Mortgage Banking Profitability

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January 13, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Black Knight Developing Mortgage Credit Score

Black Knight Financial Services is developing a mortgage-specific credit score that could be more useful for lenders than traditional credit scores. It’s not clear how much traction the score will gain, considering that Fair Isaac’s FICO score remains the dominant metric for assessing the creditworthiness of mortgage borrowers. Wesley Winter, a senior modeler at Black Knight, said a traditional credit score may not be the best predictor of mortgage default. “The FICO score is trying to ...

January 13, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Homebuyers Remain Optimistic

While mortgage interest rates remain at historic lows, an increase of even one percentage point is not going to have a dramatic effect on affordability and any negative homebuyer response to rising rates is likely to be short-lived, according to a new Redfin survey. Even if mortgage rates climb to 5 percent, homebuyers would lower their expectations and shop for less expensive homes, said 49 percent of the 827 Redfin real estate agents who responded to the survey. Redfin conducted ...

January 13, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Prospective Homebuyers Sending Mixed Signals

The recent run-up in mortgage rates appears to have suppressed short-term home purchase expectations among prospective homebuyers, who nonetheless otherwise feel optimistic about the housing market over the longer term, according to new data from government-sponsored enterprise Fannie Mae. Fannie’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), released earlier this week, dipped 0.5 points to 80.7, the fifth consecutive monthly decline. The index is down ...

January 13, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Higher Rates May Mean Staff Cuts

With interest rates up 75 basis points since the election – and staying there, at least for now – residential production is likely to slip in the quarters ahead, leading to layoffs, especially at firms that focus on refinancings. “It’s coming,” said industry consultant Don Henig, a former top sales executive for loanDepot, a top-10 ranked originator. “Maybe we haven’t seen too many layoffs quite yet, but just look at volume numbers and do the math.” Henig added: “Right now, a lot of shops ...

January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Blackstone Files IPO Documents on Invitation Homes, a Pioneer in SFR Securitizations; But IH Is Losing Money

The Blackstone Group this month filed its long awaited initial public offering document on its Invitation Homes unit, a pioneer in single-family rentals and securitization of these assets. The 1,300 page Form S-11 is chock full of financial details on the real estate investment trust, including the revelation that the company continues to lose money. Through the first nine months of 2016 – the latest available data – Invitation Homes posted a net loss of $51.6 million compared to a $121.7 million loss in the same period a year earlier. The numbers and commentary in the filing indicate...

January 6, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

VA Extends Making Home Affordable Program. The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the Making Home Affordable program to Oct. 1, 2017. The program was set to expire on Jan. 1, 2017. USDA Approves NewFed Mortgage to originate Section 52 Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved NewFed Mortgage Corp., a multi-state residential mortgage lender, to originate USDA loans. Based in Danvers, MA, retailer NewFed offers FHA, VA, USDA, conventional and jumbo mortgage products. Reviews Genworth Financial’s Proposed Sale to Chinese Conglomerate. Fannie Mae has approved Arch Capital’s acquisition of ...

January 6, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Michigan Lender Agrees to Pay $48 Million to Resolve FCA Claims

United Shore Financial Services of Troy, MI, has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve allegations of FHA-related fraud, adding to the more than $7 billion in settlements and judgments the Department of Justice has collected since 2009. United Shore, parent company of United Wholesale Mortgage and Shore Mortgage, was accused of improperly originating mortgages and falsely certifying compliance with FHA requirements. Originated between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2011, the loans eventually turned bad, resulting in significant losses to the FHA insurance fund. The complaint did not specify the number and total amount of the bad loans United Shore originated or the size of FHA’s losses on those loans. United Shore was charged with violation of the False Claims Act, becoming the latest financial institution to join a growing list of FHA lenders that have opted to settle, rather than litigate, ...

January 6, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA to Implement Methodology for Finding, Classifying Loan Defects

The FHA this year will focus mainly on the completion and implementation of the Defect Taxonomy to help lenders easily identify and categorize loan defects found in FHA-insured loans. At least that was the plan announced by the outgoing Obama administration. The agency urged lenders to be on the lookout for detailed information about Defect Taxonomy and other process improvements in the coming months. “As we begin to implement these changes and transition from current processes, some lenders may experience a temporary decrease in loans selected for review,” the FHA noted in Lender Insight, which updates lenders on the latest rulemakings and policy changes. Announced in June last year, Defect Taxonomy is part of the Blueprint for Access, which embodies three core concepts: identifying a defect, capturing the sources and causes of a defect, and assessing the ...

January 2, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Nonbanks Pay Their LOs More Because of Greater Efficiency

Nonbank mortgage-banking profitability models have been much more aggressive than their mortgage bank competition when it comes to paying their loan originators. But many question how nonbanks can afford to pay 100 basis points more than banks. During a recent webinar sponsored by Inside Mortgage Finance, Paul Hindman, managing director of Grid Origination Services, suggested it has to do with “efficiency execution with every step of the mortgage origination.” And which companies are doing this? “Those companies that really can afford to offer this level of compensation and still be profitable,” he added. That being said, there are varying qualifiers that must be satisfied in order to justify paying a higher commission. Hindman spelled out the typical components of loan ...

December 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

SFIG, MISMO Work to Standardize Data

Lenders that deliver loans to agency buyers and non-agency buyers could benefit from standards developed by the Structured Finance Industry Group and the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization. SFIG detailed the data standardization effort in a green paper released last week. The Wall Street group noted that a lack of accepted standards can lead to confusion and disagreement between counterparties and service providers, particularly when data are calculated or ...

December 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Profit Margin Expectations Tumble Post-Election

The rise in mortgage rates after the November election gave many lenders the blues, triggering a plunge in near-term expectations for loan demand as well as a big drop in anticipated profit margins over the next three months, according to the latest lender survey from Fannie Mae. Forty six percent of respondents expect profits to decrease. Lenders’ profit margin outlook now is the worst in three years, according to the government-sponsored enterprise. “Lenders reported a significant net negative ...

December 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Prospects, Higher Rates Boost Private MI Stocks

Mortgage insurance stocks have been rallying the past month, climbing to 52-week highs, thanks in part to the “Trump rally” and the belief that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a future after all. Six short months ago, the sector was in the tank with investors fearing that another cut in FHA premiums would erode their market share. The premium cut didn’t happen, and there’s a growing belief that the incoming Trump administration will favor the private sector – and not the FHA – taking on more risk ...

December 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Production Boosted Mortgage-Banking Profits

Loan origination and secondary marketing pushed profits to a four-year high during the third quarter of 2016, according the latest Mortgage Bankers Performance Report released by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The average mortgage-banking entity earned $3.492 million in net income after adjustments during the third quarter, the MBA reported. That was up 42.8 percent from the previous period and represented the highest average profit since the fourth quarter of ...

December 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Both Sides of Mortgage Banking Posted Significant Profit Gains During 3Q16

Mortgage origination and sales continued to rack up hefty earnings during the third quarter of 2016, but a rebound in servicing profits had an even bigger impact on the bottom line, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports from 13 major public companies. With a combined $189.5 billion in mortgage originations during the period, the 13 firms reported $2.38 billion in production and secondary-marketing income. That was up ... [Includes one data chart]

December 9, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Most Borrowers Seek Mobile Mortgage Resources

The share of borrowers who want to use a mobile device as part of the mortgage shopping and origination process has increased significantly in the past year, according to survey results from Fannie Mae. The demand for mortgage-related activities completed via cell phones should prompt action from lenders, according to Steve Deggendorf, a director of market insights research at Fannie. “Lenders such as Quicken and Sofi have already begun to reflect the mobile demands of ...

December 9, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Higher Rates Will ‘Crush’ Originations in 2017

“Mortgage originations get crushed,” according to the latest forecast from Freddie Mac’s economic and housing research group. A number of industry analysts have adjusted their originations forecasts as interest rates on mortgages have increased recently and could climb higher next year. “Mortgage market activity will be significantly reduced by higher mortgage rates, especially refinance originations, which are likely to be cut in half,” said Sean Becketti, Freddie’s chief economist ...

December 9, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Pre-crisis Ghost Still Haunts GSEs as Seller Repurchases Spike Up in 3Q16

Mortgage buybacks by companies that sell loans into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities took an unlikely turn higher in the third quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of repurchase disclosures by the two government-sponsored enterprises. But the sudden 31.5 percent jump in industry-wide buybacks was largely due to one company – Bank of America – paying off the liabilities it inherited from Countrywide ... [Includes two data charts]


HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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