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April 3, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Supreme Court Considers Second-Lien Write-Offs

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two cases that could have significant ramifications for how second liens are handled when a borrower has negative equity. Both of the cases involve Bank of America arguing on behalf of second-lien lenders and holders. “The Supreme Court’s resolution of the BofA v. Caulkett and BofA v. Toledo-Cardona will either ratify the trend of other circuits, which would benefit junior lenders, or overturn it, which would favor homeowners and first-lien mortgagees,” according to lawyers at ...


April 3, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Little Change in Bank and Thrift HEL Holdings

Home-equity loan holdings by banks and thrifts have largely held steady in terms of performance while declining slightly in balance during the past year, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. Banks and thrifts held $982.99 billion in home-equity lines of credit, HELOC commitments and closed-end second liens as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. The holdings declined by 0.8 percent compared with the previous quarter ... [Includes one data chart]


March 26, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Home-Equity Market Continued to Warm Up In Late 2014 Despite Handful of Warning Flares

Home-equity lending gained modest momentum during the fourth quarter of 2014, although the outstanding supply of second-lien mortgage debt continued its seven-year decline. Mortgage lenders originated an estimated $21 billion of home-equity loans, including home-equity lines of credit and closed-end second mortgages, during the fourth quarter. That was up 5.0 percent from the third quarter and brought full-year production ... [Includes one data chart]


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Loan Modification Trial Payment Plans for Forward Mortgages. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced requirements for trial plan duration, required signatures, and reporting for trial payment-plan agreements, and the conditions under which FHA deems a TPP to have failed.Lenders must implement the requirements in Mortgagee Letter 2015-07 for all TPPs offered to borrowers on or after June 1, 2015. FHA Publishes Additional Sections of HUD Single-Family Policy Handbook. The FHA has published additional sections for the SF Handbook, including the following: Doing Business with FHA – Lenders and Mortgagees Doing Business with FHA – Other participants in FHA Transactions – Appraisers; Quality Control, Oversight and Compliance – Lenders and Mortgagees; Quality Control Oversight, and Compliance – Other Participants in FHA Transactions – Appraisers ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Advocates Say New HECM Rule is A Disaster for Surviving Spouses

Consumer advocates and attorneys are urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to delay the implementation of a new policy that purports to provide relief to surviving spouses of reverse-mortgage borrowers and to find solutions that are more effective. The group said the policy HUD announced in Mortgagee Letter 2015-03 on Jan. 29 is so restrictive that virtually all surviving non-borrowing spouses will get no relief. A letter to the agency, drafted by the National Consumer Law Center and signed by the Consumers Union, California Reinvestment Coalition, National Housing Law Project, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates and Institute on Aging denounced the new policy. They said most surviving spouses of deceased borrowers of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans will not be able to meet the policy’s stringent guidelines and will ...


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 Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Lending – Beyond Jumbos For Affluent Borrowers – A Difficult Goal

The non-agency mortgage business looks attractive to many companies, but it is a difficult market to get into, according to experts speaking at a mortgage servicing conference sponsored by Information Management Network this week in New York. Non-agency originations outside of portfolio jumbos have been limited due to certain allowances for the government-sponsored enterprises and the lack of demand for mortgage-backed securities, among other issues ...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Rate Down But Banks Seen As Increasingly Reliant on MBS Holdings

Banks have retained a significant volume of newly originated jumbo mortgages and even certain conforming loans in recent years, but analysts at Deutsche Bank Securities stress that the “conventional wisdom” regarding bank demand for MBS is wrong. “Despite anecdotal evidence of banks retaining more whole loans – they are more and more reliant on MBS as a percentage of their overall exposure to residential mortgages than they have been at any point in the past 15 years,” the analysts said in a report released last week. Bank demand for MBS holdings has increased...


March 6, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

HUD Announces Revised Implementation Date for HECM Financial Assessment Guidance. The Department of Housing and Urban Development further delayed the effective date of new guidance requiring a financial assessment of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loan applicants. Issued in November last year, the new guidance becomes effective for HECM case numbers issued on or after April 27, 2015. The FHA said the change was due to a delay in efforts to align vendor software with HUD software to get the system up and running. Last month, HUD moved the guidance’s implementation date to March 2. The guidance requires lenders to evaluate borrowers’ willingness and capacity to meet their HECM obligations and to comply with program requirements. HUD Aligns QM Points-and-Fees Limit to Newly Recalculated CFPB Standards. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has aligned the points and fees limit under its qualified-mortgage rule to the ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM Endorsements Up in 4Q, Down from ‘13

Endorsements of FHA-insured reverse mortgages jumped 31.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 from the previous quarter with purchase HECMs accounting for more than 22 percent of the total. On the other hand, endorsements were down 9.1 percent year-over-year because of new restrictive HECM rules that were implemented last year. Endorsements totaled $13.9 billion for the year. All top five HECM lenders posted sequential gains. Leader American Advisors Group had a 12-month total of $2.0 billion, representing 14.7 percent of the market. Second-ranked Reverse Mortgage Solutions closed out the year with $1.0 billion in total endorsements and a 7.4 percent market share. One Reverse Mortgage, Liberty Home Equity Solutions and Proficio Mortgage Ventures comprised ... [1 chart}


March 6, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM Guidance for Surviving Spouses Falls Short

Although the new rules for surviving spouses of borrowers with FHA-insured reverse mortgages address many of the issues raised by non-borrowing spouses, some questions remain unanswered, according to legal experts. The guidance in Mortgagee Letter 2015-03 provides insufficient answers to the issues it was meant to address, said Robert Couch, a partner with the Birmingham, AL, law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and former general counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Servicers should take note of those issues and seek further clarification, he said. Issued on Jan. 29, the guidance provides a way for lenders to proceed after a borrower with a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loan dies and is survived by a non-borrowing spouse. It allows a lender to assign to HUD HECMs that are in default due to the death of the borrower, as long as certain ...


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