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May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Investors Ready for Non-Agency MBS, GSE Reform

A group of investors pushed back against suggestions that so-called private capital won’t return to the market for new non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The Association of Mortgage Investors took exception to recent comments by Timothy Mayopoulos, president and CEO of Fannie Mae. He predicted that the non-agency MBS market won’t come back due to significant losses suffered during the financial crisis. However, the AMI said the government-sponsored enterprises are ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Seen as Key for Non-QM MBS

For the issuance of mortgage-backed securities with non-qualified mortgages to take off, industry analysts suggest that banks need to play a larger role. To this point, nonbanks have been the only issuers of non-QM MBS. Ron D’Vari and Timothy Bernstein, analysts at New Oak, authored an overview of non-QM MBS issued in the latest issue of The Journal of Structured Finance, which was published this month. The analysts said real estate investment trusts and hedge funds ...


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 Nonconforming Markets

Competition, Cooperation Between Redwood, Banks

One of the biggest factors limiting the issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities is the strong appetite banks have to hold jumbos in portfolio. Redwood Trust, which aims to issue jumbo MBS, had adapted by competing with banks and working with them. Redwood had a gross margin of 140 basis points on its jumbo business in the first quarter of 2016, much higher than the 59 basis points in gross margins on jumbos Redwood had in the full year of 2015 ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Prices Finally Begin to Ratchet Down. Is the Big ‘Correction’ Upon Us or More False Positives?

Over the past two weeks, MBS prices have been on a downward trajectory, leading some market watchers to ponder whether the long-awaited correction in values is finally upon the industry. But no one is quite ready to wave the white flag. Moreover, there’s a school of thought that says any rise in the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond could be short lived and, at some time over the next six to 12 months, rates might head south again, igniting yet another small refi rally. Some also believe the chance of a recession is in the cards. Barry Habib, who runs MBS Highway, a rate-locking advisory service, thinks...


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 20, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Chimera Sees Promise in Risk-Retention Requirements For Non-Agency MBS, Projects Returns in Double Digits

Risk-retention requirements included in the Dodd-Frank Act that met strong opposition from industry participants may turn out to be a profit source for some real estate investment trusts. Non-agency MBS have been subject to risk-retention requirements since the end of 2015, while the rules go into effect at the end of this year for commercial MBS and other asset classes. “I believe...


May 20, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Ramp Up Holdings of Residential MBS Despite Retreat by Some Goliaths of the Industry

Commercial banks and thrifts boosted their combined holdings of residential MBS to a new record, $1.661 trillion, during the first quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The data include held-to-maturity and available-for-sale accounts, but not trading assets, which included another $45.99 billion of residential MBS as of the end of March. The banking industry’s MBS holdings in HTM/AFS portfolios rose 1.0 percent from the end of 2015, and they were up a substantial 5.2 percent from a year ago. It’s worth noting that total assets in the banking industry actually rose a bit faster, by 2.1 percent, dropping the MBS share of total assets down slightly to 10.2 percent. Unlike some quarters, when activity by one or two dominant banks accounts for most of the industry’s change, the first-quarter increase was...[Includes two data tables]


May 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

First-Time Homebuyers Gaining Market Share Even With Strong Competition for Limited Inventory

Despite low inventory and financing conditions that can favor other types of homebuyers, first-timers are increasing their market share, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. First-time homebuyers accounted for 38.9 percent of home purchases in April, based on a three-month moving average. That was up from a 38.1 percent share the previous month and a 37.2 percent share in April 2015. “Demand from first-time homebuyers is...


May 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Execs Consider Liquidity, Bringing Private Capital into Government-Dominated Market

The heavy role of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae in the post-crisis mortgage market has brought lower rates and considerable liquidity to the mortgage business, but industry leaders question whether private capital can meet the growing need to finance nonbank servicing portfolios and the eventual pullback of the Federal Reserve. “We wouldn’t have the same price we have now without the government being there; its programs provide a 2 to 3 percent discount,” said Stan Middleman, CEO of Freedom Mortgage Corp., during a panel session at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s secondary market conference this week. “They are the whole enchilada. If you took them out, we’d have nothing.” The government-sponsored enterprises are...


May 16, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

SFIG’s Proposal on TRID Addresses Relevant Risks for RMBS: Moody’s

Analysts at Moody’s Investors Service believe that the Structured Finance Industry Group’s draft proposal on the CFPB’s integrated disclosure rule, otherwise known as TRID, generally is up to the task of addressing the relevant risks for U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), notwithstanding the uncertainty associated with the pending clarifying rulemaking from the bureau. The rule merges the mortgage disclosures mandated by the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. “SFIG’s draft proposal to standardize the framework for reviewing and grading loans for TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule compliance is adequate to identify those compliance risks that are likely to cause losses to RMBS trusts, aside from one grading provision with which we disagree,” said Moody’s Credit ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

NY Court Sides with Morgan Stanley in FHFA Lawsuit, BofA Agrees to Another Countrywide Settlement

A New York state court dismissed two mortgage repurchase actions filed by the government against Morgan Stanley, while Bank of America agreed to another settlement related to non-agency MBS issued by Countrywide Financial. Last month, Justice Marcy Friedman of the New York Supreme Court dismissed two residential MBS lawsuits filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency against Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. and Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Demand for Jumbo Mortgages in Secondary Market Seen as Strong, Just Not from MBS Investors

Issuance of jumbo MBS has fallen off since mortgage disclosure requirements set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took effect in October. While the slowdown in jumbo MBS issuance has been blamed on TRID, there still appears to be plenty of demand from secondary market investors for jumbo whole loans. Redwood Trust’s jumbo origination and sales volume has been humming along without much impact from the CFPB’s combined Truth in Lending Act and ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REITs Scale Back MBS Holdings in 1Q16, But Boost Non-Agency Investment Slightly

Real estate investment trusts that specialize in the residential MBS market held $232.44 billion of agency and non-agency MBS at the end of March, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The MBS holdings of 16 top mortgage REITs were down 0.3 percent from the fourth quarter and off 11.9 percent from March 2015. However, several REITs boosted their positions during early 2016 and the industry is slated to see a major merger of two firms ... [Includes one data chart]


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 ]


May 6, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

New Developments at Leading Jumbo REITs

Announcements by two real estate investment trusts that are prominent in jumbo lending underscore two key themes in the market: increased competition and the lingering headache caused by the TRID disclosure rule. Redwood Trust recently launched an “expanded prime” program known as “Redwood Choice” for correspondent sellers. “The Choice program is a prime program that is fully documented, but with credit parameters outside our more recent underwriting guidelines,” Redwood said. Choice features...


May 6, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

TRID Guidance to Help Non-Agency, Eventually

After months of pleading by participants in the non-agency market, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray said the agency will issue formal guidance regarding the TRID mortgage disclosure rule. The announcement last week regarding issues involving requirements under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act prompted relief and apprehension among industry participants. And help for the non-agency market doesn’t appear to be moving quickly, as Cordray said the effort will start with a notice of proposed rulemaking in late July. Cordray revealed...


May 6, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

New TRID Rulemaking Eases Secondary Market Anxiety, But How Far Will the CFPB Go on Assignee Liability?

Although the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is still months away from officially clarifying certain parts of its complicated integrated disclosure rule known as TRID, the secondary market – and some attorneys – are already breathing a sigh of relief. But the big question remains: how far will the agency go? And will it provide enough clarity to ease the fears of buyers about being sued for monetary errors? The rule, which integrated consumer disclosures under the Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, became...


May 6, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investor Demand for Non-QM MBS Fairly Low, Limiting Prospects for Issuance in the Near Term

Industry participants are gearing up for non-agency MBS backed by non-qualified mortgages, but don’t expect a flood of volume anytime soon. Four non-agency MBS backed by new nonprime mortgages were issued in 2015, the largest of which was a $150.35 million deal from Angel Oak Capital Advisors. None of the deals were subject to risk-retention requirements that took effect at the end of 2015 and none were rated. A rating on a non-QM MBS could improve...


May 2, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

It Was Thought TRID ‘Scratch & Dent’ Market Would Fade. It Hasn’t

The secondary market for mortgages with TRID errors has yet to lose any steam, even though it was anticipated that the action would fade by now. That’s the assessment of Jeff Bode, CEO of Mid America Mortgage, Addison, TX, one of the largest investors in loans with TRID problems. “It’s still pretty solid,” Bode told IMFnews, an affiliated publication. “But I don’t see how much longer it can last.” Bode noted that some of the mortgages he’s reviewing have errors that are so minor he’s surprised that secondary market investors are balking at them in the first place. Mid America buys such mortgages and “makes the cures” itself, the CEO noted. A secondary market for mortgages with TRID errors – jumbos ...


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 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency MBS Investors Seen as Fickle

New reports suggest that government-backed mortgage markets provide better stability for the economy, while investors in non-agency mortgage-backed securities were faulted for abandoning the market after the start of the financial crisis. A paper published last week by economists at the Federal Reserve found that areas with high levels of participation from the government-sponsored enterprises and FHA had relatively lower unemployment rates, higher home sales ...


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

Nation’s Largest MBS Investing REIT About to Expand Into MSR Market With Purchase of Pingora

Pingora Asset Management, one of the largest investors in “flow” mortgage servicing rights arrangements, is about to become the property of the nation’s largest real estate investment trust focused on the MBS market, Annaly Capital Management, New York. The purchase of Pingora’s parent, Hatteras Financial, Winston-Salem, NC – a deal valued at $1.5 billion – was unveiled last week, but one important facet regarding Hatteras garnered little in the way of press attention: that it just happens to own Pingora, which at last check laid claim to roughly $76 billion in MSR assets. However, not all of the servicing rights will become...


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 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Trading Hits Low for the Year; Is Liquidity an Issue or Is This the ‘New Normal’?

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS fell to $189.4 billion in March, the lowest reading of the year, and a sign that liquidity may still be an issue, depending on which seat you’re in. According to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the trading numbers for 2016, so far, haven’t exactly lit the world on fire. In January and February, the readings were $195.1 billion and $201.4 billion, respectively. Last year, the best reading was...


April 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Servicing ‘Marks’ Vary Among the Megabanks in a Wild And Wooly 1Q16; BofA Values its MSR Asset at Just 58 BPs

When interest rates take an unexpected dive – as they did in the first quarter – it can wreak havoc on servicing assets as banks and nonbanks try to calculate a fair market value for their residential receivables. According to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance and based on a compilation of values by Piper Jaffray, certain megabanks assigned some of the lowest values in years to their portfolios during the first quarter of this year. Bank of America, for instance, which usually ranks third among all servicers, assigned...[Includes one data table]


April 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The TRID Drama Continues: Buyer Exits Jumbo Space; Industry Loses Hope on ‘Official Guidance’

For mortgage bankers, it was another trying week in TRID purgatory: A mid-sized nonbank exited the correspondent jumbo market because of concerns over legal liability and separately it appeared industry trade groups have given up hope that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will issue any type of formal guidance on cures. Meanwhile, the TRID scratch-and-dent market continues to hum along and the consumer watchdog agency has begun examining residential lenders for compliance with the integrated disclosure rule. “TRID exams have commenced...


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

Big Merger of Mortgage REITs May Signal More Deals Are on the Way; Linked Firms May Be Top Candidates

The nation’s largest MBS-investing real estate investment trust, Annaly Capital Management, this week agreed to buy the third largest player in the market, setting off speculation among analysts and investors that the “mREIT” sector could be in for a healthy dose of consolidation. The New York-based Annaly said it would buy Hatteras Financial Corp., Winston-Salem, NC, for roughly $1.5 billion in cash and stock. At year end, Annaly ranked...


April 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Next Up for the Blackstone Group and Finance of America: Non-QM Investing. How Big Can It Get?

Over the past year, The Blackstone Group has been aggressively expanding into many facets of the mortgage business and is now ready to make what might be considered a bold move: investing and originating in residential loans that don’t meet the qualified-mortgage test. But just how big might Blackstone get? That’s hard to say at this point. A source inside the company, who spoke under the condition his name not be used, confirmed...


April 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

New Disclosures by PHH Cast Doubt on Salability of the Nonbank Mortgage Giant

Over the past two years, PHH Corp. has lost $64 million on its mortgage business and now that Merrill Lynch has given notice that it wants to end some of its private-label contracts with PHH Mortgage, the nonbank’s future is beginning to look cloudier. Moreover, analysts and investors who follow the company wonder whether PHH’s private-label model – the bread and butter of its origination business – is fixable in the modern era of mortgage banking. Meanwhile, all of this is happening at a time when management hopes to sell the company, or at least field offers for some of its key assets, including a $226 billion servicing portfolio. The bad news for PHH started...


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