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October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Prices Hit a 52-Week High; Will Mortgage REITs Become a Safe Haven for Investors?

Investors have bid up the value of MBS the past two weeks, with agency product hitting new 52-week highs. This development benefits investors as long as interest rates don’t fall dramatically enough to spark prepayment concerns. In particular, analysts are paying close attention to publicly traded mortgage real estate investment trusts that hold agency MBS. According to figures compiled by Inside MBS & ABS, REITs held $286.3 billion of MBS at the end of June after increasing their holdings by 9.7 percent during the second quarter. Now, those bets are paying off...


October 10, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Ginnie Mae MBS Issuance Increases in 3Q14

Ginnie Mae issuance for the first nine months of 2014 totaled $207.5 billion as government-backed purchase-mortgage activity picked up in the third quarter, according to an analysis of agency data. New issuances rose 19.8 percent from the second quarter. FHA loans accounted for $116.9 billion of new Ginnie Mae issuances while VA and the Rural Housing Development funneled $75.9 billion and $14.2 billion, respectively, of new loans into Ginnie Mae pools. Mortgage securities backed by home-equity conversion mortgages are not included. Purchase mortgages totaling $140.6 billion comprised the bulk of new issuances over the nine-month period while the share of refinances totaled $49.8 billion. Modified loans accounted for $17.1 billion. Most of the FHA and VA loans originated during the first nine months came through the ... [ 2 charts ]


October 10, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency MBS Likely to Remain in 144A Market

Issuers of non-agency mortgage-backed securities appear likely to continue working in the private 144A market as opposed to issuing deals in the public market, according to industry participants. Redwood Trust was issuing jumbo MBS in the public market, but it switched to the 144A market even before new requirements from the Securities and Exchange Commission made private issuance more attractive. Most other jumbo MBS issuers in recent years have also stuck with offering their deals in ...


October 10, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Market Looks to Address Second Liens

A number of participants in the non-agency market are working to address the risks posed by second liens taken out by borrowers after the origination of the first mortgage. Some potential investors in non-agency mortgage-backed securities have balked at buying into new issuance due to concerns about borrower leverage and equity positions. “That’s a big problem for insurance companies and institutional investors, that debt can morph over time,” Fred Matera, a managing director at Redwood Trust ...


October 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reg AB2 Seen as a Way to Reduce Investor Reliance on Ratings for MBS and ABS

The disclosure rule recently issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission aims to reduce reliance on credit ratings in the structured finance market, an issue that federal regulators have long grappled with. The SEC’s Regulation AB took effect in 2006, and it included a requirement that publicly offered securities have an investment-grade rating. The so-called Reg AB2 finalized by the SEC in August eliminates the rating requirement and instead sets a number of new requirements for publicly issued deals. Beginning in November 2015, the CEO of the depositor of publicly issued...


October 9, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

MSR Firm MountainView Joins the ‘Rush’ To Non-QM Lending, Will Go Slow at First

MountainView, a firm known mostly for the market it makes in mortgage servicing rights, is branching out into non-QM lending, but company officials cautioned that its effort will start small. Moreover, a spokesman for the firm clarified that loans acquired through its new “Peak Program” will meet the ability-to-repay rule requirements, including the non-QM loans. “We expect...


October 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Growth, Regulatory Concerns for MBS Backed by Nonperforming Loans

The market for non-agency MBS backed by nonperforming and re-performing home loans has grown exponentially in recent years. However, the sector remains relatively small and regulatory concerns persist regarding servicing practices. At the ABS East conference produced by Information Management Network last week in Miami Beach, Susan Valenti, a director at Wells Fargo Securities, said $1.0 billion of non-agency MBS backed by nonperforming loans and re-performing loans was issued in 2011, followed by $2.0 billion of such issuance in 2012, $5.7 billion in issuance in 2013 and $5.2 billion in issuance thus far in 2014. Most of the deals aren’t...


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Downturn Avoided with $518M in New HMBS

Issuers of securities backed by Home Equity Conversion Mortgages created $518 million in new HMBS pools during August, the third largest monthly HMBS issuance this year and the latest month for which HMBS issuance data was available. August’s new issuance total was up slightly from July’s $507 million, according to New View Advisors, which advises financial services clients on capital markets, product development and investment strategies. Ninety-one pools were issued, consisting of 46 original issuance and 45 tail pools. Original HMBS pools are created when a pool of FHA-insured reverse mortgages is securitized for the first time. Tail HMBS issuances are HMBS pools created from the uncertified portions of HECMs that have already had their original HMBS issuance. Tail issuances accounted for about $140 million. Beginning with FY 2014, HECM principal limits were ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Financed Minorities, LI Borrowers

Ginnie Mae securitized a relatively higher volume of loans for African-American borrowers than did Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, according to a new Inside FHA Lending analysis of recently released Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data covering 2013 mortgage originations. Nearly a quarter, 24.7 percent, of mortgages made to black borrowers last year had FHA, VA or rural housing loans financed through Ginnie Mae, loan-level HMDA data show. Fannie Mae (19.2 percent) and Freddie Mac (9.9 percent) also accounted for large shares of mortgages for black borrowers. However, blacks accounted for just 4.2 percent of mortgages with the race of the primary borrower identified in HMDA reports. Fannie actually had a bigger share of the Hispanic market (24.7 percent), but Ginnie accounted for a substantial 17.3 percent of mortgages made to Hispanic borrowers last year. All three agencies saw ... [1 chart]


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA’s QA Draft Addresses Enforcement Concerns

Obama administration officials and federal regulators met recently with mortgage industry representatives to discuss lender overlays and other obstacles preventing borrowers with slightly tainted credit and first-time homebuyers from obtaining a mortgage. Neither administration officials nor industry participants, however, spoke on or off the record about the things that were discussed during the Sept. 17 meeting at the White House. It was also unclear whether both sides have agreed on any solutions to the issues that lenders say are preventing them from lending. Sources, however, said one major issue is lenders’ uncertainty about their legal responsibilities and liabilities, which already have cost the industry billions of dollars in massive legacy settlements. Lenders have complained that even the slightest loan paperwork error could force them out of the ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Ginnie Mae AE Discusses Other Issuer Pitfalls

Approved issuers must ensure that loans have the requisite federal insurance or guarantee before bundling them for securitization, cautioned Ginnie Mae. Loans that fail Ginnie’s “loan matching” review will be tagged as “uninsured” and will not be accepted for securitization, according to John Kozak, a Ginnie Mae account executive and a panelist at a conference sponsored by the agency this week. Ginnie Mae uses loan matching to screen for mortgages that may have been endorsed on paper but have not been actually insured or guaranteed by either the FHA, VA or the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Development. Every month, Ginnie Mae takes a certain lender’s entire mortgage portfolio and throws it up against the agency’s insured/guaranteed database in search for loan mismatches. To do this, the agency uses “two-string match” criteria, which consist of a ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA to Tighten Supervision of Issuers

Ginnie Mae has unveiled new plans for issuer standards as well as steps to boost liquidity in the mortgage servicing rights (MSR) market. Agency officials at a summit hosted by Ginnie Mae this week in Washington, DC, said both actions are designed to avoid issuer failures and to preserve residential mortgage servicing as an economically viable activity and MSRs as an attractive asset class. The officials said changes will be made to Ginnie’s mortgage-backed securities program to support the agency’s transformation from a pre-crisis bank-driven government MBS program to a post-crisis program where non-depositories and smaller financial institutions play a much bigger role. By the middle of next year, approximately a third of Ginnie MSRs will have changed hands over the previous four years, agency officials said. Many of the new owners of the servicing rights are ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Treasury Working to Convince Investors New Non-Agency MBS is a Good Deal

The Treasury Department is working on at least two initiatives aimed at boosting issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities, following more than four years of industry-driven reform efforts that haven’t attracted enough attention from investors. “The private-label securities market is virtually dormant,” Olga Gorodetsky, a senior policy advisor at the Treasury, said this week at the ABS East conference produced by Information Management Network in Miami Beach. The Treasury is considering working with ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-QM MBS Won’t Happen This Year, But Nonbanks Developing the Non-QM Market Have ‘Take-Out’ Investors

At least a dozen or so national lenders – almost all of them nonbanks – have rolled out lending programs for loans that don’t meet the qualified mortgage standard, and none of them expect to issue a mortgage-backed security this year. Moreover, most aren’t so certain they will be able to issue a security next year either, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking about it. New Penn Financial has created...


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch: Concentration of Servicers Could Squeeze U.S. Residential MBS Landscape

The rapid growth of nonbank special servicers since the mortgage crisis has resulted in a concentration of entities controlling the vast majority of loans in need of a work out, which could present some risks for non-agency MBS, according to a report by Fitch Ratings. Fitch cited industry consolidation, increased specialization and regulation as the primary drivers of the concentration shift toward nonbank servicers. “Historically, servicing was concentrated among the largest commercial banks due to their dominant market share in mortgage origination,” the rating service said. “Today, several nonbank servicers have achieved portfolio sizes that have begun to eclipse their banking counterparts.” Fitch noted...


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Officials Play Up Growing Demand for Ginnie Mae MBS, Cite Factors for Increased Ginnie Activity

Demand in the fixed-income markets for Ginnie Mae securities continues to increase at home and abroad as the program’s deep liquidity and explicit government guaranty draw more investors, according to agency officials and MBS issuers. The relatively high proportion of purchase-money loans and first-time buyers helped Ginnie edge past Freddie Mac in recent months in terms of new issuance, noted John Getchis, head of Ginnie’s Office of Capital Markets, during the Ginnie Mae Summit held in Washington, DC, this week. “We saw...


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Cautious Optimism in Structured Finance Market As New Regulations Ease Compliance Uncertainty

Investors are comfortable with broad swaths of the structured finance market and issuers are cautiously optimistic that regulators won’t hinder activity too much going forward, according to attendees at the ABS East conference produced by Information Management Network this week in Miami Beach. “We’re in a pretty good spot right now in the market from a supply-demand perspective,” said Bob Behal, a principal and co-head of ABS investments and commercial MBS investments at Vanguard Group. Almost 3,700 people had registered by the start of the conference, up slightly from around 3,500 people in 2013. Will Zak, a director at Barclays, said...


September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Still Stuck, Experts Agree; Policymakers, Players Discuss Ways to Ignite Growth

The non-agency MBS market remains stuck in the post-crisis doldrums, showing no signs of recovering, according to experts participating at this week’s Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Summit in Washington, DC. Efforts to ignite the growth in non-agency securitization channels to help reduce the government’s role in housing finance and draw back private capital have produced little result. Except for sporadic twitches, thanks to a smattering of deals backed by jumbo loans, the non-agency MBS market is barely alive, panelists said. The government, which is working to revive the non-agency market, sees...


September 18, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Experts Say Tougher Legal Liability Under TILA Is One of the Treacherous Shoals Awaiting Under TRID

Among the many challenges associated with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s pending integrated disclosure rule is expanded legal liability for lenders based on the more threatening Truth in Lending Act, as opposed to the more palatable liability framework of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. During a webinar sponsored last week by Inside Mortgage Finance, Rich Horn, a partner with the Dentons law firm and one of the architects of the rule while a regulator at the CFPB, noted there is no private right of action for integrated disclosures under RESPA. On the other hand, with TILA liability, “there is...


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...


Poll

Over the next six months we plan to hire this many more additional loan officers:

1 to 10 (We're being careful.)

31%

11 to 30 (We're optimistic.)

10%

More than 30 (We're in a growth mode as the banks get out.)

31%

We're cutting back. (Are you nuts? It's ugly out there.)

29%

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