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September 12, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Investors Lining Up for Sixth Distressed Note Sale

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is now qualifying investors for its sixth auction of non-performing loans (NPLs) amid nationwide protests calling for reform of HUD’s distressed note sale program. Single-Family Loan Sale SFLS 2014-2 includes 15,232 single-family, non-performing mortgages with a total unpaid principal of $2.3 billion. The sale consists of 10 loan pools ranging from $97 million to $825 million with collateral dispersed across the country, according to loan sale advisor DebtX. It is scheduled to bid on Sept. 30. On June 11, HUD sold a $4.8 billion portfolio of NPLs, the first of a two-part sale. The national offering consisted of approximately 23,200 loans divided into 16 pools ranging from $93 million to $1 billion. The loans are backed by properties across the ...


September 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Post-Crash High in Prices Paid for Distressed Mortgages May Lead to More Securitizations

Investors are paying up for distressed mortgages these days, fueling talk that the market might see more in the way of securitizations. “Buyers of non-performing loans want to securitize,” said Brian Dunn, senior vice president of MountainView Capital Group. “They like the [real estate mortgage investment conduit] structure.” According to Dunn, the securitization of nonperforming mortgages “has taken off...


September 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reg AB II Likely Brings Benefits, Higher Costs for Market Participants in Auto Loan/Lease ABS Sector

The recent adoption by the Securities and Exchange Commission of its Regulation AB II disclosure rule is expected to be a “credit positive” for the auto loan and lease ABS sector, but it probably will also raise costs for market participants and, ultimately, consumers, according to an industry consensus of the new rule. The new regulatory regime mandates standardized loan-level disclosures for ABS backed by auto loans and leases, as well as other classes, as reported previously. The loan-level data have to be provided on the SEC’s free online database known as the EDGAR system. Although specific data requirements vary by asset class, the new asset-level disclosures generally will include...


September 11, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

For Now, the FHFA Is All Alone in Its Stand Against Captive Insurers Gaining Access to the FHLB System

The Federal Housing Finance Agency appears to be all alone – for now – in its effort to prevent nonbanks from gaining access to the Federal Home Loan Bank system by using a captive insurance affiliate. The proposal would also change FHLBank membership rules for depository institutions. But already the proposed ban – issued for a 60-day comment period early last week – is coming under heavy fire from different factions of the mortgage industry, including the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks, real estate investment trusts and private-equity firms that own REIT stock. David Jeffers, executive vice president for the Council, said “widespread calls” for the comment period to be extended are...


September 5, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie ‘Eagle’ Was Once a Red Hot Item for Lenders, but New Issuer Applications are Slowing

Ever since the housing bust, mortgage bankers have coveted the Ginnie Mae “eagle,” which allows them to issue and service the agency’s MBS, but the pipeline of new applications is slowing. According to figures provided to Inside MBS & ABS, the agency had received 78 new applications through the end of July compared to 89 in fiscal 2013 and 99 the prior year. In an interview with this newsletter, Ginnie President Ted Tozer acknowledged the decline in applications, but didn’t seem all that concerned, adding: “I think we received a bunch recently.” In other words, applications could wind up...


September 5, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Increase Holdings of Residential MBS In Second Quarter, Thrift Holdings Slumped

Commercial banks held $1.386 trillion of residential MBS at the end of June, marking their second consecutive quarterly gain in MBS investment, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The 0.7 percent increase in bank MBS holdings was enough to offset a 3.5 percent drop in thrift investment in the sector. On a combined basis, banks and thrifts saw an 0.3 percent increase in residential MBS during the second quarter, though the industry remained 0.2 percent below the level set at the midway point in 2013. All of the increase came...[Includes two data charts]


September 4, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA Eliminates Post-Payment Interest Rate Charges, Revises ARM ‘Look-Back’ Period and Disclosures

The FHA will no longer allow lenders to charge interest payments previously owed beyond the date the FHA mortgage was paid in full – a policy change that could help borrowers save some money. Currently, lenders can charge interest on FHA loans through the end of the month when they are paid off. The new rule is effective for loans paid off on or after Jan. 21, 2015. The policy change responds...


August 29, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Unable to Use $200 Million Windfall

Roughly $1 billion in damages will flow through to the FHA and Ginnie Mae from Bank of America’s record $16.65 billion global mortgage-backed securities settlement with the Department of Justice. Although most of the DOJ’s case centered around faulty private-label MBS that BofA and its forbears (namely Countrywide and Merrill Lynch) underwrote during the housing boom, a small piece of the settlement is tied to servicing chores that the bank did for Ginnie Mae. And apparently, BofA didn’t do a very good job of servicing the underlying product. The bank took over as the subservicer on roughly $26.2 billion in mortgage servicing rights that once belonged to Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, a large nonbank based in Ocala, FL. When TBW went bust in the second half of 2009, BofA was given the subservicing contract. “BofA serviced the loans for us,” said Ginnie Mae president Ted Tozer. “And they did a ...


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SEC Revises MBS Disclosure Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission this week unanimously approved a final rule covering registration and disclosures for asset-backed securities, including new non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The so-called “Reg AB2” measure requires significant changes for new non-agency MBS, including loan-level disclosures and a three-day waiting period before issuing new deals. “The SEC must protect investors in asset-backed securities just as it does investors in any other security ...


August 18, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Rule Impeding Return of Private Capital to Housing Finance

A number of mortgage finance industry groups have expressed concern about how the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule is interfering with the return of private investor capital back into the sector – mostly because of the rule’s assignee liability provisions. The industry comments came in response to a request from the Treasury Department in June for suggestions to encourage private capital to return to the non-agency mortgage-backed securities space. The Association of Institutional Investors said the ATR rule’s assignee liability provision “unfairly punishes investors who have nothing to do with the origination of loans and oftentimes have limited insight into the origination practices.” The assignee liability provision therefore introduces a risk that is almost impossible to price for those not directly involved in ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA’s Conversion Plan: Devil is in the Details

Two industry trade groups expressed support for consolidating Ginnie Mae’s mortgage-backed securities program and creating a new MBS but they are at loggerheads on some of the details. Commenting on the Ginnie Mae proposal, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said the disagreements are mostly on how to resolve issues related to winding down the Ginnie Mae I MBS program and providing a conversion option for existing securities. “It is clear that further discussion is warranted, and direct engagement with key stakeholders should be beneficial,” the trade groups suggested. Ginnie Mae has received considerable support from a variety of industry players for its “straw man” proposal to shift to a single MBS program based on the existing Ginnie II. The program now accounts for more than 90 percent of all ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG Seeks to Improve MBS Transparency

The Structured Finance Industry Group has proposed investor-friendly standards for non-agency mortgage-backed securities in an effort to increase activity in the sector. The first “green paper” on Project RMBS 3.0 focuses on representations and warranties, triggers for independent reviews and disclosure of underwriting guidelines. “The goal here is to produce a proposal for standards that we would hope the industry adopts,” said Richard Johns, SFIG’s executive director ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Significant Number of Issues Need Fixing To Restore Non-Agency MBS Market

Trustee responsibilities, the role of the government-sponsored enterprises, deal documentation, loan-level disclosures, servicing, ratings, assignee liability, regulatory uncertainty, lien priority, bondholder communication and incentives for banks. These are just a few of the issues that need to be addressed for non-agency MBS issuance to resume in a meaningful manner, according to industry participants. About 25 comment letters were submitted after a request from the Treasury ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

REITs Increased MBS Holdings During 2Q14 As Fed Leaves More Space for Other Investors

The gradual slowdown in agency MBS purchases by the Federal Reserve helped real estate investment trusts grow their MBS portfolios during the second quarter of 2014. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of REIT earnings reports found that the industry held $286.3 billion of MBS as of the end of June. That was up 9.7 percent from the previous quarter and marked the first increase in REIT MBS holdings since the third quarter of 2012, when the aggregate industry portfolio was $374.2 billion. At the top of the sector, Annaly Capital Management reported...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Demand in Secondary Market for Re-Performing Mortgages, Largely Without Ratings on MBS Deals

Investor demand for re-performing loans has been so strong in recent months that some firms are sitting on the sidelines as yields have become unattractive. Re-performing loans are being sold both as whole loans and in non-agency MBS, largely without ratings. William Gorin, director and CEO of MFA Financial, said the real estate investment trust has been investing in unrated non-agency MBS backed by re-performing loans that were originated between 2005 and 2007. “The average credit support is...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Prices May Rise Further, Thanks to Concern About Economic Impact of the Ukraine ‘Situation’

MBS investors have been enjoying a nice little rally of late thanks to what analysts call “geopolitical” concerns, namely the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. But how much further will bond prices rise and rates fall? It all depends on whom you ask. “We’ll see 2 percent on the long bond before 3 percent,” said Christopher Whalen, senior managing director of Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Over the past few weeks, MBS prices – based on the Fannie Mae 3.5 percent coupon – have neared...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors Want Overhaul of Non-Agency MBS Market, Issuers Willing to Make Some Changes

Potential investors in non-agency MBS are calling for significant changes to the market before they’re willing to resume investing in new non-agency MBS. Non-agency MBS issuers indicate that they are willing to make some changes to attract investors, while other adjustments will require action by federal regulators or Congress. In June, the Treasury Department requested comments on how to increase non-agency activity and decrease the agency MBS share of mortgage financing. The comment period closed late last week, with about 25 industry participants submitting feedback. John Gidman, president of the Association of Institutional Investors, said...


August 14, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Incentives for Bank Portfolio Holdings a Factor in Effort to Increase Non-Agency Mortgage Activity

Banks need incentives to issue non-agency mortgage-backed securities instead of holding loans in portfolio, according to boosters of the non-agency MBS market. The Federal Reserve’s monetary policies and capital requirements set by federal regulators have played a role in the shift from non-agency MBS issuance to banks holding loans in portfolio. “Historically, major banks were the predominant sponsors of private-label securities transactions, especially for 30-year jumbo fixed-rate loans, which are not a good asset/liability match for their balance sheets,” officials at Redwood Trust noted in a comment letter submitted to the Treasury Department. In June, the Treasury issued a request for comments on how to increase non-agency activity in the mortgage market. In 2013, only 4.8 percent of the estimated $272.0 billion in non-agency jumbo originations were included...


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

ICE Seeks Partnership with MERS to Expand Into Mortgage Derivatives Clearing, Trading

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a global network of exchanges and clearing houses and a top energy trader, is reportedly seeking to gain a foothold in the mortgage market via the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS). ICE is negotiating a partnership agreement with MERSCorp Holdings, parent company of MERS, as part of its plan to add mortgages to its primary derivatives business, Bloomberg reported recently. Both ICE and MERS declined to comment on the story. According to the report, the Atlanta-based ICE has been studying...


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Trustees Ask Court to Clear $4.5 Billion Settlement With Chase, Goldman Sachs Faces $1.2 Billion Hit

Mortgage trustees are still awaiting state court approval of a $4.5 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase in relation to faulty residential MBS issued by the bank and the now-defunct Bear Stearns between 2005 and 2008. If approved by the New York State Supreme Court, the agreement would resolve representation and warranty claims as well as servicing claims related to loans in 330 mortgage securitization trusts, as well as claims over document delivery. In addition, the bank agreed to change its servicing procedures with respect to mortgage loans in the trusts. The proposed settlement does not resolve...


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ocwen Plans to Use Its Clean-Up Call Option On Vintage Non-Agency MBS It Services

Officials at Ocwen Financial announced late last week that the company plans to use its clean-up call option on loans backing vintage non-agency MBS that it services. Officials see strong profits in paying off non-agency MBS investors at par and then liquidating real estate owned properties whose loans were included in non-agency MBS. “The opportunity results from the arbitrage of the underlying loans in REO being worth more than the securities,” William Erbey, Ocwen’s executive chairman, said during the servicer’s earnings call for the second quarter of 2014. “In other words, the whole is worth less than the sum of the parts.” He said...


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Proposes Standards for Non-Agency MBS, Seeks Industry-Driven Solution for Stalled Market

The Structured Finance Industry Group this week proposed the first in a planned long line of standards aimed at increasing transparency for non-agency MBS investors and boosting new issuance. The first edition in the SFIG’s series of “green papers” covers certain representations and warranties, triggers for repurchase, due diligence and communication with investors. Richard Johns, SFIG’s executive director, said about 200 individuals from about 50 organizations involved in the non-agency MBS market have participated in Project RMBS 3.0. “The goal here is...


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