Ginnie Mae Issuance

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May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Show Preference for Ginnie Securities As They Increase MBS Holdings in Early 2015

Commercial banks and thrifts reported robust growth in their MBS portfolios during early 2015, including a special appetite for Ginnie Mae MBS, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. Commercial banks and thrifts held $1.579 trillion of residential MBS at the end of March, a 2.6 percent increase from the previous quarter. It was the industry’s biggest MBS portfolio since the third quarter of 2012, when banks and thrifts held a record $1.617 trillion of mortgage securities. The biggest gain was...[Includes two data tables]


May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Volume Hit a Yearly Low in April Despite Strong Issuance. Should the Market Worry?

In April, the average daily trading volume in agency MBS fell to $187.8 billion, the worst reading of the year and a possible harbinger of problems to come. One market participant, speaking under the condition his name not be used, likened it to MBS buyers “going on strike.” He added: “Right now, you have an illiquid market, and that’s not a good thing.” In December of last year, the MBS trading volume was...


May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Market Faces Liquidity, Demand Issues When the Fed Finally Decides on Exit Strategy

The mortgage market faces a big challenge when the Federal Reserve figures out how to unload its massive $1.7 trillion portfolio of agency MBS, but anticipated widening of spreads could at least improve market liquidity. The fixed-income market has seen a sharp decline in trading volume resulting in part from regulatory issues, said Mike Fratantoni, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association, during the group’s annual secondary market conference in New York this week. “Banks have been hoarding liquidity instead of providing it to the market,” he said. Average daily trading volume of MBS has dropped...


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ocwen Reveals Fair-Value Charge To GNMA MSRs Due to MIP Cut

Mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial, the target of a state enforcement action for allegedly mishandling distressed borrowers, said it would delay its regulatory 10-Q filing because of an impairment charge on Ginnie Mae servicing rights. The impairment was caused by a 50 basis point cut in the FHA’s annual mortgage insurance premium, which took effect in January, the servicer said. Although it had expected a $34.4 million profit in the first quarter of 2015, Ocwen took a $17.8 million impairment charge, which included monitoring costs, “strategic advisor expenses,” and fair-value adjustments. FHA lowered the annual MIP to enable more borrowers to obtain an FHA-insured single-family mortgage loan with a 3.5 percent downpayment. Ocwen would likely lose money if it sold off its government-backed MSRs, according to one servicing advisor. Last fall, Ocwen tried to sell its ...


May 14, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA Recaptures Some Market Share in Recent Months, Thanks to Premium Price Cut, Economic Factors

FHA volume in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities rebounded in April because of the agency’s price cut in late January and improvements in the economy, according to industry participants. Recent data from the FHA show a sharp uptick in refinance business, which jumped from $2.29 billion in endorsements in February to $8.15 billion in March. Total FHA forward-mortgage business rose by 83.8 percent from February. The surge came...


May 14, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Ocwen Making Headway on GSE Servicing Sales, But It’s Unclear Why the Firm Is Holding Onto its Ginnie Rights

Since late February, Ocwen Financial has struck four different deals to sell $89.4 billion in Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac servicing rights. Although buyer interest in the high-quality receivables was strong, getting those transactions past the Federal Housing Finance Agency has been a different matter. Industry advisors note that in general Fannie and Freddie promise their seller/servicers they will approve MSR transfers within 60 days unless there’s a problem. Last summer, the approval time was increased from 30 days, a change that did not receive much publicity. The FHFA, on the other hand, offers...


May 14, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Government Mortgage Insurance Programs Make a Run on Private MIs; First-Timers Shifting the Scales

The volume of new mortgage originations with primary mortgage-insurance coverage held steady during the first quarter of 2015, but there was a noticeable shift toward the government MI programs, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. Private mortgage insurers wrote coverage on $45.24 billion of new conventional originations during the first quarter, a 5.3 percent decline from the fourth quarter of last year. But FHA and Veterans Administration loan originations were up over the same period, by 5.5 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively. Based on Ginnie Mae securitization data, the volume of new rural-housing loans insured by the Department of Agriculture fell...[Includes three data charts]


May 8, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Activity Springs to Life in April As Purchase-Mortgage Volume Begins Growing

The agency MBS market in April had its strongest month of new issuance in 20 months thanks to the combination of strong refinance volume and a surge in purchase-mortgage lending. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking reveals that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae issued a total of $121.10 billion of new single-family MBS last month, an increase of 22.1 percent from March. It marked the strongest output since August 2013, when new agency MBS was tapering off from a huge influx of refinance business. Refinance loans continued...[Includes two data charts]


May 7, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Positive Predictions for the MSR Market in 2015, Tough Regulations, Servicing Costs are Top Concerns

Mortgage servicing rights are playing an important role in how mortgage lenders finance their businesses, experts say, and a more balanced MSR market is expected this year despite persistent regulatory concerns and worries about high servicing costs. It was clear from a panel discussion at the Urban Institute this week that MSRs have grown in importance as a form of collateral and that it continues to divide lender/servicers and consumer advocates. Overall, six panelists agreed that certain reforms are needed if the market expects to thrive in the current environment. Stephen Fleming, senior vice president with Phoenix Capital, expects...


May 7, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

With Recent Rate Rise, Bids for Servicing Rights May Intensify; More Talk About Franchise Deals

Thanks to the recent uptick in interest rates, the value of mortgage servicing rights is on the rise again, which should pave the way for a busy spring and early summer for investment bankers who play in the space. “Prices are holding up pretty well,” said Mark Garland, president of MountainView Servicing Group, Denver. “Prepayment speeds increased in March, but April speeds have come down a bit.” According to Garland, buyers of receivables are paying...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

VA Clarifies HUD-1 Itemization Requirements. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Home Loan Guaranty office has issued guidance clarifying HUD-1 documentation and itemization requirements. The HUD-1 is a statement lenders furnish to borrowers at closing showing the actual settlement costs, including amounts paid to and by the settlement agent. The guidance clarifies and establishes VA policy regarding the following: itemization of lender/seller credits in the 200 series of the HUD-1; itemization of line 801 on the HUD-1; clarification that credits reflected on line 803 of the HUD-1 cannot offset allowable fees’ and itemization of line 802 on the HUD-1. Ginnie Mae Announces Update to Securitization of USDA Section 538 Multifamily Loans. Ginnie Mae has enhanced the securitization of rural, multifamily housing loans with a Department of Agriculture guaranty to make affordable housing available to ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Refis Help Boost Volume of Ginnie MBS Backed by VA Loans in 1Q15

VA home loan guaranty originations nearly caught up with FHA single-family volume in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a strong pickup in veteran loan refinancings, an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae issuance data indicated. Refi loans accounted for 58.5 percent of VA loans securitized in the first quarter compared to just 34.4 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities. Approximately $35.0 billion in VA loans were securitized in Ginnie Mae MBS in the first quarter, up 5.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. On the other hand, $35.6 billion of FHA loans were securitized during the same period, down 1.8 percent from the prior quarter. Of the VA loans in Ginnie MBS, $14.5 billion were purchase mortgages, mostly delivered through retail and loan correspondents. Brokers accounted for only 8.5 percent of the purchase loans. Securitized VA purchase volume, however, was ... [2 charts]


May 1, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

HUD Appropriations Bill Cracks Down on Eminent Domain, Blocks Federal Involvement

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development this week approved a fiscal 2016 HUD appropriations bill, with language that would bar FHA, Ginnie Mae or HUD from deploying federal funds to foster the use of eminent domain to seize mortgages. “None of the funds made available in this act shall be used by [the three agencies] to insure, securitize or establish a federal guarantee of any mortgage or MBS that refinances or otherwise replaces a mortgage that has been subject to eminent domain condemnation or seizure, by a state, municipality or any other political subdivision of a state,” states Section 229 of the legislation. The Structured Finance Industry Group said...


May 1, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization of Seasoned GSE Loans on the Rise, Especially Among Small- to Medium-Sized Lenders

Since the end of December, at least $7.4 billion in seasoned mortgages have been securitized through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a trend that appears to be gaining steam, especially among small- to medium-sized lenders. In early April, Inside MBS & ABS reported that Bank of America contributed $5.4 billion of seasoned loans (three months or older) to Freddie Mac MBS, which helped make the bank Freddie’s largest seller in the first quarter. A follow-up inquiry to BofA yielded...


May 1, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Income-Property Securitization Holds Steady in Early 2015 Thanks to Surge in Non-Agency CMBS Issuance

A total of $49.55 billion of commercial mortgages were securitized during the first quarter of 2015, virtually unchanged from the fourth quarter of last year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. But the private CMBS market recorded a significant increase in new issuance. Non-agency CMBS production climbed 31.3 percent from the fourth quarter to hit $30.91 billion, the second-highest three-month output since the financial crisis shut down new issuance in the second quarter of 2008. Compared to the first quarter of 2014, new issuance was up 74.3 percent. The jump in private CMBS issuance helped offset...[Includes one data chart]


April 30, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Origination Volume Picked Up Speed In Early 2015; Most Lenders Report Solid Gains

Mortgage lenders originated an estimated $370.0 billion of first-lien home loans during the first three months of 2015, lifting the market to its strongest quarterly volume since the third quarter of 2013, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. The first-quarter total originations estimate does not include home-equity lending, which many lenders consider a separate business from traditional mortgage lending. In the past, Inside Mortgage Finance included home-equity in total originations, and those market estimates are not being revised. In 2014, about 5.7 percent of total originations ($71.0 billion) were home-equity loans. A number of survey participants have reported...[Includes two data charts]


April 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbanks Continue Building Stake in Agency MBS Servicing Market, Top Banks Don’t Fight Erosion

The agency mortgage servicing market grew modestly during the first quarter of 2015, thanks to Ginnie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of agency mortgage-backed securities disclosures. Lenders serviced a total of $5.287 trillion of single-family mortgages pooled in outstanding agency MBS as of the end of March, up 0.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. The figures do not include unsecuritized loans guaranteed by the two government-sponsored enterprises or, in the case of Ginnie, FHA-insured reverse mortgages. And the numbers don’t perfectly synch up with aggregated reports by the agencies of their guaranteed mortgage debt outstanding. All three of the top agency MBS servicers had...[Includes two data charts]


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