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April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

BofA: Retail Key to Servicing Customers

D. Steve Boland, Bank of America’s home loans originations executive, says retail mortgage lending is the perfect way to connect with the bank’s customers. In an interview for a special report published by Inside Mortgage Finance Publications, Boland noted that BofA serves one out of every two banking customers in the country. “We have a tremendous footprint and franchise, from our financial centers to the mortgage loan officers and all of the other associates that serve our customers,” he said ...

April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Foreclosed Borrowers May Recover, Won’t Return

The majority of the 9.3 million borrowers who lost their homes between 2006 and 2014 will likely become eligible to re-enter the home purchase market within the next nine years, according to an analysis by the National Association of Realtors. However, only about a quarter of them are expected to actually return to the market. “The extended time needed to repair credit scores or save for a downpayment, combined with other overlapping post-distress factors on credit quality, such as ...

April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Is PHH a $50 Stock Disguised as a $25 Stock?

PHH Corp., the largest publicly traded nonbank mortgage originator in the nation, is a company that has perplexed investors and analysts for years. In business for decades, it survived the subprime crisis by never originating a “B” or “C” loan. It stuck to its knitting as the largest private-label funder and servicer in America. In 2007, it was almost bought by Countrywide Financial Corp., a sale which would have been disastrous for management and employees, given what happened to CFC ...

April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Report Solid Gains in Mortgage Banking Income, Uniform Profitability

Mortgage banking appeared to become somewhat more profitable during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports filed by a diverse group of 19 publicly-traded companies. The group – all but one of them banks – reported a total of $3.496 billion in mortgage banking income during the first quarter. That was up 10.2 percent from the end of last year. It also represented a 23.0 percent increase over the first quarter of 2014, one of the ...

April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

First Tennessee, DOJ Reach Interim Agreement on FHA-Related Claims

First Horizon National Corp. has announced an agreement in principle with the federal government to settle potential claims related to the underwriting and origination of FHA-insured mortgages during the run-up to the financial crisis. Disclosed in a regulatory filing, the agreement between First Tennessee Bank and the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development covers FHA loans originated from 2006 through 2008, which have gone to claim ...

April 16, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Credit Unions Hit Record Market Share In 2014 Mortgage Originations Activity

Credit unions reported a marked 17.0 percent drop in mortgage originations during 2014, but the industry managed to increase is footprint in the industry, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of call-report data. Credit unions originated $117.2 billion of home loans last year, or 9.45 percent of the estimated $1.240 trillion in total mortgage originations. Their aggregate lending volume was down about half as much as the overall market decline from ... [Includes two data charts]

April 16, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Originations at Big Banks Increase in First Quarter of 2015, Positive Outlook for Margins

Originations of mortgages by big banks in the first quarter of 2015 were up strongly compared with a year ago as well as the fourth quarter of 2014. Competition has increased, but mortgage banking income and gain-on-sale margins were relatively strong, according to industry analysts. Five large banks that have reported earnings generated a combined $108.5 billion in mortgage originations during the first three months of 2015. That was up 9.4 percent from ...

April 10, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Release QC Measures Intended to Reduce Repurchases

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac released quality control measures to their customers last week that they said will increase transparency and help lenders reduce the amount of problematic loans. Both GSEs are more open to repurchase alternatives and have witnessed a decrease in the number of deficient loans. “Mortgages today are certainly of the highest quality as validated by our QC reviews,” Freddie noted in the letter. Since 2013, the defect rate of a random sampling of performing loans has been 1.4 percent, its lowest, even as the level of QC files increased. Fannie said that the quality of originations has improved, resulting in fewer loans being deemed ineligible by the GSE. As of the end of 2014, 0.33 percent of the single-family loans....

April 10, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

JPMorgan Chase Adjusting Its Servicing Portfolio

Although JPMorgan Chase recently inked a deal to buy $45 billion of Fannie Mae mortgage servicing rights from Ocwen Financial, the bank plans to keep shedding receivables, at least over the short term. In particular, according to interviews with deal makers and analysts, Chase could see its “servicing for others” portfolio fall to $600 billion from $800 billion over the next few years before it begins rising again. “These reductions will come in the form of runoff and ...

April 10, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GSEs Stress Ways Lenders Can Prevent Buybacks

Repurchase requests on new production are few and far between, according to the government-sponsored enterprises. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both recently issued reviews of their quality control processes, noting that lenders have plenty of tools to help ensure loan quality and avoid buybacks. Carlos Perez, a senior vice president and chief credit officer for single-family business at Fannie, said that as of the end of 2014, 0.33 percent of the single-family ...

April 10, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Mortgage Repurchases Spiked in 4Q14

Banks and thrifts reported a 10.3 percent increase in mortgage repurchases and indemnifications during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the previous quarter, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. Despite the late-year uptick, 2014 still ranked as the most benign for the industry since banks began reporting repurchases in 2008. Institutions repurchased or made indemnifications totaling just $4.25 billion ... [Includes one data chart]

April 10, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Banking Profits Sagged in 4Q14

The average mortgage banking firm saw a decline in net income during the fourth quarter of 2014, but the industry ended 2014 in much better shape than it started the year, according to data reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The average firm participating in the MBA’s Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report earned $901,000 in pretax income during the fourth quarter. That was off 36.9 percent from the third quarter, and it brought total income for 2014 to ...

April 10, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Experts Offer Tips on MSR Execution, Transfers

The vibrant market in mortgage-servicing rights challenges originators to figure out the best execution for the receivables they’ve created and for both sides of a servicing deal to make sure the transfer goes smoothly, according to industry experts. Nitin Dave, vice president for securitization and servicing at Southern Trust Mortgage, during a recent MSR conference sponsored by Information Management Network, noted that the market has become more dynamic as ...

April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Fannie Mae Updates Reverse Mortgage Loan Servicing Manual. Fannie Mae has updated its reverse mortgage servicing manual with changes and clarifications to policies pertaining to Home Equity Conversion Mortgages. For HECMs, Fannie now requires servicers to place a real estate-owned hazard insurance policy upon completion of a foreclosure sale. It also outlined servicers’ responsibilities regarding the documentation and cancellation of REO hazard insurance claims; reimbursement of REO hazard insurance premiums; and remittance of insurance loss proceeds. The revised policy changes must be implemented no later than April 1, 2015. House Democrats Reintroduce Housing Finance Reform Bill. Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee have introduced legislation that would provide private and government risk-share coverage to all mortgages, create a ...

April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

RHS Automates Underwriting for Guaranteed Rural Mortgage Loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Program has fully automated the submission of loan-origination documents and the electronic issuance of conditional commitments. This means that RHS’s Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS), which is used for underwriting single-family rural home loans, has gone paperless, beginning March 28, 2015. Over the past year, USDA Rural Development has implemented changes to streamline and modernize the guaranteed loan program. In December last year, the RHS modified its lender loan-closing system to allow electronic issuance of loan note guarantees. Under the streamlined document-submission process for GUS requests, lenders will upload all required origination documents into GUS following a final submission. This enables lenders to avoid encrypting and emailing docs to USDA. After receiving the docs, GUS will alert the ...

April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Deploys Long-Anticipated E-Delivery System for Appraisals

Beginning June 27, the FHA will require electronic appraisals for single-family forward and reverse mortgages to be delivered through an online electronic submission portal prior to endorsement. The Electronic Appraisal Delivery (EAD) portal is a web-based platform that would allow paperless submissions of single-family home loan appraisals, cutting down loan processing time significantly. FHA lenders and their authorized representatives can access the EAD portal by using electronic credentials and showing they are ready to use the new technology. Only appraisals that are compliant with FHA appraisal and data delivery guidelines can be uploaded to the portal. Lenders will be notified of a successful upload or if they need to correct and resubmit an appraisal. Once an appraisal is successfully submitted to the portal, FHA Connection will pull EAD appraisal data and pre-fill certain data fields in the ...

April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA to Revisit Residual-Income Guidelines, Eyes New Rules in 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating its residual-income tables, with an eye to publishing revised guidelines in 2016. The last time the VA calculated and published the residual-income guidelines was in the 1990s, and a lot has changed since then, according to Mike Frueh, director of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program. Residual income is the monthly household income that remains after all primary obligations – mortgage and escrows, car payments, credit card bills, student loans, among others – have been paid. VA will not back a loan to a vet or service member if they do not meet or exceed residual-income requirements. The residual-income threshold varies by family size, borrower location and other compensating factors. Calculations for residual income vary for the Northwest Region, Midwest Region, South Region and West Region of the country. Frueh said they are ...

April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Lenders Agree to Pay $36.4 Million to Settle DE Allegations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General has finalized settlements with two direct endorsement lenders to resolve allegations of violating FHA underwriting requirements. Golden First Mortgage Corp. and Group One Mortgage agreed to pay a total of $36.41 million to the federal government in reparation for losses incurred by the FHA on the defaulted loans. Based in Great Neck, NY, Golden First, a privately held company, and its owner/president, David Movtady, allegedly falsely certified to FHA and HUD that the loans the company endorsed for insurance met all FHA requirements. This went on from 2002 through 2010, the OIG alleged. The OIG accused the company and Movtady of violating the False Claims Act, which prohibits acts to defraud the federal government and which has been instrumental in ...

April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA to Continue Streamlining Appraisal, Servicing Processes

The Department of Veterans Affairs will continue removing barriers to delivering home-loan benefits to veterans and service members in 2015, focusing more on further improvements in appraisal and servicing. “It’s going to be geared around improving on the things we have already done,” said Mike Frueh, director of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program. VA loan originations are on the upswing and the agency wants to maintain the trend by getting more vets and active-duty personnel into the program. Last year, 18 percent of VA loans were to active-duty service members and 82 percent to veterans. Frueh said the VA program is by far the better deal. Interest rates are lower on a VA loan than on conventional loans and, generally requires no downpayment, he noted. In addition, VA loans do not have mortgage insurance. Based on the volume of VA loans originated in 2014, veteran borrowers ...

April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Issuance Fall Slightly In 1Q Due to Slight Drop in FHA

Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities issuance fell in the first quarter of 2015 with FHA volume slipping during the period, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. Ginnie MBS production in the first quarter totaled $79.8 billion, down from $80.6 billion in the 4Q14, despite a 29.3 percent increase from February to March. On the other hand, production was up 41.6 percent from a year ago. FHA-backed Ginnie MBS issuance dropped 3.1 percent in the first quarter from 4Q14, ending the period with $39.9 billion. Year-over-year volume rose 22.0 percent from the previous year. On the other hand, refinancing increased to $12.3 billion from $7.8 billion during the same stretch. VA securitization totaled $35.5 billion, up from $33.6 billion quarter-over-quarter, powered by refinance loans. Rural housing securitization totaled $4.2 billion in the first quarter, down from $5. 7 billion in 4Q14. Securitized FHA purchase loans rose 7.7 percent in March from February, while ... [3 charts].

April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie Working With Bank of America on Different Fronts But New MBS Isn’t Part of It, At Least Not Yet

At least three years have passed since Bank of America stopped selling new purchase-money loans into Fannie Mae securities, a drought that has benefitted at least one party: Freddie Mac. According to new figures compiled by Inside MBS & ABS, in the first quarter of 2015 BofA sold $9.57 billion of mortgages into Freddie securities, beating out Wells Fargo ($8.194 billion), which traditionally has ranked first in sales to both government-sponsored enterprises. Then again, there is...

March 27, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Altisource Portfolio Solutions Hit Hardest

In 2014, real estate owned vendor Altisource Portfolio Solutions grew its service revenue by a handsome 42 percent to $938 million while earnings crept up 3 percent to $134.5 million. So why is its stock price down 88 percent over the past year with both investors and stock analysts heading for the exits? To understand the plight of the publicly traded REO vendor, you first have to understand where it came from. ASPS is one of four spin-off companies of ...

March 27, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

E-mortgage One Step Closer with NotaryCam

A company called NotaryCam is raising eyebrows – and hopes for the future of e-mortgages – with the deployment of what it claims is the world’s only notary service that securely and legally notarizes documents online within minutes via live web conference from anywhere in the world. Requiring just a standard webcam, NotaryCam, based in Alexandria, VA, can produce a digital version of notarized documents within minutes. And with browser-to-browser ...

March 27, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Third Federal Offers $1,000 Credit to Homebuyers

Third Federal Savings & Loan in Cleveland is wooing first-time homebuyers with an offer of a $1,000 credit to spend as they wish if they close a purchase mortgage with the lender. There is no catch, said David Reavis, marketing manager for Third Federal. “There are no points and fees on the back end to cover the credit,” he said. “Third Federal is paying for it. We think the combination of a competitive rate and the $1,000 in the form of a check is an attractive offer that will ...

March 27, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Servicers Use Menu of Business Strategies

Mortgage servicers participating in a recent servicing conference sponsored by Information Management Network described how they use a variety of business strategies and often change gears to adjust to evolving market conditions. Jorge Carvallo, a vice president at Banesco USA, characterized mortgage servicing rights as a “necessary evil” that his community bank generally tries to avoid. “We sell most of it because it’s economically difficult for us to ...

March 27, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Servicing Helped Offset Share Drop In Production Income During 2014

Mortgage-banking profits fell sharply in 2014, but the servicing side of the business held its own and helped cushion the fall in production-related income, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports. A diverse group of 11 mortgage lenders, including most of the giants of the industry, reported a combined $5.229 billion in production-related income for 2014. That was down 56.0 percent from the previous year ... [Includes one data chart]

March 27, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Buyback Activity Focused On Newer, Performing Loans

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to turn their focus in loan-quality reviews to more freshly originated mortgages, the vast majority of which are current. A new Inside The GSEs analysis of disclosures made by the GSEs to the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that most of the lender repurchases made in 2014 continued to be associated with older, pre-crisis loans. But the biggest volume of pending and unresolved buyback demands were tied to loans securitized in 2013 and 2014. Sellers repurchased or provided indemnification on some $4.046 billion of mortgages during 2014, the disclosures reveal. They were split roughly evenly between Freddie ($2.031 billion) and Fannie ($2.014 billion)...[includes exclusive chart]

March 26, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fed Researchers Find that Lenders’ Staffing Levels Are Tied to Demand for Purchase Mortgages, Not Refis

Lenders make adjustments to staffing levels based on demand for purchase mortgages while demand for refinances spur little increase in mortgage employment levels, according to new research from staff at the Federal Reserve. Steve Sharpe, an economist at the Fed, and Shane Sherlund, an assistant director at the Fed, said mortgage processing capacity constraints caused by refi booms reduce originations to borrowers with low to modest credit scores ...

March 26, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Call-Center Lending Getting Begrudging Acceptance by Some Real Estate Agents

Real estate agents prefer to work with lenders that have a local presence, but call-center operations have improved their reputations among agents, according to new research by Campbell Surveys, based on a national survey sponsored by Inside Mortgage Finance Publications. “Survey results show that Quicken Loans’ call-center model can be an accepted alternative to the local branch/local loan officer model, at least for some homebuyers and real estate agents ...

March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Loan Modification Trial Payment Plans for Forward Mortgages. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced requirements for trial plan duration, required signatures, and reporting for trial payment-plan agreements, and the conditions under which FHA deems a TPP to have failed.Lenders must implement the requirements in Mortgagee Letter 2015-07 for all TPPs offered to borrowers on or after June 1, 2015. FHA Publishes Additional Sections of HUD Single-Family Policy Handbook. The FHA has published additional sections for the SF Handbook, including the following: Doing Business with FHA – Lenders and Mortgagees Doing Business with FHA – Other participants in FHA Transactions – Appraisers; Quality Control, Oversight and Compliance – Lenders and Mortgagees; Quality Control Oversight, and Compliance – Other Participants in FHA Transactions – Appraisers ...

March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Advocates Say New HECM Rule is A Disaster for Surviving Spouses

Consumer advocates and attorneys are urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to delay the implementation of a new policy that purports to provide relief to surviving spouses of reverse-mortgage borrowers and to find solutions that are more effective. The group said the policy HUD announced in Mortgagee Letter 2015-03 on Jan. 29 is so restrictive that virtually all surviving non-borrowing spouses will get no relief. A letter to the agency, drafted by the National Consumer Law Center and signed by the Consumers Union, California Reinvestment Coalition, National Housing Law Project, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates and Institute on Aging denounced the new policy. They said most surviving spouses of deceased borrowers of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans will not be able to meet the policy’s stringent guidelines and will ...

March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

RHS Seeks Comments on Proposed QM Rule, Simplified Refinancing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Housing Service has proposed to revise regulations for the single-family housing guaranteed loan program pertaining to qualified-mortgage (QM) requirements, refinancing, principal reduction and lender indemnification. The deadline for comments is May 4, 2015.The RHS is proposing to amend its regulations to indicate that a loan with an RHS guarantee is a qualified mortgage if it meets certain requirements set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB published a QM rule, which became effective on Jan. 10, 2014. Among other things, the rule requires creditors to make a reasonable, good faith determination of a borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage loan. In addition, the rule establishes a safe harbor from liability for transactions that meet the QM requirements or, in certain cases, a rebuttable presumption of ...

March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Large Coastal States Account for Bulk of FHA/VA Securitizations

Security issuances backed by FHA and VA loans totaled $267.6 billion in 2014, with several large states accounting for a significant share of FHA/VA originations. An estimated $158.1 billion of FHA-insured loans, including modified loans, were securitized last year, with purchase home loans comprising most of the transactions. Approximately $30.0 billion of FHA refinance loans were securitized as well. The FHA MBS had an average loan-to-value ratio of 92.3 percent and a debt-to-income ratio of 40.1 percent. The average FICO score was 672.3, which was indicative of first-time homebuyers and borrowers with slightly tainted credit. First-ranked California, Texas (#2) and Florida (#3) combined for a total of $48.0 billion, which represented 30.3 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities in 2014. Fourth-ranked New York reported a total of $6.7 billion while ... [ 2 charts]

March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Originations Increase in 4Q14, 2014 a Record Year for Purchases

Production of mortgages with a VA guaranty grew a hefty 17.9 percent in the fourth quarter, providing an emphatic ending to a record year of VA purchase-loan originations, according to Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. Total VA volume for the entire year was $112.0 billion in purchase and refinance loans. VA streamlined refinancings accounted for 22.4 percent of overall VA originations for 2014. Production for the full year, however, was down 13.8 percent compared to the same period in 2013. Lenders attributed the increased VA market share to the younger generation of soldiers and sailors engaged in foreign wars as well as veterans returning from the war front. Last year, 18 percent of VA loans were made to active-duty service members and 82 percent were loans to veterans, said Mike Frueh, director of the VA Home Loan guaranty program. “There is a lot more ... [1 chart]

March 19, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Strong Expectations Heading Into Spring Home-Buying Season, Particularly for First-Timers

Real estate agents have a positive outlook for the spring homebuying season, especially first-time homebuyers, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. Tom Popik, research director of Campbell Surveys, said homebuyer traffic was higher than expected during the winter and demand from first-time buyers is expected to be strong in the coming months. “Rising interest rates may stimulate the market as homebuyers ...

March 19, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Call-Center Lenders May Have the Most Exposure from Supreme Court Ruling on LO Overtime

In the wake of a recent Supreme Court of the United States decision allowing loan officers to receive overtime pay, mortgage company owners are already laying down the law: no OT for LOs unless management approves the extra time first. The freshly decided case is causing lenders to distinguish between “inside” and “outside” salesforces. According to early interpretations of the decision, loan officers who work in a branch more than half their time are ...

March 13, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

‘Bifurcation’ Agreements with GSEs At Heart of Ocwen’s MSR Sales

Ocwen Financial’s goal to eventually unload $140.5 billion of mortgage servicing rights tied to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac loans is being aided by bifurcation agreements approved by the GSEs and their regulator, according to advisors familiar with the deals.

March 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Altisource Entities Look for Way Forward

Altisource Residential and Altisource Asset Management abruptly cancelled their scheduled earnings calls this week as the firms work on modifying an asset management agreement. Both of the companies have ties to Ocwen Financial, which has faced its own operating issues in recent months. “Despite the negative headlines surrounding our primary mortgage servicer Ocwen, our performance has remained strong,” said Ashish Pandey, AR’s CEO. The real estate investment trust had ...

March 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Homebuilders, Lenders Announce One-Stop Shops

A number of homebuilding firms and mortgage lenders have recently announced joint ventures or affiliated business arrangements to offer one-stop shopping for homebuyers and homeowners. 1st Alliance Lending has announced a national mortgage lending platform that would expand its ability to offer government-backed mortgage financing to underserved borrowers with tainted credit who want to purchase a home. Based in East Hartford, CT, 1st Alliance offers ...

March 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Hiring Outlook: Mostly Flat

Although residential lenders saw their pipelines swell early in the year thanks to rapidly declining interest rates, few firms are feeling overwhelmingly bullish about the origination side of the business and remain skittish regarding hiring plans for the months ahead. But there are exceptions. Certain fast-growing national lenders such as Freedom Mortgage and loanDepot LLC remain hungry for loan officers, but want mortgage professionals with close ties to real estate agents ...

March 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Wholesale Lending Seen as Primed for Growth

After gaining market share in the fourth quarter of 2014, the wholesale-broker channel is poised for further growth, according to Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage. “Wholesale brokers are making a comeback,” Ishbia said this week during a webinar sponsored by his firm, which was the second-ranked lender in the broker channel in 2014, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. “We see it growing again in the first quarter, second quarter and beyond ...

March 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Took on More Servicing in 4Q14

For the first time in nearly three years, commercial banks and thrifts increased their mortgage servicing rights accounts during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call reports. At the end of last year, banks serviced residential mortgages with an unpaid principal balance of $4.416 trillion for other investors, an increase of $3.6 billion from the third quarter. That represents a tiny 0.08 percent increase ... [Includes one data chart]

March 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GSE Buybacks Up in 4Q14, But Focus Is Shifting to More Recent Production

Mortgage lenders repurchased or paid losses on $710.1 million of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans during the fourth quarter of 2014, a 30.8 percent increase from the previous period, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports. While increased buybacks are never a good thing for lenders, the fourth-quarter total was the second-lowest repurchase amount disclosed by the two government-sponsored enterprises ... [Includes two data charts]

March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reps and Warrants on New Jumbo MBS Seen As Providing Investors with Mixed Protection

The representations and warranties used in jumbo MBS can sufficiently handle some breaches but fail to completely protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. In a report released this week, the rating service noted that issuers use two main varieties of reps and warrants: those that allow for an open-ended review of loans and those that employ a prescriptive framework. The open-ended reviews are seen in jumbo MBS from Redwood Trust, WinWater Home Mortgage and others...


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