Jumbo Mortgages

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July 1, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Announces More Changes to DASP to Better Protect Borrowers

Investors in FHA’s distressed note sales program would be required to do more for homeowners to help them avoid foreclosure and keep their homes, thanks to improvements to FHA’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP) announced this week by the agency. The changes appear aimed at consumer groups’ criticism of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for allowing profit-oriented investors to purchase the troubled HUD assets at a discount and flip the homes for a profit without ever helping the distressed homeowner. Although the transactions make good economic sense for investors and the government, struggling homeowners end up losing their homes without having tried any loan modification option that could have helped them avoid foreclosure. HUD launched the DASP in 2010 under pressure from Congress to help stabilize the FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, which ...


July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fitch Updates Non-Agency MBS Criteria

New criteria from Fitch Ratings for rating non-agency mortgage-backed securities include provisions regarding due diligence grades and the deal agent position planned by some issuers. The criteria published this week include a “realignment” of items that result in C grades and D grades on mortgages reviewed by third-party due diligence firms. The changes include reviews for compliance with the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ...


July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Interest Rates Decline, Outlook Uncertain

The “Brexit” vote in the United Kingdom last week helped significantly reduce interest rates on new jumbo mortgages. Looking forward, it’s not clear if rates will remain low, which would boost refinance volume, or if banks will make further adjustments. The Brexit vote prompted investors to increase their holdings of 10-year Treasury notes, pushing down yields. Interest rates on mortgages tend to follow trends in the 10-year Treasury, though rates on jumbo mortgages can be ...


July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Non-Agency MBS Issuance Down Sharply in 2016, Only Two Deals in 2Q16

The issuance of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities in 2016 is well below the relatively meager levels seen in recent years, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some industry participants have blamed the lack of activity on the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act disclosure rule that took effect in October. Although there are signs the market has adjusted to TRID, only two ... [Includes one data chart]


July 1, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Downgrades for MBS and ABS Still Relatively Limited With Few Defaults and Strong Loan Performance

Upgrades of ratings on structured finance products hit an all-time high in 2015, according to a study released this week by S&P Global Ratings. The study tracked ratings across sectors and the world, while the U.S. residential MBS sector showed mixed performance. S&P said it had 30,359 ratings outstanding on global structured finance securities at the beginning of 2015. During the year, 9.8 percent of the ratings were upgraded. The rating service said upgrades in 2015 were most prevalent on structured credit deals in Europe and the U.S. Some 11.2 percent of S&P’s ratings were downgraded...


June 24, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

FDIC Revises Securitization Safe-Harbor Rule to Jibe With CFPB Mortgage Loan Servicing Requirements

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. this week revised its securitization safe-harbor rule to clarify loss mitigation standards for mortgage servicers to synchronize it with the similar requirements issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The FDIC safe-harbor rule sets standards under which the agency will not attempt to capture assets of a failed bank that are transferred to qualifying securitizations. Under the previous rule, servicers of residential mortgages backing MBS that enjoy safe-harbor status were required to take loss mitigation action within 90 days after the loan becomes delinquent. In January 2013, the CFPB adopted...


June 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo Market Closely Tracked Overall Trends in 1Q16 Mortgage Originations, Non-Agency Fared Slightly Better

Jumbo mortgage originations declined by 2.0 percent during the first quarter of 2016, mirroring the modest downturn in overall mortgage lending from the previous quarter. Jumbo originations – including loans that were within the high-cost loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA – totaled $100.61 billion in the first quarter, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. The sector accounted for 26.5 percent of total originations during the first three months of the year, down slightly from a 26.7 percent share in the fourth quarter. The jumbo share of total originations has generally been...[Includes three data tables]


June 17, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


June 17, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase’s Jumbo MBS Dinged for Reps and Warrants

A $412.66 million jumbo mortgage-backed security planned by a unit of JPMorgan Chase received high marks from rating services save for the representations-and-warranty framework on the MBS. Presale reports on JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2016-1 were published last week, with AAA ratings from DBRS, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service. Some 15 lenders contributed to the planned MBS, led by New Penn Financial with a 19.7 percent share, Primary Capital Mortgage ...


June 17, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Market Adapting to TRID

The issuance of three non-agency mortgage-backed securities in quick succession suggests that industry participants have adjusted to liability posed by the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act disclosure rule. Jumbo MBS from JPMorgan Chase and Redwood Trust along with a nonprime MBS from Lone Star Funds all included mortgages subject to TRID and loans with TRID exceptions. TRID was seen as a major impediment to non-agency MBS issuance ...


June 17, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Fargo Tops Jumbo Servicers, By Far

Wells Fargo services more than a third of the jumbo mortgages serviced by the top 30 lenders in the sector, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Wells serviced a portfolio of jumbo mortgages with an unpaid principal balance of $268.16 billion as of the end of the first quarter of 2016. The bank’s jumbo servicing portfolio increased by 13.0 percent compared with the first quarter of 2015. The group of 30 companies handled ... [Includes one data chart]


June 13, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Still Some Trading in TRID Defects, But Jumbo Market Looking Up

According to investors in scratch-and-dent TRID mortgages and traders who play in the space, auctions of mortgages with errors (of all sorts) have continued apace ever since the CFPB announcement on TRID 2.0 rulemaking in early May and show little sign of slowing down. At the same time, the TRID mortgage disclosure rule appears to be less of an obstacle for the jumbo mortgage-backed securities market these days as JPMorgan Chase prepares a deal that will include residential loans subject to the rule.


June 10, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Jumbo MBS Issuance Resumes Even as Industry Waits for Formal Guidance on TRID from CFPB

The so-called TRID-lock seen in the jumbo MBS market since October appears to be easing as both Redwood Trust and JPMorgan Chase have come to market with deals that include some loans with compliance problems. Before this week, only one jumbo MBS included mortgages subject to TRID, a deal from Two Harbors Investment in March. Many industry participants blamed...


June 10, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Says Thin Track Record Caps Rating For New Nonprime MBS Issued by Lone Star

A $161.71 million MBS planned by Lone Star Funds backed by newly originated nonprime mortgages received an A rating this week from DBRS and Fitch Ratings. The deal is the first post-crisis nonprime MBS to receive a credit rating and it will be the largest post-crisis nonprime MBS issued to date. The rating services stressed that while the mortgages originated by Lone Star’s Caliber Home Loans are generally nonprime, the underwriting on the loans is relatively strong. However, Fitch said it capped the rating at A due to the limited nonprime performance of Caliber and Hudson Americas, the asset manager for the MBS. “As more post-crisis non-prime performance is established while upholding appropriate controls, Fitch will consider...


June 3, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Securitization Spikes in 1Q16, VA Activity Drops Year-over-Year

FHA originations rose significantly in the first quarter of 2016 from the same period last year even as VA loan production decreased slightly, according to an analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Lenders delivered $54.4 billion of FHA-insured loans to Ginnie Mae for securitization during the first three months, up 36.2 percent from the previous year. In contrast, the volume of VA loans securitized over the same period, $35.0 billion, fell 1.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago. A strong purchase-mortgage market drove FHA activity from January to March. The reduction in FHA’s annual insurance premium in January 2015 continued to have an impact on FHA’s purchase-loan market share. In 2015, FHA purchase originations accounted for $151.0 billion of the estimated $881.0 billion in total purchase originations (conventional and government single-family forward originations), according to ... [ 2 charts ]


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Comparing 2005 with 2015, the share of loan applications from borrowers with low credit scores has declined at a greater pace than originations of mortgages to borrowers with lower credit scores, according to CoreLogic. “The decline in originations could be a result of potential applicants being either too cautious or discouraged from applying, more so than tight underwriting as the culprit in lower mortgage activity,” said Archana Pradhan, an economist at ... [Includes seven briefs]


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Cash Distributions Key for Loans to Self-Employed

Determining a self-employed borrower’s ability to repay can be one of the more challenging underwriting tasks for non-agency lenders. Shelley Callaghan, a senior marketing program manager at MGIC, said one of the main issues to consider when underwriting borrowers with income from partnerships or S corporations is the pattern of cash distributions from the business to the potential borrower. A number of nonbanks have launched non-agency programs for self-employed ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood’s MBS Shelf Crafted with Input from SEC

The public mortgage-backed security shelf recently filed by Redwood Trust was drafted with significant input from the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a review of correspondence between the jumbo MBS issuer and the SEC. After Redwood’s new Form SF-3, which allows for $4.83 billion in MBS issuance, was published in mid-May, the SEC released four letters sent to Redwood during the drafting stage for the shelf. Redwood’s responses to the SEC’s inquiries were also ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bayview Focuses on Distinctive Underwriting

Officials at Bayview Loan Servicing note that the loans available to correspondents and brokers in the lender’s portfolio lending program allow borrowers shut out from agency mortgages to qualify. “All of the agency and qualified mortgage products that are out there look the same,” Ski Swiatkowski, vice president of portfolio product marketing at Bayview, said last week during a webinar hosted by the lender. Bayview, whose owners include affiliates of The Blackstone Group, offers five ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Seen as Key to Non-Agency MBS

Hopes for a resurgence of issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by new mortgages appear to be tied more to banks than to steps Congress might take to reduce the government-sponsored enterprises’ footprint, according to industry analysts. Since the financial crisis, banks have largely opted to hold non-agency originations in portfolio instead of issuing MBS. According to an analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, capital requirements have given banks ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Trends in Banks’ First-Lien Holdings

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages as of the end of the first quarter of 2016 declined compared with the end of 2015, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of bank and thrift call reports. Banks and thrifts held $1.85 trillion in first-lien residential mortgages at the end of March, down 1.0 percent from the end of December. But industry holdings were up 1.6 percent from March 2015, suggesting that banks still have plenty of ... [Includes one data chart]


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Prepares to End Drought of New Jumbo MBS in Deal Backed by TRID Loans

Redwood Trust is preparing to issue a $344.89 million jumbo mortgage-backed security next week, according to a presale report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Most of the mortgages in the planned deal are subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule. The combined Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took effect in early October. Since then, only one jumbo MBS has included TRID loans ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

TRID Loans, Risk Retention a Focus On New Jumbo MBS From Redwood

A new jumbo MBS from Redwood Trust will mark the second non-agency MBS to include mortgages subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule. The real estate investment trust plans to issue a $344.89 million deal next week, according to a presale report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The rating service said 366 mortgages, accounting for 74.8 percent of the loan pool, are subject to the combined Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act rule. Redwood will issue...


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Trading in TRID Defects (Jumbos Mostly) Still Going Strong. Will the Good Times Ever End?

It was thought that with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau working on a new regulation to clarify key portions of the TRID integrated-disclosure rule and assignee liability that the scratch-and-dent market in TRID-defective loans would grind to a halt. But that’s not how it’s turned out. According to investors in “S&D” TRID mortgages and traders who play in the space, auctions of mortgages with errors (of all sorts) have continued...


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Rates Remain Relatively Low in Early 2016, Even the Government Market Is Lagging

The share of new home mortgage originations packaged into MBS drifted slightly lower in the first quarter of 2016, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals. Some $255.7 billion of newly originated mortgages were pooled in MBS in the first three months of the year, representing a paltry 67.3 percent of the estimated $380 billion of first-lien originations in the primary market. For the purposes of calculating securitization rates, loans aged more than three months and modified loans are excluded from agency MBS issuance figures. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized...[Includes one data table]


May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Originations Decline in 1Q16, Production Improves Year-over-Year

FHA activity was lackluster in the first three months of 2016 as loan originations fell 7.8 percent from the prior quarter, according to Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. The weak first-quarter production of $53.5 billion appeared to continue a trend from 2015, which saw the fourth quarter close with $58.1 billion, down significantly from $73.7 billion in the third quarter. In contrast, FHA originations fared better year-over year. Loan production was up 35.6 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. Purchase lending totaled $36.5 billion in the first three months with overall production trending downward during the period. Borrowers in the 640-679 and 680-719 credit score ranges made up the bulk of new endorsements for January and February, the latest FHA data show. It is unlikely that trend will change even if March endorsements were added. Between all ... [ 2 charts ]


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

After declining for 10 consecutive quarters, the serious delinquency rate on subprime mortgages increased in the first quarter of 2016, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The non-seasonally-adjusted serious delinquency rate on subprime mortgages was 12.41 percent at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up from 12.39 percent the previous quarter and down from 15.17 percent in the first quarter of 2015. The serious delinquency rate ... [Includes six briefs]


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Competition, Cooperation Between Redwood, Banks

One of the biggest factors limiting the issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities is the strong appetite banks have to hold jumbos in portfolio. Redwood Trust, which aims to issue jumbo MBS, had adapted by competing with banks and working with them. Redwood had a gross margin of 140 basis points on its jumbo business in the first quarter of 2016, much higher than the 59 basis points in gross margins on jumbos Redwood had in the full year of 2015 ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Portfolio Strategies Blend Funding, Product Targets

Portfolio lending remains a more viable option than securitization for lenders in the non-agency mortgage market in part because of the depth and variety of funding sources that allow them to offer a wide range of products. Depository institutions rely heavily on low-cost retail deposits to fund their retained mortgage portfolios, according to panelists speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association secondary market conference in New York this week. A typical customer of ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Share of Originations Edged Up In 1Q16, Chase Puts Focus on Loans

Jumbo mortgages accounted for 20.3 percent of total first-lien originations in the first quarter of 2016, according to estimates by Inside Nonconforming Markets. While jumbo production declined slightly in the first quarter compared with the previous period, overall originations posted a steeper drop. An estimated $77.0 billion in jumbos were originated in the first quarter of 2016, down 1.3 percent from the previous quarter and up by 6.9 percent compared with ... [Includes one data chart]


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