Jumbo Mortgages

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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

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

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Varied Reps on Jumbo MBS Seen as Effective

The two main types of representation-and-warranty frameworks used in jumbo mortgage-backed securities can both effectively protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Each framework presents different risks, and industry participants suggest that other aspects of deals carry more importance for investors. Jumbo MBS issued in recent years have largely included either an open-ended rep-and-warrant framework or a prescriptive framework ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Five Oaks Joins FHLB System, Plots Jumbo Growth

A moratorium of real estate investment trusts gaining membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system ended recently when the captive insurer of Five Oaks Investment was approved as a member of the FHLBank of Indianapolis. The REIT revealed this week that Five Oaks Insurance gained FHLBank membership on Feb. 24. “FOI is currently negotiating agreements for advances with the FHLBank and, although no assurance can be given, FOI anticipates ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

WinWater, Two Harbors Prep Jumbo MBS

WinWater Home Mortgage and Two Harbors Investment are preparing to issue separate jumbo mortgage-backed securities, according to presale reports. WinWater’s deal is set to include some non-qualified mortgages while Two Harbors’ jumbo MBS sticks with the type of mortgages that have dominated jumbo MBS issued in recent years. The $287.74 million WinWater Mortgage Loan Trust 2015-3 is set to receive AAA ratings with credit enhancement of ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank/Thrift First-Lien Holdings Up in 2014

Bank and thrift portfolio holdings of first-lien mortgages increased in 2014, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of call reports. Retention of new jumbo mortgages and even some conforming loans helped outpace portfolio runoff. Banks and thrifts held a total of $1.77 trillion in first-lien mortgages at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. The holdings increased by 0.3 percent compared with the previous quarter and were up ... [Includes one data chart]


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Indianapolis FHLBank Admits Another REIT Captive Insurer Despite Proposed Ban

Despite the Federal Housing Finance Authority’s proposed rule that would block real estate investment trusts from joining a Federal Home Loan Bank through captive insurance units, the Indianapolis FHLBank approved a new REIT member. An insurance subsidiary of Five Oaks Investment Corp. was admitted on Feb. 24, according to the REIT’s 2014 annual report released this week. A handful of other REITs, including Two Harbors, Redwood Trust and Invesco ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Underwhelmed by Returns on Agency MBS, Two Harbors Focuses on Diversification, Jumbo MBS

Returns on agency MBS are “uninspiring,” according to Thomas Siering, president and CEO of Two Harbors Investment, which has worked to diversify its assets, including putting an emphasis on jumbo conduit activities and commercial MBS. “We have a diversified business model and our operating platform obviates the need to jack up leverage to generate some return in the agency space because we think we can get attractive returns in ...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reps and Warrants on New Jumbo MBS Seen As Providing Investors with Mixed Protection

The representations and warranties used in jumbo MBS can sufficiently handle some breaches but fail to completely protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. In a report released this week, the rating service noted that issuers use two main varieties of reps and warrants: those that allow for an open-ended review of loans and those that employ a prescriptive framework. The open-ended reviews are seen in jumbo MBS from Redwood Trust, WinWater Home Mortgage and others...


March 12, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo Market Showed Modest Gains in 4Q14, Claimed Growing Share of New Originations

Jumbo mortgage production last year grew its share of total originations to its highest level since well before the financial collapse that launched the era of the “agency jumbo” loan. Mortgage lenders cranked out a total of $291.1 billion of home mortgages with loan balances exceeding the old conforming loan limit of $417,000. Like everything else in mortgages, jumbo production was down from 2013, by 22.4 percent. But total mortgage originations fell...[Includes three data charts]


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Moody’s Using New Rating Criteria for MBS

Moody’s Investors Service started using new criteria to rate prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities at the end of February. As part of the new criteria, the rating service is allowing non-agency MBS issuers to have access to the tool used to estimate Moody’s initial calculation of triple-A stress loss for a potential security. Moody’s Individual Loan Analysis model, known as MILAN, will be the main quantitative tool for collateral analysis by ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Sees Continued Demand for Whole Loans

Strong investor demand continues to make whole-loan sales more profitable than securitization, according to Redwood Trust officials. “Throughout 2014, whole-loan buyers provided better pricing and execution for our jumbo home loan sales versus securitization,” said Brett Nicholas, president of the real estate investment trust, during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said Redwood expects strong demand for jumbo loans in the first part of ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Variety in Latest Batch of Jumbo MBS

Issuers of jumbo mortgage-backed securities offered investors variety in two deals that closed last week and an MBS planned for next week. Separate jumbo MBS from WinWater Home Mortgage and FirstKey Mortgage were issued on Feb. 27. The $372.36 million WinWater Mortgage Loan Trust 2015-2 included two non-qualified-mortgages. Debt-to-income ratios above 43 percent caused the two loans to be deemed non-QMs, according to Standard & Poor’s ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

IO Originations Hold Steady at End of 2014

Originations of interest-only mortgages remained fairly steady through the end of 2014, suggesting that the new qualified-mortgage standard had limited impact on production. A group of 15 lenders originated $27.72 billion in IOs in 2014, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets, down 25.9 percent from 2013. The QM standards took effect for loans with application dates beginning Jan. 10, 2014. Interest-only loans are not eligible for QM status ... [Includes one data chart]


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Works to Gain Jumbo Market Share

JPMorgan Chase is shifting its mortgage production focus away from agency loans toward the jumbo market. “Our focus is on maximizing our share of high-quality originations,” Kevin Watters, CEO of mortgage banking at Chase, said last week during the bank’s annual investor presentation. He provided a slide showing Chase’s market share in terms of total originations, conventional mortgages, government mortgages and jumbo loans. As measured from ...


March 5, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Is PHH Sweating the Expiration of Its ‘Private-Label’ Deal With Merrill Lynch? Probably Not, But There are Risks

In less than 10 months, a volume-heavy private-label origination deal that PHH Mortgage has with Wall Street giant Merrill Lynch is set to expire, potentially blowing a hole in its production machine. According to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, PHH acknowledges that “there can be no assurances that the agreement will be renewed on favorable terms, if at all.” If the deal were to be cancelled, PHH could see...


February 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Redwood Looking Beyond Jumbo MBS with Growth Expected in Agency Business, Commercial MBS

With the jumbo MBS market slow to rebound, Redwood Trust has put an increased emphasis on agency mortgages, its commercial mortgage business and risk-sharing transactions with the government-sponsored enterprises. On the residential side, Redwood has continued to work on issuing jumbo MBS, but the real estate investment trust usually finds better execution in whole-loan sales. Redwood obtained approval as a seller to the GSEs at the end of 2013 and completed $4.0 billion in conforming mortgage correspondent business last year. During the fourth quarter, Redwood delivered...


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 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

CFPB Takes Action Against Deceptive Advertising

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently sued a reverse mortgage lender and issued consent decrees against two other mortgage companies for misleading consumers with false advertising about FHA-insured mortgage products. The CFPB filed suit against All Financial Services (AFS), a Maryland-based reverse mortgage lender, in the federal district court in Baltimore alleging that the lender disseminated misleading ads for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans between November 2011 and December 2012. In addition, AFS allegedly failed to maintain copies of the ads as required by the CFPB under its reverse mortgage regulations. According to court filings, the CFPB alleges that the lender/broker mailed out ads using materials and language that seemed to indicate that it was a federal entity or an affiliate of a government entity. All AFS ads appeared as if they were ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lenders Urged to Study Changes in New Handbook

FHA lenders should spend the next couple of months familiarizing their staff with the requirements in the FHA’s new Single Family Housing Policy Handbook to ensure proper implementation of the changes on June 15, 2015, according to compliance experts. The impending changes in the Single Family Handbook are complex and significant. Lenders will need proper legal guidance to navigate and understand hundreds of pages of consolidated housing policies and guidance, as well as substantive changes to FHA requirements, said K&L Gates experts in a recent analysis. The handbook is a consolidated, authoritative source of single-family housing policy and is meant as a one-stop resource for FHA lenders. It gathers and streamlines all FHA requirements, which are currently spread throughout various handbooks, mortgagee letters and other documents, making it easier for lenders to ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fitch Cites Origination Practices on Jumbo MBS

A planned jumbo mortgage-backed security from Credit Suisse received some criticism from Fitch Ratings due to concerns about the origination practices of some of the lenders that contributed mortgages to the deal. The rating service increased its default assumptions for the $405.27 million CSMC 2015-1. “Fitch applied a conservative treatment – higher probability of default – due to its limited visibility to the individual lender origination practices ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Due Diligence a Priority on Jumbo MBS

With new consumer disclosures from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set to take effect in August and lenders still grappling with the ability-to-repay rule, due diligence is likely to continue to be a high priority for loans included in jumbo mortgage-backed securities, according to industry participants. Only a handful of jumbo MBS issued in recent years have included third-party due diligence for fewer than 100 percent of the loans. Issuers have been ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Investors Seek Changes

Potential investors in jumbo mortgage-backed securities continue to push issuers to make significant changes to the way the market operates. “How is this ever going to be a $300 billion market if everybody has to look at reps and warrants on a deal-by-deal basis?” said Allan Berliant, a portfolio manager at Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo. “There needs to be a streamlined industry standard.” Berliant and many others called for changes at the ABS Vegas conference ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Lending Stronger than Overall Market, Hits Highest Share in 10 Years

Fueled by demand from banks, jumbo mortgages accounted for 19.0 percent of total mortgage originations in 2014, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, the highest it has been since 2002. But last year’s jumbo production volume, estimated at $235.0 billion, was down 13.6 percent from 2013. However, total originations declined by 34.4 percent in that time. An estimated $67.0 billion in jumbos were originated in the fourth quarter of 2014 ... [Includes one data chart]


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