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May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Clayton Receives First Rating as MBS Deal Agent

Clayton Holdings was rated as a deal agent for non-agency mortgage-backed securities last week. The rating by Morningstar Credit Ratings was the first formal assessment of a deal agent, a role aimed at improving protections for investors in new non-agency MBS. Morningstar also assessed Clayton as a representation-and-warranty reviewer, assigning ratings of MOR RV2 for both functions. The firm’s rating scale ranges from RV1 to RV4 and Morningstar said it is the only ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG’s TRID Effort Viewed Favorably

The proposed standards drafted by the Structured Finance Industry Group regarding mortgage disclosure rules will help address issues in the non-agency market, according to investors and rating services. Moody’s Investors Service hosted a meeting last week with a group of investors, issuers and others involved in non-agency MBS. Among other issues, the group discussed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s combined Truth in Lending Act and the ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Payout from $8.5 Billion BofA Settlement Cleared, UBS Seeks MBS Suit Dismissal, Court Favors Trustee

After nearly five years of legal entanglements, investors will soon receive their share of the $8.5 billion Bank of America agreed to pay in June 2011 to resolve legacy mortgage-repurchase and servicing claims associated with Countrywide Financial Corp. The payouts were delayed by legal wrangling over whether trustee Bank of New York Mellon had the authority to settle. Last year, the New York Supreme Court ruled in the trustee’s favor, and a state court judge recently approved the severance order and partial final judgment, which cleared the way for BNYM to begin distributing the settlement proceeds from 512 of the 530 trusts in the case. Twenty-two investors that suffered significant losses for their failed investment in MBS sold by Countrywide prior to the collapse of the housing market are...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single-Family Rental Vacancies Down, Delinquencies Remain Low, But Expiring Leases May Change That

Single-family rental properties are still enjoying a downward trend in vacancies as well as low delinquencies, according to a new report from Morningstar Credit Ratings. However, with more leases set to expire in coming months, vacancy rates may begin to increase. “Vacancy rates have trended lower for the sixth consecutive month,” Morningstar analysts said in their new report. “However, we may see a reversal in this trend in the coming months, given ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Re-Performing Transactions Look Good, In Line With Expectations, Fitch Ratings Says

The track record of U.S. re-performing loan MBS transactions rated by Fitch Ratings is pretty much what the ratings service expected, and somewhat better than other deals that were not rated, analysts at Fitch said in a new report. “While still very early, the rated transactions issued since 2014 have performed within initial expectations, reflecting positive selection of the borrowers included in the mortgage pools, extensive up-front diligence and supportive transaction structures,” ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG’s Draft Standards Regarding TRID Seen as ‘Adequate’ to Address Risks to Non-Agency MBS

Draft standards proposed by the Structured Finance Industry Group to address TRID mortgage disclosure issues adequately address the risks posed to non-agency MBS, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service published a detailed analysis of SFIG’s draft proposal this week. On March 18, SFIG proposed a draft standardized approach to the scope of review for exceptions to the combined Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ...


May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Channel Plays Huge Role in 1Q FHA Purchase Lending

Retail loan originations account for most new VA lending, but the correspondent channel plays an outsized role in the FHA market, especially in purchase-mortgage lending, according to a new analysis of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities data by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Over half (51.1 percent) of VA loans securitized through Ginnie MBS in the first quarter of 2016 were retail originations, but only 39.1 percent of FHA loans came through that channel. The biggest source of FHA loans was correspondent lenders, which accounted for 45.8 percent of loans securitized during the first three months of this year. That was actually slightly below the 49.2 percent correspondent share of FHA loans back in 2014 and 46.8 percent last year. Correspondents accounted for well over half (53.9 percent) of FHA purchase mortgages during the first quarter, while playing a more ... [ 3 charts ]


April 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Taco Bell Offers $2.1 Billion Whole-Business Securitization; $7.5 Billion Projected in 2015

Structured finance investors don’t have much of an appetite for new non-agency MBS, but they appear to be hungry for fast-food business securitizations. Taco Bell is the latest firm to enter the market, offering a $2.10 billion securitization. The planned Taco Bell Funding LLC Series 2016-1 received preliminary BBB ratings from Standard & Poor’s late last week. It’s the second whole-business securitization to price this year, following a $575.0 million deal involving Sonic Drive-In that also priced in April. The Taco Bell securitization is backed...


April 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Research From Treasury Suggests Dodd-Frank Act Handling of Credit Rating Issues Far from Perfect

The alternatives to credit ratings mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act aimed to address contributors to the financial crisis have their own challenges, according to a new report from the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research. John Soroushian, a research analyst for policy studies at the OFR, noted that before the financial crisis, rating services had an incentive to inflate ratings for MBS, ABS and other investments to expand their business. He said rating services were “key enablers” in the creation of MBS and collateralized-debt obligations. “Without ratings, it would have been...


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Caliber First to Receive ‘Expanded Credit’ Rating

Caliber Home Loans was assessed by Moody’s Investors Service as an originator of “expanded-credit” mortgages last week. Caliber is the first lender to receive a rating from Moody’s for expanded-credit mortgages, which could pave the way for the first rated non-agency mortgage-backed security that includes non-qualified mortgages. The rating service defined Caliber’s expanded-credit mortgages as non-agency mortgages that are not prime jumbo loans. Moody’s said ...


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

TRID Issues Persist in Non-Agency Market; New MBS Avoids Liability Altogether

Relatively strong pricing for a jumbo mortgage-backed security issued at the end of March appears to have done little thus far to open the spigot for deals that include loans subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule. The $331.95 million Agate Bay Mortgage Trust 2016-2 was issued by Two Harbors Investment at the end of March. The deal included 43 mortgages subject to TRID, many of which had initial compliance exceptions. Analysts at Interactive Data said ...


April 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Velocity to Issue Non-Agency MBS Backed by Residential and Commercial Investment Properties

A lender that focuses on investment properties is preparing to issue a non-agency MBS backed by adjustable-rate mortgages on residential and commercial properties. The deal shares some characteristics with non-agency MBS backed by new loans, but it’s different in a lot of ways. The planned $358.60 million Velocity Commercial Capital 2016-1 received provisional AAA ratings this week from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Residential properties account for 55.3 percent of the collateral, with small commercial properties making up the rest. All of the mortgages backing the planned MBS are for investment properties. Velocity Commercial Capital issued...


April 18, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

GSE Credit-Risk Transfers Face Incremental Losses from TRID

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not conducting loan-level reviews for compliance with the CFPB’s integrated disclosure, and that threatens investors in the pair’s future credit-risk transfer transactions with the possibility of some modest losses because of lender compliance violations, according to a recent report from Moody’s Investor Service. “We expect overall losses on these transactions owing to TRID violations to be fairly small, despite our expectations that the frequency of violations will be high, at least initially,” analysts at the rating service said. “Furthermore, lender representations and warranties and the government-sponsored enterprises’ ability to remove defective loans from the transactions will likely mitigate some of these losses.” Damages for TRID violations are less significant for a securitization transaction compared ...


April 18, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Kroll May Not Rate Non-Agency MBS Subject to TRID Rule, For Now

Kroll Bond Rating Agency warned recently that it might refuse to rate certain non-agency mortgage- backed securities subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule until the CFPB issues formal guidance. The rating service said it’s currently unclear whether certain corrections of errors under the bureau’s integrated disclosure rule will subject non-agency MBS investors to assignee liability. This is an issue that the Structured Finance Industry Group continues to work on, with SFIG also stressing that formal guidance from the CFPB is necessary. “In instances where these violations go un-corrected by an originator, KBRA believes the risks associated with TRID-eligible loans, in material concentration, become more significant and that KBRA may consider additional credit enhancement, applying a rating cap, or declining ...


April 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Rating Services Ready to Rate MBS With TRID Loans Even Without Formal Guidance from CFPB

Two rating services published reports in recent days stressing that non-agency MBS with loans subject to TRID mortgage disclosures can be rated, even when the loans have TRID violations. The reports are part of an industry effort to deal with the rule that combines disclosure requirements of the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act that was promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and took effect in October. Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Morningstar Credit Ratings published separate reports in the past week stating expectations that TRID will have a “limited” impact on non-agency MBS investors. A number of other rating services have made similar statements since TRID took effect, though that has done little to spur issuance. Only one non-agency MBS with TRID loans has been issued...


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