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May 22, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Report Solid Increase in Mortgage Banking Income in First Quarter 2015

Commercial banks and thrifts earned $3.99 billion from their mortgage-banking operations during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends. Mortgage-banking income was up 12.7 percent from the previous quarter and 19.0 percent ahead of the pace set in the first three months of 2014. Early 2015 was no record-setter, by any means, but profits were well below the levels reached in the middle of last year. The call-report data do not separate...[Includes one data table]


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PMAC-Blackstone Talks on Hold, Reason for Deal’s Delay Unclear

The Blackstone Group’s bid to acquire VA lender PMAC Mortgage, Chino Hills, CA, appears to have stalled. Talks between the two companies are now on hold and neither firm has commented. An industry source suggested that cash might not be the issue but a “clash of corporate cultures. PMAC Lending Services, which acquired Residential Financial Corp. last year, was ranked 61st on Inside FHA/VA Lending’s top 100 VA lenders in 2014. The company reported $328.2 million in total VA originations last year, reporting an 18.5 percent increase in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter and a 182.1 percent spike in loan volume year-over-year. It accounted for 0.3 percent of the VA market. Blackstone is a global investment firm with nearly $300 billion in assets under management. Last year, the company announced the hiring of 15,000 U.S. veterans across its portfolio companies in ...


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

RHS Final Rule for Certified Loan Application Packagers, Brokers

The Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service has issued a final rule creating a certified loan-application packaging process for the agency single-family loan guaranteed housing program. Published in the April 29 Federal Register, the rule also establishes standards for packagers of loan applications, who are independent from RHS but play a key role in providing Section 502 rural home loan programs to potential homeowners. The final rule will take effect on July 28, 2015. Specifically, the rule addresses the weaknesses in RHS’ loan-application process and integrates the lessons learned from a loan-packaging pilot launched in 2010. The packager gathers and submits the information needed for RHS to determine whether a loan applicant is eligible for ...


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Mortgages Rank High Among Top Servicemember, Vet Complaints

Making mortgage payments is the most common type of mortgage complaint active servicemembers, veterans or their dependents report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A recent CFPB report on the top complaints received from military members and their families show that 24 percent were mortgage-related, second to debt collection, which accounted for the highest percentage of complaints received, 39 percent. An estimated 53 percent of servicemember complaints involved mortgage servicing related to loan modifications, collections and foreclosures. The report did not identify any specific loan, although it covered both conventional and government-backed mortgages. Complaints against servicers were mostly about failure to remove or amend derogatory credit reports accrued by servicemembers during the trial period, even though the servicemembers have successfully ...


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ocwen Reveals Fair-Value Charge To GNMA MSRs Due to MIP Cut

Mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial, the target of a state enforcement action for allegedly mishandling distressed borrowers, said it would delay its regulatory 10-Q filing because of an impairment charge on Ginnie Mae servicing rights. The impairment was caused by a 50 basis point cut in the FHA’s annual mortgage insurance premium, which took effect in January, the servicer said. Although it had expected a $34.4 million profit in the first quarter of 2015, Ocwen took a $17.8 million impairment charge, which included monitoring costs, “strategic advisor expenses,” and fair-value adjustments. FHA lowered the annual MIP to enable more borrowers to obtain an FHA-insured single-family mortgage loan with a 3.5 percent downpayment. Ocwen would likely lose money if it sold off its government-backed MSRs, according to one servicing advisor. Last fall, Ocwen tried to sell its ...


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA, FHA Purchase Applications Up, Refi Loan Applications Decline

The VA share of total loan applications (purchase and refinancing) for the week ending May 8, remained unchanged at 11.9 percent while FHA’s share fell to 13.8 percent from 14.0 percent the week prior, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest weekly survey of applications. VA purchase loan applications were up a smidgen, 0.2 percent, for the week while FHA purchase applications were up slightly higher, 0.6 percent. Refi applications at both agencies, however, were down for the week – 11.5 percent for FHA and 5.1 percent for VA. Meanwhile, the Rural Housing Service’s share of total applications rose to 0.9 percent as of May 8, from 0.8 percent the week prior. While there was no change in RHS’ share of refi loan applications during the week, its purchase loan applications was up 8.6 percent, a hefty increase for an agency that accounts for only a ...


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Robust Refi Activity Propel VA Past Private Mortgage Insurers in 1Q

The Veterans Administration’s home loan guaranty program has racked up some serious refinance numbers in recent months, causing primary mortgage insurers to lose some market share during the first quarter of 2015, according to an Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of guarantor activity. Streamline refinance loans accounted for 59.0 percent of VA loans securitized by Ginnie Mae during the first three months, compared to just 32.8 percent of private MI loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the same period. In addition, the VA had the highest average loan size among insured mortgages in the first quarter, approximately 7.2 percent larger than the average loan with private MI. Private mortgage insurers provided coverage on $45.2 billion of mint conventional mortgages during the first quarter, down 5.3 percent from the fourth quarter of last year. VA and FHA originations also increased over the same period by 6.0 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively. FHA forward originations surged ... [1 chart ]


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Premium Reduction Helped Fuel 1Q Jump in FHA Loan Production

Price reduction and improving economic factors helped push FHA volume up in the first quarter of 2015, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Production of forward single-family mortgages insured by FHA increased by 12.3 percent in the first quarter to $39.5 billion from $35.2 billion in the prior quarter, powered by a sharp uptick in refinances. FHA’s total refi business jumped from $2.29 billion in endorsements in February, a month of record snowstorms in the Northeast, to $8.15 billion in March. Total FHA forward-mortgage business rose by 83.8 percent from February, data showed. FHA streamline refis rose a whopping 144.1 percent quarter-over-quarter while conventional-to-FHA refis jumped 29.2 percent over the same period. Falling purchase loan volume, which was the reason for the overall decline in FHA originations last year, spilled over into ... [2 charts]


May 15, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Residential Controls Clean-Up Call Rights On One-Third of Outstanding Non-Agency MBS

With the April acquisition of Home Loan Servicing Solutions’ assets and liabilities, New Residential gained a significant portion of the clean-up call rights for outstanding non-agency MBS. Officials at the real estate investment trust said New Residential plans to execute the call rights and acquire more rights as the MBS feature presents strong profit potential. New Residential owns the clean-up call rights on more than 2,100 non-agency MBS with an outstanding balance of about $235 billion. That’s about 34 percent of the non-agency MBS market. “This should be...


May 8, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

VA Stands Out as Growth Market in 2014

State-licensed mortgage lenders originated $72.8 billion of Veterans Administration home loans during 2014, according to a new analysis of mortgage call report data by Inside Mortgage Trends. VA home loan originations by state-licensed lenders – mostly independent, privately held mortgage bankers – rose 14.5 percent from 2013 to 2014. At the same time, production of conventional and FHA-insured loans fell by 26.3 percent and 23.3 percent, respectively ... [Includes one data chart]


May 8, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Expanding Nonbanks Continue Hiring Spree

Nonbank mortgage firms continue to hire new employees thanks to increasing origination volumes and their ability to whittle away at the market share of the nation’s largest megabank originators. In the first quarter of 2015, lenders of different charters funded a better-than-expected $370 billion with nonbanks accounting for eight of the top 15 origination slots, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, an affiliate publication. Although megabanks such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America and ...


May 8, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Nonbanks Report Group Profit in 1Q15 But Continue to Lag Behind Depositories

A group of eight large nonbank mortgage lenders managed to post positive earnings on their combined mortgage banking activities during the first quarter of 2015, but they failed to keep pace with a group of 24 banks and thrifts tracked by Inside Mortgage Trends. The eight nonbanks – including the top publicly traded firms that rank high in originations, servicing or both – posted a combined $40.5 million in mortgage-banking income during the first quarter ... [Includes one data chart]


May 7, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Freddie Pays the Government a Lot More Than Its Quarterly Profit Sweep, G-Fees Steady in 1Q15

Freddie Mac will send $746 million to the U.S. Treasury under the conservatorship plan that siphons off nearly all the government-sponsored enterprise’s net profit every quarter, but that’s not all the cash being milked from the GSE. During the first quarter of 2015, Freddie sent $219 million to Treasury under the 2011 law that squeezed the GSEs to pay for a continuation of a payroll tax cut for U.S. workers. The levy is 10 basis points of guaranty fee charged by Freddie and Fannie Mae, and it’s a steadily rising amount as a greater share of GSE business is subject to the charge. In the first quarter of last year, Freddie paid...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GSE Unveils New Screen to Enable Settlement of RHS Mortgage Mods

Freddie Mac has announced a new “modification solution” screen in Workout Prospector (WP) to facilitate the settlement of modifications of mortgages guaranteed by the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service. Before entering the data through the modification solution screen, servicers must first have RHS’ written approval to modify the loan, according to latest servicing guidance from the government-sponsored enterprise. When submitting data to Freddie via Workout Prospector, the servicer must complete the data entry in accordance with the instructions in the WP user’s guide and the terms of the RHS modification-approval letter, the GSE said. After completing its review of the data, Freddie will change the WP system status to either “approved” or “declined” with respect to the modification of an RHS mortgage. However, the change does not constitute an approval or denial of the ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Enhances Ability to Deliver Adverse PETR Notices to Lenders

The FHA has automated the delivery of notices to targeted lenders that receive an “unacceptable” rating following a post-endorsement review of a sample of their FHA-insured mortgage loans. The agency’s notification process shifted from manual to electronic effective on April 27, with the deployment of a new automated system for delivering notices of unacceptable findings, or eFindings letter. The change speeds up the process of determining whether a direct-endorsement lender should be subject to an indemnification request from FHA because of faulty underwriting. The enhanced delivery process will make it easier for lenders to do business with the FHA, the agency said. The post-endorsement audit is crucial to the success of the FHA’s direct-endorsement program. The FHA performs a post-endorsement technical review (PETR) on selected cases to evaluate the risk loans pose to ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Bares Changes to DASP, Delays Foreclosure for a Year

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is requiring servicers of FHA-insured mortgages to delay foreclosure for a year and to evaluate all borrowers for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and other similar loss-mitigation programs. The move is one of the improvements to the FHA Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, a direct-sale pilot program that allows pools of foreclosure-bound mortgages to be sold to qualified bidders. Bidders are encouraged to work with borrowers to help cure the loan – a less costly alternative to foreclosure or an REO (real estate-owned) sale. An FHA servicer can place a troubled loan into a DASP pool if the borrower is at least six months delinquent on their mortgage and the servicer has exhausted all FHA loss-mitigation options. Previously, servicers could foreclose six months after they received the loan. They were also encouraged, though not required, to ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Creates Borrower Disincentive With Delays, Longer Closing Time

A high percentage of VA loans are not closing on time, potentially creating a disincentive for borrowers to use the product and opt for the competition instead, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance’s HousingPulse Tracking Survey. Data showed that the share of VA loans closing on time declined to 55 percent in March 2015 from 70 percent in April 2014. This suggests that 45 percent of VA loans are experiencing serious delays in closing. “For VA, this is a significant change for the worse,” said Tom Popik, designer of the survey. The VA’s average closing time is 41 days as of March this year, up from around 39 percent a year ago. Comparatively, 75 percent of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans with private mortgage insurance are closing on time as of March 2015, up from 68 percent a year ago. When delayed, VA closing takes a lot longer, 29 additional days, up from ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Jumbo Volume Suffers Steep Decline in 2014 as Activity Slowed

FHA jumbo loan production dropped significantly in 2014, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. The volume of jumbo loans insured by the FHA – loan amounts exceeding $417,000 up to the national ceiling of $625,500 – fell 41.9 percent from the prior year, and 4.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 from the previous quarter. FHA jumbo production for 2014 totaled $10.5 billion, with purchase loans accounting for nearly 80 percent of volume and fixed-rate loans comprising 87.1 percent of jumbos originated last year. Seventy-two percent of lenders saw their jumbo volume decline, including Provident Savings Bank, which suffered the largest year-over-year drop (84.9 percent). An analysis of FHA endorsements by loan amount show that loans above $417,000 up to $499,000 accounted for 2.12 percent of loans endorsed in the first quarter. Additionally, loans from $500,000 to ... [1 chart]


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Quicken Lawsuit Can Help Clarify FHA Rules, Government Use of FCA

Quicken Loan’s lawsuit against the government could help provide some certainty to lenders as to the proper legal standard for evaluating compliance with FHA rules and whether loan sampling is a permissible post-endorsement review strategy, according to legal experts. The adjudication of Quicken’s case against the Department of Justice in a public forum should clarify FHA policies, procedures, and the degree of future liability risks, experts said. Quicken Loans, the top FHA lender in 2014, sued the Department of Justice in federal court in Detroit April 17, accusing it of high-pressure tactics to admit wrongdoing and of using a small sample of flawed loans as a basis for claims under the False Claims Act. Up to that time, Quicken Loans had been the subject of an ongoing DOJ probe, which began three years earlier, in relation to its FHA lending practices. Quicken also asserted that, before filing its lawsuit ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Refis Help Boost Volume of Ginnie MBS Backed by VA Loans in 1Q15

VA home loan guaranty originations nearly caught up with FHA single-family volume in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a strong pickup in veteran loan refinancings, an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae issuance data indicated. Refi loans accounted for 58.5 percent of VA loans securitized in the first quarter compared to just 34.4 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities. Approximately $35.0 billion in VA loans were securitized in Ginnie Mae MBS in the first quarter, up 5.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. On the other hand, $35.6 billion of FHA loans were securitized during the same period, down 1.8 percent from the prior quarter. Of the VA loans in Ginnie MBS, $14.5 billion were purchase mortgages, mostly delivered through retail and loan correspondents. Brokers accounted for only 8.5 percent of the purchase loans. Securitized VA purchase volume, however, was ... [2 charts]


April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

BofA: Retail Key to Servicing Customers

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


April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Foreclosed Borrowers May Recover, Won’t Return

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


April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

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

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


April 24, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Report Solid Gains in Mortgage Banking Income, Uniform Profitability

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


April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

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

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


April 16, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Credit Unions Hit Record Market Share In 2014 Mortgage Originations Activity

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


April 16, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

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

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


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