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May 27, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Industry Tries to Keep Up With Demographic Change

Battered by a landslide of new regulations and the aftermath of an historic meltdown in the housing market, the mortgage industry also faces a dramatic shift in market demand from demographic changes and new generational attitudes. Although the overall U.S. homeownership rate has been sinking, the ownership rate for Hispanics actually went up in the fourth quarter of last year, said Marisa Calderon, executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals ...

May 27, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Private Equity Keeps Strong Interest in Fix & Flip

Private investors – and even some public ones – are maintaining a strong interest in nonagency/nonprime lenders as well as “fix-and-flip” financers, but that doesn’t always mean raising capital is easy. California Capital Real Estate Advisors, or CALCAP, has been trying to raise $100 million since late last year, but recently ended talks with an investor based in San Francisco, said company principal Mark Mozilo. Mozilo, though, hardly seems worried, telling Inside Mortgage Trends ...

May 27, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Mortgage-Banking Profits Tumbled in 1Q16

Commercial banks and savings institutions reported a sharp decline in mortgage-banking income during the first quarter of 2016, according to a new analysis of call-report data by Inside Mortgage Trends. In aggregate, banks earned $3.31 billion on mortgage banking during the first quarter. That was down 26.8 percent from the previous period and it marked the lowest quarterly profit in nearly five years. Back in the second quarter of 2011 ... [Includes one data chart]

May 27, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Funding for Nonbanks a Growing Concern

Large losses suffered by nonbank mortgage companies in the first quarter of 2016 have contributed to concerns about the companies’ ability to fund their operations. In a report published last week, analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch noted that mortgage servicing rights are the primary assets for nonbank servicers. Low interest rates have prompted markdowns to MSRs under generally accepted accounting principles. “Lower MSR valuations ... [Includes one data chart]

May 27, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Whole-Loan Market Is So Deep and Varied That Sellers Have to Be Careful

The whole-loan trading market has become more dynamic as more loan originators get approval to sell directly to the agencies while still having the option to deal with aggregators, industry insiders said during a panel at the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. “It’s an over-saturated market for correspondent buyers,” said Michael Quinn, executive vice president for correspondent products at PennyMac Financial. There are about ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Clarifies Guidance for Conveying Titled Properties to VA Secretary

The Department of Veterans Affairs has clarified the type of documents lenders would need to provide clear and marketable title for conveyed properties to the VA in all states and U.S. territories. Under VA rules, each conveyance or transfer of real property to the VA shall be acceptable if “the holder covenants or warrants against the acts of the holder and those claiming under the holder (e.g. by special warranty deed).” In addition, the conveyance would be acceptable if it entitles the VA Secretary to such title as is or if it is acceptable to prudent lenders, informed buyers, title companies and attorneys, generally in the community in which the property is located. The VA said its determination of clear and marketable title depends on state statutory requirements. As a general requirement, documents for proper conveyance of clear and marketable title to the VA include the ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues New Servicing Guidance, Reminders on Foreclosures, Others

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued new guidance and some servicing reminders in connection with mobile-home foreclosures, consent judgments, servicer transfers, liquidation appraisal fees and others. VA servicers must specifically refer to the mobile home in foreclosure declaration documents to ensure that both the home and the land are properly foreclosed, the VA said. Many states require two separate foreclosure procedures for every transaction – one to foreclose the interest on the land and the other to foreclose on the title of the mobile home. The VA said foreclosure on the title of the mobile home may have to be filed with state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). When a VA loan on a home on wheels is referred to foreclosure, the servicer must inform the foreclosing attorney that it is a mobile home and whether a DMV filing is required. The VA will reconvey the mobile home to the ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Trade Groups Urge Congress to Reevaluate Appraisal Oversight

Trade groups representing lenders, homebuilders and appraisers have asked Congress to hold a hearing this year on the future of appraisal regulation. In a joint letter, five industry groups urged the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to reevaluate oversight of the appraisal industry and the current federal regulatory structure for real estate appraisal. The committee last held an appraisal oversight hearing in 2004. Federal appraisal regulations have been untouched since the enactment of the Federal Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989, the trade groups noted. In addition, the groups asked that both federal and state responsibilities be reassessed to see if they continue to serve consumers and market participants well, as well as promote competition in the marketplace. In addition to federal regulation, states regulate appraisers as well. The groups want to know from Congress whether federal oversight of appraisers is still necessary.

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Attorneys See Potential Defense In Recent Circuit Court Rulings

Recent circuit court rulings may bolster FHA lenders’ defense against the government’s heavy use of the False Claims Act in FHA lending cases, according to industry attorneys. In the years following the financial crisis, the Department of Justice and the relators bar have used the FCA aggressively to target banks and nonbank mortgage lenders for losses incurred by FHA due to poor underwriting and false certifications. The DOJ and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have recovered billions of dollars through settlements with various mortgage lenders and servicers, using increasingly creative theories of liability to hold them responsible for FHA losses. This week, the DOJ filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC, accusing Guild Mortgage of improper origination and underwriting of FHA-insured mortgage loans from January 2006 through December 2011. As in ...

May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Originations Decline in 1Q16, Production Improves Year-over-Year

FHA activity was lackluster in the first three months of 2016 as loan originations fell 7.8 percent from the prior quarter, according to Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. The weak first-quarter production of $53.5 billion appeared to continue a trend from 2015, which saw the fourth quarter close with $58.1 billion, down significantly from $73.7 billion in the third quarter. In contrast, FHA originations fared better year-over year. Loan production was up 35.6 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. Purchase lending totaled $36.5 billion in the first three months with overall production trending downward during the period. Borrowers in the 640-679 and 680-719 credit score ranges made up the bulk of new endorsements for January and February, the latest FHA data show. It is unlikely that trend will change even if March endorsements were added. Between all ... [ 2 charts ]

May 13, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Q1 Shows Loss and Net Income Drop, Renews Capital Concerns

Freddie Mac posted a net loss and Fannie’s profits sagged in the first quarter of the year, prompting some industry groups to renew their calls for the GSEs to rebuild capital. A surprise interest rate decline in the first quarter of 2016 resulted in sharply lower net income at Fannie and Freddie. The GSEs booked a combined $7.37 billion in net derivative losses for the first quarter that compromised most of their income from their core businesses. Since 2012, when the two GSEs became profitable again, they have booked $23.46 billion in hedging losses. Both GSE CEOs pointed to volatility in the market as having affected earnings this quarter.

May 13, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Altisource Reaches Deal with Activist Investors

Altisource Residential Corp. this week reached an agreement with a group of activist investors who control about 2.5 percent of the company’s stock and were concerned about the firm’s shift toward the single-family rental market. Altisource agreed to add two new independent directors and continue a $100 million stock buyback initiative. The so-called RESI Shareholders Group led by BLR Partners, a private equity firm, agreed to withdraw its nominations for replacements of ...

May 13, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

House Flipping Is Back in Some Areas, Profits Up

The practice of an individual investor purchasing a property, fixing it up and reselling it for a profit – an activity so prevalent before the financial crisis that it spawned television shows – is making a return, especially in certain markets, according to CoreLogic. “Flipping was at an all-time high before the housing bubble burst because of easy access to credit and speculation for higher home prices,” said Bin He, principal economist at CoreLogic, in a recent blog post ...

May 13, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

‘EarlyLook’ HMDA Data Show Drop in Denial Rate

A preliminary analysis of 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act reports suggests that loan denial rates declined slightly last year. ComplianceTech, a supplier of fair lending and HMDA technologies for lenders and others, recently released an “EarlyLook” at its online Lending Patterns database of HMDA reports. A group of 175 lenders had a combined $730.9 billion in mortgage originations last year, up 35.7 percent from its volume back in 2014. The 175 aren’t necessarily the ...

May 13, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Lenders Turn to Warehouse Securitizations

Two lenders are returning to the structured finance market in an uncommon way, participating in a $210 million mortgage warehouse securitization. The transaction involving agency originations received provisional AAA ratings from Moody’s Investors Service last week. Station Place Securitization Trust 2016-3 will be backed by a revolving pool of agency mortgages originated by Greentree Mortgage and loanDepot. The two lenders participated in a similar $225 million deal ...

May 13, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Investors Find Solace in PHH ‘Book’ Value

If you’re searching for some good news on the troubled PHH Corp., look no further than the book value of the company’s common stock, which is roughly $23 a share, according to a recent calculation from Sterne Agee CRT. In trading late this week, PHH’s share price was a mere $12.60, which means there appears to be plenty of upside as long as management can right the troubled ship and find a way forward as private-label clients fall to the wayside and servicing "marks" ...

May 13, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Nonbanks Take a Beating in Early 2016

Falling interest rates pounded the earnings of publicly traded nonbank lenders in early 2016 by forcing them to take huge writedowns on their mortgage servicing rights. The nine nonbank lenders tracked by Inside Mortgage Trends reported a combined $510.0 million loss in the first quarter, following a $12.7 million loss in the previous period. Back in the first quarter of 2015, the group had a combined $104.5 million in net income from their ... [Includes one data chart]

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]


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