Ginnie Mae Issuance

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March 27, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

House Democrats Reintroduce Mortgage Finance Reform Bill

A bill to replace the Federal Housing Finance Agency with a beefed up Ginnie Mae and set Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on a path to liquidation has been reintroduced in the House. The Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act was first introduced in July 2014 to wind down Fannie and Freddie over a five-year timeframe. Reps. John Delaney, D-MD, John Carney, D-DE, and Jim Himes, D-CT, are the lead sponsors of the measure. They said the bill takes the best ideas from both parties to create a housing finance system that combines the strengths of the private and public sectors.The congressmen agreed that things need to be done differently.


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Democrats Propose Plan to Wind Down Fannie and Freddie, Expand Ginnie Role in Conventional Market

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee have introduced legislation that would provide private and government risk-share coverage to all mortgages, create a single MBS and decommission Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Introduced by Reps. Jim Himes, D-CT, John Delaney, D-MD, and John Carney, D-DE, the bill would require Ginnie Mae to run an MBS program that combines private capital with government re-insurance in lieu of the current federal ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Issuers Slow to Sign Up for IOPP; Ginnie Warns on Custodial Funds

Issuer registration for Ginnie Mae’s Issuer Performance Scorecard has been somewhat slower than expected, according to agency officials. The reason is unclear but only about 70 issuers so far have registered for Ginnie’s Issuer Operational Performance Profile (IOPP) tool since its launch on Feb. 17, 2015. Officials said they need to sign two-thirds more to get the IOPP system up to full speed. In a recent outreach call, officials urged those issuers who have not yet registered to contact their security officers for authority to access the Ginnie Mae Enterprise Portal (GMEP), the gateway to the IOPP system. Issuers must first be enrolled in GMEP before their security officer can grant them authority to access the IOPP system. The IOPP, also known as the Issuer Performance Scorecard, will rate each issuer’s operational performance and default management and compare them to ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Large Coastal States Account for Bulk of FHA/VA Securitizations

Security issuances backed by FHA and VA loans totaled $267.6 billion in 2014, with several large states accounting for a significant share of FHA/VA originations. An estimated $158.1 billion of FHA-insured loans, including modified loans, were securitized last year, with purchase home loans comprising most of the transactions. Approximately $30.0 billion of FHA refinance loans were securitized as well. The FHA MBS had an average loan-to-value ratio of 92.3 percent and a debt-to-income ratio of 40.1 percent. The average FICO score was 672.3, which was indicative of first-time homebuyers and borrowers with slightly tainted credit. First-ranked California, Texas (#2) and Florida (#3) combined for a total of $48.0 billion, which represented 30.3 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities in 2014. Fourth-ranked New York reported a total of $6.7 billion while ... [ 2 charts]


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Urges Issuers to Sign up for Performance Scorecard, Clarifies Prohibitions, Policy Changes

Signing up participants has been somewhat slower than Ginnie Mae expected since the launch of its Issuer Operation Performance Profile tool, or Issuer Performance Scorecard, in February. In a recent outreach call to issuers, Ginnie officials said they have signed up 70 issuers but still need another two-thirds of issuers to participate in the performance scoring process. They cited no reason for the slow progress of issuer registration. The IOPP tool will ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Approvals for Ginnie MBS Issuance Slow in 2014, Suggesting Business Has Hit a Saturation Point

In fiscal 2014, Ginnie Mae approved roughly 43 companies as MBS issuer-servicers, a 44 percent reduction from the year prior, according to an analysis of agency data by Inside MBS & ABS. So far, in fiscal 2015, which began October 1 of last year, roughly 25 firms have been granted issuance approval. Moreover, the companies being given the greenlight to participate in the program are overwhelmingly nonbanks. The fall-off in both applications and ...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

‘GSE Patch’ Covers Big Pothole in Agency MBS Production; Government Has Six Years to Fix It.

Over a fifth of the loans securitized last year by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae do not meet one of the key criteria of the qualified-mortgage standard that came into effect in January 2014, and instead rely on an exemption for agency loans. During 2014, the three agencies securitized $198.3 billion of home loans with debt-to-income ratios exceeding 43.0 percent, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of loan-level disclosure data. That represented 21.5 percent of total MBS issuance by Ginnie and the two government-sponsored enterprises. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau requires...


March 6, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA to Restate Financial Statements

Ginnie Mae will restate its FY 2014 and FY 2013 financial statements after federal auditors withheld their opinion for lack of sufficient information because of accounting anomalies and poor servicing oversight. An audit report issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General said the issues in the FY 2014 financial statement arose from servicing problems associated with a defaulted issuer’s portfolio, which Ginnie Mae is currently managing. The portfolio once belonged to the now-defunct Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, a Florida-based loan originator and a top Ginnie Mae issuer.The FHA suspended TBW in August 2009 due to its failure to submit a mandatory annual report and to disclose certain transactions that suggested fraud. Soon after, Ginnie Mae terminated TBW as an issuer/servicer and seized the company’s $25 billion Ginnie MBS portfolio. According to the IG report, ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Reveals Asset Disposition Plan for Defunct TBW Portfolio; IG Audit Finds Accounting Anomalies

Ginnie Mae plans to dispose of an estimated $5.3 billion in re-performing and nonperforming loans from a defaulted issuer’s portfolio following refusal by government auditors to sign off on the agency’s FY 2014 financial statement due to questionable accounting of the assets. Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer said he hopes to dispose of the loans, which are part of $6.6 billion in non-pooled loan assets from the now-defunct Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp.’s portfolio, within the year. Ginnie is currently managing the portfolio. According to a new Inspector General report, the $6.6 billion represented...


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank of America Pushes Old Loans Through Freddie MBS Machine, Lifting Agency Issuance in February

Agency single-family MBS issuance rose 2.8 percent in February on the back of a huge increase in securitization of seasoned home loans at Freddie Mac, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis of loan-level MBS data. Fannie Mae MBS issuance fell 3.2 percent from January to February, and Ginnie Mae production was down 12.8 percent. But Freddie Mac issuance jumped by $7.05 billion from January’s level, a gain of 30.8 percent in a month. Freddie securitized...[Includes two data charts]


March 5, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Refinance Bounce in Late 2014 Not Quite Enough To Offset Sharp Drop in Purchase-Mortgage Lending

Most mortgage lenders reported solid increases in refinance originations during the fourth quarter of 2014, but the faltering purchase-mortgage sector still accounted for most of their business. A new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis reveals that refinance originations increased by 16.9 percent from the third to the fourth quarter. Based on securitization figures from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, refi activity rose by a more modest 14.0 percent, although these data trail the primary market by one or two months. Meanwhile, purchase-mortgage originations were...[Includes five data charts]


February 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Add to MBS Portfolios in Late 2014; Biggest Gain Was in Fannie/Freddie MBS

Commercial banks and thrifts added $12.2 billion of agency single-family MBS to their investment portfolios during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis of call-report data. Banks and thrifts held $1.539 trillion of MBS on their books at the end of last year, a slight 0.3 percent increase from the third quarter. Bank/thrift holdings were up 2.2 percent from the end of 2013. Growth in agency mortgage securities was...[Includes two data charts]


February 26, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Even After Taking Its Foot Off the Gas, Wells Remains Dominant in Market Share, Sees Room for Growth

Only one lender accounted for more than 10 percent of the single-family mortgage volume completed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2014: Wells Fargo. The bank also dominates deliveries to Ginnie Mae and originations of jumbo mortgages. Wells had $180.89 billion in mortgage originations in 2014, accounting for 14.6 percent of total mortgage originations, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. The bank’s share of mortgage originations declined from 18.9 percent in 2013 as refinance activity slowed and nonbanks made efforts to compete for production and servicing. Officials at Wells said...


February 26, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Suddenly, Ocwen is Popular Among Investment Bankers That Want to Help With Its ‘Managed’ Liquidation

Ocwen Financial – once deemed the fastest-growing residential servicer in the nation – is now facing huge shrinkage and is undergoing what some analysts and investment bankers are now calling a managed or “controlled” liquidation. The questions facing investors and business partners of the company is how fast can Ocwen shrink and what will be left for shareholders other than a pile of cash. “This could be...


February 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Servicing Up Slightly in 4Q, 2014

Ginnie Mae servicing volume gained a mere percentage point in the fourth quarter of 2014 from the previous quarter, capping a productive year for servicers of government-backed mortgages, according to Inside FHA Lending’s analysis of agency data. Servicing volume rose by only 1.0 percent to $1.5 trillion during the last three months of 2014 from $1.4 trillion in unpaid principal balance in the first quarter, and increased 4.0 percent year over year. Four out of the top five Ginnie Mae servicers were banks, of which three experienced declines in their servicing portfolios on quarterly and year-over-year bases. The leader of the pack, Wells Fargo, closed out the year with $416.0 billion in Ginnie Mae servicing and capturing 27.8 percent of the market. Its servicing portfolio fell ... [ 1 chart ]


February 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA to Issue Final ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Rule in May

The Department of Veterans Affairs expects to have a finalized Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule by May to help clear up some issues that have arisen since the agency issued an interim final rule last spring. The VA issued the interim QM rule for comment on May 9, 2014, to define which VA loans will have QM status under the ability-to-repay (ATR) rule. Issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the ATR rule provided temporary QM status to loans eligible for FHA insurance and guaranties by the VA and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service. Eligible government-backed loans must be 30-year fixed-rate with no interest-only, negative amortization or balloon features. Total points and fees must not exceed 3 percent of the total loan amount for loans of $100,000 or more. Loans that meet the definition of a temporary VA-eligible QM are considered as in compliance with the ATR rule. They are designated as “safe harbor QMs,” provided they are not ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Tech Issues Delay HECM Financial Analysis Rule

The FHA has delayed the effective date of new guidance that will require reverse mortgage lenders to perform a financial assessment of applicants for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. The FHA indicated that the change was necessary to allow vendors and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to align their respective software before the new system can be operational. Those familiar with the technology said delivering the required system enhancements should not take long. The FHA said a new effective date should be expected within 30 to 60 days of the original March 2 effective date. It will be announced in a new mortgagee letter, the agency added. The new guidance requires lenders to evaluate HECM borrowers’ willingness and capacity to meet their obligations and to comply with program requirements. “Financial assessment” means doing a much more ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Lending Up in 4Q, Year Over Year

VA loan volume continued to rise in the fourth quarter of 2014, driven by low interest rates and a strong demand for the lower downpayment loans, according to an Inside FHA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae/VA data. The volume of VA loans securitized in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities rose 4.0 percent in the fourth quarter to $107.8 billion from the previous quarter, with more than half of the loans coming through the retail channel. Retailers accounted for $51.5 billion in VA loans securitized during the quarter while correspondents and brokers accounted for $44.4 billion and $11.9 billion, respectively. The overall average FICO score for VA loans was 707, with average loan-to-value and debt-to-income ratios of 95.0 percent and 38.2 percent, respectively, during the quarter. Correspondents came up big with VA purchase loans, accounting for $31.7 billion of the $65.1 billion in total purchase loans produced during the fourth quarter. Retail loan officers accounted for $28.5 billion while brokers brought in ... [ 1 chart ]


February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Is Now the Time to De-emphasize RMBS and Plow Into Servicing Rights? Cherry Hill Is…

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp., which has 76 percent of its assets invested in MBS, plans to whittle that down a bit and make a major push into mortgage servicing rights. The question is: will other real estate investment trusts follow suit? One REIT executive, who spoke under the condition his name not be used, said...


February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Hit Post-Crash Low in 2014 as MBS Fees Stay High and Portfolio Funding Remains Cheap

Securitization was still the dominant method to fund new home mortgage production in 2014, but Wall Street got a run for its money from portfolio lenders. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals that 70.5 percent of residential mortgages originated last year were funneled into mortgage securities. That was down from 78.5 percent in 2013 and represented the lowest mortgage securitization rate since 2006. Delivering eligible loans into new Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae securities is...[Includes one data chart]


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