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May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Orders Special Forbearance for Borrowers in Flood Disaster Areas

The Department of Veterans Affairs has called upon holders of VA-guaranteed single-family mortgage loans to extend forbearance to distressed homeowners affected by the severe storms and flooding in Louisiana and Texas. In recent guidance, the VA described measures VA lenders may employ to provide relief to disaster-stricken homeowners. The agency recommended careful counseling to see whether borrower difficulties are related to the storms or have been the result of other events. If appropriate, prepayments may be reapplied to cure or prevent a borrower default. Servicers also may consider loan modification without VA’s prior approval if certain regulatory conditions are met. Although the holder of the loan is ultimately responsible for determining when to initiate foreclosure or complete termination action, the VA has requested a 90-day freeze on ...


May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Active-Duty Homebuyers Tend to be Younger, Prefer VA Loan Financing

Younger, active-service soldiers are outpacing non-military homebuyers under the age of 35 in home purchase – and they are buying larger, more expensive homes with VA loans, according to a new National Association of Realtors survey. The NAR survey, 2016 Veterans & Active Military Home Buyers and Sellers Profile, found quite a few contrasts between active-service military homebuyers and those who have never served. Of all homebuyers, 18 percent were veterans and 3 percent were in active military service. Of all home sellers, 21 percent were vets and 1 percent were active-military. According to the survey, the typical active-service homebuyer was a lot younger (median age of 34 years old) than non-military buyers (40 years old). The active-military homebuyer was more likely to be married and have several children living in the household. Consequently, they prefer larger single-family homes. Interestingly, the ...


May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Senate Panel Approves FHA IT Funding, Rejects Proposed Fee

Senate appropriators have opted to set aside fiscal 2017 funding for FHA information technology upgrades rather than authorize the agency to charge lenders an administrative fee to pay for improvements. The committee approved the funding as part of its proposed Housing and Urban Development-Transportation budget for FY 2017. Appropriators set aside $13 million in specific funds for FHA IT improvements. HUD proposed that up to $30 million in fees would be charged to lenders on endorsements through Sept. 30, 2019. Collections from such fees would be credited as offsetting collections to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. Specifically, HUD sought to use the collections to partially offset a requested $160 million funding for improvements to administrative contract support, FHA staffing and information technology. Congress has rejected the ...


May 6, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Channel Plays Huge Role in 1Q FHA Purchase Lending

Retail loan originations account for most new VA lending, but the correspondent channel plays an outsized role in the FHA market, especially in purchase-mortgage lending, according to a new analysis of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities data by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Over half (51.1 percent) of VA loans securitized through Ginnie MBS in the first quarter of 2016 were retail originations, but only 39.1 percent of FHA loans came through that channel. The biggest source of FHA loans was correspondent lenders, which accounted for 45.8 percent of loans securitized during the first three months of this year. That was actually slightly below the 49.2 percent correspondent share of FHA loans back in 2014 and 46.8 percent last year. Correspondents accounted for well over half (53.9 percent) of FHA purchase mortgages during the first quarter, while playing a more ... [ 3 charts ]


May 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSEs Dodge Treasury Draw Despite Freddie Loss and Sharp Drop in Fannie Net Income

An unanticipated decline in interest rates soured the hedging bets placed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the first quarter of 2016, leading to sharply lower net income at the two government-sponsored enterprises. The two GSEs booked a combined $7.37 billion in net derivative losses for the first quarter that nearly washed out income from their core businesses. Since 2012, when the two GSEs became profitable again, they have booked huge $23.46 billion in hedging losses. “As we’ve said for over a year now, our quarterly financial results are...


May 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Share Prices of Several Top-Ranked Lenders Are in the Tank, Which Bodes Poorly for the Mortgage IPO Market

When it comes to stock price performance, it’s been an ugly year so far in 2016 for most of the nation’s publicly traded nonbanks, especially if their names happen to be Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial, PHH Corp. and Walter Investment Management Corp. And you might as well throw Stonegate Mortgage into that club as well. According to figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance, these five firms have seen declines in their stock prices – as measured against their highs for the past year – ranging from 52.3 percent (Nationstar) to 82.1 percent (Ocwen). Two other nonbanks whose share prices haven’t suffered as much are...[Includes one data table]


April 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Freddie Braces for Impact of Climate Change

Mortgage financing as it exists today might have to go through significant changes if the impact of climate change worsens, particularly in areas most exposed to the risk, according to new research from Freddie Mac. While flood insurance makes it possible for borrowers to obtain home loans in areas of high flood risk, other fallout from climate change – rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, increasing temperatures – may not be insurable. “As a result, some important features ...


April 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Joint Mortgages Wrong Choice for Some Borrowers

Many borrowers who apply for a mortgage with a partner miss out on lower interest rates due to lenders’ standards regarding credit scores, according to research by economists at the Federal Reserve. Applying for a mortgage solo can lead to substantial cost savings, though determining whether to take that option can be complicated. Geng Li, Weifeng Wu, and Vincent Yao detailed their findings in a FEDS Notes article published by the Fed. The analysis was based on ...


April 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Moody’s Raises Concerns about Nonbank Servicers

The funding models used by prominent nonbank servicers subject the firms to significant risks, according to Moody’s Investors Service, which predicted that the companies’ profitability will improve only marginally in 2016. The Moody’s analysis focused on Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial and Walter Investment Management. “All three nonbank servicers’ reliance on confidence-sensitive, short-term funding heightens their liquidity and refinancing risk,” said Warren Kornfeld ...


April 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

MSR Investors Show More Interest in Hedging

An increasing number of financial institutions with a vested interest in mortgage servicing rights are showing a renewed interest in hedging against declining interest rates – something you might think they would already be doing. “You’d be surprised at who’s not hedging,” said Austin Tilghman, senior vice president of United Capital Markets, Denver. “Some mid-sized nonbanks just don’t get it.” Tilghman knows quite a bit about firms – banks included – that don’t ...


April 29, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Report Modest Boost in Mortgage-Banking Income During Early 2016

Although many banks wrestled with hedges for their mortgage servicing rights and loan production was generally down, the industry posted a solid increase in mortgage-banking earnings in the first quarter. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports filed by 26 major banks showed a combined $3.450 billion in mortgage-banking income during the first quarter. That was up 12.3 percent from their fourth-quarter earnings of ... [Includes one data chart]


April 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Thanks to Rising Loan Originations, Mortgage M&A Deals Hit the Skids; No More ‘Franchise’ Deals?

Thanks to rising loan applications and a stronger-than-anticipated start to the second quarter, merger and acquisition activity in the mortgage industry is at muted levels these days, according to investment banking officials. In other words, lenders will continue to “make hay while the sun shines,” believing that current profit margins are just too good right now to consider selling out. It was originally thought...


April 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

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

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


April 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Retail Gains in First-Quarter GSE Market

Mortgages produced through lenders’ retail channels accounted for 60.2 percent of home loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the first quarter of this year, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of mortgage-backed securities data. The retail share was up slightly from 59.9 percent for all of last year and 59.5 percent in the fourth quarter. Sales of retail-originated loans fell 3.9 percent from the previous period, the smallest ... [Includes one data chart]


April 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Affordability, Debt Delay FTHB Purchases

New surveys of potential first-time homebuyers suggest that many are delaying purchasing a home due to affordability issues and the accrual of non-mortgage debt. “In many cases, we found today’s buyers are taking a long-term view of homeownership,” said D. Steve Boland, consumer lending executive for Bank of America. “They want to purchase a home that will meet their future needs and understand that, in some cases, that will require saving more, waiting longer and ...


April 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

A Tepid 1Q16 for the Megabanks and Mortgages

Three megabanks – Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America – posted modestly lower originations in the first quarter of 2016, thanks in part to seasonality as well as continuing their cautious behavior of sticking to bread-and-butter conventional lending. In their just-released earnings reports, there was no mention of production problems tied to the controversial integrated-disclosure rule known as TRID. Then again, given their size and the fact that they’re ...


April 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Insurance Claiming Slightly Larger Share of Agency Purchase Market

More loans securitized by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae are carrying mortgage insurance, either private MI or coverage through government-insured programs, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of mortgage-backed securities data. The trend toward more insured loans has been gradual over the past two years. In 2014, purchase-money loans with no mortgage insurance accounted for 39.9 percent of new MBS issued by ... [Includes one data chart]


April 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

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

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


April 8, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

RHS Issues Then Withdraws Final Rule on Indemnification, Refis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) last week published a final rule revising current regulations regarding lender indemnification, refinancing and qualified mortgage requirements, only to withdraw it later without explanation. The final rule was published in the March 29, 2016, issue of the Federal Register and was withdrawn abruptly on March 31. The RHS’ one-paragraph correction notice said the rule had been “inadvertently published” and, thus, was being recalled. The agency neither elaborated nor returned calls seeking comment. The final rule would expand the RHS’ lender indemnification authority for loss claims in the case of fraud, misrepresentation or noncompliance with applicable loan origination requirements. By taking such action, the RHS aims to improve its ability to manage the risk of its single-family housing guaranteed loan program. In addition, the final rule would ...


April 8, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Making Fewer FHA Loans Helped Chase Reduce Foreclosure Losses

Cutting back on its FHA business helped reduce JPMorgan Chase’s foreclosure inventory but made it harder for the bank to meet its community reinvestment goals, according to the bank’s top executive. In a letter to shareholders, Jamie Dimon, president/CEO of JPMorgan Chase, said he would rather see the bank no longer service defaulted loans. “If we had our druthers, we would never service a defaulted mortgage again,” he wrote. “We do not want to be in the business of foreclosure because it is exceedingly painful for our customers, and it is difficult, costly and painful to us and our reputation.” Chase has cut back on FHA lending and has reinstated overlays in response to stiff penalties it paid to resolve False Claims Act allegations brought by the federal government. In 2014, Chase agreed to a $614 million settlement with the Department of Justice over allegations of ...


April 8, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM Lenders Get Some Latitude On Due-and-Payable Requests

The FHA has issued new, more permissive loss-mitigation guidelines for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, including an optional extension for mortgagees when submitting due-and-payable requests. Additionally, the guidelines allow mortgagees to cure a HECM borrower’s taxes and/or insurance defaults as long as the FHA incurs no cost and the mortgagee agrees to refrain from seeking loan assignment for at least three years. The guidelines further remove a previous restriction prohibiting the use of the permissive loss-mitigation options announced in Mortgagee Letter 2015-11 for borrowers in foreclosure. Accordingly, for HECM loans that were in the process of foreclosure prior to the issuance of ML-2015-11, mortgagees may assess those borrowers for a repayment plan in accordance with the mortgagee letter. The repayment plan must have the ...


April 8, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Not Reporting Material Events on Time Causes Recertification Delay

Approximately 300 FHA lenders are seeing their recertifications held up because they failed to report in a timely manner events or changes that may affect their eligibility to participate in FHA programs.Delays are occurring because lenders have failed to notify the FHA of material events as soon as they have occurred and waited until the annual recertification to report them, according to industry sources. Under rules of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a notice of material event alerts the agency to a significant change to the information provided by the lender at application that may affect its status as an FHA-approved lender. The department strongly encourages lenders to notify FHA within 10 days of the event to prevent delays during the annual recertification. Each FHA lender must complete the annual recertification process in order to retain its FHA approval. Lenders must ...


April 8, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Market Slumped in 1Q16, But Monthly Data Show Rebound

Ginnie Mae issued $93.41 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the first three months of 2016, an 8.6 percent drop from the previous quarter, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of loan-level MBS data, excluding FHA reverse-mortgage activity. Early 2016 was the slowest market in a year for Ginnie MBS production, though it still was stronger than most of the agency’s pre-2015 business. And issuance in the first quarter of 2016 was 17.0 percent ahead of the volume produced during the same period last year. The soft spot in the first quarter was FHA lending, especially purchase-mortgage activity. Issuers delivered $54.44 billion of FHA loans into Ginnie MBS during the period, a 12.1 percent drop from the fourth quarter, including a 15.0 percent decline in FHA purchase mortgages. Securitization of VA loans fell by a ... [4 charts].


April 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

1Q16 Has Ended. A Good Quarter for Most?

The last couple of application reports from the Mortgage Bankers Association have been tepid, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the first quarter – which closed on Thursday – was much better than what many executives were expecting back in early January. Moreover, many mortgage officials interviewed by Inside Mortgage Trends believe that if it weren’t for concerns about the integrated disclosure rule known as TRID, origination volumes would have been ...


April 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

TRID Increasing Lender Costs; Borrowers Happy

Individual borrowers purchasing homes in the era of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s integrated disclosure rule, dubbed TRID, generally seem to be having an improved overall customer experience, despite a few bumps in the road, according to two recent surveys. But the progress for homeowners is coming at the expense of mortgage lenders. A survey from the STRATMOR consultancy found that overall borrower satisfaction is at a multi-year high ...


April 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

More Than Half of Renters May Avoid a Mortgage

An estimated 96 million adults in the U.S. are renters who have never had a mortgage, many of whom would seem to be prime targets for first-time homeownership. However, more than half of the renter population is unlikely to receive mortgage financing anytime soon, due to underwriting factors or a preference to remain a renter, according to industry analysts. In a new report, researchers at the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center developed ...


April 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Loan Sales Drop in 4Q, Weak Year Overall

Commercial banks and thrifts reported $153.1 billion in single-family home loan sales by their mortgage-banking operations during the fourth quarter of 2015, a steep 24.8 percent drop from the previous quarter. For the year, secondary market activity was up from 2014 but still relatively sluggish. Depository institution mortgage-banking shops sold $721.2 billion of home mortgages last year, a 19.9 percent increase from 2014. But 2015 was the ... [Includes one data chart]


April 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Nation’s Largest MI UG Files IPO in Tough Market

United Guaranty, the largest private mortgage insurer in the nation, filed to go public this week, touting its market position, longevity and the strong profits it posted over the past two years. Then again, it’s been a tough market for mortgage-related stocks this year. Overall, United Guaranty hopes to raise $100 million by selling 19.9 percent of the firm, with its parent company, American International Group, retaining the balance while setting the stage for eventual ...


April 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Servicing Outperformed Production In Topsy-Turvy Fourth Quarter of 2015

Mortgage servicing activities generated stronger profits during the fourth quarter, helping to offset a drop in production-related income, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of corporate earnings releases from a group of 13 major lenders. As a group, the 13 lenders reported $612.9 million in mortgage servicing income for the fourth quarter, up 94.5 percent from the previous three-month period. However, three shops reported losses during ... [Includes one data chart]


March 25, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA 2017 Budget Seeks $34 Million To Run, Maintain VALERI System

The Department of Veterans Affairs FY 2017 budget is seeking $34 million for the VA Loan Electronic Reporting Interface (VALERI) to manage the 2.4 million VA mortgages in portfolio. VALERI connects VA with more than 225,000 approved mortgage servicers and an estimated 320,000 veteran borrowers. Specifically, the system is used to manage and monitor servicer and VA staff activities aimed at providing timely and appropriate loss-mitigation assistance to defaulted borrowers. Without these resources, approximately 90,000 veterans and their families would be in danger of losing their homes each year, the VA said. Furthermore, this could cost the VA $2.8 billion a year in additional expense. In addition, VALERI also supports payment of guaranty and acquisition claims.Meanwhile, starting March 19, VA servicers began using the new version of the bulk upload templates to ...


March 25, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Provides Updated Guidance on Flint, MI Water Contamination

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued additional lender guidance for dealing with the public water contamination problem in Flint, MI. The guidance expands on the agency’s minimum requirements for properties backed by VA loans. The guidance refers to policy in the VA Lender’s Handbook which requires properties to have “a continuing supply of safe and potable water for drinking and other household uses,” before being approved for a VA-backed home loan. In the VA’s view, safe and potable water also refers to water used for bathing, showering and sanitary uses. Properties not in compliance with this requirement will not be eligible for the VA guaranty. Proper mitigation of lead-contaminated water must include a central filtering system that is acceptable to local health authorities and that can provide safe and potable water. Appraisers must comment and adjust for any ...


March 25, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $2.3B FCA Case Against U.S. Bank

For years, banks have had a losing record in FHA cases involving False Claims Act allegations. Hence, a federal appeals court’s decision to uphold dismissal of a $2.3 billion lawsuit against a major bank is a rarity. In U.S., ex rel. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) v. U.S. Bank, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an FCA lawsuit against U.S. Bank because the conduct alleged by the qui tam relator had been previously disclosed publicly in a consent order with federal banking regulators. The court held that ABLE’s claims were barred because the conduct that allegedly violated the FCA had already been disclosed when the plaintiff filed suit in 2013. The Department of Justice declined to intervene. The relator suit alleged that U.S. Bank had a practice of initiating foreclosure on FHA-insured mortgages without complying with the ...


March 25, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Jumbo Securitization Rises in 2015 Despite 4th Quarter Decline

Ginnie Mae securitization of jumbo mortgage loans with a VA guaranty rose significantly in 2015 despite a volume drop-off in the fourth quarter, according to Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. Year-over-year results saw an almost 60 percent increase in Ginnie Mae mortgage securitization backed by VA jumbo loans. This was slightly dampened by 17.1 percent drop in VA MBS production in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter. All top-five VA jumbo securitizers – Wells Fargo, Freedom Mortgage Corp., PennyMac Corp., U.S. Bank, and Quicken Loans – reported significant drops quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year. Wells Fargo delivered a total of $5.0 billion in VA jumbo loans into Ginnie pools, making it the leading jumbo securitizer in that segment. This accounted for 17.7 percent of the market. Freedom Mortgage ended the year with $2.1 billion in ... [ Charts ]


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