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November 21, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Higher FHA Costs, Not Lower / The GOP in Favor of This Tax Hike? / How About Regulating Nonbank Lenders? / Cyprus? Wilbur Ross Really is a Bottom Fisher / Ocwen Isn’t the Only Servicer That Loves India

There’s a growing fear that the CSBS might move to increase capital standards for nonbank originators as well.


November 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Pioneer Ranieri Active in the Single-Family Rental Space, But With a Twist; Can an MBS Deal Be at Hand?

Home Partners of America, a single-family rental company affiliated with MBS veteran Lewis Ranieri, has been quietly gobbling up homes across the U.S., and may have its eye on tapping the securitization market. “They are very active,” said one associate close to Ranieri, who spoke under the condition his name not be used. Moreover, Home Partners – formerly known as Hyperion Homes LLC – recently received...


November 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Three Smaller Firms Set to Participate in NY Fed’s Pilot Program for Agency MBS Sales

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced this week that it selected three firms to participate in a pilot project to expand agency MBS sellers beyond the large primary dealers that work with the NY Fed. The pilot will last for about one year and the firms will participate as counterparties on the Open Market Trading Desk along with primary dealers in the Desk’s agency MBS operations. Brean Capital, Loop Capital Markets and Mischler Financial Group were selected to participate in the Mortgage Operations Counterparty Pilot Program, which was announced in August. The NY Fed didn’t disclose the number of firms that applied for the pilot but noted that the intent was always to work with a small number of firms to speed the pilot and keep costs low for the NY Fed. The pilot program participants are set...


November 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Watt: GSE G-Fees Not ‘Most Important Factor’ to Bring Back Private Capital; CSP, Single Security Progresses

The head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency told Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee members this week that a decision on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranty fees will come soon after the New Year. In his first oversight hearing since taking the reins of the agency in January, FHFA Director Mel Watt stated during questioning that the regulator of the government-sponsored enterprises will make its move on g-fees during the first quarter of 2015. In one of his first acts as FHFA director, Watt postponed...


November 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Guaranty Fee Hikes in 2013 Hit Purchase Business, Marginal Credit Borrowers Harder

Average MBS guaranty fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac jumped from 36 basis points in 2012 to 51 bps last year, according to an annual study by the Federal Housing Finance Agency that was released late this week. But the impact of the fee hikes was not spread uniformly across the government-sponsored enterprises’ business. The report shows that the estimated average g-fee on purchase mortgages climbed from 40 bps in 2012 to 55 bps last year. The average fee for refinances rose slightly less, by 14 bps, for both rate-term deals (48 bps in 2013) and cash-out refinances (53 bps last year). According to the FHFA study sample, the purchase business rose...


November 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Report Modest Increase in MBS Holdings During 3Q14, Biggest Jump in Non-Agency MBS

Banks and thrifts held a combined $1.535 trillion of residential MBS at the end of September, a modest 0.6 percent increase from the previous quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of bank call reports. Bank MBS holdings had spiked higher in the first quarter of this year, only to fall back in the following period. Compared to a year ago, the industry’s aggregate MBS portfolio was up 1.4 percent. Bank and thrift MBS holdings first crossed...[Includes two data charts]


November 21, 2014 - IMFnews

Risk-Based Pricing Continues: Lower FICO Score Borrowers Saw Bigger Hikes in G-Fees

The increase in g-fees last year made all three loan-purpose categories more profitable.


November 21, 2014 - IMFnews

Banks Post Modest Gain in MBS Holdings, Non-Agency Growth Leads

The biggest gain in bank MBS investment during the third quarter was in non-agency securities.


November 20, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Sen. Johnson Calls for End of Conservatorships, Dems Push Watt Hard on GSE Principal Reduction

The outgoing chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee this week urged the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to look to a final resolution of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while the progressives on the panel pressed the regulator and former Democrat congressman hard to approve principal reductions. “Everyone agrees that conservatorship cannot continue forever, so I hope my colleagues will keep working towards a more certain future for the housing market,” said Sen. Tim Johnson, D-SD, during a hearing with FHFA Director Mel Watt this week. But if “Congress cannot agree on a smooth, more certain path forward I urge you, Director Watt, to engage the Treasury Department in talks to end the conservatorship.” Watt did not address...


November 20, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

All Cylinders Firing in 3Q14, As Surge in Conventional- Conforming Market Led Increase in Total Originations

Mortgage originations increased in all the major product categories during the third quarter of 2014, although new adjustable-rate mortgage lending was down slightly. A new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis shows that conventional-conforming originations increased by 11.7 percent from the second quarter to the third. That was slightly faster than the 10.2 percent increase in jumbo production and the 10.1 percent rise in government-insured lending. The home-equity market showed...[Includes two data charts]


November 20, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Stop Guessing on Lawsky Already / Share Price of Fannie and Freddie Common Soars / Foreclosures on the Rise / Essent Sells More Stock

A GSE bill? Since Congress and President Obama have such a strong track record of working together on legislation we know how that’s going to turn out…


November 20, 2014 - IMFnews

Fannie and Freddie Make it Official on R&W Relief but with Several ‘Exclusions’

In regard to misrepresentations, relief will not be offered if it can be proved that a borrower was misled by the originator. And, of course, any mortgage subject to fraud must be bought back.


November 20, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA’s Watt: Fewer Than 100 Companies Affected by FHLB Membership Changes

Several weeks back, a FHFA official told IMFnews that just 18 members would be affected by the captive rule, mostly REITs.


November 19, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Any G-Fee News? No / Keeping an Eye on MSR Sales / Why Realtors Will Live Forever / California Home Sales Nothing Special / Jeb Will be Back, Hensarling At Least

After a servicing sale closes, the GSEs must monitor each transaction to make sure the transfer of receivables took place in a timely manner and more…


November 19, 2014 - IMFnews

MIAC Auctioning Off $908 Million Fannie/Freddie Portfolio

With roughly six weeks left in 2014, some mortgage firms are rushing to sell MSRs as a way to bolster fourth quarter profits.


November 19, 2014 - IMFnews

CFPB Warns Mortgage Firms on How they Treat Borrowers with Disability Income

The new bulletin discusses standards and guidelines on verification of disability income, including those under the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule.


November 19, 2014 - IMFnews

Senate Banking Chair Urges Watt and Treasury to End GSE Conservatorships

The two GSEs have been in conservatorship for six-plus years now, with no legislative solution to their future in sight.


November 18, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Obama Won’t Give Up on Killing the GSEs / Redwood Sells Debt / More Ocwen Customer Complaints / Carrington Bolts ARMs / The Return of Mike Baldwin

Republicans have never been big fans of the GSEs and there’s plenty of Democrats who aren’t so sure about the government “guaranty” as well...


November 18, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA: Extensive ‘Testing’ Underway at Common Securitization Platform

In 2015, the team at the GSE common securitization platform will focus on implementation of the remaining software components...


November 18, 2014 - IMFnews

Fannie Continues to Loosen Rules; 990 Days for a Foreclosure in New York

Fannie Mae recently loosened its credit standards on condominium loans. What's next?


November 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Former FHFA Chief Blasts Mortgage Industry / Who’s Behind the HIC? / More Relief From FHA / Ocwen’s Stock Recovers Slightly / Venable Hires Ex-Hensarling Staffer

So, which groups are behind the "housing-industrial complex"? DeMarco isn't naming names...


November 17, 2014 - IMFnews

MSR Deals Keep Coming; A $1.2 Billion Flow Deal From Phoenix

MIAC is out with a new $73 million Fannie package and MountainView and The Prestwick Group are working on transactions as well.


November 17, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA’s Watt Testifies Before Senate Panel This Week; FHLB Membership a Key Topic?

The senate panel is expected to ask questions on guaranty fees and the common securitization platform as well.


November 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Brokers and Correspondents Key Players in 3Q MBS Surge

Although Wells Fargo officially exited the broker market two years ago, it apparently still does a tiny amount of business through the channel.


November 14, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Favorable Delinquency Trends Continued in 3Q14

Mortgage delinquency rates kept falling across the country in the third quarter of the year, according to data provided by the Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The delinquency rate for mortgages on one- to four-unit residential properties declined 19 basis points, on a seasonally adjusted basis, to 5.85 percent of all loans outstanding as of Sept. 30, 2014, according to the MBA. This is the lowest level seen since the fourth quarter of 2007 and represents the sixth straight quarterly decrease, according to the trade group. In terms of product mix, the seasonally adjusted delinquency rate slipped 15 bps to 3.05 percent for prime fixed loans and decreased 45 bps to 4.83 percent for prime adjustable-rate mortgages. ...


November 14, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Crank Out Profits in 3Q 2014, Freddie Warns of ‘Volatile’ Earnings

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported a combined $6.0 billion in net income for the third quarter of 2014, up from $5.1 billion in the previous quarter. The two GSEs will send to the Treasury $6.8 billion as return on the government’s senior preferred stock. That will bring cumulative payments under the GSE conservatorships to $225.5 billion. Fannie and Freddie were given a total of $187.4 billion in government funds in order to stay in business.


November 14, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

Ohio Court Sides With Freddie in Pre-Crisis Shareholder Lawsuit. An Ohio federal court late last week tossed out a shareholder class action lawsuit that accused Freddie Mac of lying about its exposure to subprime loans prior to the 2008 financial crisis. The suit, filed in 2008 by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, claimed that Freddie artificially inflated the value of its common stock by making false public financial statements that obscured its subprime exposure.OPERS claimed it lost as much as $27.2 million as a result of Freddie’s alleged cover-up of its subprime exposure.


November 14, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA: Proposed 97 LTV Guidelines To Look at ‘Compensating Factors’

Look for the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s new guidelines for loans with loan-to-values between 95 percent and 97 percent to take into account “compensating factors” to offset reduced borrower equity. In a speech last week at the National Association of Realtors conference in New Orleans, FHFA Director Mel Watt elaborated only a little further on the agency’s recently announced mortgage guidelines, noting they will include safety and soundness standards to best manage the GSEs’ risk.


November 14, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Taps New CEO, GSE Board for Common Securitization Solutions

After a year of looking, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced last week it has finally picked a chief executive to run the fledgling Common Securitization Solutions: industry veteran David Applegate, who has a long resume in mortgage banking. Applegate led both GMAC Mortgage and GMAC Bank during a 17-year career at General Motors Acceptance Corp He also worked at mortgage insurer Radian Guaranty. Applegate’s last job title was president and chief executive officer of Homeward Residential, Dallas, a mortgage-banking firm.


November 14, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Experts: Fannie, Freddie Risk Transfers Building Momentum

The GSE risk-sharing market is building momentum and investors indicate there is a growing demand for this product going forward, industry insiders told attendees of an Urban Institute/CoreLogic housing forum last week. In its most recent strategic plan for the GSEs, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is calling on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce their exposure to risk by tripling the amount of credit-risk transfers they conduct on their single-family business from $30 billion last year to $90 billion in 2014.


November 14, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GOP Congressional Sweep Not Necessarily a Boon for GSE Reform

Expect GSE reform to remain a key focus of Congress following the mid-term election Republican takeover of the Senate and vast expansion in its House majority. However, industry observers warn that it remains to be seen whether focus will translate into legislative action during the 114th Congress as the new leadership structure remains in flux.


November 14, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

DeMarco: ‘Housing-Industrial Complex’ Inhibits GSE Reform

Effective and lasting GSE reform cannot be accomplished without Congress taking decisive action and the housing finance market’s status quo is unsustainable in the long term, according to the former head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Speaking at an American Enterprise Institute forum late this week, former FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco warned attendees to expect comprehensive and lasting housing finance reform to remain stalled unless lawmakers pass a bill that the president will sign.


November 14, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Can Cerberus Finally Do Something Right in Mortgages? / Kinder, Gentler Condo Guidelines from Fannie? / Lower LLPAs from Fannie but Tighter Cash-Out Rules / Ocwen, Ocwen, Ocwen

And there could be some good news on lower LLPAs. Fannie said that come May 2015, it will change how it treats loans where there are two or more borrowers...


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

DeMarco: Only Congress, President Can Abolish GSE Charters, Advance Lasting Housing Finance Reform

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the government-sponsored enterprise model are flawed beyond repair, so expect comprehensive housing finance reform to remain stalled until lawmakers and the chief executive take action, according to the former head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Speaking at an American Enterprise Institute forum this week, former FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco, now a housing fellow at the Milken Institute, said the structure of the GSE conservatorships and the Treasury support agreement backing them requires Congressional intervention. “The answer to the question ‘what happens next?’ is...


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie Mac Makes Progress on Securitizing ‘Re-performers’; An MBS Backed by NPLs?

Through the first nine months of 2014, Freddie Mac securitized $7.0 billion of re-performing and modified single-family loans, a figure that towers over its crosstown rival Fannie Mae. Since 2011, Freddie has issued roughly $12 billion in securities backed by re-performing loans. So what’s Fannie’s problem in this area? That’s hard to say. A spokesman for the government-owned mortgage giant said the company has yet to undertake any securitizations of formerly delinquent loans, and isn’t sure if or when it will. Then again, Fannie – unlike Freddie – has...


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie, Freddie MBS Portfolios Will Continue Shrinking Following Profitable Third Quarter

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued to trim their retained holdings of MBS and unsecuritized mortgages in keeping with their conservatorship mandate as the two government-sponsored enterprises each posted a profit during the third quarter of 2014. The two GSEs ended September with a combined $851.71 billion in mortgage-related holdings, down 2.4 percent from the previous quarter. Compared to a year ago, their combined mortgage portfolio was down 16.0 percent and down 46.5 percent from the $1.592 trillion the two firms held in the fourth quarter of 2008 shortly after being placed in government conservatorship. One of the conditions of the conservatorship the GSEs entered six years ago was...[Includes one data chart]


November 14, 2014 - IMFnews

Fannie Says MI Assessment Crucial to Revival of 97 Percent LTV Program

Sources said previous requirements for a standard 97 LTV product, which Fannie offered until November 2013, are being considered.


November 14, 2014 - IMFnews

Fannie, Freddie Mortgage Holdings Down Almost 47 Percent Since 2008 Takeover

The biggest decline has been in non-agency MBS holdings, mostly Alt A and subprime MBS that have been subject to fast liquidation rates.


November 13, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

New Fannie 97 to be Based on Current Underwriting And Documentation Rules, Private MI Assessment

Income documentation and other standards that have been in place since Fannie Mae entered conservatorship in 2008 will apply to the company’s new 3 percent downpayment product, and loan assessment by a private mortgage insurer will be crucial, according to a company spokesman. The spokesman said details will be announced shortly. Fannie Mae is working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency to design the government-sponsored enterprise’s revamped 97 percent loan-to-value product. Sources said previous requirements for a standard 97 LTV product, which Fannie offered until November 2013, are being considered. The FHFA announced...


November 13, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie, Freddie Remain Alert to Mortgage Insurance Risk Exposure As GSEs Post Third-Quarter Profits

Although Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported combined comprehensive income of $6.8 billion in the third quarter of 2014 – thanks in no small part to strong guaranty fee revenue – the two government-sponsored enterprises both said they’re keeping a wary eye on the precarious financial condition of private mortgage insurers. Fannie noted in its 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that although the financial condition of its primary MI counterparties approved to write new business has improved, there is still risk that they may fail to honor the GSE’s insurance claims. “If we determine that it is probable that we will not collect all of our claims from one or more of these mortgage insurer counterparties, or if we have already made that determination but our estimate of the shortfall increases, it could result...


November 13, 2014 - IMFnews

3Q Final: Private MIs Saw Huge Gain in Market Share as FHA Fell Behind

In fact, it was the highest quarterly volume in new flow business for the MI sector since the second quarter of 2008.


November 12, 2014 - IMFnews

Moody’s Forecasts ‘Stable’ HFA Outlook for Second Consecutive Year

HFA portfolio performance continues to strengthen, which will bolster future interest income.


November 10, 2014 - IMFnews

MBA: FHFA Should Consider Alternative GSE Credit Score Models

Fannie and Freddie have been exploring the adaptation of alternative credit scores for months, but have yet to take action.


November 10, 2014 - IMFnews

The Return of GSE 97s Could Delay Recovery of the MMIF

The Fannie product also had less expensive mortgage insurance and allowed the borrower to cancel the policy once the LTV reached 80 percent of the home’s value.


November 7, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: GOP May Push for Changes to Points-and-Fees Rule / The Freddie Mac ‘Loss’ Scenario / Freddie Goes Small / A Cut in FHA Premiums? Don’t Bet On It / Non-QM Third-Party Lender List Tops 25 / More Mortgage Job Cuts at JPM

So, there’s no chance at all that the GOP will be able to push through a Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac reform bill, right? Maybe, maybe not.


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Experts: Absent Legislation, Industry Should Push For Administrative GSE Reform, Revise Existing Policies

The mortgage industry cannot and should not wait for Congress to get around to a legislative solution to the government-sponsored enterprises when much of what is necessary can be accomplished administratively, according to experts at a forum hosted by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic. Andrew Davidson, president of Andrew Davidson & Co., noted that among the lessons of this year’s failure to launch a Senate GSE reform bill is that lawmakers find it easier to agree on a set of principles for a mortgage finance system than on the system’s design. With legislation a long shot before the 2016 presidential elections, Davidson said...


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Servicer Rating Downgrades Could Spell Trouble for Ocwen’s MBS Business; Forced Transfers Not Likely, Yet

Rating agencies and Wall Street firms are paying close attention to the mounting regulatory problems at Ocwen Financial, fearful that more bad news could lead to servicing downgrades, which in turn could hamper its ability as a master servicer of MBS. One servicing advisor who has worked with Ocwen over the past two years noted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pay close attention to the master servicing ratings of their counterparties. “You have to maintain minimum ratings and if you don’t – there’s going to be trouble,” he said. Downgrades, he added, can lead...


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Credit Risk-Sharing Deals ‘Off to a Good Start’ Amid Calls for More Aggressive Front-End Transactions

As Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to expand their credit-risk transactions, the two government-sponsored enterprises and their regulator should look to other ways to minimize credit risk, industry insiders told attendees of an Urban Institute/CoreLogic housing forum this week. In its most recent strategic plan for the GSEs, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is calling on Fannie and Freddie to reduce their exposure to risk by tripling the amount of credit-risk transfers they conduct on their single-family business from $30 billion last year to $90 billion in 2014. Mark Hanson, Freddie’s senior vice president, securitization, told...


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Issuance Rose to 12-Month High In October, Thanks to Surge in Ginnie Volume

New issuance of agency single-family MBS climbed for the eighth consecutive month in October, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae issued a total of $93.01 billion of new single-family MBS during October, up 2.1 percent from September. October production was the highest monthly volume for the market since October 2013, and reflected steady growth since new issuance bottomed out in March of this year. But the gain was...[Includes two data charts]


November 7, 2014 - IMFnews

Another Sign of Strength: Agency MBS Issuance Rose to a 12-Month High in October

The MBS gain was lopsided: Ginnie MBS issuance jumped 10.8 percent from September to October, while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac suffered declines.


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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.
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