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April 8, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM Lenders Get Some Latitude On Due-and-Payable Requests

The FHA has issued new, more permissive loss-mitigation guidelines for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, including an optional extension for mortgagees when submitting due-and-payable requests. Additionally, the guidelines allow mortgagees to cure a HECM borrower’s taxes and/or insurance defaults as long as the FHA incurs no cost and the mortgagee agrees to refrain from seeking loan assignment for at least three years. The guidelines further remove a previous restriction prohibiting the use of the permissive loss-mitigation options announced in Mortgagee Letter 2015-11 for borrowers in foreclosure. Accordingly, for HECM loans that were in the process of foreclosure prior to the issuance of ML-2015-11, mortgagees may assess those borrowers for a repayment plan in accordance with the mortgagee letter. The repayment plan must have the ...


April 8, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Market Slumped in 1Q16, But Monthly Data Show Rebound

Ginnie Mae issued $93.41 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the first three months of 2016, an 8.6 percent drop from the previous quarter, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of loan-level MBS data, excluding FHA reverse-mortgage activity. Early 2016 was the slowest market in a year for Ginnie MBS production, though it still was stronger than most of the agency’s pre-2015 business. And issuance in the first quarter of 2016 was 17.0 percent ahead of the volume produced during the same period last year. The soft spot in the first quarter was FHA lending, especially purchase-mortgage activity. Issuers delivered $54.44 billion of FHA loans into Ginnie MBS during the period, a 12.1 percent drop from the fourth quarter, including a 15.0 percent decline in FHA purchase mortgages. Securitization of VA loans fell by a ... [4 charts].


April 8, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

A district court of appeals in Florida ruled in favor of a borrower this week in a case involving a foreclosure on a mortgage in a non-agency mortgage-backed security. The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, found that the trustee on a non-agency MBS issued by Bear Stearns in 2006 didn’t have the proper documentation to complete a foreclosure initiated in 2009. “An exhibit filed during the trial contained no indication that ... [Includes three briefs]


March 25, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks’ HEL Holdings Down Slightly in 4Q

Bank and thrift holdings of home-equity loans declined by less than 1.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter, according to a new ranking from the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. Banks and thrifts held $944.33 billion in home-equity lines of credit, unused HELOC commitments and closed-end second liens in portfolio as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2015, down 0.8 percent from the third quarter ... [Includes one data chart]


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