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December 19, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

MBA Boycotts FHA Panel Talk for Being too Biased

The Mortgage Bankers Association this week declined to participate in a panel discussion on FHA hosted by the American Enterprise Institute because the trade group did not believe the discussion would be balanced and though it would favor only a certain point of view. The topic was “FHA from 1934 to 1938: Lessons for Wealth Building,” with Ed Pinto, a resident fellow at AEI, and Dave Stevens, MBA president, as presenters. Stevens, however, decided to pull out of the event when he saw the format. In a letter to the AEI organizers, Stevens said he agreed to be a presenter thinking the debate “would be a balanced approach.” “When I first agreed to do this, I did not expect that the format would be 45 minutes of [Ed Pinto] and then no more than 12 minutes for me to respond,” he wrote. “That’s an extremely lopsided approach that did not appear to be ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Ocwen Reports FHA Buyouts from Ginnie II Pools

Ocwen Financial’s dry spell of acquiring nonperforming FHA loans out of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities pools ended in early December with the nonbank servicing giant buying $253.1 million of delinquent product. Speculation, however, is mounting that Ocwen may not be long for the Ginnie Mae business, at least as a servicer. Ocwen’s disclosure of the “early” FHA buyouts came 11 days after it sold to an undisclosed buyer. In the first quarter, the company engaged in $646 million of early buyouts (EBO) and followed up with a $490 million EBO deal in the second quarter. However, EBO volume fell to zero in the third quarter. The December acquisition came in one fell swoop raising cautious, short-term expectations at Ocwen. “We expect to execute more such purchases in the next few months, as long as market conditions are favorable,” said Chief Investment Officer John Britti. As fast as it had ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Jumbo Originations Surge in 3Q14

Production of FHA-insured jumbo loans ballooned in the third quarter of 2014 reflecting heightened activity in this loan segment during the period. A 23.7 percent quarter-over-quarter surge helped push FHA jumbo lenders’ total volume to $7.71 billion at the end of the nine-month period ending Sept. 30. It was a significant increase for a segment that represents only a sliver of FHA’s overall business. However, compared to last year’s first nine months, volume was down by almost half (48.8 percent) as lenders struggled to keep pace with last year’s output. Strong purchase demand helped drive FHA jumbo originations (all FHA loans over $417,000 up to $625,500 in high-cost areas), as purchase mortgages accounted for 81.1 percent of all FHA jumbos originated during the first nine months of the year. Fixed-rates comprised 86.4 percent of FHA jumbos originated during ... [1 chart]


December 19, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

OIG Recovers $300M from SunTrust Settlement

The Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a $300 million recovery from an earlier settlement between SunTrust Mortgage and the Department of Justice, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the HUD Office of the Inspector General, and 50 state attorneys general. The settlement resolved allegations of violations of FHA requirements in a joint complaint filed on June 14, 2014, by federal and state enforcement agencies. The suit against SunTrust alleged misconduct related to the origination and servicing of single-family residential mortgages. The problem loans were uncovered during a routine OIG review of targeted FHA-insured loans. According to the suit, as an FHA direct endorsement lender, SunTrust certified poorly underwritten loans for FHA insurance from January 2006 through March 2012, despite its knowledge of ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

VA Announces New, Lower Loan Limits in 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced new, lower loan limits for 2015 after Congress decided not to extend the agency’s current maximum lending limits beyond 2014. The current limits will expire on Dec. 31. Under new guidelines, the maximum guaranty amounts for VA loan limits in 2015 will match the lower conforming loan limits established by the Federal Housing Finance Agency for the government-sponsored enterprises next year. These limits range from $417,000 to $625,500, depending on where the borrower is located. VA’s loan limits are tied to the county-based limits established for conforming loans backed by Freddie Mac. Freddie’s loan limits are calculated based on median house prices in counties across the nation. In recent years, VA’s high-cost loan limits have exceeded Freddie’s due to statutory authority granted under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The VA authority was ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Congress Shoots Down HAWK, Rejects FHA Fee

Congress denied funding for an enhanced FHA housing counseling initiative for first-time homebuyers and rejected a request for authority to collect a new FHA fee to enhance quality-assurance reviews. President Obama this week signed the FY 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, a comprehensive package of 11 funding bills for federal agencies. The bill does not include the provisions the FHA had sought to toughen enforcement and help lower costs for first-home purchases. The House passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, H.R. 83, by a vote of 219-to-206 on Dec. 11, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown. The Senate approved the bill on Dec. 13. The bill allocates $47 million to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s housing counseling program and $50 million for foreclosure mitigation counseling. It also provides $400 billion in ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

2015 Outlook: Downward Trend Continues

FHA originations are expected to decline modestly in 2015 unless the agency gives in to industry pressure to lower mortgage insurance premiums and lenders ease up on their overlays, according to analysts. Analysts anticipate no meaningful decline in FHA market share next year but do expect some drop as private mortgage insurance become more competitive, especially among borrowers with 720+ FICO scores. Overall, analysts expect 2015 to be slightly better than 2014 because of increased purchase-mortgage lending, which is partly offset by lower refinance activity. Mortgage volumes should climb to $1.18 trillion in 2015, some say. At Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, analysts Bose George and Chas Tyson predict private MIs will take more market share from the FHA in 2015. They do not expect meaningful policy changes from the FHA this year. For example, FHA has given ...


December 12, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Downpayments a Major Lever for Originations

Downpayment requirements play a larger role than interest rates in whether a potential borrower can afford a mortgage, according to new research from staff at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Potential borrowers who are less wealthy are particularly sensitive to downpayment requirements. Andreas Fuster and Basit Zafar, senior economists at the NY Fed, designed a survey in which respondents are asked for their maximum willingness to pay for a home comparable to their current home ...


December 12, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Private MIs Post Gains in 3Q14

Private mortgage insurers ended the third quarter of 2014 on a strong note, increasing their combined volume of net premiums written to $1.05 billion, up 9.8 percent from the prior quarter and 2.8 percent over the first nine months compared to the same period a year ago, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of industry data. Based on the upward production trend over the last three quarters, it appears the private MIs are on their way to a strong close at year end ...


December 12, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

MSR Values Edge Higher in 3Q14

Commercial banks and thrifts reported slightly higher valuations on their mortgage servicing rights during the third quarter of 2014, but they continued to shed MSR, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. Banks serviced a total of $4.412 trillion of home mortgages for other investors, typically loans that have been pooled in mortgage-backed securities. That was down 1.0 percent from the second quarter and off 7.5 percent from the third quarter of 2013 ...


December 12, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Can a Software Vendor Grow in a Flat Market?

Mortgage production likely will be flat in 2015, a prognosis that usually doesn’t warm the hearts of vendors that make their living off of originators. But don’t tell that to Ellie Mae, the publicly traded mortgage software provider whose Encompass platform has been growing steadily in recent years. In an interview with Inside Mortgage Trends, company President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Corr predicted that Ellie Mae’s revenues will grow by 25 percent next year, the same growth rate as ...


December 12, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Banking Profit Down Slightly in 3Q14

Mortgage banking profitability declined in the third quarter despite an uptick in net income on servicing, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest performance report. Average firm pretax income declined by 9.6 percent, from $1.58 million in the second quarter to $1.43 million in the third, the MBA reported. The group’s quarterly report includes lenders of all types and sizes but has a significant number of smaller independent mortgage companies. Some 82.9 percent of lenders turned a profit ...


December 12, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Repurchases Tumble to Post-Crash Low in 3Q14; Is Industry Over-Reserved?

Commercial banks and thrifts reported a seventh consecutive quarterly decline in mortgage purchases and indemnifications during the third quarter but still hold hefty amounts in reserves against future buybacks, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends. Banks and thrifts reported $998.8 million in mortgage repurchases and indemnifications during the third quarter, down 1.3 percent from the second. It was also the lowest quarterly repurchase figure reported since ...


December 5, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

Final PMIERS Rule Expected in 1Q15. The Federal Housing Finance Agency has revised its timeline for publishing a final version of the Private Mortgage Insurance Eligibility Requirements, which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac proposed in July at the direction of the FHFA. The PMIERS will establish capital and other requirements for private mortgage insurers. In a statement, industry trade group U.S. Mortgage Insurers said it has received word from the agency that the final PMIERS would not be published until at least late in the first quarter of 2015. The FHFA initially indicated that a final rule would be issued by yearend 2014. The USMI reiterated its support for an updated PMIERS. Mortgage Executives Concerned About G-Fee Increase. A survey of mortgage executives at this year’s Mortgage Bankers Association annual conference found 53 percent saying that ...


December 5, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Use of Fair Value in Foreclosure Sales Required

Unless contravened by another federal or state statute or jurisdiction, FHA lenders must use the agency’s adjusted fair market value (AFMV) for all foreclosure sales and post-foreclosure sales associated with defaulted FHA loans, according to the FHA. The FHA said it issued guidance because more lenders are using FHA procedures regarding claims without conveyance of title. Before applying the AFMV, lenders must ensure that th loan’s FHA insurance is still active and that the loan is not subject to indemnification. Both items may be verified by checking Neighborhood Watch. Working with the borrower, the lender must make sure that all possible applicable home-retention and loss-mitigation options have been considered and explored before moving to an AFMV alternative. In addition, the lender must determine that the borrower’s case does not meet the criteria for a pre-foreclosure sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. Mortgagees may not proceed with any foreclosure sale until ...


December 5, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Lenders Confused Over HUD’s Stance on LPI

A provision on lender-placed insurance in the servicing segment of the FHA’s draft Single Family Housing Policy Handbook appears to contradict the agency’s previously stated position on LPI, according to the American Bankers Association. The ABA urged the FHA to retain the current policy regarding a lender’s discretion in requiring hazard and flood insurance for loans the agency insures. In a comment letter, the ABA expressed concern about the FHA’s new proposed standard for LPI, which could limit the amount of LPI coverage a lender or servicer could impose on a borrower to the outstanding balance of the loan. It would apply broadly to hazard insurance, including flood insurance. There are several problems with this approach, the ABA said. The group noted that Congress had established a standard which requires any home construction in a special flood hazard area (SFHA) to obtain “at least” ...


December 5, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA to Share in Landmark BofA Settlement

The FHA and Ginnie Mae will share in the record-setting $16.7 billion settlement between Bank of America, the Department of Justice and certain other federal agencies and six states to resolve claims related to mortgage fraud and toxic mortgage-backed securities. The FHA will receive approximately $800 million and an undisclosed amount for consumer relief from BofA. The bank was accused of falsely certifying poorly underwritten loans for FHA insurance, resulting in huge losses for the agency. It is unclear how much Ginnie Mae’s share would be from the settlement. “As a direct endorser of FHA-insured loans, Bank of America performs a critical role in home lending,” said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch for the Eastern District of New York during the announcement of the global settlement in August. “In obtaining a payment of $800 million and sweeping relief for troubled homeowners, we have not ...


December 5, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA: Loan Limits Same for 2015

The FHA has announced loan limits in 2015 for high- and low-cost areas, virtually unchanged from the loan limits in effect through the end of the year. The new limits will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The maximum loan limits in high-cost housing areas will remain the same as the 2014 level of $625,500. The current standard loan limit in lower-cost areas will also remain unchanged at $271,050. The mortgage loan limits for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans will continue to have a maximum claim amount of ...


December 5, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Groups Oppose FHA Quality Assurance Fee

Reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee might include a proposed FHA administrative fee in the Senate’s spending bill for financial and housing agencies is causing a furor within the mortgage financing industry. Industry groups have come out in force, urging the leaders of the Senate committee to remove the provision from a continuing resolution to fund the government beyond Dec. 11. There is speculation that the House might go along with the fee. The provision, expected to raise $30 million for FHA quality assurance efforts, would allow the Department of Housing and Urban Development to charge a fee of no more than 4 basis points of the original principal balance of all FHA-insured mortgages a lender made in the previous fiscal year. HUD originally made the request in President Obama’s proposed FY 2015 budget. Over industry objections, the Senate later incorporated the ...


December 5, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Accounting of Settlement Receivables Spotty

The FHA’s accounting of receivables from settled legal claims and partial claim notes is so sloppy that the exact amount collected might be difficult to gauge, according to an internal audit of the agency’s FY 2014 and 2013 financial statements. Conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Inspector General, the audit concluded that the FHA had booked receivables from seven cash settlements totaling $1.2 billion in FY 2014 but collected only $466.4 million of those settlements. In addition, during fiscal 2014, as part of its loss mitigation efforts to bring delinquent loans current, the FHA paid $4.4 billion to lenders for partial claims but never received the required promissory notes from the lenders for $1.5 billion of the claim payments. FHA rules require lenders to provide the agency with promissory notes for the payments made or ...


November 26, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Report Drop in Mortgage-Banking Income

Commercial banks and thrifts reported a combined $4.67 billion in mortgage-banking income during the third quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. Third-quarter results were down 4.9 percent from the second quarter, which is consistent with the figures reported by publicly held mortgage lenders. Year-to-date mortgage-banking income for the depository institutions was $12.96 billion, down 37.0 percent from the first nine months of last year. Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase continued to rank as the top two banks in mortgage-banking income, but both reported declines of more than 25 percent from the second quarter to the third. On a year-to-date basis, the two lenders accounted for 47.3 percent of total mortgage-banking income earned ...


November 26, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bust Blamed on Collapse in New Credit Issuance

Understanding the ebb and flow of mortgage debt is hampered by a lack of data on mortgage flows, making it more difficult for policymakers and regulators to deal with fluctuations in overall credit growth. A working paper published recently by the Federal Reserve attempts to make sense of the factors driving the volatility in the stock debt by analyzing changes in aggregate mortgage debt into mortgage inflows and outflows. It attributes these inflows and outflows to more micro-components such as investor activity, first-time homebuying and borrower credit score. “Quantifying these various flows into and out of the pool of mortgage debt allows for a precise assessment of the relative importance over time,” the paper noted. “Creating such data on an ...


November 26, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Originations Surge Fueled Income Gains In 3Q14, But Servicing Profits Slumped

A sharp drop in net income from servicing operations during the third quarter was the key factor in a decline in overall mortgage-banking profitability for a group of major lenders, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends. The 11 publicly traded companies, which include most of the top originators and servicers in the industry, reported a combined $1.25 billion in net income from servicing, including the gains or losses from hedging their mortgage servicing rights. That was down 43.8 percent from the second quarter and was the lowest net income from servicing for the group since the third quarter of last year. Two of the companies reported increased servicing revenue. At Huntington Bank, net servicing income nearly tripled ...


November 26, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Watt Says: Under 100 FHLBank Members Affected by Rule Changes

Fewer than 100 financial institutions could be adversely affected by a proposed Federal Housing Finance Agency rule to tweak membership criteria for the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks, the agency’s head told the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee last week. In his first oversight hearing appearance since assuming office in January, FHFA Director Mel Watt said the agency’s “preliminary review” has found of the 7,500 FHLBank member institutions less than 100 may potentially be negatively impacted.


November 21, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

Essent EVP to Retire in March. Adolfo Marzol, Essent Guaranty’s executive vice president, will step down, effective March 31, 2015, after five years with the company. VA Hybrid Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Pooling Eligibility. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently expanded the type of loans it will guarantee to include 7/1 and 10/1 hybrid ARMs. While Ginnie Mae’s Mortgage-Backed Securities Guide does not bar the inclusion of hybrid ARMs in Ginnie MBS, GinnieNET is not currently able to process these loans for pool processing. GinnieNET is being updated in order to accommodate VA 7/1 and 10/1 hybrid ARM pooling. Effective with issuances dated on or after Dec. 1, 2014, VA 7/1 and 10/1 hybrid ARMs will be eligible for pooling. CFPB Publishes Revised List of Rural and Underserved Counties. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published its 2015 list of ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FNMA Accepts Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans

Fannie Mae has begun purchasing rural housing loans with a Department of Agriculture/Rural Development guarantee. The government-sponsored enterprise accepted delivery of Section 502 (RD-502) loans from USDA-approved lenders on Nov. 3 – an open challenge to Ginnie Mae, which has dominated the market. The loans were delivered as standard products with no variance required. Other government-backed loans such as FHA and VA continue to require a negotiated variance. The Section 502 single-family guaranteed housing loan program provides financing to low- to moderate-income rural homebuyers. A community is eligible for 30-year fixed-rate RD-502 loans if it is located in an area that meets the USDA’s definition of “rural.” The Farm Bill, signed into law in February of this year, defines “rural” as any area outside of city limits with a ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Short Refi Production Declines in 2014

The number of underwater borrowers seeking to refinance their conventional mortgages into an FHA loan fell in fiscal 2014 from the previous year, according to an Inside FHA Lending analysis of agency data. The number of endorsements under the FHA Short Refinance program totaled 1,327 at the end of fiscal 2014, down from a record 1,662 in the prior year. Endorsements hit their peak in fiscal 2013. A total of 5,140 distressed conventional loans with a combined original mortgage amount of $784.9 million were refinanced under the program over the five-year period. In order to participate, borrowers must be current on their mortgage payments, have a credit score of 500 or greater and owe at least 15 percent more on the property than their home is actually worth. Lender participation is strictly voluntary. More importantly, the lender or investor must be ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Eyes Stronger Oversight of Nonbank Issuers

Ginnie Mae is seeking comment on several proposed data collections, including those that would strengthen the agency’s ability to monitor participants in its mortgage-backed securities programs. Due to its growing concern over the influx of non-depository issuers into the single-family MBS program, Ginnie has proposed to collect more loan-level data to supplement the information already being collected and reported on a monthly basis. The proposed data collection consists of bankruptcy-related information (action type, case identifier, chapter type, bar date) as well as borrower-related information (borrower bankruptcy indicator, classification type, total mortgaged properties, counseling initiated indicator and credit score date). Other proposed new data include document custodian ID, type of insurance claim coverage, investor unpaid principal balance (UPB), adjustment to ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Congress Urged to Extend Expiring VA Loan Limits

Thousands of military veterans in high-cost areas may be deprived of VA’s home-loan guarantee benefits unless Congress extends the current VA loan limits before the end of the year. Those loan limits expire on Dec. 31, 2014. The VA loan limits are based on median home values estimated by the FHA, providing loans up to 125 percent of local area median price. The program does not set a cap on how much a veteran can borrow to finance a home purchase but it does limit the maximum amount it can guarantee to 25 percent of the current loan limit. Veteran and industry groups are urging Congress to make the VA limits permanent. A VA spokesperson said the agency was not asked for a position on the issue since Congress did not put forward any bill in any of the hearings this year. “But as a general rule, VA wants to maximize the opportunities ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Wells Fargo, DOJ Settlement Talks Hit Wall

Wells Fargo and the Department of Justice are reportedly at an impasse in their settlement talks in connection with a lawsuit accusing the bank of improper underwriting and false certification of certain FHA-insured loans. In an e-mailed statement to Inside FHA Lending, a bank spokesperson said Wells Fargo’s good faith effort to work with the federal government to resolve the complaint “has not yet resulted in a settlement.” Nonetheless, the bank “will move forward with presenting [its] case in support of [its] prudent and responsible FHA lending practices, which have produced high-quality FHA loans with delinquency rates that are half the industry average,” the spokesperson added. This week, citing an unidentified source, Bloomberg reported that lawyers for the government and the bank have told the presiding judge in the case that they ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

HECM Portfolio Down to Negative in FY 2014

The economic value of the FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage legacy portfolio fell to negative $0.9 billion in fiscal 2014 due mainly to volatility in long-term house prices and interest rates, according to the latest independent actuarial report on the health of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. The latest result was a significant improvement from FY 2012, when the fund stood at negative $2.8 billion. In fiscal 2013, the HECM portfolio’s economic value of positive $6.5 billion appeared to be a whopping change from the previous year but that amount reflected a $4.6 billion cash infusion from the forward program and from the $1.7 billion mandatory appropriation, the report clarified. The report also showed a corresponding decline in the HECM capital ratio to negative 1.20 percent. Actuarial projections for fiscal 2015 place the HECM portfolio’s economic value at negative $1.1 billion. The fund’s capital resources for ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

MMIF Value, Capital Ratio Turns Positive

FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund ended fiscal 2014 in the black but was still far short of its statutory reserve requirement, prompting critics in Congress to renew their cries for FHA reform. An independent actuarial report sent to Congress this week showed that the MMI Fund now stands at $4.8 billion after a gain of nearly $6 billion over the last year. For the first time since 2009, the fund’s capital ratio also crossed into positive territory at 0.41 percent, up 52 basis points from the negative 0.11 percent posted in fiscal 2013. Overall, the economic value of the fund has risen by $21 billion over the last two years because of the aggressive steps the agency took to stabilize and strengthen the fund, the report said. Policy changes led to improved underwriting for single-family mortgages, increased mortgage insurance premiums, stronger loss mitigation policies and higher recoveries, it added. In addition, with ...


November 14, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Real Estate Agents Gone by 2030, Report Predicts

By 2030, artificial intelligence will have transformed businesses and the work that people do to the extent that certain jobs, such as real estate agents, will become extinct, according to a new report from realty consulting firm CBRE and property developer Genesis. The ideas, trends and behaviors that will shape work and the workplace in 2030 are already noticeable today, said the report. When that time comes, “where we work and live will be diverse and intertwined,” it said. The report was based on interviews with 220 experts, business leaders and young people in Asia, Europe and North America on how these observed trends will impact business and evolve work practices and the workplace. The report predicts that process work, ...


November 14, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Employment Outlook: Partly Cloudy

Usually, the winter isn’t the best time to be looking for a job in the mortgage industry, especially if you happen to be a loan officer facing the dead months of December through February. But thanks to the recent downdraft in interest rates – and some hope that lending outside the qualified mortgage bucket will start to grow – the immediate outlook for mortgage employment isn’t so bad after all. According to figures compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mortgage brokerage firms added 1,700 workers during September, one of the best hiring sprees in some time. Compared to the same month a year ago, employment is up by 400 positions to 73,000. Mortgage banking firms, which are listed under the BLS ...


November 14, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage-Banking Income Softened In 3Q14 Despite Surge in Originations

Mortgage-banking income reported by a diverse group of 33 lenders fell 16.0 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to the third, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends. The 33 publicly traded companies, which include most of the top originators and servicers in the industry, had a combined $3.547 billion in net mortgage banking income during the third quarter. That was only 12.0 percent above the dreary $3.166 billion the group earned during the first three months of 2014, which was one of the industry’s least profitable quarters ever. The tepid third-quarter results came at a time when origination volume was unexpectedly strong – up 36.7 percent from the first quarter of 2014 – and many lenders have put ...


November 14, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Crank Out Profits in 3Q 2014, Freddie Warns of ‘Volatile’ Earnings

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported a combined $6.0 billion in net income for the third quarter of 2014, up from $5.1 billion in the previous quarter. The two GSEs will send to the Treasury $6.8 billion as return on the government’s senior preferred stock. That will bring cumulative payments under the GSE conservatorships to $225.5 billion. Fannie and Freddie were given a total of $187.4 billion in government funds in order to stay in business.


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

NCUA Sues Trustee While BofA, US Bancorp Agree to Settle Trustee Suit; Morgan Stanley, WIC Face Probes

The National Credit Union Administration this week sued Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., alleging the bank violated federal and state laws by failing to carry out its duties as trustee for 121 non-agency MBS trusts. According to the complaint filed in federal district court in Manhattan, Deutsche Bank failed to protect five corporate credit unions – U.S. Central, WesCorp, Members United, Southwest and Constitution – that purchased $140 billion in RMBS issued from the trusts between 2004 and 2007. The securities lost...


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Releases Second Round of Consensus Standards Aimed at Restoring Confidence in Non-Agency RMBS

As part of its RMBS 3.0 initiative, the Structured Finance Industry Group this week released the second installment of its recommended best practices for the non-agency MBS market. New and revised material was released for each of the three major “work streams” in the project, which broadly cover: representation-and-warranty issues and repurchases; due diligence, data and disclosure; and the roles of transaction parties and bondholder communications. The 54 new pages released this week bring the cumulative work to about 125 pages, including appendices. In the reps-and-warranties section, new provisions cover...


November 7, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Single-Family Production Drops in August

FHA single-family mortgage originations fell slightly in August from July as the agency’s home-purchase volume continued to falter, agency data showed. In August, the latest month for which FHA origination data are available, forward-loan originations totaled $12.6 billion, down 3.2 percent from the prior month and down 25.1 percent from the same period last year. Purchase mortgages made up 81.1 percent of all FHA-insured single-family loans originated during August, while refinances accounted for the remainder. Fixed-rate mortgages were the product of choice, as they have been in previous periods. Quicken Loans relied more on refis than on purchase lending (38 percent of new loans) as it closed the month with $534.8 million in new production, down 8.5 percent from July. Nonetheless, it was good enough for a 4.2 percent FHA market share. Second-place Wells Fargo’s total production for the month was ... [1 chart]


November 7, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

NAR Urges FHA to Tighten Short Sale Oversight

The real estate industry is urging the FHA to tighten up its pre-foreclosure sale process and be more vigilant before referring loans to the single-fThe real estate industry is urging the FHA to tighten up its pre-foreclosure sale process and be more amily loan sales program (SFLS). Commenting on the proposed section on servicing of the FHA Single Family Policy handbook, the National Association of Realtors expressed concern that the FHA is auctioning large pools of mortgages without considering the investor’s ability to achieve neighborhood stabilization goals such as homeownership preservation and affordable housing. The first step for FHA to improve servicing and pre-foreclosure efforts is to ensure mortgage servicers’ full compliance with FHA loss-mitigation requirements before referring loans to the SFLS, the NAR suggested. In addition, the FHA should ...


November 7, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Servicing Improves Slightly in 3Q14

Ginnie Mae servicing bumped up slightly in the third quarter after an uneventful prior quarter as FHA purchase activity continued to drag, according to Inside FHA Lending’s analysis of agency data. Servicing volume rose quarter over quarter by 1.4 percent. On an annual basis, volume increased 4.6 percent from the same period a year ago. Ginnie Mae servicers ended the quarter with a total of $1.48 trillion in unpaid principal balance, up from $1.46 trillion in the previous quarter. The top three servicers saw volume drop on both quarterly and year-over-year bases. Wells Fargo remained as top servicer of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, closing out the quarter with $422.4 million, down 0.8 percent from the previous quarter and down 0.6 percent from the prior year. The mega-servicer dominated the Ginnie market with a 28.6 percent market share. JPMorgan Chase carved out a 10.1 percent market share with ... [1 chart]


November 7, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Reinstating 97s Could Delay Recovery for MMIF

Reinstating the government-sponsored enterprises’ conventional 97 percent loan-to-value mortgage programs would benefit first-time homebuyers and borrowers with little or no cash reserves for a downpayment but adversely affect the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, according to analysts. If limited to first-time homebuyers, a conventional 97 LTV loan would offer some new homeowners better home loan financing than FHA and provide greater access to mortgage credit, said analysts with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. For years, Fannie Mae offered conventional 97 LTV loans through its MyCommmunityMortgage to help first-time homebuyers purchase a home with only a 3 percent downpayment. It was a better alternative to FHA’s main product, which required a 3.5 percent downpayment. The Fannie product also had less ...


November 7, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

HUD Rejects CFPB’s QM Cure Provision

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will not take on the new points-and-fees cure provision for qualified mortgages adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency is concerned that lenders might inadvertently violate the FHA’s statutory 3.5 percent downpayment requirement. HUD adopted other changes in the CFPB’s revised final rule on ability to repay and qualified mortgages (ATR/QM) to maintain consistency but saw no need for any further ability to cure points-and-fees errors. Reimbursement of any excess points and fees to the borrower could take away from the mandatory 3.5 percent downpayment and render the loan ineligible for FHA insurance, the agency explained in a notice published in the Nov. 3 Federal Register. HUD said it would provide lender guidance under its own QM rule on ...


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What will Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s new 97 LTV programs mean for your business?

It will give our business a big boost as there is a lot of pent up demand for the product.
It will have only a minor impact on our overall business as we already are doing high LTV business through FHA and some of our high LTV FHA business is likely to shift to Fannie and Freddie.
It won’t have any impact on our business as we plan to steer clear of all high LTV business – particularly in the GSE market.

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