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April 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Economics Drives Choice in Lender, Study Finds

What some people might call “hard-core economics” – closing costs and interest rates – along with a lender’s reputation for excellent customer service, play a decisive role in most consumers’ choice of a mortgage lender, according to a new survey from Ally Bank. “Four in five Americans (81 percent) who ever had a mortgage or plan to apply for one in the future said the total amount of closing costs did/would factor into their lender decision,” the bank said in announcing the results ...

April 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Buyers Interested in Mortgage Businesses

With 2017 shaping up to be a so-so year for originations, the list of potential buyers of other companies is beginning to grow. Usually, firms that are in the hunt to purchase other shops tend to keep it quiet. Over the past few months, however, several companies have admitted that they’re open to pulling out the checkbook. Included in that camp, at least for right now, is Flagstar Bancorp, Freedom Mortgage, and Impac Mortgage Holdings. Others that are said to be open to deals ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Servicing Market Thawing? Stakeholders Hope as Market Stirs

When it comes to selling Ginnie Mae mortgage servicing rights the past two years, it’s been mostly a bear market, but all that may be changing soon. At least that is what sellers and their merger and acquisition advisors hope. Mark Garland, executive vice president of MountainView Financial Solutions, Denver, said that of late, “We have seen a few Ginnie trades go off at a level closer to full value.” Garland told Inside FHA/VA Lending that he expects this trend to continue with prices tightening over the summer “provided rates hold and [prepayment] speeds stay largely in line with expectations.” And if that happens, there could be an increase in the ability of FHA/VA lenders to securitize excess cash flows. But that’s getting a little ahead of the equation. Over the past 24 months, the Ginnie MSR market has been difficult for two reasons: the fear of lawsuits/sanctions tied to FHA lending, and fast ...

April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Officials Attribute Decline in VA Refis to Anti-Churning Policy

A steep drop in VA-backed securities issuance in the first quarter of 2017 suggests that Ginnie Mae’s efforts to curb serial refinancing of VA loans are working, according to agency officials. Speaking on a panel at the annual VA Lenders Conference in Kansas City, MO, this week, Ginnie executives said that a change in pooling requirements for streamlined refinance mortgages appears to have curbed a destructive appetite for refinancing new VA loans within six months of closing. The practice has caused faster prepayments in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities pools and smaller payouts to investors. VA refi volume fell 42.7 percent from the previous quarter (see chart on page 2), contributing significantly to the 32.2 percent decline in total VA loan securitization during the period. John Getchis, senior vice president at Ginnie Mae, said he does not think the churning trend will continue because the ...

April 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mixed Performance for Nonbanks, Quicken Strong

Quicken Loans has exhibited strong, consistent profitability in recent years while some other major nonbanks have faltered, according to Moody’s Investors Service. A report the rating service recently published offers a rare glimpse into the profitability of Quicken, Provident Funding Associates and Stearns Holdings, three private nonbanks. They are among nine nonbanks in the mortgage industry that have corporate ratings from Moody’s. “Quicken has strong profitability due to ...

April 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Repurchases Tumbled in 2016

Banks and thrifts repurchased $813.1 million of single-family mortgages during the fourth quarter of 2016, an 8.2 percent decline from the previous period, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. It wasn’t the lowest quarterly repurchase volume on record – that distinction belongs to the fourth quarter of 2015 at $735.6 million. But the final three months of 2016 brought the full-year total to $3.27 billion, and that was the lowest ... [Includes one data chart]

April 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Both Production and Servicing Income On Mortgage Banking Faltered in 4Q16

Mortgage-banking income was down on both sides of the business in the fourth quarter of 2016, although the downturn in servicing may be more a matter of unusual results at two large firms. An Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings releases from 13 publicly traded mortgage lenders shows production-related income – including origination fees and secondary market gains – fell 25.1 percent from the third quarter to the fourth. The group earned a combined ... [Includes one data chart]

April 7, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Invitation Homes Expects Fannie SFR Financing Will Come in 2Q17, Reports First Loss as a Public Company

Single-family rental operator Invitation Homes expects to enter into its previously announced $1 billion financing agreement with Fannie Mae sometime in the second quarter, using the net proceeds to pay down loans racked up while issuing MBS. According to an update provided in a new 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Invitation – which went public earlier in the year – will “repay all remaining amounts outstanding under our mortgage loan relating to the IH1 2014-1 securitization and approximately $529.0 million of our mortgage loan relating to the IH1 2014-2 securitization.” Grubstaked by The Blackstone Group, IH has been...

April 6, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Reps-and-Warrant Relief Made Big Strides In 2016, Freddie to Offer Appraisal Waiver Next

Freddie Mac is set to implement a waiver aimed at reducing lender anxiety about potential buybacks related to appraisal issues, matching a similar policy already implemented by Fannie Mae. The initiatives by the two government-sponsored enterprises are aimed at one of the last major bugaboos in the representations and warranties lenders take on when they sell loans. Lender repurchases have declined dramatically over the past few years as Fannie and Freddie cleaned up buyback disputes related to loans originated before the housing market collapse. In 2016, lender repurchases and other indemnifications fell...

April 6, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

For Some, a Treacherous Start to 2017. A Careful Eye on Expenses. Time to Reenter the FHA Market?

Residential loan production picked up steam in March after a tepid January and February, while originators – both banks and nonbanks alike – kept a close eye on expenses in an effort to maintain positive cash flow. Bill Dallas, CEO and president of Skyline Home Loans, Calabasas, CA, said his company funded $650 million in the first quarter, a modest 5.8 percent decline from the same period a year ago. Roughly 75 percent of Skyline’s production was purchase loans, the exact opposite of what the company did in the year-ago quarter. “Over the past five months, since the election, the landscape has been...

March 31, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA, MBA Working to Find Solution To Aggressive Refinancing Problem

The Department of Veterans Affairs and mortgage industry stakeholders are working to resolve the churning problem in the VA Home Loan Guaranty program. It appears the agency is unhappy that Ginnie Mae’s recent pooling policy change was only partially effective in discouraging early solicitation of VA purchase loans for refinancing. Apparently, the practice is continuing and is adversely affecting mortgage-backed securities investors who are not getting full return on their investments. The Mortgage Bankers Association said a handful of lenders and mortgage brokers are still engaging in serial refinancing of VA purchase loans within six months of closing, causing faster prepayments in Ginnie MBS pools. Ginnie announced a policy change, which took effect on Feb. 1, 2017, clarifying that streamline refinance loans may be delivered into Ginnie MBS pools only if, at the ...

March 24, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Walter/Ditech Looks to Shed Assets

Over the past three years, Walter Investment Management Corp. has posted net losses totaling $902.6 million – more than any other publicly traded mortgage company with the exception of one: Ocwen Financial, which lost $915.6 million over that period. And while Ocwen may finally be turning the corner in terms of both its regulatory problems and negative cashflow, the jury is still out on Walter, which saw its stock price fall to less than 70 cents a share this week ...

March 24, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Banking Profits Softened in 4Q16

Mortgage bankers ended a very good year in 2016 on a somewhat offbeat note as overall company profits sagged and production margins shrank. The average mortgage-banking operation generated $3.513 million in pretax income during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. That was down 10.8 percent from the average pretax income in the trade group’s third-quarter Mortgage Bankers Performance report ...

March 24, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Public Nonbanks Had a Rough Go in 2016 But Managed to Turn Corner in 2nd Half

Publicly traded mortgage-banking firms had a rough ride in 2016, which turned out to be a turning point for one of the sector’s stalwarts, PHH Mortgage. The nine publicly traded mortgage lenders tracked by Inside Mortgage Trends posted a combined $563.8 million in net income on their mortgage-banking operations during the fourth quarter. That was up sharply from the third quarter, but it was not enough to offset huge combined losses during the first half of ... [Includes one data chart]

March 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

M&A Roundup: Freedom Mortgage Poised For Growth, Ditech Headed for the Exit?

Although 2017 is expected to be a down year for originations, Freedom Mortgage – already a top-10 ranked lender – is poised for growth via mergers and acquisitions and is pondering deals for both servicing rights and other shops. Company CEO and founder Stanley Middleman told Inside Mortgage Finance bluntly: “We’re shopping.” Although Middleman declined to name any targets, he said...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Utah FHA Lender Pays $4.25 M to DOJ, HUD to Resolve Fraud Claims

Security National Mortgage Co. of Salt Lake City has paid $4.25 million to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to settle allegations of failing to comply with FHA loan requirements. Security National, a retail lender, has been an FHA-approved direct endorsement lender since October 1993, the year it was founded. The settlement resolves a joint civil investigation by the HUD Office of the Inspector General, Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey into Security National’s FHA origination and underwriting practices in connection with 100 FHA-insured loans. As part of the settlement, the lender “agreed it engaged in certain conduct in connection with its origination and underwriting of the loans.” The HUD OIG provided no details about the investigation. The OIG said the loans that were certified as compliant would not have been insured had ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Trump Proposes Drastic Cuts to 2018 HUD Discretionary Spending

The Trump administration has proposed deep budget cuts in 2018 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but whether the agencies’ critical housing insurance programs would be affected is unclear. The cuts are part of the administration’s plan to reduce non-defense discretionary spending dramatically in order to fund increased defense spending and President Trump’s southern border wall, and to bring down a projected $9.4 trillion U.S. deficit over the next decade.Released this week, the preliminary 2018 budget seeks $40.7 billion in gross discretionary funding for HUD, $6.2 billion or 13.2 percent lower than the department’s approved spending in 2017. The $47.3 billion in discretionary budget authority enacted for fiscal 2017 does not include offsetting receipts from FHA and Ginnie Mae, which lowered the congressionally appropriated cost for ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Georgia Appeals Court Finds for Wells Fargo in Provisional Win

A Georgia appellate court recently handed Wells Fargo Bank a provisional win in a lawsuit in which a VA borrower alleged breach of contract and wrongful foreclosure. In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., d/b/a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage v. LaTouche, the court ruled that Wells did not breach its duty to the borrower to comply with VA foreclosure regulations. The court concluded that the trial court had erred in denying Wells Fargo’s motion for summary judgment as to the defendant’s claims for wrongful foreclosure that hinged upon the same VA regulations. The reversal stemmed from Wells Fargo’s request for an interlocutory review of the trial court’s denial of its motion for summary judgment on defendant Michael LaTouche’s claims for breach of contract, wrongful foreclosure and “surprise. An interlocutory review is undertaken when a question of law must be answered by an appellate court before ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Quicken Loans Notches First Win After Court Narrows Scope of Case

A favorable court ruling on the statute of limitations for filing claims under the False Claims Act gave Quicken Loans its first win in a closely watched government case involving allegedly fraudulent FHA loans. Judge Mark Goldsmith of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan dismissed portions of the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Quicken in a March 9 decision, narrowing the lender’s potential liability for FHA losses. The losses were blamed on sloppy underwriting, fraudulent certification and loan performance. The DOJ said the FHA would not have knowingly insured the loans had it known they were defective. The DOJ and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general began an investigation of Quicken’s FHA lending activities in April 2012. The investigation encompassed some 246,000 FHA loans, which Quicken originated from ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Serial Rapid Refinancing Continues As VA, MBA Explore Potential Cures

Solicitation of VA purchase loans for streamline refinancing within weeks of closing is apparently continuing despite Ginnie Mae’s efforts to stop the harmful practice. The Mortgage Bankers Association has expressed concern that guidance on pooling eligibility for streamlined refinance loans, which Ginnie issued in October last year, was far less effective than expected. Although the aggressive refinancing trend has slowed due to Ginnie’s action, there are still “pockets of that activity” being reported, said Pete Mills, MBA senior vice president. Refinancing a veteran’s purchase mortgage less than six months after its origination is not in the vet’s best interest because it strips equity from the house and results in higher financing costs, said Mills. While the rapid refi trend involves only a small number of loans in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities pools, investors do not get the full benefit of their investment because of early prepayment. Mills said there are a handful of lenders and brokers that ...

March 10, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

It’s a Sellers’ Market for Independent Retail Shops

There are currently more buyers for retail origination platforms than there are entities available for sale, according to Strategic Mortgage Finance Group. Stratmor helped advise First Priority Financial last year as the lender was being acquired by Caliber Home Loans. First Priority had more than 370 employees with branches in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Iowa. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed. “This deal, along with several other transactions in the Stratmor pipeline, now enable...


With the spring homebuying season in full swing, what percentage of your March 2017 application volume has been for “purchase” loans?

75% or higher
50% to 74%
30% to 49%
Under 30%

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