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December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

US Court Issues Injunction on DOL’s Overtime Pay Rule. A federal judge in Texas granted states’ motion to block the Department of Labor’s controversial overtime pay rule set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016. In late breaking news, the Department of Justice said it will appeal the injunction. The decision handed down by Judge Amos Mazzant of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas would deprive approximately 4.2 million workers who stand to benefit from the rule. Twenty-one states, a coalition of business organizations and the Plano Chamber of Commerce challenged the rule in separate amici briefs, arguing they stand to lose money if the final rule takes effect. The final rule would require employers to pay a higher salary level for certain employees to be exempt from overtime. In addition, it would automatically update the minimum salary level every three years. In his decision, Mazzant determined that ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Fears Cycle of Restatements As IG Withholds Opinion Again

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has expressed concern about the inspector general’s decision to withhold its opinion on the results of FY 2016 audits of HUD and Ginnie Mae. In its audit report, the HUD inspector general said it has issued a disclaimer of opinion on HUD’s fiscal years 2016 and 2015 (restated) consolidated financial statements because of the agency’s failure to deliver both statements and their accompanying notes in a timely manner. In addition, there were several unresolved audit matters from past audits that prevented the IG from completing an examination of HUD’s and Ginnie Mae’s accounts and rendering an opinion. These unresolved matters related to a number of things, including the Office of General Counsel’s refusal to sign a management representation letter, HUD’s improper use of budgetary accounting methods, and the $4.2 billion in ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Groups Favoring One-Unit Approval, Differ on Owner-Occupancy Rate

Stakeholders voiced support for an FHA proposal to revive the agency’s single-unit approval policy for condominium financing but differed on owner-occupancy requirements. Both items are part of a proposed rule which would give the FHA more wiggle room in formulating its condo rules. The proposed rule’s 60-day comment period ended on Nov. 28. Among other things, the FHA is proposing to reinstate “spot approval” financing on individual units in condo projects that are not currently approved for FHA insurance. The Department of Housing and Urban Development terminated single-unit approvals a few years ago in favor of mandatory condo-project approval. Ultimately, the current approval process proved to be more cumbersome, resulting in many condo projects opting out of FHA. Under the proposed rule, single-unit approvals are limited to a maximum of 20 percent of the units in the ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CFPB Issues New Exam Procedures For Reverse Mortgage Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ditched the antiquated method for assessing servicer compliance with reverse mortgage-servicing rules in favor of new examination procedures. Depending on the scope, each reverse mortgage-servicing exam will include one or more of eight modules covering various facets of reverse mortgage servicing. There are two kinds of reverse mortgages. The FHA, under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, insures most reverse mortgages. As with other FHA mortgage products, it has a maximum loan amount. Some lenders also offer proprietary (non-HECM) reverse mortgages, which are designed generally for borrowers with higher home values and more equity, the CFPB noted. Proprietary reverse mortgages are not federally insured. However, companies that offer them copy the consumer protections found in the HECM program, including ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Raises Loan Limits for HECMs, Forwards; VA Follows Freddie Mac

The FHA this week announced higher “floor” and “ceiling” loan limits for forward and reverse mortgages for 2017, pushing loan limits upward in certain metropolitan statistical areas by as much as $162,500. The loan-limit changes will take effect on Jan. 1, spurred by rising median home prices. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index for September reported that home prices increased 5.5 percent year-over-year, driven by a tight supply of homes for sale, especially in the West. Each year, FHA recalculates its loan limits based on 115 percent of the median house price in the area. For counties located in MSAs, the loan limit is calculated based on the highest-cost county within the MSA. Under the 2017 changes, FHA will raise its nationwide “floor,” or low-cost area mortgage limits, for one-unit properties to $275,665 from $271,050, a difference of $4,615. In high-cost areas, the loan-limit ceiling for a ... [ 2 charts ]


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Repurchases Up Again in Third Quarter

Bank mortgage repurchase activity rose again in the third quarter of 2016, although most of the increase is tied to Bank of America clearing up old buyback issues. Commercial banks and savings institutions reported $884.4 million in single-family mortgage repurchases and indemnifications during the third quarter. That was up 10.0 percent from the previous period and marked the third consecutive quarterly increase in repurchase activity ... [Includes one data chart]


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks and Thrifts Report Surging Profits on Mortgage Banking in Third Quarter

Commercial banks and savings institutions recently wrapped up their best quarter in over a year in terms of mortgage-banking income, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. The industry racked up $5.18 billion in mortgage-banking income during the third quarter, a huge 44.6 percent increase over the three-month period ending in June. It was the best quarter in mortgage-banking income since the April-June cycle in 2015, when ... [Includes one data chart]


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Industry Groups Urge Congressional Leaders to Pass ‘Tax Extenders’ Legislation. Three industry groups called upon House and Senate leaders to pass “tax extenders” legislation, including two critical tax provisions that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2016. In a joint letter this week, the Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders called for the “rapid enactment” of a broad “tax extenders” package, including mortgage-debt forgiveness and tax deduction for mortgage insurance premiums. Passing a legislative package of tax extenders that includes the two provisions would provide much-needed certainty to the residential real estate markets, the letter said. Federal Agencies Propose Rule to Expand Access to Private Flood Insurance. Federal banking and credit union regulators and the Farm Credit Administration have published a ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Overall Delinquency Rate Improves For FHA, VA Loans in Third Quarter

FHA and VA loan performance improved in the third quarter of 2016 as the delinquency rate on government-backed loans declined on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest mortgage delinquency survey. The FHA delinquency rate fell by 16 basis points to 8.30 percent, its lowest level since 4Q97, with all categories – 30-days, 60-days and 90 days + past due – reflecting the decline. Over the quarter, the delinquency rate of FHA loans with payments 30 days past due dropped 4 bps from the previous quarter. Insured loans that were 60 days behind on their payments saw a 6 bps drop in their delinquency rate, while that for seriously delinquent loans fell 9 bps during the period. FHA mortgages showed some declines in performance on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Approximately 8.70 percent of outstanding FHA loans were past due as of the end of the third quarter, up 25 bps from the ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CFPB Study Finds Aggressive Refi Lenders to be Vets’ #1 Complaint

Aggressive refinance solicitation can be a double-edged sword for lenders: It could either result in increased VA refi business or, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found out, consumer complaints. Since the CFPB began taking mortgage-related complaints in 2012, it has received more than 12,500 complaints from servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Of those complaints, 1,800 were related to VA refinancing. The VA offers two types of refinancing options to eligible borrowers – the VA cash-out refinance and the VA streamline refi, or Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL). In a cash-out refi, the veteran homeowner can refinance a VA or non-VA loan into a lower-rate VA loan and take cash out of home equity to pay off a debt, finance an educational pursuit or pay for a home improvement. The VA will guaranty up to the full value of the home. On the other hand, an IRRRL can only refinance a ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

U.S. Court Orders Quicken’s FHA Case Moved to MI District Court

The Department of Justice lost its bid to have an FHA lawsuit against Quicken Loans heard in the nation’s capital after a federal judge this week ordered the case transferred to federal district court in Michigan. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with Quicken that the proper forum for adjudicating the government’s False Claims Act case is the Eastern District Court in downtown Detroit. While the court agreed that the case has national implications, it also noted the “strong local interest in this matter in the Eastern District of Michigan,” where “Quicken Loans underwrote the FHA loans at issue, endorsed those loans, and certified its compliance as to those loans.” While certain factors weighed against the transfer, the alleged unlawful activity occurred in or near Detroit, where the lender is headquartered and most of its employees are located. The case, U.S. v. Quicken Loans, ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MMI Fund Continues Upward Arc, MIP Reduction Remains Uncertain

The FY 2016 Actuarial Review showed a stronger FHA mortgage insurance fund, thanks to a surging forward loan portfolio, but the prospect of a price adjustment remains unlikely. Review results were a mixture of good news and bad news. The good news is the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund’s economic net worth grew by $3.8 billion to $27.6 billion – $4.2 billion short of what last year’s actuarial report projected. The capital ratio rose to 2.32 percent, exceeding the 2.0 percent minimum established by Congress to cover future losses. Observers said the increases demonstrate steady but modest growth in the fund. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s top officials credited the fund’s growth to a stronger forward-mortgage portfolio, which increased by $18 billion to $35.3 billion – $10.1 billion above projections – with a capital ratio of 3.28 percent. The report attributed the increase to a ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Vibrant Purchase Market Fuels FHA, VA Originations in 3Q16

A strong purchase market helped push FHA and VA originations in the third quarter of 2016, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. FHA forward originations increased by 17.4 percent from the second quarter for a total of $72.3 billion. That brought total FHA-insured loans originated over the first nine months to $187.3 billion, up 3.9 percent from the same period last year. Purchase mortgages comprised 70.0 percent of FHA’s total origination over the last three quarters. Quicken Loans reported only a 3.3 percent increase in FHA originations in the third quarter but still managed to retain its top ranking with $10.8 billion in FHA originations in the first nine months of 2016. Freedom Mortgage worked extra hard, ending the nine-month period with $5.0 billion on the strength of refinances. Third-quarter originations were up 69.6 percent from the prior quarter, and up 51.4 percent for the ... [ 4 charts ]


November 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Tech Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges

Balancing technological advances in the mortgage space with safety and soundness can be challenging, but it should be considered a priority, according to industry experts on a recent panel in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic. Quicken Loans launched its Rocket Mortgage early this year at a time when an avalanche of new regulations had the industry back on its heels. “While many in the industry were playing a lot of defense, and rightfully so ...


November 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Tough Market for Younger First-Time Homebuyers

The average age of first-time homebuyers tied a record high this year, and many potential first-time homebuyers are having difficulties finding affordable properties and saving for a downpayment, according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s annual profile of homebuyers and sellers found that the median age of first-timers was 32, up from 31 over the past five years. First-time homebuyers accounted for 35.0 percent of home purchases in 2016, up from a ...


November 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Growth Market Seen in Borrowers 55 and Older

Homebuilders are optimistic about the rising trend in the housing market for persons 55 years of age and over. The National Association of Home Builders’ 55+ Housing Market Index showed an increase of two points to 59 in the third quarter from the previous quarter. That marks the 10th consecutive quarter in which the index has risen above the break-even point of 50, according to the trade group. The two-point increase suggests that more builders view housing-market conditions ...


November 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Some Mortgage Firms Continue to Hire

As yearend approaches, growth-minded nonbank mortgage firms continue to hire new workers while commercial banks are taking a cautious “wait-and-see” approach, according to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Trends over the past two weeks. “We continue to grow and are currently hiring across the board – technology, mortgage banking, underwriting, marketing and more,” said Jordan Fylonenko, a spokesman for nonbank Quicken Loans, the nation’s second ...


November 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

PennyMac Pins Higher Profits on Hedging Strategy

PennyMac Financial Services continued to excel in terms of profitability in the third quarter, as officials cited a “distinctive” hedging strategy, among other efforts. PennyMac had $122.3 million in net income in the third quarter of 2016, up 64.6 percent from the previous period and nearly double the net income it reported a year ago. While interest-rate volatility tends to wreak havoc on earnings, Stanford Kurland, PennyMac’s chairman and CEO, said better-than-expected hedging ...


November 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Public Nonbanks See Improvement in Mortgage Banking, But Some Struggle

The nine major publicly traded nonbanks active in mortgage banking saw a significant improvement in earnings during the third quarter, but two firms continued to book losses, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of quarterly earnings reports. As a group, the nine nonbanks generated $129.7 billion in mortgage-banking income during the third quarter, a major improvement from their combined $339.5 million loss in the previous period ... [Includes one data chart]


November 11, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Suisse More than Doubles Its Mortgage-Lending Warehouse Securitization Balance to $2.0 Billion

Credit Suisse issued two more series of notes this week on its mortgage-lending warehouse securitization offering, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The $1.20 billion in total new issuance from the Wall Street firm followed two notes it issued in August totaling $800 million. As with the August issuance, the new Mortgage Repurchase Agreement Financing Trust, Series 2016-3 and Series 2016-4, received A2 ratings from Moody’s. All of the deals were underwritten by Credit Suisse and HSBC Securities. The transactions are backed...


November 10, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

A Tale of Two Nonbank Giants: Ocwen’s Outlook Improves, While PHH Continues to ‘Self Liquidate’

PHH Corp. and Ocwen Financial – both large publicly traded nonbank mortgage lenders – released third quarter results suggesting that at least one of them, Ocwen, might have a future. Ocwen, which has been bleeding red ink for roughly two years, posted net third-quarter earnings of $9.4 million, though there were several caveats to its results, including previously announced legal settlements that have yet to be paid. Still, Ocwen continued...


November 10, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Private MIs Lose Some Market Share to Government Programs During 3Q16, Radian Keeps Top Ranking

The primary mortgage insurance market remained on track for its best year ever during the third quarter of 2016, as the government-insured sectors gained some ground on private MIs, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Mortgage lenders originated a record $220.46 billion of home loans with some form of primary MI during the third quarter, a 16.6 percent increase from the previous period. That brought year-to-date primary MI activity to $553.77 billion, just $92.40 billion less than the all-time annual record of $646.17 billion set in 2015. The government-insured market – mostly FHA and VA – was...[Includes three data tables]


November 4, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Regulations Aimed at ‘Earnings Stripping’ Tax-Avoidance Schemes Will Impact Certain ABS

New regulations from the Treasury Department and IRS regarding “earnings stripping” tax-avoidance schemes by multi-national companies will apply to ABS in certain circumstances, causing problems for issuers and investors, according to industry analysts. The regulations aim to reduce the benefits of corporate tax inversions and earnings stripping by distinguishing debt from equity. “Earnings stripping can reduce a company’s tax bill by generating large interest deductions when that company simply increases its debt to an affiliated foreign firm, without financing new investment in the U.S.,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said when announcing the new regulations in October. The regulations generally apply...


November 3, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Wells’ Mortgage Referral Activity Takes Hit After Cross-Selling Controversy, Bank is ‘Prepared for Things to Get Worse’

The $185.0 million settlement Wells Fargo agreed to in early September regarding retail banking sales practices has impacted the lender’s mortgage operations, according to bank officials. Timothy Sloan, Wells’ president and CEO, said mortgage referral activity declined significantly after the settlement was announced. “Mortgage referrals from retail banking, which account for 10.0 percent of our year-to-date mortgage originations, were down 24.0 percent from August to September,” he said during Wells’ recent earnings call. Sloan noted...


October 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Guild, FirstREX Launch Downpayment Program

Guild Mortgage has partnered with FirstREX, a long-term investor in residential properties, in developing a downpayment program with a unique equity financing feature to help people buy larger homes while keeping their monthly mortgage payments low. Launched on Aug. 1, the FirstREX Homebuyer program allows FirstREX to contribute half of the 20 percent required for a Guild home-purchase loan. The 10 percent is an equity investment, not a loan, for which no ...


October 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Hidden Value Seen in Borrower Retention

Borrower retention – convincing a borrower to take a mortgage with their existing lender when the time comes for a new mortgage – can increase the value of servicing a new mortgage by 1.5 times to 3.0 times, according to calculations by Strategic Mortgage Finance Group. Matt Lind, a senior partner at Stratmor, came to that conclusion when considering the value of customer retention beyond trying to glean insight from the market price of servicing used in correspondent ...


October 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

3Q16 Brings Relief from MSR Writedowns

So far, the third quarter has seen several publicly traded commercial banks mark up the asset value of their residential mortgage servicing rights, but in general, the increases have been mild, to say the least. The only bank that reported a sizeable increase was Bank of America, which valued its MSR portfolio at 60 basis points at Sept. 30, an increase of 9 bps from mid-year. Of the reporting banks, BofA’s improvement has been the largest by far. BofA’s megabank competitor ...


October 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Post Big Gains in Mortgage-Banking Income

Publicly traded banks reported strong gains in mortgage-banking income during the third quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings releases. A diverse group of 26 banks that includes all the top lender-servicers and a number of regional players reported a combined $3.853 billion in mortgage-banking profits for the third quarter of 2016. That was up 23.5 percent from the previous period, and it was the strongest quarterly showing ... [Includes one data chart]


October 28, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Director Watt Offers 2017 GSE Scorecard Preview

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt said access to credit and supporting underserved markets will be among the goals outlined for the GSEs next year. Although the FHFA will not release a 2017 GSE scorecard until yearend, Watt, speaking at this week’s annual Mortgage Bankers Association convention in Boston, offered a preview of what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will focus on in the coming year. Watt said he expects the GSEs to ramp up research efforts to increase responsible access to credit and affordable housing. He said the average credit scores for GSE purchase loans remain historically high. “Based on the work they have already done and this additional research, we’ll be asking them to...


October 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Agency MSR Transfer Market Gained Speed in 3Q16 But Won’t Catch 2015

The secondary market in transfers of agency mortgage servicing rights gained some momentum during the third quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis and ranking. A total of $94.96 billion of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae MSR connected to newly issued mortgage-backed securities changed hands during the third quarter. That was up 9.4 percent from the second quarter and represented the heaviest volume since ... [Includes two data charts]


October 28, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Assures Loan Quality with 'Day 1 Certainty'

This week, Fannie Mae launched an initiative that guarantees to alleviate buyback fears on certain loan components for lenders using its underwriting and appraisal tools. Fannie will also automate key processes of verifying loans, including income, through Desktop Underwriter’s new validation service. Under Day 1 Certainty, Fannie said lenders would be relieved from most representations-and-warranty risk related to verifying a borrower’s income, assets and employment using DU. “Those are the big ones,” a Fannie spokesman told Inside The GSEs. He said, “It validates right there and they are good to go,” adding that this is the kind of innovation that helps makes possible programs like Quicken’s Rocket Mortgage.


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