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September 4, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Announces Interim Procedures After Finding HECM Tech Problems

The FHA has discovered glitches in FHA Connection and in the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage calculation software, which are creating problems for HECM lenders. A bad field edit in FHA Connection is preventing mortgagees from completing their on-screen financial assessment update on HECMs with negative residual income. This hinders submission of reverse-mortgage transactions to FHA for insurance. The FHA has issued temporary procedures that include instructions on submitting a request for a waiver of penalties for late payment of mortgage insurance premiums on closed loans. The agency was also alerted to a second technical problem following the release of the HECM Calculator, Version 2.2. The software incorrectly defaults, in some cases, to the 2.5 mortgage insurance premium rate when a value is entered in the Cash from Borrower and Cash from Lender fields. The FHA is also issuing ...

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 21, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA Begins Registration of Lenders to Prepare their Transition to the EAD Portal. Lender registration for the transition phase of the new Electronic Appraisal Delivery portal began on Aug. 18. Lenders may select any of the seven onboarding phases, which FHA has established to ensure that lenders have more time to work within the EAD portal to ensure that their systems, data flow and operational process meet portal requirements before the June 27, 2016, mandatory-use date. Although lenders may enter at any phase they choose, the FHA strongly encourages lenders to register for the earliest onboarding phase, and to do it as soon as possible. That would give them more time to get ready for the full transition, the agency said. The first phase begins on Oct. 15, 2015, with additional phases beginning each month and running through the first half of 2016. Information on the onboarding phases as well as ...

August 14, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Will Nonbanks Follow loanDepot Into Seconds?

loanDepot, LLC, made a big splash in the market this week, becoming the first nonbank lender to begin making ‘A’ paper second liens since the housing bust. The Irvine, CA-based lender fully expects it may soon have competition, but believes by being the first in, it will have a leg up on whichever players enter the fold. However, a quick call to a handful of nonbanks turned up...


During the first half of 2015 all residential lenders originated a better-than-expected $805 billion of home mortgages, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. What do you expect in the second half?

Just as good. We like what we’re seeing.
Better. Applications are strong.
Worse. We’re worried about rates, seasonality.
A lot worse. The fourth quarter could be a killer.

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