Jumbo Mortgages

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October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nonbanks Took Over GNMA Servicing Market in 3Q16

Nonbanks crossed a threshold in the third quarter of 2016, posting a hefty 6.3 percent increase in their combined Ginnie Mae servicing portfolio, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis. Nonbanks serviced $826.6 billion of Ginnie single-family mortgage-backed securities as of the end of September. That represented 51.3 percent of the total Ginnie market. The nonbank servicing total includes a small amount of Ginnie servicing held by state housing finance agencies, roughly 1.0 percent of the entire market. But it doesn’t include the significant amount of Ginnie servicing that nonbanks do as subservicers for both depository and nonbank clients. Interestingly, the biggest gain for nonbanks in percentage terms came in servicing VA loans, which rose 8.1 percent from the second quarter to $252.1 billion, or 51.0 percent of the market. The VA sector is one business from ... [4 charts ]

October 21, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.

October 21, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Share Nudged Slightly Higher in 2015

Jumbo mortgages accounted for 18.3 percent of total first-lien originations in 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data recently released by federal regulators. That was virtually unchanged from the 18.1 percent share that jumbo loans held in the 2014 HMDA data. The analyses match conventional loan amounts and county information about the secured property to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac conforming loan limits, including adjustments for high-cost markets, in effect at the time. Purchase mortgages accounted...[Includes two data tables]

October 21, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some Variety in New Jumbo MBS from Redwood

The latest jumbo mortgage-backed security from Redwood Trust includes some differences compared with the two jumbo MBS the firm issued earlier this year. The $343.16 million deal includes loans from many lenders and contributions from a Federal Home Loan Bank program. Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2016-3 received preliminary AAA ratings from Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. The MBS will include...

October 21, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Retail Channel Is Dominant Source Of Jumbo Mortgages in Early 2016

The jumbo market is dominated by retail lenders to a greater extent than either conventional-conforming production or government-insured lending, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A group of 19 top jumbo lenders reported $92.45 billion in jumbo originations through their retail operations during the first half of 2016. That represented 76.8 percent of the $120.37 billion in total jumbo production for the group. The 19 lenders accounted...[Includes one data table]

October 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Market Tilt Toward Purchase-Mortgage Lending Boosts Correspondent Share

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw a robust 29.7 percent jump in single-family mortgage business during the third quarter, with most of the gain coming from the purchase-mortgage side of the business. And more purchase-mortgage business usually means a bigger share for correspondent lenders. Correspondent originations accounted...[Includes two data tables]

October 14, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Rebounded in 3Q16, But Remained Well Off the Pace Set in 2015

A total of $12.41 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the third quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis, but the market continued to rely heavily on a mix of recycled collateral and niche transactions. Overall issuance was up 78.3 percent from the second quarter, including big gains in prime MBS production and re-securitization deals. That still left year-to-date issuance off 43.9 percent from the first nine months of 2015. The huge jump in prime MBS production is...[Includes three data tables]

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Supports Adoption of Energy-Saving Standards for VA Properties

The Department of Veterans Affairs is urging VA lenders, borrowers and other participants in its loan guaranty program to adopt recommended standards, equipment and activities to reduce water and energy usage and to ease the impact of natural disasters. The VA has recommended wind-hazard standards, resilient building and retrofitting standards, a water- and energy-saving program, and property-and-energy conservation strategies to help VA borrowers protect their homes against storms, flooding, earthquakes and other calamities. VA made clear it allows, but does not require, any of the recommended standards, strategies or equipment. The programs are strictly voluntary, it said. The agency noted the increasing incidence of extreme weather events, earthquakes and flooding, which makes planning and building in the most resilient and economically feasible ways all the ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Thanks to Automation, Response To COE Requests ‘Instantaneous’

VA lenders are reporting faster turnaround times in processing borrower requests for certificates of eligibility (COEs). At a Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, recently, agency officials said more than 70 percent of COEs are issued instantaneously. That is a vast improvement from six years ago, when it took VA about 26 days to issue a COE, said VA Acting Director Jeffrey London. A certificate of eligibility verifies a veteran’s eligibility for the VA home loan benefit. VA’s electronic applications can verify eligibility and issue a COE in a matter of seconds. “Previously we were getting less than 40 percent electronic submissions of COE requests,” London recalled. “We have improved our system so that this year alone, 95.6 percent of our COEs are issued electronically. Out of that 95.6 percent, 65 percent are issued automatically with no human involvement.” London said the ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

IG Audit Finds GNMA Left Hundreds Of Uninsured Loans in MBS Pools

Requiring an undercapitalized issuer to repurchase uninsured performing mortgages out of a mortgage-backed securities pool could increase risk to the federal government, warned Ginnie Mae. Responding to an adverse audit report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General, Ginnie said that while it generally accepts the IG’s recommendations, forcing an undercapitalized issuer to buy out performing loans and either hold them in portfolio or sell them at a substantial loss would put the government at greater risk. “This is something we need to be alert to in certain cases,” the agency said. According to the report, Ginnie improperly allowed more than $49 million of single-family mortgages with terminated insurance to remain in its MBS pools for more than one year without obtaining FHA coverage. The IG warned Ginnie could be on the ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Crushed Single Family MBS Issuance Records in 3Q16

Ginnie Mae rode a surging purchase-mortgage market and heavy refinance activity to new production records during the third quarter of 2016. The agency issued a whopping $145.14 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the third quarter, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of MBS disclosures. That figure is based on pool-level disclosures that reveal exact principal balance amounts and it includes securities backed by FHA home-equity conversion mortgages. The data in the table below are based on truncated loan-level disclosures and do not include HECM activity. New Ginnie MBS issuance in the third quarter was up 15.7 percent from the previous quarter. Ginnie MBS production set three consecutive monthly records during the third quarter, culminating in a huge $52.46 billion month in September. Purchase-mortgage activity was the key driver, but the ... [ 4 charts ]

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some Conflicts with Deal-Agent Duties

The sample deal-agent agreement released by non-agency industry participants in September aims to provide a template for a third party that would protect investors in future non-agency mortgage-backed securities. Some industry participants warn that there are still more issues that need to be addressed, including a potential overlap in the duties for a deal agent and tasks traditionally handled by trustees and master servicers. At the recent ABS East conference produced by ...

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

At the End of 3Q16, Only Two Firms Still Issuing Prime Non-Agency MBS

JPMorgan Chase and Redwood Trust remained the only two active issuers of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities as of the end of the third quarter of 2016, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A total of $4.07 billion in prime non-agency MBS was issued during the third quarter of 2016, more than five times the volume issued in the previous quarter. However, through three quarters this year, prime MBS issuance ... [Includes one data chart]

October 6, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

‘High Pressure’ Wells Fargo Put on Retail Bankers Wasn’t Exactly Evident in the Mortgage Unit

Wells Fargo – no doubt – is taking it on the chin for its “account fabrication” scandal tied to credit cards and deposits, but so far the damage has yet to seep into its mortgage business in a major way, but reports suggest certain correspondents are balking at doing business with the megabank. Dave Akre, managing director of Five Oaks Investment Corp., said he knows some loan officers working for Wells correspondents who are no longer offering the megabank’s jumbo products “due to recent issues.” Those “issues,” he pointed out in an interview with Inside Mortgage Finance, involve...

September 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

‘Agency Jumbo’ Sector Spurts Ahead of Non-Agency Jumbo Production, Slight Loan Limit Hike Likely

During the second quarter, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Veterans Affairs home loan guaranty program all saw significant increases in production of “agency jumbo” loans – mortgages with loan amounts exceeding the baseline $417,000 agency loan limit. A new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis reveals that the agencies’ combined jumbo production, including FHA activity, rose 53.3 percent to $36.2 billion during the second quarter. That represented the highest quarterly total since “emergency” high-cost loan limits were established in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The FHA had...[Includes three data tables]

September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

No Delinquencies on Sterling Bank-Statement Loans

Sterling Bank & Trust does limited income documentation under its bank statement program but the bank said there have been zero delinquencies on the nearly $1.00 billion in such loans the bank has funded in the past five years. Some $33.2 million in loans from Sterling’s Advantage Home Ownership Program were included in the $217.0 million non-agency mortgage-backed security issued by Lone Star Funds last week. Rating reports on the MBS by DBRS and Fitch Ratings provided ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuance Picks Up With Chase Deal; Strong Demand for Whole-Loan Sales

JPMorgan Chase is set to end another lull in the issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities. The $395.40 million JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2016-3 is scheduled to be issued next week, according to a presale report from Fitch Ratings. The most recently issued jumbo MBS priced in mid-August and was also from Chase. Only two firms with active conduits have issued jumbo MBS this year: Chase and Redwood Trust. Two Harbors Investment and WinWater Home Mortgage issued ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Sample MBS Deal-Agent Agreement Released, But More Work Ahead Before Widespread Adoption

The effort by some non-agency MBS investors to create an entity to protect investors took a step forward as a sample deal-agent agreement was circulated late last week in advance of the ABS East conference in Miami. A deal agent would be tasked with protecting the interests of investors in non-agency MBS, including duties of care and loyalty. The leaders of the effort, James Callahan, a principal at Pentalpha Global and Alessandro Pagani, head of securitized assets at Loomis Sayles & Company, said the market should adopt the agreement as the template for new non-agency MBS. However, the sample agreement leaves...

September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Some RMBS Originators are Replacing QC Reviews With Feedback from Whole Loan Investors: Moody’s

Some residential mortgage-backed securities loan originators are moving away from performing internal post-acquisition quality control loan reviews in lieu of obtaining feedback from their whole loan investors, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. “Some aggregators are relying more on their investors for quality control feedback,” said Moody’s. The ratings service identified in particular Redwood Residential Acquisition Corp. and JPMorgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp., which it said “are relying more on feedback from whole loan investors to monitor the quality of due diligence firm loan reviews, as opposed to conducting their own internal reviews, since a large portion of their acquisitions are sold in whole-loan trades.” Moody’s noted...

September 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Correspondents Most Active in Conventional-Conforming Space, Brokers Gained Ground in Government Lending

Retail lending through brick-and-mortar branches and consumer-direct programs was the biggest production channel in conventional mortgage lending but had a somewhat smaller share in government-insured lending, according to an exclusive analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Retail production played a dominant role in the jumbo market, where it accounted for 79.3 percent of originations over the 18-month period ending in June 2016. Correspondent production played a meaningful role, accounting for 16.1 percent of jumbo originations, but brokers (4.6 percent) had a relatively thin share of the jumbo market. Brokers’ strength was...[Includes one data table]

September 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Home-Equity Lending Up Sharply in 2Q16 to Post-Crisis Record, But Portfolios Still Shrinking

Mortgage originators reported a sharp increase in home-equity lending during the second quarter of 2016, although it wasn’t as robust a gain as the 34.2 percent surge in first-lien originations. Lenders generated an estimated $53.5 billion in home-equity business during the second quarter, an increase of 18.9 percent from the first three months of the year. It was the strongest quarterly production number for the HEL market since the financial crisis. Halfway through 2016, home-equity lending was up 15.9 percent from last year and tracking toward $200 billion in annual production. Although home-equity lending has strengthened over the past few years as house prices have recovered to pre-crisis levels, the outstanding supply of home-equity debt continues...[Includes three data tables]

September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

A $6.20 billion portfolio backed largely by jumbo mortgages originated in recent years was sold last week, according to Interactive Data. The portfolio appears to have been sold by Premium Point Investments, though the hedge fund wouldn’t confirm that. Premium Point backed WinWater Home Mortgage, which stopped issuing jumbo mortgage-backed securities earlier this year. Impac Mortgage Holdings announced this week an offering of 2.5 million shares ... [Includes two briefs]

September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Plots Growth with ‘Choice’ Program

The looser underwriting standards Redwood Trust rolled out earlier this year for jumbo mortgages are aimed at aggregating loans that banks won’t necessarily acquire, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. Redwood introduced its “Choice” program in April, allowing for credit scores as low as 661, debt-to-income ratios as high as 49.99 percent and combined loan-to-value ratios up to 90.0 percent. The characteristics aren’t all allowed on the same loan. For a ...

September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Fined $185 Million for Cross-Selling Practices

Wells Fargo was hit with fines totaling $185.0 million this week for secretly opening unauthorized accounts for customers at the bank. Regulators said the bank’s incentives for cross-selling financial products pushed employees at Wells to open unwanted deposit and credit card accounts for customers of the bank. The fines were imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ($100.0 million, the largest penalty ever imposed by the CFPB), the city and county of Los Angeles ...

September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Retained-Mortgage Portfolios Keep Growing, Few Jumbos Going in MBS

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages increased by 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of bank and thrift call reports. The holdings were boosted by jumbo mortgages, with few of the loans being delivered into mortgage-backed securities. Banks and thrifts held $1.90 trillion in first liens as of the end of June, up $44.22 billion from the end of March. Some $101.00 billion in jumbos were ... [Includes one data chart]

September 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Issuance of MBS Backed by New Nonprime Mortgages Flourishing as Lone Star Preps Its Second Deal

Lone Star Funds is preparing to issue a $216.97 million MBS backed by newly originated nonprime mortgages, according to presale reports published this week. The deal will help the market for new nonprime MBS outpace issuance of jumbo MBS, at least momentarily. Last month, Deephaven Mortgage issued a $154.33 million MBS backed by new nonprime mortgages and Angel Oak Capital Advisors issued a $132.65 million MBS, neither of which received credit ratings. Lone Star’s COLT 2016-2 is scheduled to close next week. Two jumbo MBS were issued...


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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