Jumbo Mortgages

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February 12, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


February 12, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Two Harbors Puts Emphasis on Jumbo MBS

Two Harbors Investment is focusing on jumbo mortgage conduit activities in an effort to differentiate itself from other real estate investment trusts. The REIT issued the most jumbo MBS in 2015, based on deal count, and is one of only two firms to have issued a jumbo MBS this year. Officials noted that the REIT is working to reduce its investments in agency MBS with an eye toward allocating capital to sectors with more attractive returns, including conduit operations ...


February 12, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Concern About Home Prices in Jumbo States

Home prices in California and other states where jumbo mortgages are concentrated are “overheating,” according to analysts at Fitch Ratings. The firm said rapid home price growth in parts of California, Florida and Texas appears to be exceeding fundamentals. Fitch estimates that homes in most major metropolitan areas in those states are currently overpriced. Grant Bailey, a managing director at Fitch, said home prices in the San Francisco area are a particular concern ...


February 12, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Demand Declines, Underwriting to Loosen

Borrower demand for jumbo mortgages declined somewhat in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter, and banks plan on loosening underwriting standards for the loans, according to the Federal Reserve’s senior loan officer opinion survey. Industry participants stress that underwriting standards for jumbos remain strong, with poor performance unlikely. Senior LOs were asked to evaluate demand for purchase mortgages in the fourth quarter of 2015 ...


February 12, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Up Nearly 40% in 2015, Market Share Hits 10-Year High

Originations of non-agency jumbo mortgages in 2015 outpaced total originations, helping to increase the jumbo sector’s market share, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Fueled by bank demand, an estimated $328.0 billion in jumbos were originated in 2015, up 39.6 percent compared with 2014. Total first-lien originations increased by 33.5 percent in 2015 compared with the previous year, according to ... [Includes one data chart]


February 12, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Secondary Market Headache: Industry Implores CFPB To Issue Some Type of Relief on TRID ‘Error’ Loans

Investors in the secondary market are continuing to shy away from mortgages with so-called TRID errors – even minor ones – taking the advice of legal counsel and due diligence providers who are telling them to stay clear because of assignee liability issues. Late last week, senior executives from the Structured Finance Industry Group traveled to Washington to meet CFPB Director Richard Cordray, but one official familiar with the get-together said the regulator conveyed a message of “Thanks for coming in, but we don’t think there’s a problem.” For now, most of the concern about a stalled secondary market has focused...


February 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fitch Ratings Warns Rising Home Prices In Some States May Not Be Sustainable

While home price gains across the U.S. are fairly sustainable, some metropolitan areas where jumbo loan underwriting standards are considered relatively loose may be on the cusp of a potential bubble, according to Fitch Ratings. The San Francisco market, where home prices climbed to record levels in the third quarter of 2015, now looks like it did during the dot-com boom of the late 90’s, Fitch said. The firm’s recent RMBS Sustainable Home Price Report noted that homes in the Bay Area have climbed 62 percent above their post-recession low in early 2012 and are up 10 percent in the past year. At current levels, the Bay Area market is...


February 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo Market Held Up Better Than Government-Insured, Conventional-Conforming Sectors in 4Q15

Don’t tell Bernie Sanders this, but the upper class appeared to suffer less than other folks during the fourth-quarter decline in mortgage production, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Mortgage lenders produced an estimated $78 billion of big-ticket home loans to, hopefully, well-to-do borrowers during the final three months of last year. That was down 8.2 percent from the third quarter, a little over half the rate of decline in total mortgage originations during the period. For the full year, jumbo mortgages accounted...[Includes two data tables]


February 4, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Wants CFPB’s ‘Clarifying Letter’ on TRID Errors Put in the Federal Register for Legal Protection

Different factions of the mortgage industry are strongly urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to place its yearend “clarifying letter” on TRID errors into the Federal Register, believing that it would provide stronger legal protection. According to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance, TRID errors – even minor ones – continue to be a chief reason why certain secondary market investors are rejecting mortgages, in particular non-agency product. The fear for these investors is assignee liability, that they could be sued for TRID errors even though they had nothing to do with the loan’s origination. One paragraph in the Dec. 29 letter from the CFPB to the Mortgage Bankers Association begins...


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Reduces GSE Business, Maintains Jumbo

Redwood Trust announced last week that it will discontinue acquiring and aggregating conforming mortgages for resale to the government-sponsored enterprises. Officials at the real estate investment trust stressed that Redwood’s jumbo operations will continue. Redwood started selling conforming mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2014, acquiring $4.0 billion in conforming loans during the year along with $5.0 billion in jumbos. Through three quarters in 2015, Redwood had ...


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Parkside Targets Non-Agency Loans with REIT

Parkside Mortgage Trust recently started operations with plans to acquire non-agency mortgages, including non-qualified mortgages. The first loan acquired by the real estate investment trust was a jumbo QM. Officials at PMT said Parkside Lending, an affiliate of the REIT, will service the mortgages. “This effort has been in the works for the past three years and we’re proud that it has finally come to fruition,” said Matthew Ostrander, president and chairman of PMT. “We’re excited to be entering ...


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

WinWater Set to Issue Latest Jumbo MBS

The trickle of jumbo mortgage-backed securities issuance seen since July will continue as WinWater Home Mortgage prepares to issue a $407.95 million deal. DBRS and Moody’s Investors Service issued presale reports on the planned MBS this week. WinWater Mortgage Loan Trust 2016-1 will be backed by qualified mortgages from 68 lenders, led by Caliber Home Loans with an 11.6 percent share, Ditech Financial (10.0 percent) and LoanDepot (8.0 percent). The deal consists of two pools ...


January 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Revises MBS Rating Criteria, Allowing For Differentiation in Due Diligence Based on Asset Types

Fitch Ratings will allow for differences in third-party due diligence practices when rating various types of residential MBS, granting concessions to risk-sharing transactions from the government-sponsored enterprises. The firm released revised master-rating criteria late last week. Among the changes compared with criteria that were released in October was an allowance for differences among non-agency MBS backed by recent originations, transactions related to the GSEs and non-agency MBS backed by seasoned loans. While most jumbo MBS issued in recent years have included third-party due diligence reviews of 100 percent of the loans in a deal, the GSEs’ much larger risk-sharing transactions have been...


January 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

First Clean-Up Calls Completed on Post-Crisis Jumbo MBS Suggest Little Risk for Investors

Clean-up calls were recently completed on three jumbo MBS issued by Redwood Trust in 2010 and 2011, marking the first such actions on post-crisis jumbo MBS. While MBS investors can take some losses when clean-up calls are completed, analysts suggest that’s not currently much of a concern for post-crisis jumbo MBS. Holders of clean-up call rights, typically servicers, have an option to purchase the remaining loans in an MBS when the outstanding balance of the deal falls below a certain threshold. Redwood completed...


January 15, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Issuance Hits New High In Securitized VA, FHA, RHS Loans

Issuers of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities pushed a record $435.80 billion of government-insured loans through the program during 2015, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis and ranking. Last year’s total Ginnie MBS issuance topped the previous record of $429.50 billion issued during 2009. The $435.80 billion total for 2015 includes securitization of FHA home-equity conversion mortgages and other single-family loans guaranteed by FHA, the VA, and the Department of Agriculture rural housing program from Ginnie pool-level MBS data that are not truncated. Production in 2015 hit its high-water mark in the third quarter with $128.23 billion in issuance, and then fell 18.0 percent in the final three months of the year. Purchase mortgages continued to account for most Ginnie business in 2015, 58.0 percent of the agency’s forward-mortgage securitizations. But a huge factor in the ... [ Charts ]


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Two Harbors Prepares First Jumbo MBS of 2016

The most active issuer of jumbo mortgage-backed securities in 2015, based on the number of deals sold, is set to issue the first jumbo MBS of the year. Two Harbors Investment is preparing a $304.75 million deal, according to presale reports. A presale report from Standard & Poor’s on the deal on Jan. 4 ended a span of 31 days without a presale report for a new jumbo MBS. Fitch Ratings published a presale report on the same deal the following day. The deal will mark the first ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Little Change in Jumbo MBS Characteristics

Issuers of jumbo mortgage-backed securities stuck with plain vanilla mortgages in 2015, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Meanwhile, a wide variety of lenders contributed to jumbo MBS last year, with only one bank accounting for an outsized share of contributions. First Republic Bank was the top originator of jumbo mortgages that were securitized in 2015, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all jumbo MBS issuance ... [Includes two data charts]


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Interest Rates Could Prompt MBS from Banks

The non-agency mortgage-backed security market could be revived this year by economic factors rather than efforts by Congress or industry participants, according to analysts. The non-agency share of mortgage originations has been relatively strong in recent years, but the loans were largely held in bank portfolios instead of included in non-agency MBS. Legislative reform of the government-sponsored enterprises and potential incentives for non-agency MBS issuance look ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

CFPB Guidance May Help Ease Fears in Non-Agency Market of Violating TRID

Compliance violations with a disclosure rule that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implemented in October continue to cause problems for non-agency mortgages in the secondary market. The CFPB and Fitch Ratings separately provided guidance recently regarding the so-called TRID integrated disclosure rule that could help industry participants get more comfortable with TRID. There have been reports that some buyers of non-agency mortgages have balked at ...


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Mortgage Interest Deduction Under Scrutiny

Affordable housing advocates are calling for changes to the mortgage interest deduction allowed for federal taxes. Interest on up to $1.0 million in principal is currently deductible. The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently published a report supporting its call for the cap on the mortgage interest deduction to be lowered to loan balances of $500,000 and below. “There is no policy rationale for the federal government to continue to subsidize the portion of mortgages that ...


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuance Declines Again In Fourth Quarter of 2015, Outlook Flat

A strong first half of 2015 helped the issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities top the volume seen in 2014, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. But as the year progressed, issuance slowed and industry analysts don’t expect much of an increase in volume in 2016. Some $12.08 billion in jumbo MBS were issued in 2015, up 25.4 percent compared with 2014 but not enough to match the $13.12 billion in 2013 issuance. And jumbo MBS activity ... [Includes one data chart]


Poll

A lot has been written lately regarding loan closing delays tied to the new TRID rule. What’s been the average delay at your lending shop, if at all? (Report in business days, not calendar.)

TRID has caused no delays whatsoever because we were prepared.

30%

1 to 4 days.

27%

5 to 10 days.

13%

11 to 15 days. It’s been a nightmare.

11%

We’re too embarrassed to tell you.

20%

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