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November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Menendez Introduces HAWK Amendment in T-HUD Appropriations Bill. The National Association of Realtors recently sent a thank-you note to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, for introducing an amendment to H.R. 2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016, to restore HUD’s authority to offer the Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) program. Lawmakers who were concerned about the financial condition of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund denied funding for the HAWK program last year in a continuing spending bill, effectively stalling the program for a year. The HAWK program is a key component of the FHA’s Blueprint for Access, which was designed to open up the credit box for underserved borrowers. Specifically, program participants will benefit from reductions in FHA premiums once they complete ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correction Delay Causes HUD IG to Fail FY 2015, Restated Financials

It may take Ginnie Mae a bit longer than expected to make all the accounting corrections necessary before the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general to render a clean opinion on the guarantor’s fiscal 2015 financial statement and its restated financials for FY 2014. In fact, Ginnie might have to make some significant long-term investments to address the IG’s accounting concerns, said Thomas Weakland, acting chief financial officer at Ginnie Mae. The agency may have to spend on new technology and infrastructure, and beef up its staff “spanning multiple years” to remediate all of the IG’s concerns, said Weakland. However, Weakland did not state a timeline for making all the necessary corrections and adjustments. Until the IG is fully satisfied with the restatement, it will continue to withhold an audit opinion. “We recognized some of the efforts made and the constraints that ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues Servicing Guidance for Conveying Property in Florida

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued new guidance for submitting title documents to the VA when conveying a property in Florida. The servicing guidance addresses potential lien problems in relation to past due and unpaid homeowners association obligations. As part of conveying a property in the Sunshine State, documentation must be complete and in order so that VA can validate a clean title that will be acceptable to lenders, buyers, title companies and attorneys in the community where the property is located. Thus, property conveyance usually involves providing an owner’s title-insurance policy with no exclusions, other than for taxes that have not yet been billed but may be accrued against the property. Under Florida law, if an HOA is properly named in the foreclosure, a borrower or its assignees or successor-in-interest is only required to pay the lesser of either the ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

NYDFS Fines VA Lender $1 Million, Bars Firm from Further Lending

New York financial regulators have barred VA lender New Day Financial from doing any more business in the state for allegedly cheating on state-required continuing-education courses and examinations. The New York Department of Financial Services slapped the Fulton, MD-based lender (also doing business as New Day USA) with a $1 million fine and ordered it to surrender its mortgage banker’s license. The department accused top New Day executives as well as current and former employees of perpetrating an elaborate cheating scheme whereby compliance staffers took the required education courses and exams on behalf of senior managers and loan officers. According to state regulators, the cheating happened on numerous occasions and involved at least 20 New Day loan originators. The MLOs shared screen-shots of questions included in the National Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLSR) exams and ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Issues Interim Guidance for Approving Condo Recertifications

The FHA has issued temporary guidance for approving condominium projects for agency financing – a good first step, according to industry groups. Stakeholders have been waiting for a broader rewrite of the condominium rules for years, and they see the interim guidance as limited but positive. Announced on Nov. 13, the guidance is in place for a year while the FHA works on a more comprehensive rule that addresses all condominium lenders’ concerns. The temporary guidelines modify the requirements for condominium project recertification. It can cost up to $3,000 and, in some cases, take more than a year, to complete a condominium recertification project. The certification is good for only two years. Condo projects run afoul of FHA rules when the certification lapses, rendering the ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MMIF Stronger Because of HECM Despite Volatility in Recent Years

Though the Department of Housing and Urban Development strongly highlighted the positive aspects of the FY 2015 actuarial report on the state of Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, it also downplayed the impact of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage portfolio on the latest projections. FHA’s volatile HECM portfolio has had an unpredictable impact on the MMI Fund – a drag in some years and a boost in others. According to the report, the actuarial value of HECM capital has swung dramatically over the last four years and stood at $6.8 billion in FY 2015, up from negative $1.2 billion in fiscal 2014. The 6.44 percent spike in HECM gains helped boost the MMI Fund’s capital reserve ratio to 2.07 percent, in excess of the minimum 2.0 percent capital requirement. Excluding HECMs, the FHA fund – and the forward portfolio – would be at 1.6 percent, below the 2.0 percent threshold. The ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Actuarial Report Positive on MMIF; Pricing Adjustment More Likely?

Despite FHA’s denial of further mortgage insurance premium reductions any time soon, stakeholders are holding out hope for another cut in the near future. Those supporting the idea of another pricing adjustment say it could open the door wider for more borrowers to use the FHA single-family program and generate the volume needed to offset any potential revenue loss that may result from the reduction. But Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and his top officials have denied any plans of reducing MIPs. Castro has called such talk “premature,” despite a positive FY 2015 actuarial evaluation of the FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, which some claim could be used to justify another premium reduction. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing and Interim FHA Chief Ed Golding, in a press briefing, said the focus is elsewhere and not on ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Enjoys a Robust Year as MIP Cut Boosts New Loan Originations

The first nine months of 2015 have seen a tremendous increase in FHA single-family originations as borrowers took advantage of a 50 basis-point premium reduction implemented earlier this year, according to Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. Total FHA loan production during the first nine months of 2015 was up a whopping 81.3 percent increase. Data also showed a 13.1 percent increase in the third quarter from the prior quarter. It is hard to imagine that back in February this year, we reported a dismal ending for 2014, where overlays and high-loan costs caused an 8.1 percent decline in FHA endorsements in the fourth quarter and a 36.6 percent drop from 2013. In 2015, FHA fixed-rate originations increased 12.7 percent from the second to the third quarter, and rose 86.0 percent on a year-to-date basis. In 2014, conversion ... [ 2 charts ].

November 25, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Panelists Find Mortgage Industry in a Better Place Since the Crisis, But New Rules Impose New Demands

Seven years after the financial crisis that nearly devastated the U.S. economy, the mortgage finance industry finds itself in a far better place than before the crisis but facing new challenges brought on by a tighter credit box and new regulations, according to panelists at a housing symposium late last week in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic, the forum assessed the progress of the mortgage financing industry since the financial crisis abated ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Stonegate Unloads a Large Chunk of Its Retail Network, Vows to Go Heavy on ‘TPO’ Lending

Stonegate Mortgage – which holds the distinction of being the last nonbank mortgage firm to go public – is in the process of disposing of a large swath of its retail branch network in favor of a third-party originator strategy that relies heavily on brokers and correspondents. In total, it expects to close 47 branches outright by yearend or allow the offices to be taken over by a competitor. Although the company declined to discuss its strategy, recent press statements indicate it will maintain

November 25, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Correspondent Production Up Slightly in 3Q15 As Retail and Broker Originations Tumble

The correspondent channel during the third quarter of 2015 took its biggest share of total mortgage originations in years, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. Mortgage lenders acquired $165 billion of home loans from correspondent originators during the third quarter, a 1.9 percent increase at a time when overall production fell 7.1 percent. The surge pushed the correspondent share of new originations to 36.3 percent ... [Includes four data charts]

November 20, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Repurchases Hit Post-Crisis Low

Repurchases and indemnifications by banks and thrifts fell to “just” $936.0 million in the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of bank call-report data. That was the lowest quarterly buyback figure for the industry since the first quarter of 2008, when banks began disclosing this activity in their call reports. The third-quarter repurchase total was down 17.9 percent from the previous three-month period. On a ... [Includes one data chart]

November 20, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Fed Watching Home Price/Rent Ratio for Bubble

Current readings from the house price-to-rent ratio point to the potential for a bubble in the housing market, according to John Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. “I am starting to see signs of imbalances emerge in the form of high asset prices, especially in real estate, and that trips the alert system,” Williams said in a speech this month. He noted that the house price-to-rent ratio is close to where it was in 2003, and home prices continue to increase ...

November 20, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Customer Satisfaction Up in 2015

Mortgage customer satisfaction has improved this year compared to the previous year as lenders adopted new digital technology and improved efficiency, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Primary Mortgage Origination Satisfaction Survey. Overall customer satisfaction with the mortgage process averaged 793 in 2015, up 7 points from 2014. Customers expressed a high degree of satisfaction – a 22-point gain from the previous year – with the speed of the loan process ...

November 20, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Altisource Asset Management Stock Still Falling

When you hold an earnings call and not one analyst shows up to ask a question, one of two things is going on: business is so good that no one needs to ask, or research firms have dropped your stock. The latter appears to be the case with Altisource Asset Management Corp., one of three publicly-traded companies that can trace its lineage to Ocwen Financial Corp., a once top-five ranked servicer that’s in the process of shrinking, deleveraging its balance sheet and trying to figure out ...

November 20, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Report Sharp Drop in Mortgage-Banking Income During Third Quarter

Commercial banks and savings institutions reported a hefty decline in mortgage-banking income from the second to the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. The banking industry earned $3.793 billion from mortgage banking during the third quarter, a 37.7 percent decline from the previous three-month period. That’s an even bigger drop than the 25.8 percent decline reported by the group of 34 ... [Includes one data chart]

November 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Opposition to Proposal from FINRA to Establish Margin Requirements for TBA MBS

A proposal from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to establish margin requirements for the to-be-announced MBS market was met with strong opposition from industry participants. While FINRA made some concessions to the industry in the proposal issued in October, many MBS traders warned of dire consequences if the proposed margin requirements take effect. The proposal from FINRA included a number of provisions, such as a 2.0 percent “maintenance” margin ...

November 19, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Economic Forecasts Point to Slow and Steady Climbing Home Sales in 2016

As the housing market witnessed its best year yet in terms of recovering from the financial crisis, reports are pointing to continued progress in 2016, albeit at a slower pace. Pent-up demand coupled with sustained job growth and rising home values encouraged homeowners to put their homes on the market, a trend that Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, said he expects to continue into 2016. “Sales activity in 2016 will once again be ...

November 19, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

loanDepot Expected to Give Its IPO Another Try; Does the CFO Resigning Mean Anything?

Although loanDepot’s multi-million dollar initial public offering is off the table for now, the privately held nonbank is expected to test the market some time again – it’s just a matter of when. The deal was scuttled late last week, after questions were raised about how the company was valuing itself in the IPO documents. Another sidebar was the revelation in the S-1 filing that Chief Financial Officer Jon Frojen had resigned just weeks before loanDepot’s stock was slated to trade. In the S-1, loanDepot tries to dispel the notion that Frojen’s resignation had anything to do with the IPO, saying the change was made by management prior to the

November 19, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Sales of Bulk Servicing Packages Slow of Late, But Rising Rates Should Change That; A New Sale Advisor Emerges

Selling mortgage servicing rights into a declining interest rate environment can be tough sledding, but now that rates have headed north again, advisors that play in the space are anticipating strong sales through the fourth quarter and into the early months of 2016. “In the third quarter, we saw a number of large deals and even a handful of $500 million deals that just didn’t get done,” said Stephen Harris, managing director of MIAC Capital Markets. Harris also pointed out a ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA to Unveil FY 2015 MMIF Audit Results. On Nov. 16, the FHA will release its 2015 annual report to Congress, a document that historically has included the results of the annual actuarial audit of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, or MMIF. Early in the day, Ed Golding, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Housing, is scheduled to brief reporters on the report and take questions. As reported by Inside FHA/VA Lending, the reduction in the annual mortgage insurance premium earlier this year has put the MMIF on an accelerated path to recovery. But whether the ensuing increase in FHA production – which translates into additional premiums – will be enough to get the fund back to its statutory 2 percent capital reserve ratio remains ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Sets Policy for Determining Marital Status in Loan Applications

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a policy clarifying how VA lenders should process and underwrite mortgage loan applications when borrowers assert they are married. The policy, which took effect immediately, requires lenders to accept a veteran’s assertion of spousal status when he or she is applying for VA home loan benefits. The policy came a few months after the U.S. Supreme Court held, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires a state to issue a license for same-sex marriages and to recognize as valid and legal such marriages performed out of state. The SCOTUS decision opened the door for VA to recognize all same-sex marriages regardless of a veteran’s state of residence. The policy also directs VA personnel to apply the same level of scrutiny to all veteran marriages, regardless of whether they are ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nationstar Seeks to Raise FHA/VA Origination Volumes, Recaptures

Nationstar Mortgage is looking to enhance its FHA and VA lending and increase the recapture rate for the two loan products, according to the company’s top executives. In its third-quarter earnings call, Nationstar CEO Jay Bray told analysts the company has initiated targeted marketing efforts for refinancing opportunities for FHA and VA borrowers. In the third quarter, Nationstar’s overall origination segment increased funding to nearly $5 billion and raised its recapture to 28 percent. The company has reported profitability for five consecutive quarters and posted $50 million in earnings. Servicing profitability improved for the third quarter to 3.6 basis points, a 57 percent improvement from the prior quarter. In addition, the company generated strong cash flows of $172 million during the period. Ranked 17th among the top FHA lenders in the third quarter, Nationstar originated ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MPF Program, Ginnie Mae Unveil Broader Government MBS Product

The Federal Home Loan Bank System is seeking to boost its share of government-backed lending and the Ginnie Mae market with a new servicing-release option for FHA, VA and rural housing mortgages that are sold into the Mortgage Partnership Finance program. The new feature adds to an existing servicing-retained execution in the MPF Government Mortgage-Backed Securities program. The current servicing-retained component requires participating lenders to service loans they originate and sell into the MPF conduit. The servicing-release option from Nationstar Mortgage, a top-10 mortgage servicer based in Dallas, will provide lenders with greater pricing flexibility so they can become more competitive in the communities they serve, said Matt Feldman, president of the Chicago FHLB. Only FHLBank members that are participants in MPF can use the government MBS program. In order to ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PHH Mulls Continued Participation In FHA, Will Proceed Cautiously

Facing the possibility of a potential False Claims Act lawsuit, PHH Corp. is reconsidering its participation in the FHA mortgage insurance program. Though PHH’s FHA segment represents only 3 percent of its mortgage volume over the past 12 months, the company will proceed cautiously as it evaluates the risk-adjusted return of FHA products and programs, said Glenn Messina, PHH president and chief executive.Ranked 50th among FHA lenders as of June 30, 2015, PHH expects more regulatory challenges in 2016 as well as rising compliance costs, said Messina during a third-quarter earnings call. In its latest quarterly filing, PHH disclosed receiving a subpoena from the inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for documents related to, among other things, FHA loan origination and underwriting practices. Like several other FHA lenders, PHH is ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Issuers Reach Deep for FHA Loans, Get More Cautious

Mortgage lenders are more willing to expand the credit box for FHA borrowers, but they appear to be getting more cautious about FHA lending, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities data. Over two thirds of FHA loans securitized in the first nine months of 2015 had credit scores below 700, and 6.2 percent of them had scores of 620 or lower. By comparison, 47.0 percent of VA loans were below 700 and just 4.4 percent were in the lowest category. But FHA lenders became more cautious as the year wore on. In the first quarter, 6.8 percent of FHA loans had scores of 620 or lower. That fell to just 6.0 percent in the third quarter. The FHA purchase-mortgage sector skews even further away from the riskiest borrowers and toward safer ground. The share of FHA purchase loans with scores of 620 or lower fell from 5.8 percent in the first ... [ 2 charts ]

November 13, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Issues Interim Guidelines, Relaxes Condo Approval Standards

The FHA has issued temporary guidelines to ease the condominium approval process and increase the number of condo projects eligible for FHA financing. The guidelines take effect immediately and will be in place for one year to give FHA enough time to write and implement a more comprehensive rule. With the issuance of the guidelines, FHA anticipates an increase in the pool of FHA-eligible condo projects, which in turn will provide more affordable housing options for first-time and low- to moderate-income borrowers. The interim guidelines modify three key areas where lender complaints have been common. First, the guidelines revise requirements for recertification of condo projects. FHA-approved condo projects require recertification after two years to ensure that the project is still in ...

November 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS-Investing REITs Continue to Shy Away From Mortgage Securities. Is the MBS ‘Trade’ Dead?

Publicly traded real estate investment trusts that buy MBS continued to whittle down their positions in government and agency product during the third quarter, a trend that some fear may have no bottom. Market leader Annaly Capital Management trimmed its MBS holdings to $66.3 billion during the period, a 1.9 percent sequential decline, but an ugly 18.6 percent drop compared to the third quarter of last year. It is investing more of its cash in commercial product. Number two ranked American Capital Agency Corp. was...[Includes one data table]

November 12, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Study Touts Strategy to Promote Affordable Housing Through GSE Recapitalization

Promoting affordable housing by recapitalizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is the premise of a new study released this week by the Brookings Institution arguing that their conservatorship should come to an end. Obama administration officials have previously rejected such proposals. The paper noted that the Treasury Department’s sweep policy, which takes the bulk of Fannie’s and Freddie’s profits, limits the government-sponsored enterprises’ ability to promote homeownership and expand access to affordable home ownership, especially among low-income households. Robert Shapiro, former Brookings fellow, and chairman of Sonecon, LLC, along with Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at Brookings, said...

November 12, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Is a Five-Year Old Nonbank That Services Just $21 Billion in Loans Worth Upwards of $621 Million?

loanDepot Inc. this week priced its much anticipated initial public offering, valuing its soon-to-be-listed shares – 34.5 million units in total – at $18 each or roughly $621 million, a lofty valuation for a company that owns just over $20.9 billion in mortgage servicing rights. Few in the industry are questioning loanDepot’s explosive growth since its inception five years ago, but eyebrows have been raised about the anticipated size of the deal. “It’s...

November 12, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

MSR Marks Caused Plenty of Red Ink in 3Q15, But a Recovery is at Hand – And Then Some

Thanks to declining interest rates and higher prepayment speeds in the third quarter – especially on Ginnie Mae receivables – several publicly traded nonbanks were forced to write down the asset value of their mortgage servicing rights, causing millions of dollars in red ink. According to a review by Inside Mortgage Finance of the earnings statements of six nonbanks, the combined servicing markdown was an ugly $448 million. The group includes Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial, PennyMac Financial Services, PHH Corp., Stonegate Mortgage and Walter Investment Management Corp., the parent of Ditech Financial. Walter took...

November 6, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Banking Profits Sink in 3Q15 As Nonbanks Take Biggest Declines

Most publicly-traded companies reported declining net earnings from their mortgage banking operations during the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. A diverse group of 34 major mortgage lenders that includes most of the top lenders and servicers posted a combined $3.56 billion in income from their mortgage banking activity during the third quarter. That was down 25.8 percent from the second quarter of 2015. The declining profitability was...[Includes one data table]

November 6, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

A Tale of Two GSEs: Fannie Profits in Q3 While Freddie Reports Loss

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae both reported third quarter earnings this week but the numbers were in stark contrast to one another. Freddie announced a $475 million loss and set off a firestorm of reaction surrounding a possible Treasury draw when its reserves decline to zero. Two days later, Fannie posted net earnings of $2.2 billion for the third quarter. Freddie pointed to losses on derivatives used to hedge the company’s interest rate risk as the reason for its first loss in four years. In addition to falling interest rates, Freddie marked down its investment in derivatives by $4.17 million. Don Layton, Freddie’s CEO, noted that earnings volatility “stems from our usage of derivatives to...

November 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Nonbanks May Rise Again in MBS Trading As ‘Liquidity Crisis’ Results in Fewer Trades

When it comes to trading in agency MBS, Deutsche Bank is heading for the exits as a lack of volume in a once-thriving profit center continues to head south. Granted, Deutsche’s departure from the space is part of a huge worldwide restructuring at the German-based bank, but with MBS trading volume falling to a 13-year low last year – and not looking much better this year – the decision was likely an easy one. Chris Whalen, senior managing director at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, said...

November 5, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Earnings Sink in 3Q15; Guaranty Fee Income Up Slightly Despite Lower Rate on New Business

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported a combined $1.485 billion in net income for the third quarter of 2015, a hefty 83.1 percent decline from the previous period. While Fannie reported its 15th consecutive profitable quarter ($1.96 billion in net income), Freddie posted its first loss ($475 million) in four years. Don Layton, Freddie’s CEO, said that earnings volatility “stems from our usage of derivatives to hedge interest rate risks and accounting mismatches associated with the activity. This quarter showed a continuation of that volatility as the accounting mismatch produced a negative $1.5 billion [generally accepted accounting principles] earnings, which was enough to tip us into the comprehensive income loss of about $500 million for the quarter. “Utilizing a derivatives hedging strategy can result...

November 5, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Servicing Market Evolution Continues: Bigger Role for Nonbanks and Second-Tier Players

It remains to be seen whether the mortgage servicing market actually grew in the third quarter of 2015, but it’s clear that distribution within the industry continued to shift. The top 50 mortgage servicers had a combined portfolio of $7.300 trillion, including whole loans in portfolio and mortgage servicing rights, at the end of September, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. That was down 0.2 percent from total servicing held by the top 50 companies at the end of the second quarter. The final word on mortgage debt outstanding comes...[Includes two data tables]

October 30, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Trade Group Asks FHA to Remove Uncertainty Over Use of DAPs

A trade association representing large financial institutions has asked the FHA to clarify its policy regarding the use of downpayment assistance programs on home purchases financed with FHA mortgage loans. The differences in the interpretation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general and the FHA of downpayment assistance programs (DAP), especially by state housing finance agencies, has created uncertainty among lenders, according to the Consumer Mortgage Coalition. In a letter to HUD Secretary Julian Castro, the CMC expressed concern that lenders may become unwilling to continue offering loans with assisted financing because of legal uncertainty. “This would be unfortunate for moderate-income borrowers nationwide, and it would unnecessarily limit the ability of [state housing finance agencies] to function,” the group said. SHFAs do not rely on taxpayer funding for ...

October 30, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA, FHA Issue Guidelines to Ensure Lender Compliance with TRID Rule

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the FHA have issued guidelines concerning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule as it relates to VA- and FHA-backed mortgages. The new TRID rule covers loan applications received on or after Oct. 3, 2015. It replaced Truth-in-Lending-Act disclosures and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s closing (HUD-1) settlement statement. The rule requires that all covered loans be closed using the new closing disclosure. The VA has announced new closing-disclosure guidelines and a new mandatory method for the stacking order of loan files selected for full-loan review. According to the VA, all files selected for full review on or after Oct. 3 may include the HUD-1 statement. The agency is aware that loans will be requested that have the HUD-1 closing document, and that it will perform the full file review with the ...

October 30, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

California HFA to Offer VA Loans With 5% Downpayment Assistance

The California Housing Finance Agency is planning to add VA loans to its list of mortgage programs, with an offer of downpayment assistance. Kenneth Giebel, CHFA director of homeownership, said the agency plans to have a VA loan program in place in early 2016 to complement other first-mortgage programs. In addition, the agency is considering adding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s guaranteed single family home loan program to its current product menu. Currently, the CHFA is working with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) in providing home loans to qualified veterans and servicemembers. There are 31 military installations located throughout California, home to nearly 2 million veterans. A CalVet VA loan utilizes a veterans’ or service member’s VA eligibility and provides 100 percent financing. The department also has a Fannie Mae 97 loan-to-value ratio product, which ...

October 30, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lenders Call for Further MIP Cut, Analysts Say Reduction Unlikely

Community lenders renewed their call for a further cut in FHA mortgage insurance premiums amid speculation that a healthier FHA insurance fund could lead to another reduction. But analysts are less optimistic about another premium reduction for different reasons. In a letter to FHA Acting Commissioner Edward Golding, the Community Home Lenders Association asked that the annual MIP be reduced to the pre-crisis level of 0.55 percent when FHA’s capital reserve ratio returns to the statutory 2.0 percent level. The call comes less than a month before FHA issues its highly anticipated annual actuarial report on the state of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. There is speculation within the mortgage industry that the FY 2015 report will show improved FHA fundamentals, bringing the fund closer or over its statutory 2.0 percent capital reserve ratio. The report is expected to highlight the positive results of a ...

October 30, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Reports Gain in Servicing Securitized FHA Mortgage Loans

Servicing of FHA loans pooled into Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities rose 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2015. Three megabanks in the top five-servicer tier accounted for a significant share of the market. Ginnie Mae servicers of FHA collateral reported $969.0 billion outstanding at Sept. 30, with Wells Fargo accounting for 27.9 percent of total servicing volume. Wells Fargo, Chase Home Finance (#2) and Bank of America (#5) combined to service 39.3 percent of FHA outstanding as of the end of the quarter. PennyMac Corp. closed the quarter with a $57.7 billion FHA servicing portfolio, good enough for third place and 6.0 percent of the market. Fourth-ranked NationStar Mortgage reported a $53.6 billion servicing portfolio at the end of the ... [ 1 chart ]

October 30, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Servicing of VA Collateral Rising as Wells Fargo Continued to Dominate

The unpaid principal balance on VA loans securitized in 3Q15 Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities totaled $426.9 billion, up 5.1 percent from the previous quarter and 17.3 percent more year-over-year. Wells Fargo serviced $114.4 billion of VA collateral at Sept. 30, 2.0 percent up from the prior quarter. It was good enough for a commanding 26.8 percent of the market. The only other megabank among the top five servicers in this segment was fifth-place Chase Home Finance, which closed the quarter with $16.8 billion and a 3.9 percent market share. It saw portfolio declines on both quarterly and year-over-year bases. USAA Federal Savings Bank, in third place, accounted for $24.1 billion, or 5.6 percent of the VA-backed MBS servicing market. Nonbanks PennyMac, in second place, and fourth-ranked Freedom Mortgage combined for 11.0 percent of the ... [ 1 chart ]

October 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Investors, Distressed Properties Gain Market Share

The start of fall marked a reversal of trends in the housing market, according to results from the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. In September, investors gained market share from current homeowners and first-time homebuyers, and the distressed property share of home sales increased. The gains in market share were part of a seasonal pattern. And while the trends aren’t necessarily positive for mortgage-industry participants ...

October 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Consolidation Puts Market Share Up for Grabs

Ongoing economic conditions and increasing regulatory scrutiny are creating challenges and opportunities for different players and segments, industry observers say, with the most successful opportunists likely able to snag greater market share while others get gobbled up by larger or stronger rivals. The current market environment of increased regulation is putting significant pressure on the largest banks and has created a growing opportunity for mainstream mortgage bankers ...

October 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Nonbanks Consider Name Changes

Walter Investment Management recently reorganized its servicing operation, formerly known as Green Tree, and its production unit as Ditech Mortgage, and other nonbanks may be looking for a new identity as well. Nationstar recently trademarked the name “Mr. Cooper,” but the company isn’t giving out much information on the topic. According to a spokesman, Nationstar has trademarked “a couple of names” for “non-specific possible future uses.” However, one source close to ...

October 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

2016 Forecast: Strong Purchase-Mortgage Market Won’t Offset Sharp Drop in Refi

The good news is that mortgage industry forecasters now see a much stronger originations market in 2016 than they did just a few months ago. But loan production is still expected to drop from 2015 levels. The consensus projection from economists at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association is that single-family mortgage originations will total $1.376 trillion next year. Back in May, the average forecast was $1.208 trillion. Estimates have ... [Includes one data chart]

October 23, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Not Much Love for Mortgage REITs These Days, Though Sector Keeps Its ‘Under Valued’ Moniker

Over the next few weeks, publicly traded real estate investment trusts that specialize in residential mortgages will begin reporting third quarter earnings and the outlook is hardly rosy. “Another difficult quarter for mREITs is behind us,” wrote Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analyst Michael Widner and his team of researchers. “Rate uncertainty has been and remains the sector’s biggest challenge.” In other words, the slow march downward in rates has been...


Should the FHA cut premiums?

Yes, the MMIF has surpassed the 2 percent minimum. It’s time to help first-time home buyers.
Yes, but not until mid-2016 at least, when we see how the fund is doing.
No. The MMIF needs to rebuild and prepare for another potential downturn – just in case.
No. We believe the minimum ratio should actually be raised to 4 percent or higher.
I am undecided.

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