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August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Wait Time for Evaluating, Deploying Home-Retention Options Reduced

The FHA has announced new streamlined procedures to help delinquent homeowners avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. The agency is revising loss-mitigation procedures servicers use when evaluating and choosing the best home-retention options for delinquent borrowers by reducing waiting time for results. The new streamlined procedures are designed to enhance servicers’ ability to evaluate foreclosure-avoidance alternatives, especially for the FHA-Home Affordable Modification Program (FHA-HAMP). Specifically, FHA will require servicers to convert successful three-month trial modifications into permanent modifications within 60 days instead of the average four to six months. Borrowers who have three missed mortgage payments would be able to opt for a partial claim to bring their arrearages current versus the previous four-month minimum. In addition, the FHA will eliminate the ...

August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Groups Ask FHA, VA to Set Aside PACE Guide, Allow Comment Period

Major industry trade groups are asking FHA and VA to suspend proposed guidelines for energy-improvement loans and give stakeholders an opportunity to comment. In a joint letter, 11 trade groups warned that the proposed agency guidelines regarding Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans raises serious concerns that must be resolved before implementation of any PACE guidance. Prior to the issuance of the new guidelines, both FHA and VA prohibited the financing or refinancing if there was a lien other than the FHA-insured or VA-guaranteed mortgages. PACE programs are available in 19 states but most are in California. They provide financing for home improvements and clean-energy upgrades that would result in more efficient use of water and electricity, and ultimately savings for homeowners. The PACE obligation is repaid through a property-tax assessment, which takes a ...

August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FCC Issues TCPA ‘Exemption’ Rule, Lawyers Baffled by Rule’s Language

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a baffling final rule restricting the way servicers can collect on or service student loans, mortgages and other debts owed to the federal government. Specifically, the rule implements a key provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 amending the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to exclude robocalls from the TCPA consent requirement if they are made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the federal government. The TCPA generally requires a caller to obtain “prior express consent” from the call recipient before making a telemarketing call or an auto-dial call to the recipient’s landline or cell phone. However, the mortgage industry raised concerns that TCPA’s consent requirement could create potential liability for important servicing calls that could help homeowners save their homes, which prompted Congress to pass the Budget Act amendment. Last month, the FCC specifically excluded the federal government from the TCPA’s consumer protections by ruling that the government is not a “person” subject to the TCPA. Here is where the FCC rule gets confusing. commission is authorized to adopt rules to “restrict or limit the number and duration” of any wireless calls to collect debt owed to the federal government.”

August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Urged to Pursue $21.5 Million In Uncollected Partial Claims

A new audit report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general recommended that the agency continue its efforts to collect millions of dollars in partial claims that came due during fiscal year 2015. According to a HUD IG report, the department left uncollected approximately 1,361 partial claims, worth about $21.5 million. The IG discovered the oversight during an audit of HUD’s partial claim collections. The IG reviewed a statistical sample of 135 of 10,561 partial claims associated with FHA loans that terminated in FY 2015. “HUD had not collected 36 of the claims that should have been collected,” the report stated. “We used this result to project that a total of 1,361 partial claims were not collected.” The claims were never returned to the FHA mortgage insurance fund, as required by agency rules, to strengthen FHA solvency, the report said. A partial claim is a loss ...

August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lenders Need to Seek Legal Advice Before Using FHA’s DPA Programs

The Mortgage Bankers Association strongly urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the FHA to issue authoritative guidelines for lenders participating in state and local housing finance programs that rely on premium pricing to fund downpayment assistance. In a recent letter to members, the MBA recommended that FHA lenders “tread carefully” and seek legal advice until HUD provides more definitive guidance on downpayment assistance and premium pricing. Lenders should consider carefully whether and when to participate in DPA programs from housing finance agencies that rely on premium-pricing mechanisms, the letter said. The MBA said it would continue to press HUD for clarification on this contentious issue. The FHA and HUD’s inspector general are currently at odds over permissible sources of single-family downpayment assistance offered through housing finance agencies. Although the ...

August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Purchase Lending Fires Up FHA in First Half, Refis Push VA Volume

FHA saw a modest rise in originations midway through 2016 compared to the same period last year, but VA did a lot better with a double-digit increase in loan production, according to an analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Lenders delivered $123.0 billion of FHA-insured loans to Ginnie pools during the first half of 2016, up 8.4 percent from the previous year. FHA’s midyear production was driven by a surge in purchase-mortgage lending in the second quarter, which also pushed volume higher for VA as well as conventional-conforming mortgages. Government-backed lending rose 32.3 percent from the first quarter to approximately $131.0 billion in second-quarter originations, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, an affiliate publication of Inside FHA/VA Lending. It was the highest three-month total for government-insured lending on record, although private mortgage insurance did more business in the ... [2 charts]

August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

New Residential Turns Profits with Servicing Assets

While holders of mortgage servicing rights have taken large writedowns in recent quarters due to declines in interest rates, New Residential Investment has managed to report relatively large profits. New Residential had $68.65 million in net income attributable to common stockholders in the second quarter of 2016, down from $111.74 million the previous quarter and $75.12 million in the second quarter of 2015. New Residential held $1.36 billion in excess MSRs ...

August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Should Loan Officers Worry About Automation?

With residential origination costs constantly rising, should rank-and-file loan officers worry that their jobs will eventually be automated away thanks to advances in technology? The thinking goes like this: Lenders are spending hundreds of million dollars a year in software upgrades to automate as many LO functions as they can. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of loan officers and whittle down costs. Depending on where they work, mortgage loan officers can earn ...

August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Nonbanks Battered by MSR Accounting in 2Q16

Publicly traded nonbank mortgage companies had widely varying results on their mortgage-banking operations during the second quarter as heavy losses reported by two firms pulled the group’s earnings underwater. Nine nonbanks reported a combined net loss of $339.5 million on mortgage-banking activity for the second quarter. That was actually an improvement over the $510.0 million the group lost in the first three months of the year. Nationstar ... [Includes one data chart]

August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Call Reports Show Modest Increase In Mortgage Banking Income for 2Q16

Commercial banks and savings institutions reported a combined $3.581 billion in mortgage-banking income during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call reports. That was up 8.3 percent from the $3.307 billion the industry reported for the first quarter of 2016. For the first six months of the year, banks reported $6.888 billion in mortgage-banking profits, down 31.7 percent from the same period in ... [Includes one data chart]

August 18, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

PennyMac, the Fastest-Growing Major Lender in the Second Quarter, Plots Growth Beyond Correspondent Channel

Among the top 10 lenders in the second quarter of 2016, PennyMac Financial posted the largest increase to originations on a quarterly basis and compared with the second quarter of 2015, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. The lender plans to continue to grow, including launching a wholesale-broker operation in mid-2017 and putting an emphasis on consumer-direct production. PennyMac reported originations of $16.11 billion in the second quarter, up 47.9 percent ...

August 18, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage M&A Activity Continues Apace as Private Equity Firms Get More Comfortable with the Business

Since the beginning of summer, at least eight mortgage-related merger and acquisition deals have come to light and more are on the way, according to an analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. To date, most of the activity has involved nonbank purchasers, with at least two of the acquirers – Home Point Financial and Caliber Home Loans – having private equity behind them. And of the eight, only one involves the sale of stock through a “franchise” transaction ...

August 12, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

JPMorgan, FDIC Near Settlement with Defunct WaMu, DOJ Asks Second Circuit for Another Shot at ‘HUSTLE’

JPMorgan Chase is a step closer to settling a dispute with Deutsche Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. over certain mortgage securitization agreements in connection with the government’s takeover of failed mortgage lender Washington Mutual. According to Chase’s most recent 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm, Deutsche Bank and the FDIC have signed a term sheet to resolve pending litigation brought by the German bank against Chase and the FDIC in relation to WaMu as well as Chase’s outstanding indemnification claims pursuant to the terms of the purchase-and-assumption agreement with the FDIC. The term sheet is subject...

August 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Large Nonbank Originator Launches ESOP Program, As Founder Gives More of the Firm to Its Employees

Fairway Independent Mortgage, Madison, WI, has been quietly giving control of the company away to a group of investors who are key to its growth: its own employees. The nation’s 22nd largest lender – as ranked by Inside Mortgage Finance – has been issuing stock to some of its senior executives since late last year, but recently rolled out an employee stock ownership plan to anyone, provided they work there for at least a year. For employees, the best part is...

August 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nationstar Buying Servicing While Walter and Ocwen Take Losses and Sell Servicing Rights

Among three nonbank servicers that grew significantly after the financial crisis, Nationstar Mortgage has managed to continue to acquire mortgage servicing rights and subservicing while Walter Investment Management and Ocwen Financial have recently sold MSRs and taken huge losses. Officials at Nationstar said the nonbank is on track to board servicing with an unpaid principal balance of $130.0 billion between August and the end of the year. The new servicing includes acquisitions of MSRs and subservicing agreements. Nationstar handled a $369.0 billion servicing portfolio at June 30, down from $386.0 billion in servicing at the end of March. “I don’t think...

August 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

A Handful of Investors Kicking the Tires at PHH Mortgage as M&A Activity Gains Momentum

A handful of investors, including Caliber Home Loans, are kicking the tires at PHH Corp., taking a close look at the company’s mortgage assets and platforms, investment banking sources told Inside Mortgage Finance this week. At this point in time, a sale of the company through a stock transaction is highly unlikely, but the disposal of some of its key assets – in particular, its $231.74 billion servicing portfolio – could finally materialize before yearend. It’s...

August 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Lenders Should Prepare for Significant Changes

In the next year or so, a changing environment will remain the norm in the mortgage industry, where participants can expect impending interest-rate increases, new product offerings, increasing competition, new servicing business models, and continued regulatory scrutiny, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study. To address flat production volume and shrinking margins, lenders will need to cross-sell products, and concentrate on reducing ...

August 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Lenders See Growth in Corporate Culture

Officials at a number of lenders that have significantly increased their business in recent years point to efforts regarding corporate culture as a key factor in the companies’ success. Kurt Reisig, the founder of American Pacific Mortgage, a retail-only lender, said that since starting an effort to focus on corporate culture, APM has doubled its origination volume in the past two years and went from 800 employees to more than 2,000. “Culture eats strategy for lunch every day,” ...

August 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Post Drop in Mortgage-Banking Profits in 2Q16. Blame It on the Big Guys

Banks reported a drop in mortgage-banking income during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports from 26 major public companies. But virtually all of the decline came from the four too-big-to-fail banks with over $1 trillion in assets, while regionals posted a substantial increase in mortgage-banking profits. As a group, the 26 banks earned $3.12 billion from mortgage banking during ... [Includes one data chart]

August 4, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Banks and Nonbanks Alike Continue to Mark Down the Value of Their Servicing Portfolios

In the second quarter, sharply lower interest rates continued to wreak havoc on the asset value of mortgage servicing rights, causing financial damage at banks and nonbanks alike, according to interviews and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. At June 30, Wells Fargo valued its residential MSR portfolio at 68 basis points, down from 77 bps a year ago. Bank of America cut its capitalized MSR from 78 bps in June 2015 to 51 bps at the midway point this year. And JPMorgan Chase lowered its MSR ratio to 81 bps at the end of June, compared to 105 bps a year ago. As Keefe Bruyette & Woods put it, “MSR interest rate marks were...

July 29, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

USMI Names MGIC Chief as Chairman. U.S. Mortgage Insurance has tapped Patrick Sinks, chief executive of MGIC Investment Corp., to be the trade group’s new chairman. Sinks succeeds USMI Chairman Rohit Gupta, president and CEO of Genworth Mortgage Insurance. Sinks served previously as USMI’s vice chairman. Bradley Shuster, chairman/chief executive for NMI Holdings, will take overNew Reverse-Mortgage Product. California Mortgage Advisors has expanded its reverse-mortgage menu, with the addition of a non-FHA reverse mortgage option of up to $6 million for select clients. With the new product, CMA joins a handful of private reverse-mortgage lenders that will consider properties valued up to $6 million. Last year, American Advisors Group, the largest Home Equity Conversion Mortgage lender, announced its AAG Advantage lending program, which features the ...

July 29, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CIT Group Adds $230 Million to Loss Reserves Due to HECM Losses

CIT Group this week revealed that it was shoring up loss reserves tied to a reverse mortgage servicing operation it absorbed as part of its acquisition of OneWest Bank and its parent holding company, IMB HoldCo., last August. The loss of $167 million in discontinued operations relates to Financial Freedom, a reverse mortgage servicing subsidiary of OneWest Bank, which CIT shut down in December last year. In an earlier filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, CIT management identified a material weakness in Financial Freedom related to estimates of the interest-curtailment reserve in its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage portfolio. The flawed estimates apparently have resulted in a material misstatement of CIT’s consolidated financial statements. Due to a change in estimates, and taking into consideration an investigation being conducted by the ...

July 29, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Condo Bill Nears Enactment, Lenders More Eager for HUD Rule

Senate legislation that would make it easier to obtain FHA financing for condominium projects has been sent to the president for signature, though lenders seem to be more eager for long-anticipated condo reform guidelines from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Senate lawmakers unanimously approved H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act,” before Congress retired for the August recess. The bill passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 427-0 back in February. Industry observers said the bill would essentially codify FHA condo-financing guidelines, which HUD recently drafted and are currently undergoing clearance at the Office of Management and Budget. Under H.R. 3700, the FHA would be required to establish and implement a recertification process that is substantially less burdensome than the ...

July 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

TPO Market Share Nudged Higher in 2Q16

When origination volume begins growing rapidly, as it appears to have in the second quarter, lenders often ramp up their third-party origination platforms rather than beef up their retail production capacity. According to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of agency mortgage-backed securities data, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae securitized $156.23 billion of TPO loans during the second quarter, a 32.2 percent increase over the previous ... [Includes one data chart]

July 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Fewer Underwater Borrowers Due to Rising Prices

Underwater borrowers are regaining equity, student loan debt is increasing, and FHA may be losing revenue due to decreasing recovery rates, according to the latest report from Black Knight Financial Services. Data as of the end of May 2016 indicate that 425,000 underwater borrowers are breathing easier as usable equity rose by $260 billion in the first quarter of 2016, thanks to improving housing prices, the report said. This translates into a 6 percent increase in ...

July 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Consumer-Direct Channel Has Benefits for Lenders

Lenders operating in the consumer-direct channel have a distinct opportunity to use technology to improve the mortgage experience for borrowers, according to findings from the Strategic Mortgage Finance Group. Garth Graham, a senior partner at the firm more commonly referred to as Stratmor, detailed the findings in a new publication from the mortgage-industry consulting firm. The Stratmor executive suggested that consumer-direct lenders should work with technology that ...

July 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Originations Surge in 2Q16, But Profits Sagging

Top commercial banks reported substantial increases in mortgage production during the second quarter, but mortgage-banking income was lagging, according to a new analysis of earnings reports by Inside Mortgage Trends. In aggregate, the five large banks reported $124.25 billion in mortgage originations for the second quarter, a hefty 30.1 percent increase from the first three months of the year. At the high end, Wells Fargo said its mortgage ... [Includes one data chart]

July 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Industry Reps Hope CMBS Bounces Back After Implementation of Risk-Retention Rules is Complete

Industry experts agree that the commercial MBS market is not going to live up to expectations of $100 billion of issuance this year, but they are hopeful the market will rebound after the industry fully implements the Dodd-Frank Act risk-retention rules that take effect Dec. 24, 2016. According to Kenneth Cheng, managing director of CMBS ratings services for Morningstar Credit Ratings, there is much uncertainty in the CMBS market about the actual impact of the risk-retention requirements. “I think everybody has agreed that it will be a negative impact – it’s just the magnitude of that impact that is uncertain,” he told Inside MBS & ABS this week. “It’s going to drive up the cost of CMBS – how much is anybody’s guess.” Also, as the cost of issuing CMBS increases, profit margins will...


The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury fell to all-time low of 1.34% recently. How much better will originations be at your shop in the second half compared to 1H, if at all?

Better by 1% to 10%.


Better by 11% to 25%.


Off the charts better. Applications are great now.


Worse than 1H, but not by much.


A lot worse. But not sure on the damage.


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