Ginnie Mae Issuance

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October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nonbanks Took Over GNMA Servicing Market in 3Q16

Nonbanks crossed a threshold in the third quarter of 2016, posting a hefty 6.3 percent increase in their combined Ginnie Mae servicing portfolio, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis. Nonbanks serviced $826.6 billion of Ginnie single-family mortgage-backed securities as of the end of September. That represented 51.3 percent of the total Ginnie market. The nonbank servicing total includes a small amount of Ginnie servicing held by state housing finance agencies, roughly 1.0 percent of the entire market. But it doesn’t include the significant amount of Ginnie servicing that nonbanks do as subservicers for both depository and nonbank clients. Interestingly, the biggest gain for nonbanks in percentage terms came in servicing VA loans, which rose 8.1 percent from the second quarter to $252.1 billion, or 51.0 percent of the market. The VA sector is one business from ... [4 charts ]

October 21, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Retail Channel Is Dominant Source Of Jumbo Mortgages in Early 2016

The jumbo market is dominated by retail lenders to a greater extent than either conventional-conforming production or government-insured lending, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A group of 19 top jumbo lenders reported $92.45 billion in jumbo originations through their retail operations during the first half of 2016. That represented 76.8 percent of the $120.37 billion in total jumbo production for the group. The 19 lenders accounted...[Includes one data table]

October 21, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

GNMA Allays Investor Fears with a Revised Policy on Pooling Eligibility for Streamlined Refinance Loans

Ginnie Mae has announced a policy change to ease investor concern over recent streamlined refinancing trends involving a small number of mortgage loans in Ginnie pools. The policy change addresses the issue of premature streamline refinancing of certain loans in Ginnie Mae I single-issuer pools that threatens to deflate investors’ expectation of a full 100-percent return on their MBS investments. “Investor participation … depends...

October 20, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbanks Keep Expanding in Agency MSR Market, Accounted for Over Half of Ginnie Sector in 3Q16

Nonbank mortgage servicers expanded their footprint in agency mortgage servicing rights during the third quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis. Overall, there were $6.062 trillion of single-family mortgages outstanding tied to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities at the end of September. (The table below excludes two significant categories: loans subserviced on behalf of the agencies and some seasoned loans for which no servicer is disclosed. This mostly affects the Fannie data.) The September figure was...[Includes three data tables]

October 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Private MIs Winning Purchase-Market Share

Private mortgage insurers are quietly gaining ground on their government-insured rivals in the critical home-purchase market, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of agency mortgage-backed securities data. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized $61.47 billion of purchase mortgages with private MI coverage during the third quarter, a gain of 33.4 percent from the previous period. At the same time, Ginnie Mae securitized $79.91 billion of FHA and VA purchase mortgages, up 19.3 percent from the second quarter. The private MI share of agency purchase loans rose...[Includes two data tables]

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

IG Audit Finds GNMA Left Hundreds Of Uninsured Loans in MBS Pools

Requiring an undercapitalized issuer to repurchase uninsured performing mortgages out of a mortgage-backed securities pool could increase risk to the federal government, warned Ginnie Mae. Responding to an adverse audit report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General, Ginnie said that while it generally accepts the IG’s recommendations, forcing an undercapitalized issuer to buy out performing loans and either hold them in portfolio or sell them at a substantial loss would put the government at greater risk. “This is something we need to be alert to in certain cases,” the agency said. According to the report, Ginnie improperly allowed more than $49 million of single-family mortgages with terminated insurance to remain in its MBS pools for more than one year without obtaining FHA coverage. The IG warned Ginnie could be on the ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Crushed Single Family MBS Issuance Records in 3Q16

Ginnie Mae rode a surging purchase-mortgage market and heavy refinance activity to new production records during the third quarter of 2016. The agency issued a whopping $145.14 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the third quarter, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of MBS disclosures. That figure is based on pool-level disclosures that reveal exact principal balance amounts and it includes securities backed by FHA home-equity conversion mortgages. The data in the table below are based on truncated loan-level disclosures and do not include HECM activity. New Ginnie MBS issuance in the third quarter was up 15.7 percent from the previous quarter. Ginnie MBS production set three consecutive monthly records during the third quarter, culminating in a huge $52.46 billion month in September. Purchase-mortgage activity was the key driver, but the ... [ 4 charts ]

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Sales of Higher-Priced Mortgages Declined in 2015

Some $41.77 billion in higher-priced mortgages were sold in 2015, down 19.9 percent from 2014, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of recently released data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Their share of total loan sales also decreased in 2015 to 3.3 percent. Higher-priced mortgages are sometimes seen as a proxy for nonprime mortgages. First-lien higher-priced mortgages are defined as loans with an ... [Includes one data chart]

October 7, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Milken Institute Authors Suggest Housing Finance Reform via Agency Charter Amendments for GSEs, Ginnie and the FHFA

The Milken Institute suggests simply amending the charters of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae and the Federal Housing Finance Agency for a smooth transition toward a new secondary mortgage market. Those changes include turning the government-sponsored enterprises into mutuals owned and operated by their seller-servicers and making Ginnie Mae a stand-alone government corporation. Amending the charters could accomplish a wide range of objectives that have eluded legislators and policymakers since the conservatorships, the authors said. Michael Bright, director in the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets, and Ed DeMarco, senior fellow at the institute and former FHFA acting director, said...

October 7, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Investing REIT Annaly Continues Review of Pingora Loan Servicing; Observers Say the MSR Unit Is a Keeper

Annaly Capital Management, the nation’s largest real estate investment trust specializing in the residential MBS market, continues to take a close look at one of its more recent acquisitions, Pingora Loan Servicing, with no word yet on its plans for the unit. Annaly took control of Pingora this past summer when it officially closed on the purchase of Hatteras Financial, the parent of the servicer. Before the purchase, Annaly had...

October 7, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Production Soared in 3Q16, Paced By Three Record-Setting Months for Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae set new monthly and quarterly production records during the third quarter of 2016, leading the agency MBS market to a huge 24.6 percent increase in new issuance, according to a new market analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. The three agencies produced $428.36 billion in new single-family MBS during the third quarter. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac actually had bigger increases from the second quarter, but Ginnie was the star of the show. Ginnie recorded...[Includes two data tables]

September 30, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Issuers Say Strong Oversight Plan is Key to Successful Subservicing, Avoiding Liability

Ginnie Mae issuers that use subservicers need to have a proper subservicing oversight plan that encompasses all aspects of their Ginnie servicing portfolio to avoid servicing mishaps and liability. Participants in a recent Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, pooled their collective experiences with subservicers to come up with a general oversight plan touching on every servicing function. These functions include escrow, collections, customer service, notifications, loss mitigation, loan modification, payoff, claims and maintenance. The decision to use a subservicer is...

September 30, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

A Year After TRID, the ‘Scratch & Dent’ Market For Such Loans Isn’t Going Away. But It is Slowing

The scratch-and-dent market for residential loans that have TRID-related errors is still alive and (mostly) well, even though originators have had almost a year to adjust to the new disclosure regime introduced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “This market will never be exhausted,” said Jeff Bode, chairman and CEO of Mid America Mortgage, Addison, TX, one of the most active buyers of mortgages that have errors related to consumer disclosures tied to the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Of course, it’s...

September 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

MSR Sellers Eager to Sell their Product but Buyers Interested Only in Issuance, not Servicing

The motivations of buyers and sellers in the mortgage servicing market appear to be at odds, and sellers are hoping for some sort of buyer conversion to light up the market and get more deals. At the Ginnie Mae Summit last week, panelist Michael Ehrlich, senior mortgage specialist at Thomson Reuters, indicated that sellers are itching to see more mortgage servicing rights deals but there are not too many buyers lining up. “The demand from sellers to sell is...

September 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lender Bucks Traditional Loan Originator Compensation Plan Offerings by Paying LO an Ongoing Portion of Servicing Fee

Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group recently started offering its loan originators a unique option in terms of compensation: a share of the servicing fee. More than 90 percent of loan originator compensation plans are based on an LO’s volume, according to surveys conducted by Stratmor Group. Atlantic Bay’s Progressive Earnings Plan allows LOs to earn an annuity stream of income from mortgages when the lender retains the servicing. Rebecca Chaney, a senior executive vice president of legal affairs at Atlantic Bay, likened...

September 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The State of Mortgage Servicing Sales: ‘It’s Hand- To-Hand Combat’ on Some Deals, Analyst Says

In general, it hasn’t been a pretty picture this year when it comes to the sale of “bulk” mortgage servicing rights, especially Ginnie Mae receivables. According to figures compiled by affiliate publication Inside Mortgage Trends, bulk MSR transfers (one barometer of sales) increased 20.6 percent in the second quarter compared to the first with roughly $42.9 billion of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie product changing hands. The third quarter is expected...

September 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

To Ease Investor Concerns, VA Mulling Policy Change To Resolve QM-Related Issues in the IRRRL Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs is drafting a new policy to address ongoing confusion about its Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan program and ease investor anxiety. The uncertainty among VA lenders stems from the treatment of IRRRLs under the VA’s interim final rule defining what constitutes a “qualified mortgage.” That rule took...

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Liquidity, Net Worth Issues Persist But Nothing Ginnie Can’t Manage

Ginnie Mae continues to wrestle with issuers lacking liquidity and net worth although the number of such cases has gone down significantly, thanks to tight oversight, according to the agency’s top counterparty risk officer. Briefing participants at this year’s Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, Zack Skochko, director of counterparty risk, reported that some issuers are still struggling to comply with Ginnie Mae’s liquidity and net worth requirements.A number of small issuers failed their liquidity and net worth audits this year by not maintaining the minimum $1 million cash or 10 basis points of outstanding Ginnie securities required to participate in the agency’s mortgage-backed securities program. Ginnie Mae also requires issuers to meet a minimum net worth of $2.5 million plus 35 bps of the issuer’s total effective single-family obligations The requirements were designed to ensure that the ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Streamline Refi Segment Causing Problems for VA, Ginnie Investors

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a change to its existing streamline refinancing policy to address a problem that is giving VA and Ginnie Mae the fits. Under the VA’s qualified-mortgage rule, a VA borrower must wait six months and show six months’ worth of mortgage payments before they can refinance into an IRRRL (Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan) and take advantage of the lower rate. However, it seems not all VA lenders are adhering to the rule and that a good number are refinancing veterans into IRRRLs even before the mandatory seasoning period ends for fear interest rates might rise and the borrower might not benefit from the lower rate. “I’ve redone the numbers in 20 different directions on how much a borrower would save if they had to wait two more months and the rate went up a quarter of a point because they lost those two months ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Some Issuers Still Failing Ginnie Mae’s Net Worth, Liquidity Requirements Although Cure Rate is High

There have been a number of MBS issuers that have fallen short of Ginnie Mae’s strict liquidity and net worth requirements for all participants, but tighter oversight has cured most, if not of all of the cases, according to Ginnie’s top counterparty risk chief. Speaking this week at the annual Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, Zack Skochko, director of counterparty risk, said several issuers have failed liquidity audits in 2016 by not maintaining the minimum $1 million cash or 10 basis points of outstanding Ginnie securities required to participate in the agency’s MBS program. The agency also requires...

September 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Other Investors Stepped Up as Federal Reserve Holdings Of Agency MBS Declined Slightly in Second Quarter

Foreign investors, commercial banks and mutual funds all beefed up their holdings of agency MBS during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The Federal Reserve remained the biggest investor in the agency MBS market with $1.744 trillion on its books at the end of June. That accounted for 29.7 percent of the $5.867 trillion of single-family agency MBS outstanding at that time, but it was down 0.5 percent from the end of March. The central bank’s MBS holdings vary slightly in the Fed’s weekly snapshots as pending transactions wait to clear, but its game plan is to hold its portfolio steady by reinvesting principal payments. The single-family agency MBS market grew...[Includes two data tables]

September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Liquidity, Credit Access, Regulation Remain As Chief Concerns As Ginnie Mae Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Market’s Future

With liquidity and an uncertain regulatory environment dominating this year’s Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, top agency officials called on stakeholders and other market participants to stand up to the challenges posed by a rapidly evolving Ginnie marketplace. Chief among those challenges is the growing domination of the Ginnie market by independent mortgage bankers, who now account for 80 percent of the agency’s monthly issuance volume. Ginnie President Ted Tozer reiterated his concerns raised last year about the increasing number of nonbanks in the agency mortgage-backed securities market with very little experience and liquidity. In his opening remarks, Tozer acknowledged...

September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Servicing Business Continued Shifting Toward Nonbanks In 2Q16, and It’s Becoming Somewhat Less Top-Heavy

Nonbank loan administrators expanded their share of the mortgage servicing market during the second quarter, mostly capturing agency business abandoned by large banks, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions reported a combined single-family servicing portfolio of $6.930 trillion as of the end of June, according to call reports. That was down 0.5 percent from the previous quarter despite the fact that the total depository portfolio holdings of unsecuritized mortgages increased 1.7 percent during that period. But bank, thrift and credit union loan servicing for others – typically loans held in mortgage-backed securities trusts – fell...[Includes two data tables]

September 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Correspondents Most Active in Conventional-Conforming Space, Brokers Gained Ground in Government Lending

Retail lending through brick-and-mortar branches and consumer-direct programs was the biggest production channel in conventional mortgage lending but had a somewhat smaller share in government-insured lending, according to an exclusive analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Retail production played a dominant role in the jumbo market, where it accounted for 79.3 percent of originations over the 18-month period ending in June 2016. Correspondent production played a meaningful role, accounting for 16.1 percent of jumbo originations, but brokers (4.6 percent) had a relatively thin share of the jumbo market. Brokers’ strength was...[Includes one data table]


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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