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April 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Multi-Borrower Single-Family Rental Securitization Poised for Growth, Blackstone First to Market

Funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities issued the first multi-borrower single family rental security this week and the market appears to be set to grow throughout the year, according to industry analysts. The $229.53 million B2R Mortgage Trust 2015-1 was issued this week with AAA ratings from Fitch Ratings. “We think...


April 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

GE Capital’s Wind Down Could Hurt ABS Market; It’s Not Clear How Existing Deals Will Be Serviced

General Electric’s announcement that it will exit most of its financial services businesses is just over two weeks old, but already there are signs that one casualty could be the ABS market. According to reports from Barclays and others, GE’s decision to unload its commercial lending and leasing operation could result in lower issuance volume because GE Capital traditionally has funded these portfolios – estimated to be $74 billion in size – through ABS shelves. “As such, GE’s decision to sell the portfolio is...


April 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Enhancement Levels on New Jumbo MBS Vary Based on Factors Beyond Loan Quality

Issuers continue to include super prime mortgages in jumbo MBS but credit enhancement levels on the latest batch of deals vary widely, with rating services raising concerns about participants with limited track records, among other issues. Presale reports have been issued for four jumbo MBS in April thus far: a $241.06 million deal from Two Harbors Investment, a $267.19 million MBS from Five Oaks Investment, a $356.45 million deal from Redwood Trust and a $273.62 million Credit Suisse securitization. The underwriting for mortgages backing these deals is...


April 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Changes to GSE Guaranty Fees and LLPAs Yield A Big Fat Zero for the Jumbo MBS Market

Firms hoping that new guaranty fee and loan-level price adjustments promulgated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency might boost the jumbo MBS market were sorely disappointed when the final details were released by the agency late last week. One executive who works for a real estate investment trust that issues jumbos said it’s clear to him that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are continuing to “misprice” their g-fees. He would love...


April 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Modest Changes to GSE MBS Guaranty Pricing Likely To Have Little Impact on FHA, Jumbo Originations

The Federal Housing Finance Agency late last week directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to stop charging the 25 basis point “adverse market” fee assessed on all loans since the financial crises, but most lower-risk loans won’t get any reduction in loan-level pricing adjustments. As expected, the FHFA did not make any changes to the “base” guaranty fees charged by the two government-sponsored enterprises. Current fees, on average, are at an “appropriate” level. “We are going to monitor this on an ongoing or quarterly basis and we’ll adjust based on market conditions,” said Sandra Thompson, FHFA’s deputy director. The regulator instructed...


April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mixed Impact on Agency MBS Market as Prepayment Rates Increase with Help from Nonbank Servicers

The market impact of high prepayment speeds in recent months has been muted due to the Federal Reserve’s large holdings of agency MBS serviced by nonbanks, according to industry analysts. However, the increased presence of nonbank servicers in agency MBS has prompted adjustments by investors. Loans in agency MBS serviced by Quicken Loans and Provident Financial, among other nonbank servicers, have recently been prepaying at ...


April 10, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

HUD Secretary: Alternative Credit Scoring Models on FHA's Radar

The GSEs aren’t completely committed to adopting new credit scoring models just yet, but it is on their radar. When asked about the possibility of alternative credit scoring, spokesmen for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pointed to the 2015 Conservatorship Scorecard which stated that they will be assessing the feasibility of alternate credit score models and credit history in loan-decision models. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who spoke at a credit access symposium in Washington last week, said that the FHA is exploring new ways to determine the creditworthiness of consumers to increase access to mortgage lending. Housing industry leaders in attendance said Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other mortgage lenders could increase access....


April 3, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase’s Jumbo MBS Conduit Rated Above Average

JPMorgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. is an “above average” aggregator of jumbo mortgages, according to a rating issued last week by Moody’s Investors Service. “JPMMAC’s strengths include the financial strength of its parent company and extensive controls which ensure consistent production quality,” the rating service said. Chase’s jumbo conduit operation buys closed loans from approved sellers and doesn’t originate mortgages. Of the approximately 9,800 jumbos ...


April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

FirstKey, Blackstone Working on Separate Multi- Borrower Single-Family Rental Transactions

FirstKey Lending and B2R Finance are vying to be the first issuer of a multi-borrower single-family rental securitization. The activity follows 16 single-borrower single-family rental transactions that have been issued since November 2013. The first presale report on a multi-borrower single-family rental transaction was published March 31 by Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The $240.79 million FirstKey Lending 2015-SFR1 is set to receive a AAA rating with credit enhancement of 37.75 percent on the senior tranche, according to the rating service. FirstKey is owned by affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management. On April 1, Fitch Ratings published...


April 2, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA Open to New Credit Scoring Models To Boost Access to Mortgage Financing

In efforts to expand mortgage access and get more homeowners in the door, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said the FHA is looking into alternative credit scoring models. Speaking at a credit access symposium at the National Association of Realtors this week in Washington, DC, Castro said, “We want to make it more affordable, realistic and more feasible for folks to become homeowners.” He acknowledged...


April 2, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Small Rating Agency Downgrades MGIC, Industry Analysts Doubt FHA Premium Cut, PMIERs Will Yield Ratings Actions

Most analysts are confident that private mortgage insurance companies will not see their ratings downgraded due to increased competition from the FHA as well as new capital requirements for private MIs proposed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. But Zacks Investment Research, a research firm that ranks and rates investment products for investors, went against the grain and downgraded MGIC Investment Corp. by two notches due exactly to those reasons. While private MIs have been gaining market share in the last couple of years, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. and its business competitors will find...


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 MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Urges Issuers to Sign up for Performance Scorecard, Clarifies Prohibitions, Policy Changes

Signing up participants has been somewhat slower than Ginnie Mae expected since the launch of its Issuer Operation Performance Profile tool, or Issuer Performance Scorecard, in February. In a recent outreach call to issuers, Ginnie officials said they have signed up 70 issuers but still need another two-thirds of issuers to participate in the performance scoring process. They cited no reason for the slow progress of issuer registration. The IOPP tool will ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Markets Have Little Fear Over Plunging Oil Prices, At Least So Far

MBS investors – so far – are losing little sleep over the effect plunging oil prices might have on the market, even though delinquency rates in Texas are beginning to creep up. In some quarters of the industry, the fear is that a major (and further) correction in the energy sector will lead to massive layoffs in states dependent on oil, and that mortgagors, in time, will go delinquent on their loans. In turn, MBS and servicing rights that have a heavy concentration in ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Investors in Subordinate Tranches Support Ocwen as Servicer

A number of non-agency MBS investors with mezzanine and subordinate positions in deals serviced by Ocwen Financial support the troubled servicer, according to industry participants. The investors have pushed back against an effort by other investors holding senior tranches to get servicing transferred from Ocwen. “Ocwen is a critically important servicer in private-label residential MBS,” John Devaney, CEO of United Capital Markets, wrote in a recent letter ...


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