Ginnie Mae Issuance

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September 4, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Increased Purchase, Refi Activity Boost Ginnie First Half Issuance

Securitized FHA,VA and rural housing loans in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities totaled $188.5 billion in the first six months of 2015, fueled by significant purchase and refinance activity, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae data. An estimated $113.4 billion in FHA-insured mortgages were securitized during the first half of the year. Of that total, $60.6 billion were purchase mortgages and $44.2 billion were refinance loans. FHA purchase-loan production increased 58.8 percent in the second quarter from the prior quarter while refi lending jumped 160.8 percent over the same period as FHA’s reduced annual mortgage insurance premium began to take hold. The FHA loans that went into Ginnie MBS showed an average loan-to-value ratio of 92.8 percent and an average debt-to-income ratio of 39.7 percent. Borrowers’ average FICO score was 675.9, which was indicative of ... [ 2 charts ]

September 4, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Issuance Tanked in August as Flow of Purchase and Refi Mortgages Ebbed

New issuance of single-family agency MBS dropped sharply in August as production slowed across the board at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals that the three agencies produced $109.34 billion of single-family MBS during August, a 15.1 percent decline from July’s level. August 2015 was the slowest month since March, though it was 20.2 percent higher than a year ago. Freddie posted...[Includes three data tables]

September 3, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Purchase-Mortgage Lending Likely Hit Post-Crisis High In 2Q15, But Refinances Continued to Show Strength

Purchase-mortgage lending provided most of the oomph that drove the 23.6 percent increase in total mortgage originations during the second quarter, but refinance activity still accounted for slightly over half of total production. Lenders funded $222 billion of first-lien purchase mortgages during the second quarter, a 59.7 percent increase from the first three months of 2015, according to Inside Mortgage Finance estimates. That was just shy of the $223 billion of purchase mortgages originated back in the third quarter of 2013, a figure that included some second-mortgage production associated with purchase loans. Meanwhile, refinance lending rose...[Includes three data tables]

August 28, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Losing Race for First-Time Homebuyers to FHA/VA Financing

First-time homebuyers make up a significant part of the purchase-mortgage market, but Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a hard time competing with Ginnie Mae, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis of loan-level data.The three agencies securitized $118.90 billion of first-time buyer mortgages during the first six months of 2015, but Ginnie accounted for over half (52.4 percent) of the business. Ginnie’s big advantage is that it gets all the FHA and VA loans, while the GSEs so far have not gotten much traction in their reduced-downpayment programs. First-time buyers typically have less savings for a downpayment and often have less-stellar credit profiles. In the first half of this year, the average loan-to-value ratio for...(charts)

August 21, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Publishes Latest Updates to FHA Single Family Policy Handbook

The FHA will not issue a new case number for any FHA-to-FHA refinance if the current mortgage has a repair or rehabilitation escrow account in FHA Connection. The change, which is one of several updates to FHA Single Family Policy Handbook 4000.1, applies only to FHA streamline refis. It aims to ensure that escrow funds of the mortgage being refinanced are properly applied as well as conform to system requirements. The updated sections become effective on Sept. 14, 2015. Another change clarifies that the payoff statement for the mortgage being refinanced is the only document required when calculating the maximum mortgage amount for simple refi transactions. In addition, guidance for loan-to-value limits for cash-out refis has been updated to clarify that the 85 percent LTV restriction applies only to cash-out refis. HUD also noted that appraisers have flexibility in regards to when inspections should ...

August 21, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Continue Loading Up on Agency MBS as Holdings Reached Record $1.03 Trillion in June

Commercial banks and savings institutions continued to grow their investments in agency MBS during the second quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. Banks and thrifts held $1.583 trillion of agency and non-agency MBS on their balance sheets at the end of June. That was up just 0.3 percent from the first quarter, but it was the highest level since the first nine months of 2012, when bank and thrift MBS holdings topped $1.60 trillion. All the gain came...[Includes two data tables]

August 20, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Correspondent Channel Showed Biggest Gain in Origination Volume During Second Quarter of 2015

All three mortgage production channels saw solid gains in originations from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2015, but correspondents had the best of it. Correspondent lenders generated an estimated $132 billion of new mortgages during the second quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and market analysis. That was up 26.9 percent from the first quarter, a few clicks faster than the overall 23.6 percent increase in production volume. The correspondent share edged...[Includes four data tables]

August 14, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Capital Requirements, Including Designation of ‘High Quality,’ a Major Factor for MBS Investors

The application of capital requirements to MBS and other structured finance products in the coming years will likely trump any typical collateral analysis investors currently consider, according to analysts at Standard & Poor’s. In a report published late last week, the analysts said global capital requirements have the potential to become impediments to providing financing via securitized products. “Of particular investor focus recently are...

August 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Private MIs Post Big Jump in New Insurance Written But Still Lose Some Market Share to FHA in 2Q15

The private mortgage insurance industry had its best quarter since the housing market crash during the second quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Private MIs provided insurance on $60.51 billion of new single-family mortgages during the second quarter, a strong 33.7 percent increase over the first three months of the year. It was the biggest three-month output for the industry since the first quarter of 2008. The sharp increase in purchase-mortgage lending during the second quarter helped float...[Includes three data tables]

August 7, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Tightens Servicing Transfer Policy as Reporting Issues Arise

A growing number of issuers are engaging in servicing transfers prematurely or making changes to their servicing platforms, causing problems for Ginnie Mae’s monthly pool-level and loan-level reporting. A Ginnie Mae issuer “transfers servicing” when it shifts in-house servicing to a subservicer, moves servicing from one subservicer to another, or relocates servicing in-house. Effective servicing as well as accurate and timely reporting are critical to Ginnie’s mortgage-backed securities program, the company said in recently issued guidance on servicing transfers. The new policy guidance would ensure that issuers have the capacity and oversight controls at all times to meet their obligations under the Ginnie Mae MBS program. Currently, issuers are required to obtain Ginnie’s approval before engaging in any servicing transfer with a subservicer or from one subservicer to another. Effective immediately, any issuer that wishes to ...

August 7, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Securitization in Ginnie MBS Increases in 2Q but Not Like FHA

Sellers saw a modest increase in VA loans delivered to Ginnie Mae in the second quarter of 2015, most of which were streamline refinance loans, but FHA definitely took the cake, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Approximately $39.1 billion in VA purchase and refi loans were placed in Ginnie Mae pools in the second quarter, up 11.8 percent from the prior quarter. Of that amount, $20.9 billion were VA refinances, up 2.1 percent from the first quarter. Some 52 percent of the VA refis were originated in-house while correspondents accounted for 30.7 percent. Brokers brought in 17.3 percent of the securitized VA refi loans. VA purchase loans underlie an estimated $18.2 billion in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities in the second quarter, 48.4 percent of them retail. That number was up 25.5 percent from the previous quarter. VA loan correspondents were busy as well, accounting for ... [ 2 charts ]

August 7, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Sets a Monthly Issuance Record in July, Pulls a Rare Coup in Agency MBS Market

It doesn’t happen often in the agency MBS market, but Ginnie Mae last month took the yellow jersey away from Fannie Mae. Ginnie issued a record $45.54 billion of single-family MBS in July, the agency’s biggest monthly output ever. That was a 12.6 percent increase from June, and nudged past Ginnie’s previous biggest month, July 2009, when its issuers pumped out $44.84 billion of single-family MBS. And it beat Fannie’s $44.14 billion of ... [Includes two data charts]

July 31, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Underscores Importance of Issuer Seasoning Before Engaging in Co-Issuance Programs

Ginnie Mae said new MBS issuers need to gain some experience in the agency’s program before they are allowed to do servicing transfers, but some newly approved issuers have attempted to do so. Roy Hormuth, director of single-family securitization at Ginnie Mae, said there has been some misconception among new issuers about doing a co-issuance program in their first month in the Ginnie program despite the fact that they are not ready for it. New issuers must first demonstrate that they can successfully manage the servicing themselves before they can transfer servicing immediately, he said. In a co-issuance transaction, a company sells...

July 31, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

ARM, HARP MBS Issuance Tumbles in 2015, But Agency Jumbo and 20-Year Product Up Sharply

Heavy refinance activity in the first half of 2015 caused a significant shift in the kinds of single-family MBS produced by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Issuance of MBS backed by adjustable-rate mortgages has dropped sharply in 2015, and ARMs haven’t had much of a presence for years. ARM MBS production by Fannie and Freddie in the first half of 2015 was down 20.1 percent from a year ago. The drop in Ginnie ARM securitization was less severe, 18.3 percent, but ARMs accounted for an even smaller share of overall production (1.7 percent) at Ginnie than the 2.9 percent share they had in government-sponsored enterprise MBS. Oddly, the heavy refinance market in the first half of 2015 did not appear...[Includes two data tables]

July 30, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Ginnie Mae Exerts New Controls on Servicing Changes as MSR Transfers Maintain Robust Pace

Ginnie Mae this week adopted a prior-approval policy for mortgage servicers that switch subservicers, bring subservicing in-house or move in-house servicing to subservicers. Noting an increasing number of companies that are making such changes in their servicing operations, the agency said some mandatory reporting requirements are getting lost in the shuffle. Effective immediately, any Ginnie issuer that wants to bring servicing in-house from a subservicer must get the agency’s prior written approval, according to All-Participants Memo 15-11. Existing rules require...

July 24, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHLB Chicago’s MPF Program Announces First Ginnie Mae MB

The Federal Home Loan Bank Mortgage Partnership Finance program has announced its first security issuance with a Ginnie Mae guarantee. The $5 million security is backed by home loans originated by community banks and credit unions through the MPF Government MBS product. The Mortgage Bankers Association welcomed the new MBS, seeing it as another opportunity for all lenders to access the capital markets directly, reducing costs and increasing originations. “Many community banks use the FHLB MPF program to sell conventional mortgages into the secondary market,” observed Ron Haynie, senior vice president at the Independent Community Bankers of America. “This expansion in aggregating and securitizing government loans provides community banks with the opportunity to reach more borrowers, especially in rural and small-town markets, and to safely sell those loans to ...

July 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial Mortgage Securitization Activity Nudged Higher by Strong Agency Multifamily MBS Issuance

A rebound in multifamily MBS issuance by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae pushed total securitization of commercial mortgages up slightly in the second quarter of 2015. A total of $53.96 billion of income-property mortgages were securitized in the second quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS market analysis. That was up a scant 0.6 percent from the first quarter of 2015. All of the gain came...


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