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April 18, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

Activity Plunges. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized just $29.95 billion of single-family mortgages with private mortgage-insurance coverage during the first quarter of 2014, a 30.9 percent decline from the previous period, according to an analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance, an affiliated publication. The steepness of the private MI downturn was in line with the 29.1 percent downturn in overall business at the two GSEs from the fourth quarter of 2013. And the flow of private MI loans in early 2014 was down 40.2 percent from the first quarter of last year, a less severe drop than the 63.7 swoon in the overall GSE market over that period.


April 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Both Purchase-Mortgage and Refinance Volume Down Sharply in Agency Activity

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae saw much lower business volume in both purchase-money mortgages and refinance loans during the first quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. The agencies securitized a total of $95.9 billion of purchase mortgages during the first three months of the year, down 28.8 percent from the previous quarter. That was a steeper decline than in refinance volume, which slid 24.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Compared to a year ago, the purchase market continued...[Includes three data charts]


April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

HMBS Quarterly Issuance Down by 30 Percent. Issuance of securitized Home Equity Conversion Mortgages remained low as HMBS issuers created only $510.1 million in new HMBS pools during March, the third lowest total in almost five years, according to the latest market analysis by New View Advisors. This brought HMBS issuance in the first quarter of 2014 to $1.7 billion, the lowest quarterly total in nearly five years, said NVA. By comparison, HMBS issuance totaled $2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2014. 1Q14 has the lowest HMBS issuance since 2Q09, when the program was at its infancy. In March, 86 HMBS pools consisting of 41 original issuances and 45 tail pools were issued. Original HMBS issuances refer to a pool of HECM loans securitized for the first time, while tail HMBS issuances are pools created from the uncertificated portions of HECMs that have ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Filing Deadline for Recertification Extended to June 9

The FHA has extended the filing deadline for lender recertification to June 9, 2014, to match the agency’s timeline for switching to the Lender Electronic Assessment Portal (LEAP). LEAP is a new system that will serve as a one-stop shop for all lender approval and recertifications. It replaces the current “Lender Approval” and “Cash Flow” web pages in FHA Connection as well as the current system lenders use to submit financial information as part of recertification. LEAP is scheduled to be fully operation this month, although consolidation of Title I and II lender identification numbers has already taken place on March 31. Last year, the FHA issued guidance extending the filing deadline for all lenders with a December 2013 fiscal year end. Although the guidance recommended that lenders be prepared to complete their recertification no later than May 31, it also stated that ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Deficient Files, No. 1 Cause of ‘Unacceptable’ Grade

Deficient file documentation is the leading cause of initial “unacceptable” ratings in the FHA’s most recent post-endorsement technical review (PETR) of targeted single-family FHA loans. Published in the March 2014 issue of Lender Insight, review results showed that 50 percent of the 5,504 FHA loans selected for review in the fourth quarter of 2013 had missing or flawed documentation. Of that percentage, 65 percent of loans were rated “unacceptable.” Loans are selected for post-endorsement review based on a risk-targeting methodology and do not reflect the overall FHA portfolio. An “unacceptable” rating indicates that the loan endorsement file had a material defect at the time the loan was endorsed for FHA insurance. Such ratings are upgraded subsequently if the lender provides mitigating documentation. Unacceptable ratings are due to errors or flaws in ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Volume by State Drops, State HECMs Rise

Overall FHA production fell significantly in all 50 states in 2013 apparently due to mortgage insurance premium increases and policy changes that made it difficult for even qualified borrowers to obtain an FHA-insured single-family loan. FHA volume by state dropped 27.5 percent in the fourth quarter to $35.8 billion, from $49.4 billion in the previous quarter, with all states showing varying percentages of decline during the period. Year over year, production by state declined by 9.2 percent, data showed. Total FHA originations were $211.3 billion for 2013, with the first quarter ending strongly with $63.7 billion. Production, however, lost steam over the next three quarters. Among the top five FHA states, Virginia suffered the largest quarterly drop, 35.2 percent, in FHA volume. California was the top FHA producer state with $35.2 billion for a ... [2 charts]


April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Bars HECMs with Fixed-Rate Future Draws

Beginning June 1, 2014, securitizations backed by Home Equity Conversion Mortgages may not include HECM loans that provide for future draws at a fixed rate of interest. Specifically, Ginnie Mae warned that the potentially excessive risk associated with such HECM loans might be more than what the agency could handle in the event of an issuer default. The prohibition applies to fixed-rate HECM loans where the borrower has the option to select a payment plan that allows future advances against the principal limit. These loans give rise to the risk that such advances will become uneconomic should interest rates rise from when the loan is originated, according to Ginnie Mae. The impact of negative spreads between a fixed noted rate and future prevailing rates could be ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

BofA, Nutter Agree to Resolve HECM Violations

Bank of America and James Nutter & Co. have agreed to indemnify the Department of Housing and Urban Development to resolve allegations that they failed to perform due diligence in underwriting Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans. An audit of the HECM program by the HUD Office of Inspector General found that the financial institutions allowed 33 HECM borrowers to take out more than one loan, a violation of program requirements. The program requires borrowers to reside in the mortgaged residence as their principal residence. In addition, borrowers may not have more than one principal residence at the same time. In BofA’s case, one borrower obtained two HECM loans on properties she owned in Massachusetts and Florida, both of which she identified as her principal residence. The HUD OIG said there was sufficient information to alert BofA and the underwriter that ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Industry Calls for Transparent Loan-Limit Process

The Mortgage Bankers Association is urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide a transparent process by which interested parties could request a recalculation of the FHA loan limits and present supporting evidence. By statute, maximums for FHA loan limits in high-cost areas were reduced to $625,500 from $729,750 at the beginning of the year for one-unit residential properties, the same maximum loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for similar properties in high-cost areas. The MBA said HUD made further reductions in FHA FY 2014 loan limits in approximately 300 counties and county equivalents across the country, with many experiencing significant reductions. The trade group believes these changes were not required by statute. To the extent that the loan-limit reductions in those areas were discretionary, the MBA strongly urged HUD to moderate its ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Rejects Industry Plea to Lower MIPs

FHA Commissioner Carol Galante quashed any industry hope of seeing mortgage insurance premiums lowered at this time, saying that while the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund has shown some improvement, full recovery is still far off. In remarks during the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Advocacy Conference this week, Galante also defended a provision in the president’s FY 2015 budget proposal seeking statutory authority for the FHA to collect an administrative fee from lenders to help fund quality control improvements. Both issues are high up on the MBA’s lobbying priorities as members gathered in Washington, DC, this week to meet with lawmakers and their staff to discuss FHA and other key industry concerns. Galante said the Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently focused on strengthening the MMI Fund and expanding access to credit for all qualified borrowers. The FHA raised pricing five times from ...


April 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Advocates Laud Senate Reform Bill Housing Trust Fund Provisions; House GOP Urges Continued Non-Payments

Affordable housing advocates are praising the leadership of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee for including a “robust dedicated source of revenue” for the National Housing Trust Fund in their bipartisan housing-finance reform legislation. A provision of the legislation filed by Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, would expand both the base and the rate for the National Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund. Current law provides...


April 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

HUD Says It’s Too Soon to Roll Back Premiums; FHA Insurance Fund Is Not Completely Healed

FHA Commissioner Carol Galante has rejected mortgage industry calls to lower mortgage insurance premiums, saying that while the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund is on the mend it still has not fully recovered from the impact of massive legacy losses. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, this week, Galante said the Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently focused on strengthening the fund and expanding access to credit for all qualified borrowers. She reminded lenders that mortgage premium increases – five hikes from 2008 to 2013 – were necessary to protect the MMIF and properly price for the risk the FHA is assuming. “The MMI Fund is...


April 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Purchases of Loans With Private MI Dropped Sharply in Early 2014, Biggest Drop in HARP Pace

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized just $29.95 billion of single-family mortgages with private mortgage-insurance coverage during the first quarter of 2014, a 30.9 percent decline from the previous period, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. The steepness of the private MI downturn was in line with the 29.1 percent downturn in overall business at the two government-sponsored enterprises from the fourth quarter of 2013. And the flow of private MI loans in early 2014 was down 40.2 percent from the first quarter of last year, a less severe drop than the 63.7 swoon in the overall GSE market over that period. The biggest decline in MI-insured business was in underwater mortgages that were refinanced while keeping their existing coverage under the Home Affordable Refinance Program...[Includes two data charts]


March 28, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

Old Republic Cancels Recapitalization Plan for its Mortgage Guaranty Subsidiaries. Old Republic International Corp. has withdrawn plans to secure capital market funding for its beleaguered consumer credit indemnity and mortgage guaranty subsidiaries for lack of investor interest. Both business segments are housed within the Republic Financial Indemnity Group and have been in a run-off mode since 2008 and 2011, respectively. ORI Chairman/CEO Al Zucaro said holding company funds would be used to shore up the regulatory capital of the mortgage guaranty subsidiaries. The completion of the recapitalization plan hinged on regulatory approvals in North Carolina, Florida and Vermont, as well as from the government-sponsored enterprises and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. ORI said that with all the complications, it could not be certain of getting the necessary approvals. A primary investor concern is that new capital would be used to pay for RMIC’s legacy problems, and investors want their money to ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Lenders Wishing to Quit FHA Should Not Just Skip

A mortgagee that no longer wishes to participate in FHA programs must submit a letter requesting voluntary withdrawal of its FHA approval, signed by a senior executive of the company, according to guidance published in the March 2014 issue of FHA’s Lender Insight. Lenders may not simply let their FHA approval expire by failing to complete FHA’s required annual recertification process, the guidance warned. “Failing to recertify will result in a referral to the Mortgagee Review Board for administrative action,” it said. The board’s withdrawal of a lender’s FHA approval could have an adverse impact on the lender should it reapply for FHA approval in the future. A lender requesting voluntary withdrawal of FHA approval is subject to a review before the agency signs off on the request. The request would be denied if the lender has an MRB administrative action pending against it or if it is behind on its mortgage insurance premium payments. A lender whose FHA approval has been withdrawn may ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

HUD Sued for Failing to Protect Spouses from Eviction

The Association of American Retired Persons hit the Department of Housing and Urban Development again with another class-action lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect four surviving spouses of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage borrowers against foreclosure and eviction. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where last September a federal judge found HUD in violation of federal law in a similar case. The court remanded the case to HUD to determine the appropriate remedy for the problem. The AARP Foundation Litigation and the law firm of Mehri & Skalet, the same entities that successfully litigated last year’s reverse mortgage case, represented the plaintiffs, none of them younger than 65 years of age. The suit challenges HUD’s promulgation of HECM regulations, which allegedly is ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

HUD Proposes Change to FHA Prepayment Rules

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a proposal to eliminate the requirement that an FHA borrower be required to pay interest even after the loan is prepaid. Specifically, the proposed change would prohibit FHA lenders from charging post-payment interest, allowing them instead to charge interest only through the date the mortgage is paid. The proposed rule change is necessary to avoid FHA loans being prohibited under new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ability-to-repay rules and revised higher-cost loan regulations starting in January 2015. It effectively aligns FHA prepayment rules with the new CFPB rules. Comments on the proposal are due by May 12, 2014. The FHA currently allows lenders to charge interest for the full month if the borrower prepays on a date other than the installment due date. Regardless of whether the loan is FHA or non-FHA, there were complaints among borrowers that ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Lenders Urged to Review MICs Before Submission to FHA

Approved lenders should review thoroughly all information before submitting their mortgage insurance certificates (MIC) to FHA because there have been too many mistakes over the past year, the agency warned. In the latest issue of Lender Insight, the FHA said lender requests to correct information on MICs have been more frequent than expected. Of the MIC corrections the FHA has reviewed, 81.5 percent stemmed from the agency’s Lender Insurance program. An MIC is a document issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as proof that FHA has insured a mortgage loan, and that a contract of mortgage insurance exists between the lender and HUD/FHA that incorporates agency regulations. A loan is considered as having no FHA insurance if it does not receive an MIC, regardless of how it is closed. The FHA made clear that it is the lender’s responsibility to ensure that information ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Carrington Sees Opportunity in Low-FICO Market

Lenders are cautiously expanding their guidelines on FHA lending by reducing its minimum credit score to below 580 to qualify borrowers. Carrington Mortgage Servicers this week joined a cadre of some 80 FHA lenders that have lowered their minimum FICO scores and eased their overlays to better focus on borrowers, particularly those below the 640 FICO range. The Santa Ana, CA-based lender is doing it not only for its FHA business but also for its VA and USDA loan programs. Carrington lowered its minimum FICO score to 550 for FHA loans, showing more aggressiveness than Wells Fargo, which moved its own FHA FICO floor to 600 from 640 at the beginning of February for purchase mortgages originated through its retail channel. The FHA currently requires a minimum credit score of 580 for most borrowers for 3.5 percent downpayment loans. Borrowers below 580 undergo more stringent manual underwriting and ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

HECM Volume Falls Due to Policy Changes

Origination of FHA-insured reverse mortgages fell in the fourth quarter as borrowing costs increased and loan amounts shrank due to tighter agency rules for these loan products, according to Inside FHA Lending’s analysis of agency data. The FHA reported $15.3 billion Home Equity Conversion Morgages originations for 2013, which was up 20.6 percent from $12.7 billion in 2012. Production, however, fell 12.6 percent quarter over quarter as policy changes designed to stabilize the ailing Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and help ensure that HECM borrowers can sustain themselves for longer periods of time took effect on Sept. 30. The changes include limiting disbursements at loan closing, or during the initial 12 months after closing, to 60 percent of the initial principal limit. Borrowers who draw more than 60 percent will pay ... [1 chart]


March 27, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Old Republic Encounters Cold Reception in Capital Markets,Will Use Own Funds to Prop Up Ailing MI

Old Republic International has abandoned plans to recapitalize its mortgage guaranty subsidiary for lack of investor interest and will tap its own resources to boost the regulatory capital of its ailing MI companies while trying to pay off remaining claims, according to top company executives. The decision was due to ORI’s unsuccessful bid to attract new investors under the terms and conditions laid out by the RMIC Companies, which constitutes Old Republic’s consumer credit indemnity and mortgage guaranty lines of business. The two operations are currently in runoff mode and have not written any new business since 2008 and 2011, respectively. While the failure to attract fresh funding was disappointing, it does not change...


March 21, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

New MI Master Policies Fall Short

New master policies announced recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency for private mortgage insurers may not provide the touted improvements or additional clarity, warned attorneys with Reed Smith’s Insurance Recovery Group. The revised MI master policy requirements are designed to ensure consistent and reliable MI coverage for greater operational efficiency and transparency in the mortgage market. They are supposed to improve and clarify the various rights and ...


March 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Common Securitization Platform Gets Featured Role In Agency MBS Redesign, But Cannot Find a CEO

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to develop their new common securitization platform in relative secrecy, although the concept has become a key component of mortgage-finance reform recently unveiled by the leadership of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Under the bill drafted by Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, the CSP would operate as a privately-owned utility through which single-family MBS would be issued, with or without the new explicit government guaranty. Regulated by the new overseer of the MBS market, the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corp., the platform would shepherd...


March 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bipartisan Senate Housing-Finance Reform Bill Mandates Preservation, Maintenance of TBA Market

The mortgage securitization sector is pleased that the bipartisan agreement between Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-ID, on housing-finance reform includes a small but critical provision to support the to-be-announced market. The 442-page draft sets a five-year timeline to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and in their place create a new Federal Mortgage Insurance Corp., a utility that securitizes and guarantees mortgages. The government’s MBS guaranty would be supported by a 10 percent first-loss piece funded by private investors. The FMIC would approve...


March 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Johnson-Crapo GSE Reform Bill Has Options for Non-Agency Market, Incentives for FMIC Activity

Bipartisan mortgage-finance reform legislation from leaders in the Senate focuses on replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitization programs with a new government MBS guaranty, but it also includes options for MBS issued outside the proposed agency-like structure. Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, this week revealed the text of their Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, which may have little chance of passage this year but may be the starting point for reform in the next Congress. Johnson-Crapo would create...


March 20, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Johnson-Crapo GSE Reform Bill Would Wind Down, Replace Fannie, Freddie in Five Years … Give or Take

The top Democrat and Republican of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee this week delivered their long-awaited mortgage reform bill which aims to put Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of business within a half-decade window, but with a couple potential leases on the lives of the two government-sponsored enterprises. In a rare Sunday filing, the legislation authored by Senate Banking Chairman Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-ID, would set up a powerful new agency, the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corp., which could assume control of the GSEs within six months of enactment and begin writing new “catastrophic” mortgage-securities guaranties. Based on the bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Bob Corker, R-TN, and Mark Warner, D-VA last summer, the new bill adds...


March 20, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

MIs Laud Johnson-Crapo’s MI Provisions, But Want More Clarity on MI Role in New Order

The private mortgage-insurance industry said it is pleased that the bipartisan agreement between Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Ranking Minority Member Michael Crapo, R-ID, on housing finance reform recognizes the important role of private MI. The newly launched U.S. Mortgage Insurers said it supports Congress’ efforts to achieve housing finance reform, all of which recognize the importance of and the need for standard MI coverage on loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Privately, MIs say...


March 14, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Bill Seeking Revamp of 2014 Loan Limits Introduced

Legislation seeking a recalculation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s loan limits for 2014 was introduced this week in the House of Representatives. Authored by Rep. Gary Miller, R-CA, H.R. 4208 (The Stabilizing FHA Loan Limit Calculation Act of 2014), would address credit availability problems caused by the statutory change in the way FHA loan limits are calculated and by revised median housing prices. More than 650 counties throughout the country saw their median house prices drop, some by as much as 20 percent to 50 percent, because of the 2014 calculation. Approximately 93 percent of California’s housing market or 54 counties have experienced severe declines in their FHA loan limits in 2014. For example, in Miller’s Riverside-San-Bernardino-Ontario district, the median price for a one-unit property fell from $500,000 in 2013 to $355,350 in 2014 – a 30 percent difference. In 2013, an estimated 8,000 home sales with ...


March 14, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Effort to Shrink Role Helped Spur MI Growth

The FHA’s effort to shrink its presence in the mortgage insurance market to make room for private capital has benefited the private mortgage insurance industry, which has reclaimed some market share from its main government rival. This acknowledgement by private mortgage insurers during this week’s launch of a new MI industry trade association helped clarify the question of whether market stabilization or the FHA’s deliberate effort to reduce its participation in the market drove MI growth over the past three years. “If you think back, the FHA has been very vocal, particularly [Department of Housing and Urban Development] Secretary Shaun Donovan, about wanting to rebalance private MI participation in the market,” said Teresa Bryce Bazemore, president of Radian Guaranty and a member of the board of directors of the new trade group, U.S. Mortgage Insurers. “We saw our share of the market grow by more than 11 percent in 2013, and I think that is a ...


March 14, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Lenders Report Lower Volume, Jumbos Down

The Chinese Year of the Horse welcomed the FHA with a hard kick in the head as total originations fell 20 percent in January from December 2013. Even as rising interest rates slowed refinancing activity last year, the expected increase in purchase-mortgage lending barely materialized and, in fact, appears to be dropping off. Lenders reported $8.7 billion in new originations in January, down from $10.9 billion in December and $23.7 billion from a year ago. Most were fixed-rate mortgages and 77.1 percent were purchase transactions. Three of the top five FHA lenders – Quicken Loans, JPMorgan Chase and LoanDepot – reported purchase origination totals below 40 percent. Top-ranked Wells Fargo and Bank of America each reported 64.0 percent of total FHA originations as purchase transactions. Wells Fargo closed the month with $519.0 million despite a ... [2 charts]


March 14, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Eminent Domain Bill Could Bankrupt Jurisdictions

Penalties in legislation that would restrict the use of eminent domain to resolve foreclosure problems could cripple state and local governments financially and provide no relief to property owners, warned the bill’s critics. H.R. 1944, the Private Rights Protection Act, would prohibit city and county governments that get federal funding for economic development from using their eminent domain powers to seize underwater mortgage notes from investors and unilaterally restructure the loans before selling them to other investors. Violators would be ineligible for federal economic development funds for two fiscal years following a court’s finding of guilt. The bill also provides the attorney general with broader enforcement authority. The necessity for legislation arose in the wake of efforts last year by certain municipalities in California to ...


March 14, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FY 2015 Budget Projects MMIF is Back in the Black

The FY 2015 proposed budget is estimating a positive capital reserve of $7.8 billion for the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund by the end of fiscal year 2014, meaning the fund will not require a mandatory appropriation from the Department of the Treasury this year, according to federal housing regulators. Last year, the president’s budget projected a $943 million Treasury subsidy to the FHA in order to meet statutory budgetary requirements but ended up requesting $1.7 billion by the end of fiscal year on Sept. 30. The latest independent actuarial audit found that the MMIF’s net worth has improved $15 billion from the previous year’s estimates, growing from negative $16.3 billion to negative $1.3 billion. In addition, the fund’s capital reserve ratio improved from negative 1.44 percent to negative 0.11 percent. The MMIF is now expected to ...


March 14, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Industry Balks at FHA ‘Administrative’ Fee

More lenders have expressed concern about a provision in the proposed FY 2015 federal budget seeking congressional authority to collect $30 million to help improve and strengthen FHA quality assurance reviews. Under the president’s budget proposal, FHA would collect an “administrative fee” from FHA lenders to implement the quality assurance (QA) changes needed to provide a clearer, more transparent picture of enforcement going forward. The improvements are meant to provide lenders not only information about early payment default or other kinds of default characteristics through loan sampling but also an accurate snapshot of their “manufacturing risk,” which is the risk that a loan is not underwritten properly. “The purpose is for lenders to have the information six to nine months after they have originated the loan as opposed to ...


March 13, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Johnson, Crapo Announce Pending Senate Housing Finance Reform Bill as Legislative Time Window Closes

The Democrat and Republican heads of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee this week finally announced an agreement on comprehensive housing finance reform legislation but the release of a detailed bill for public consumption remains forthcoming. For now, it’s impossible to tell how the agreement reached by Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-ID, is any different than the bipartisan bill introduced early last year by Sens. Bob Corker, R-TN, and Mark Warner, D-VA. Johnson and Crapo are expected to release draft legislative language later this week, and move to a markup “in the coming weeks.” Like Corker-Warner, the Johnson-Crapo agreement includes...


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