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September 30, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: MBA Involved With Nonbank ‘Working Group’ Too / An NPL ‘Brain Drain’ at Lone Star Funds / A $57 Million Problem for the FHLBs of Des Moines and Seattle / FHFA to IG: We Don’t Think So

One active NPL bidder has been Lone Star Funds, but sources tell IMFnews the hedge fund has been having a “brain drain” of sorts when it comes to talent.


September 29, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: CFPB Slams Flagstar Over Mods / No, a New Mortgage Trade Group is NOT Forming / BofA Transferring MSRs to Shellpoint / Merger of Two FHLBs an Aberration? / NJ Senator Intros Share-Appreciation Mortgage Bill

Sources close to the matter noted that Ocwen is involved, but it’s not a trade group.


September 29, 2014 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae Tops Among Agencies in Financing Minorities

Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie All saw most of their business come from borrowers earning less than $150,000 per year.


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Industry Groups Urge FHFA to Move to Common Security, Focus on Loan Quality, Not Volume in Strategic Plan

The Federal Housing Finance Agency should direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to move toward a common, fungible security while also striving to ensure the government-sponsored enterprises’ safety and soundness and promote liquidity and access to the secondary mortgage market, according to early feedback from industry groups. Last month, the FHFA issued a request for input regarding its strategic plan for fiscal years 2015 through 2019. The FHFA plan identifies three strategic goals for the GSEs: ensuring safe and sound regulated entities; ensuring liquidity, stability and access in housing finance; and managing Fannie’s and Freddie’s ongoing conservatorship. The Mortgage Bankers Association called on...


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Supply of Residential MBS Outstanding Declined Again In 2Q14; Fed Now Owns a Quarter of the Market

With new issuance faltering in 2014, the net supply of residential MBS in the market declined by 0.3 percent during the second quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. MBS outstanding totaled $6.348 trillion at the end of June, wiping out gains made in the second half of last year. It was the lowest MBS outstanding number since 2006. The agency MBS market grew...[Includes three data charts]


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSEs’ Risk-Sharing Activities Poised to Grow, Offer More Diverse Collateral and Structures

The government-sponsored enterprises plan to expand their risk-sharing activities in a number of ways in 2015, according to officials at the GSEs and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Kevin Palmer, a vice president of strategic credit costing and structuring at Freddie Mac, said Freddie is set to include a broader group of mortgages in its risk-sharing transactions in an effort to increase the investor base. Fannie has similar plans. The GSEs have issued...


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Officials Play Up Growing Demand for Ginnie Mae MBS, Cite Factors for Increased Ginnie Activity

Demand in the fixed-income markets for Ginnie Mae securities continues to increase at home and abroad as the program’s deep liquidity and explicit government guaranty draw more investors, according to agency officials and MBS issuers. The relatively high proportion of purchase-money loans and first-time buyers helped Ginnie edge past Freddie Mac in recent months in terms of new issuance, noted John Getchis, head of Ginnie’s Office of Capital Markets, during the Ginnie Mae Summit held in Washington, DC, this week. “We saw...


September 26, 2014 - IMFnews

The Federal Reserve Continues to be the Hog at the MBS Trough

At the top of the heap was the Federal Reserve, which boosted its agency MBS portfolio by 3.8 percent during the second quarter.


September 25, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: The Cost to Underwrite Non-QM Loans / Uh, How Large is the Non-QM Market? / Ocwen’s Stock Going Nowhere / Mortgage Firms Love to Sell Ginnie MSRs / Anworth Looks to Expand

Just how large is the non-QM market? That’s hard to say...


September 25, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Shareholder Plaintiffs Demand Full Transparency From Treasury, FHFA Over Profit ‘Sweep’ Documents

Attorneys for a group of disenfranchised Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac junior shareholders have joined another shareholder group’s motion in federal court asking the government to come clean with all of the documents and records regarding the Treasury’s “Third Amendment” and “net-worth sweep” of nearly all government-sponsored enterprises’ profits. In papers filed last week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Perry Capital lead attorney Ted Olson asked to join Fairholme Fund’s request for “supplementation” of the record. Both plaintiffs contend the government has failed to provide for court review of the “whole record” as required under the Administrative Procedures Act. “The government is...


September 25, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Servicing Market Contracted Again In Second Quarter, But Portfolio Holdings Grew

The supply of 1-4 family mortgage debt declined again in the second quarter of 2014 despite an uptick in whole loans held in bank, thrift and credit union portfolios, according to an Inside Mortgage Finance analysis. The Federal Reserve Board late last week reported $9.855 trillion in single-family mortgage debt outstanding at the end of June. That was down $4.9 billion from March – a scant 0.05 percent decline, but the second straight quarterly downturn. The increase in mortgage debt outstanding in the third quarter of 2013 increasingly looks like an aberration rather than a turning point. The most recent figure is...[Includes one data chart]


September 25, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Look for a Boom in Mortgage Servicing Sales as Lenders Try to ‘Make Their Numbers’ by Yearend

With loan originations beginning to taper off this fall and expected to continue that way through yearend, lenders of different stripes likely will step up their sales of mortgage servicing rights in an attempt to make earnings projections. “There’s a ton of activity out there now,” said Tom Piercy, managing member of Interactive Mortgage Advisors, Denver, an MSR advisory and brokerage firm. “We’re the busiest we’ve ever been all year.” Mark Garland, president of MountainView Servicing Group, concurs...


September 25, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Official: Congress Should Be Main Arbiter Of the GSEs’ Share of Mortgage Market Activity

Efforts to reduce the government-sponsored enterprises’ footprint using guaranty fees and loan limits should be left to Congress, according to Bob Ryan, a special advisor to the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Meanwhile, officials at the Treasury Department suggest that the FHFA does have a role in setting policy that will inform any housing finance reform action by Congress. In comments this week at the ABS East conference produced by Information Management Network in Miami Beach, Ryan said the FHFA looks to Congress for direction when considering how to run the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “There is nothing in the legislation that suggests the FHFA should shrink the footprint [of the GSEs],” he said. Ryan said...


September 25, 2014 - IMFnews

Home Mortgage Debt at Its Lowest Level Since 1Q 2006

The increase in mortgage debt outstanding in the third quarter of 2013 increasingly looks like an aberration rather than a turning point.


September 24, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Ginnie to New Issuers: Use it Or Lose It / Suddenly, Wholesalers Everywhere / Fannie Doesn’t Like B&Bs / Motor City No. 3 for HARP Outreach / Ex-JPM Executive Gets Key Job at FHFA

Hell hath no fury like an agency whose new issuers are not actually issuing (MBS)...


September 24, 2014 - IMFnews

Fresh Off of Regency Deal, RPM Has ‘Letters-of-Intent’ With Two Other Lenders

RPM Mortgage would love to expand its presence in East Coast markets. It also recently rolled out a non-QM product.


September 24, 2014 - IMFnews

Mortgage Brokers Originate Slightly Riskier Loans, At Least on Agency Products

Broker originations also had a significantly larger average loan amount, $230,082, than the other channels.


September 23, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Mortgage Industry Shrinks but Not by Much / Can It Be? Final Risk Retention Rules? / Treasury’s Experiment in Non-Agency MBS / October Non-QM Launch for Ethos / JPM Removed From Virginia Lawsuit

It appears that Ethos Lending will enter the non-QM market come October...


September 23, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA Suggests Leaving Adjustments of G-Fees and Loan Limits to Congress

FHFA's Bob Ryan said the GSE regulator has concerns that decreasing loan limits or increasing g-fees would limit access to credit.


September 22, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Ginnie Mae MSR Transfers Plunge / And the Authors Are… / Time to Short Altisource? / Rep. Maloney Goes to Bat for GSE Multifamily / New Chairman for FHLB’s Office of Finance

Why short Altisource? This source reasons that as real estate values continue to improve and foreclosures slow, Altisource will have less to do going forward...


September 22, 2014 - IMFnews

Center-Right Groups Want Transparency From Treasury on GSE Profit Sweep

In the last quarter, for instance, Fannie and Freddie posted combined net earnings of $5.1 billion – most of which was swept into a Treasury account.


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSE MBS Business Activity Posts Overall Increase in August

Together, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in August posted a combined increase in the volume of single-family mortgages securitized, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis. Fannie and Freddie issued $61.1 billion in single-family mortgage-backed securities in August, a 5.5 percent increase from July. However, August's MBS issuance was down 56.7 percent on a year-to-date basis.


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

Experts Laud FHFA’s Plan for ‘Single Security,’ But Urge Quicker Arrival at Goal. The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s “single security” proposal for a generic Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac MBS is “well-thought out” and “worthy of serious consideration,” but the agency should pick up the pace in its implementation to avoid making the solution part of the problem, according to a paper from the Urban Institute. Lewis Ranieri, chairman of Ranieri Partners, and Laurie Goodman, director of the UI’s Housing Policy Center, expressed concern that the FHFA “may be contemplating a slower pace in the project than it warrants.”


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

CBO: Stalled Senate Housing Bill That Cuts GSEs Would Save $60B

The Senate’s housing finance reform bill would save the government some $60 billion over 10 years according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the windfall, say critics. Earlier this month, the CBO issued its estimate, which concluded that replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new securitization program that couples a first-loss position for private capital with back-end government insurance could reduce “direct spending” by $60 billion over the 2015-2024 period.


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Commenters Call on FHFA To Change PMIER Draft Rules

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s proposed capital requirements for private mortgage insurers would raise costs for borrowers but there is a need for new standards, according to industry group comments. The Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Realtors and several private MI companies have urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency to ease proposed capital requirements for private MIs.


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Industry Input Letters to FHFA Show Little Appetite for GSE G-Fee Hike

There is little enthusiasm in the mortgage market for higher guaranty fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, various industry groups indicated in input letters to the GSEs’ regulator. In June, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a call for public comment on how the GSEs should calculate g-fees and whether the FHFA should proceed with a 10 basis point g-fee hike announced last year. In one of his first acts as FHFA director in January, Mel Watt postponed the g-fee hike pending further study.


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Group: FHFA’s Deal Will Allow MBS Defendant to Write Off Settlement

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s most recent settlement of non-agency mortgage-backed securities lawsuit has one consumer group seeing red as it claims taxpayers will ultimately get stuck with the cost of the bank’s multi-million dollar payout. Late last week, the FHFA announced a $550 million legal deal with HSBC North American Holdings, leaving just two civil cases tied to nonprime MBS issuance still unresolved.


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

DeMarco: Continued Delay of GSE Reform Exacerbates Market Risk

The ongoing uncertainty about the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is weighing on the mortgage industry and it’s only going to get worse with time, said the former head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency this week. Edward DeMarco, now a senior fellow in residence for the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets, warned that with the government in effective control of the mortgage market, the risk grows of capital allocation and pricing decisions made through the prism of political calculation rather than due to sound, market driven principle.


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

IG: Fannie, Freddie Not Ready for Rep & Warranty Change

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not ready for the new representation and warranty framework that took effect early last year at the insistence of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, according to a new Inspector General audit. Announced in September 2012 and implemented Jan. 1, 2013, the framework relieved sellers from certain reps and warrants, including those relating to credit underwriting and eligibility of the borrower and the property that were formerly effective for the life of the loan.


September 19, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Groups Petition Congress to Seek Transparency in GSE Profit Sweep

Congress should put the screws to the Treasury Department to disclose all documents pertaining to the origins of the Obama administration’s controversial “net-worth sweep” of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac profits, according to a coalition of right-leaning public policy groups. In a letter dispatched late this week to the top Republican and Democrat of the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, the 17 groups led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute urged lawmakers to intervene to impose transparency over what GSE shareholders consider an extra-legal maneuver by the executive branch.


September 19, 2014 - IMFnews

What We're Hearing: Do Banks Really Hate Mortgages? / Stearns Hires Former BofA Retail Honcho / Do the GSEs Really Need Capital? / A Bad NPL Experience?

Commercial banks hate mortgages. No, they don't. Yes, they do. No they don't. Yes, they do...


September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Multifamily Business Way Behind Last Year’s Pace

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were both active this week with multifamily MBS transactions, but they’ll have to double-time it if they plan to match last year’s levels. The odds are against them. Fannie’s multifamily new business volume came to $13.8 billion through August 2014, compared with $20.4 billion the year before. The government-sponsored enterprise would have to crank out another $15 billion in the last four months of 2014 to match the 2013 total of $28.8 billion. For rival Freddie, multifamily new business activity totaled...


September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

HSBC’s Deal With FHFA Allows for Tax Write-Off; Virginia Sues 13 Banks for $1.1 Billion Over MBS

The Federal Housing Finance Agency late last week announced a $550 million legal settlement with HSBC North American Holdings, leaving just two defendants in the conservator’s civil fraud cases tied to non-agency MBS – but a consumer group is crying foul over what it says are the deal’s lenient terms. The agreement resolves claims against HSBC regarding alleged violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with non-agency MBS purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from 2005 to 2007. HSBC – which at one time owned subprime giant Household Finance – noted...


September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Market for Securitization of Mortgage Servicing Rights Yet to Get Off the Ground. Here’s Why

Although investors continue to pay premium – or close to it – prices for newly originated mortgage servicing rights, very few residential lenders have tried to securitize the underlying cash flows, leaving some market observers scratching their heads. “There are very few deals out there that I’m aware of,” said one servicing advisor, requesting his name not be used. “If a company needs cash, it’s a good option, but there’s just not much going on.” So far this year, just a handful of MSR-backed bonds have come...


September 19, 2014 - IMFnews

The G-Fee Quandary: Will Higher Prices Stimulate the Non-Agency Market?

SIFMA did not take a stance on whether g-fees should be adjusted up or down. Instead, the trade group stressed that it is unclear how a change to g-fees would impact non-agency activity.


September 18, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Experts: Stalled GSE Reform Legislation, Prolonged Conservatorship May Drive Private Capital Elsewhere

Time is not a friend to the housing finance system so long as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain in government conservatorship with no endgame in sight, according to the former head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Former FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco, now a senior fellow in residence for the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets, told attendees at this week’s Bipartisan Policy Council’s housing summit in Washington that the ongoing conservatorships of the two government-sponsored enterprises – now in the sixth year – will continue to distort the market and place taxpayers at risk. “The conservatorships are...


September 18, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Rejects Inspector General’s Call to Review Fannie’s, Freddie’s Rep and Warrant Framework

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is pushing back against the findings of its Inspector General that the agency rushed a mandated new representation and warranty framework “despite significant and unresolved operational risks” to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Announced in September 2012 and implemented Jan. 1, 2013, the framework relieved sellers from certain reps and warrants, including those relating to credit underwriting and eligibility of the borrower and the property that were formerly effective for the life of the loan. It allowed for repurchase relief to seller/servicers if mortgages acquired by the government-sponsored enterprises after the effective date had acceptable payment history for 36 months. And the GSEs apparently weren’t...


September 18, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Purchase-Mortgage Demand Drove 2Q14 Production Surge, But Lenders Brace for Seasonal Slowdown

Purchase-mortgage originations jumped 44.3 percent from the first quarter of 2014 to the second quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking, with first-time homebuyers representing about 43.9 percent of agency activity in the sector. Purchase mortgages accounted for 64.1 percent of total mortgage production during the second quarter. That’s the highest purchase share since 1995, when financing for home purchases represented 67.2 percent of total originations. At the midway point of 2014, purchase-mortgage originations were up...[Includes four data charts]


September 18, 2014 - IMFnews

Purchase-Money Market Share at its Highest Level in 19 Years

The biggest chunk of purchase business for the GSEs were loans ranging from $200,000 to $300,000, which accounted for 29.4 percent of their business.


September 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: New Hampshire Nonbank About to be Sold / PE Firms Like Hard Money, Crowdfunding, P2P / Are Commercial Banks Toast? / Virginia Sues Wall Street Over PLS / Great Scot! Who Gets the RBS Liability?

Although there appears to be strong interest these days in mortgage banking firms, the outlook isn’t particularly bright for commercial banks.


September 17, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA Rejects IG’s Findings on the Loosening of Buyback Rules

The FHFA partially agreed with the IG's first recommendation and flatly rejected the second.


September 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: What’s MERS Worth? / Fannie, Freddie and MBA Could Use the Money / MBA Tells FHFA to go Easy on Buybacks / A Drop in FHA FICOs / Clayton’s New Hire

The Mortgage Bankers Association wants the FHFA to push Fannie and Freddie to go easy on mortgage buybacks.


September 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Ex-FHFA Chief DeMarco Warns that Private Capital May Lose Interest in Mortgages

“The conservatorships are a huge barrier to entry for private capital,” said former FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco.


September 15, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: New Jumbo Deal from Two Harbors / Investors Dumping Fannie and Freddie Stock? / GSE Plaintiff Hires Former Fannie CFO Howard / M&A for NYCB? / Want a Loan? Don’t Get Pregnant / Norcom Opens Another Branch in Connecticut

Is it time to sell shares in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?


September 12, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

G-Fees Seen as Poor Lever for Non-Agency Market

A wide range of mortgage industry participants cautioned the Federal Housing Finance Agency that increasing the guaranty fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won’t necessarily prompt an increase in non-agency activity. In June, the FHFA solicited public input about what g-fee level would prompt investors in non-agency mortgage-backed securities to find it profitable to enter the market or prompt banks to hold conforming-balance mortgages in portfolio. “Policymakers should not assume that increases in g-fees alone will lead to a significant increase in private-label securities issuance,” said the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which stressed that a number of factors beyond the pricing of agency mortgages are limiting non-agency activity.


September 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

DeMarco Cites ‘Structural Improvements’ in Housing Six Years After GSE Conservatorship, More Needed

Six years after the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the former regulator of the government-sponsored enterprises noted that the housing finance system has made “significant progress.” But even as critical structural changes are underway, comprehensive improvement is still several years out. In a policy paper issued last week, Edward DeMarco – new senior fellow-in-residence for the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets – said that house prices, as measured by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, have recovered more than 50 percent since their decline in 2007. “While the damage from the housing crisis has been substantial, we are finally seeing...


September 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Experts Laud FHFA’s Plan for ‘Single Security,’ But Urge Agency to Arrive at the Goal Sooner

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s “single security” proposal for generic Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS is “well-thought out” and “worthy of serious consideration,” but the agency should pick up the pace in its implementation to avoid making the solution part of the problem, according to a paper by the Urban Institute. Laurie Goodman, director of the UI’s Housing Policy Center, and Lewis Ranieri, chairman of Ranieri Partners, expressed concern that the FHFA “may be contemplating a slower pace in the project than it warrants.” The FHFA last month issued...


September 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Post-Crash High in Prices Paid for Distressed Mortgages May Lead to More Securitizations

Investors are paying up for distressed mortgages these days, fueling talk that the market might see more in the way of securitizations. “Buyers of non-performing loans want to securitize,” said Brian Dunn, senior vice president of MountainView Capital Group. “They like the [real estate mortgage investment conduit] structure.” According to Dunn, the securitization of nonperforming mortgages “has taken off...


September 12, 2014 - IMFnews

Ranieri, Goodman Laud FHFA’s Plan for ‘Single Security,’ But Urge Agency to Arrive at the Goal Sooner

Ranieri and Goodman are worried that the creation of a single GSE security could morph into a drawn out and multi-year process.


September 11, 2014 - IMFnews

How Much Capital is Enough for a Nonbank?

Capital standards for nonbank mortgage firms is inevitable. But what should the requirement be?


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