the OIG’s conclusions were “incomplete and overstate the risk of the plan.”


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Fitch: Fannie, Freddie Risk-Sharing On Pace to Top $400 Billion

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are set to sell portions of credit risk on U.S. residential mortgages “to the tune of a very sizeable increase” year-over-year, according to a report by Fitch Ratings. The two GSEs have completed 11 transactions since the risk-sharing initiative was initiated in July 2013, with Fannie and Freddie expected to issue credit-linked notes on a quarterly basis, said Fitch. …


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GAO: Difficult to Evaluate FHFA on G-Fees Due to Lack of Goal Clarity

The Government Accountability Office took the Federal Housing Finance Agency to task last week for its less-than-transparent policy direction regarding guaranty fees. The wide-ranging report on housing finance reform efforts noted that the FHFA’s opaque position makes it difficult to hold the regulator accountable. “The lack of clearly stated goals for FHFA that recognize the potential trade-off between bringing private capital back into the market and making mortgage credit available has led to inconsistency in [the FHFA’s] policy on the level of guaranty fees on mortgage-backed securities issued by the enterprises,” the GAO said.


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Moody’s: FHFA Shouldn’t Increase Fannie, Freddie Guaranty Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency “should not appreciably change” guaranty fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to a new paper by Moody’s Analytics. The paper, “A General Theory of G-Fees,” by Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, and Cristian deRitis, a senior director of consumer credit analytics, noted that the two GSEs are currently charging an average g-fee of approximately 60 basis points across all new loans they insure.


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSE’s Common Securitization Solutions Still Has No CEO

After a year of searching for a chief executive to lead Common Securitization Solutions, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is still looking, but it continues to hire staff. “The search continues,” said a government official close to the matter. “We even have a search firm.”Although the FHFA is keeping a tight lid on information regarding CSS, it’s now common knowledge that the search firm in question is the Washington-based Spencer Stuart, which bills itself as “one of the world’s leading global executive search and leadership consulting firms.”


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Lenders Want Speed, Street Urges Caution on GSE Single Security

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s proposed single security for the GSEs met with conflicting views as the comment period ended this week. In August, the FHFA proposed a single-security structure to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to issue a common MBS to serve the single-family market. The proposal is aimed at eliminating Freddie’s pricing disadvantage and improving liquidity in the to-be-announced market.


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Is Pershing Square Still Buying More Stock in Fannie, Freddie?

In October of last year Pershing Square, the hedge fund controlled by uber investor Bill Ackman, began gobbling up huge blocks of common stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at prices ranging from $1.54 to $2.27 a share. Today, a small portion of those positions is underwater, but thanks to a recent rebound in the stocks, whatever “paper” losses Pershing Square incurred have just about been wiped out. In trading Thursday, Fannie common was selling for $2.14, Freddie a few pennies below that.


October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Judge Denies Former Fannie CFO Discovery Access in GSE Lawsuit

GSE shareholder advocates remain undeterred following a federal judge’s decision late this week to deny a former Fannie Mae executive access to confidential evidence unearthed as part of the discovery process in an investors’ lawsuit against the government. Earlier this year, Fairholme Funds hired former Fannie Chief Financial Officer Timothy Howard as a consultant to assist its law firm Coopers and Kirk. Lawyers for the government want to deny Howard access to some 800,000 pieces of discovery in investors’ litigation challenging Uncle Sam’s “net-worth sweep” of GSE profits.


October 17, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: MBA Turns a ‘Profit’ Again / About that MBA Office Building / The State of the Mortgage Union / The Era of Non-QM Starts Right Now / No Clarity From Wingspan / Ellie Mae’s Sky High P/E Ratio / Yet Another Departure From Nationstar Mortgage

Bill Dallas, who runs Skyline Lending, told us he believes the “new” non-agency movement is beginning right now. “Today, we‘re doing 90 percent agency,” he said. “In 2017 the ratio will be 60 percent agency.”


October 17, 2014 - IMFnews

MBS Prices Hit a 52-week High; Will Mortgage REITs Become a Safe Haven for Investors?

In the second quarter REITs increased their investments in MBS by 9.7 percent on a sequential basis – the largest increase among any investor type tracked by IM&A.


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Wall Street Urges Caution on GSE Single Security; Lenders Say Full Speed Ahead

Waiting several years to unify Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities into a single MBS could pose a huge risk to its successful completion, warned the mortgage banking industry, but Wall Street thinks it’s worth the wait to get market participants totally behind the move. The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s proposed single security for the government-sponsored enterprises met with conflicting views as the comment period ended this week. The proposal is aimed at eliminating Freddie’s pricing disadvantage and improving liquidity in the to-be-announced market. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association urged...


October 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Judge Won't Give Former Fannie CFO Access to Documents in Hedge Fund Case

Government attorneys sought to block Howard’s access on the grounds that he owns Fannie shares and would be biased.


October 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Wall Street Says ‘Not so Fast’ On Single GSE Security; Lenders Say Full Speed Ahead

Creation of a single GSE MBS would eliminate Freddie Mac's pricing disadvantage and improve liquidity in the to-be-announced market.


October 16, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Layoffs Hit ‘Specialty Servicers’ Wingspan And RCS: Has This Niche Market Peaked?

Thanks to rapidly improving delinquency rates and real estate values, the bloom appears to be off the rose for specialty servicers that built their business on processing delinquent and high-touch mortgages that are guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA. Over the past month, layoffs have plagued both Wingspan Portfolio Services, Dallas, and Residential Credit Solutions of Fort Worth, TX. Moreover, industry officials who work in the servicing sector believe...


October 16, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Buybacks Up Sharply in Second Quarter as More Disputes Over Old Business Are Resolved

Mortgage lenders continued to work through a huge pile of repurchase demands related to loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the housing market crash. The two government-sponsored enterprises reported a total of $1.269 billion of repurchases by sellers during the second quarter of 2014, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends, an affiliated newsletter, of Securities and Exchange Commission filings by the two GSEs. That compared to just $522.5 million in repurchases during the first quarter of this year. As has been the case since the buyback issue mushroomed several years ago, most of the second-quarter repurchases focused...[Includes one data chart]


October 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Is Pershing Square Still Buying More Stock in Fannie and Freddie?

According to one analyst, "Ackman is reloading the boat with the extra cash he has on hand. Hopefully, others will join him.”


October 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Moody’s Zandi: FHFA Shouldn’t Increase G-Fees, But FHA Can Lower Premiums

Zandi and deRitis believe that the FHA is on track to be able to lower its mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points to an average of 120 basis points for total upfront and annual premiums.


October 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Zombie Woof: Thanks to Lingering ‘Legacy’ Issues, GSE Buybacks Spiked in 2Q

In fact, nearly a fifth of the repurchases involved loans sold to the GSEs by Lehman Brothers or its related mortgage businesses.


October 15, 2014 - IMFnews

FSR, NAFCU Weigh In on the Single GSE Security

Officially launched a year ago, the Bethesda, MD-based Common Securitization Solutions has no chief executive officer or chairman but continues to hire staff.


October 14, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Walter Joins the ‘New Low’ Club / When Will the ‘Dark Days’ End for the Public Nonbanks? / ETA on Wingspan Announcement? / MBA Wants Faster Action on a Single Security / In MI We Trust

Specialty servicer Wingspan is expected to issue a press release this week, providing some clarity about a change of control at the company and the future of its founder...


October 10, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Ocwen Feels the Pain / Investors Bolt Ocwen / What Happens When You Don’t Originate Enough Loans / Steven Horne of Wingspan – Is He In or Out? / HUD IG Says, ‘Hey Look What We Did’

Ocwen faces a dilemma. It has a gargantuan MSR portfolio but meager loan production. At some point, something has to give…


October 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

San Francisco Board Prepares for Litigation as It Eyes Eminent Domain for Underwater Mortgages

Supporters of using eminent domain to resolve underwater but performing non-agency mortgages succeeded in placing their proposal back on the front burner in California this week. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to convene in closed session later this month with the city attorney’s office for advice on “anticipated litigation relating to the potential negotiation or adoption of a joint powers agreement with the city of Richmond [CA] to establish a homeownership stabilization authority to assist homeowners with troubled mortgages.” The board opted...


October 10, 2014 - IMFnews

How About an ‘Administrative Solution’ to the Fannie/Freddie Dilemma?

Here's a fact that most readers may not know: the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 grants the FHFA the authority to bring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of conservatorship.


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What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.
There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.

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