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December 8, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

When the Going Gets Tough, Some Lenders Start Cutting Fees – like the ‘Escrow Waiver’ Charge

Two weeks back, United Wholesale Mortgage removed a 25 basis point charge it levied on conventional conforming loans when the borrower opts to manage his or her own real estate taxes and homeowners insurance. (Those payment chores are usually handled by the servicer.) Since making the change, escrow waivers have jumped 12 percent at the nation’s largest wholesaler/broker lender. Company CEO Mat Ishbia declared that other lenders should follow suit if they haven’t already. “I think that overall this is good for the industry as a whole,” he said in an interview. For now, the reaction to UWM’s fee waiver has been...

December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

US Court Issues Injunction on DOL’s Overtime Pay Rule. A federal judge in Texas granted states’ motion to block the Department of Labor’s controversial overtime pay rule set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016. In late breaking news, the Department of Justice said it will appeal the injunction. The decision handed down by Judge Amos Mazzant of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas would deprive approximately 4.2 million workers who stand to benefit from the rule. Twenty-one states, a coalition of business organizations and the Plano Chamber of Commerce challenged the rule in separate amici briefs, arguing they stand to lose money if the final rule takes effect. The final rule would require employers to pay a higher salary level for certain employees to be exempt from overtime. In addition, it would automatically update the minimum salary level every three years. In his decision, Mazzant determined that ...

December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Jury Finds Allied Home Mortgage Entities Guilty, Awards $93M to US

A federal jury awarded more than $93 million in damages to the federal government after finding Allied Home Mortgage entities liable for civil mortgage fraud against the FHA. A unanimous jury found Allied Home Mortgage Capital and Allied Home Mortgage Corp., as well as the company’s president and chief executive, Jim C. Hodge. guilty of mortgage fraud. The jury awarded the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice a total of $93 million in damages, including $7.4 million against Hodge. The Allied entities allegedly violated the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) in connection with “a decade of fraudulent misconduct” related to FHA lending. The FCA provides for treble damages and imposes a penalty of $5,500 to $11,000 for each violation. Separately, FIRREA imposes a ...

December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Groups Favoring One-Unit Approval, Differ on Owner-Occupancy Rate

Stakeholders voiced support for an FHA proposal to revive the agency’s single-unit approval policy for condominium financing but differed on owner-occupancy requirements. Both items are part of a proposed rule which would give the FHA more wiggle room in formulating its condo rules. The proposed rule’s 60-day comment period ended on Nov. 28. Among other things, the FHA is proposing to reinstate “spot approval” financing on individual units in condo projects that are not currently approved for FHA insurance. The Department of Housing and Urban Development terminated single-unit approvals a few years ago in favor of mandatory condo-project approval. Ultimately, the current approval process proved to be more cumbersome, resulting in many condo projects opting out of FHA. Under the proposed rule, single-unit approvals are limited to a maximum of 20 percent of the units in the ...

December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Deliveries to Ginnie Mae Increase During First Nine Months

Total FHA and VA originations increased during the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, although VA was more active, posting a double-digit production increase, according to an analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Lenders delivered $201.0 billion of FHA loans to Ginnie single-family mortgage pools over the last three quarters, up 4.8 percent from the previous year. Approximately 65.4 percent and 29.3 percent of FHA loans securitized were purchase loans and refinances, respectively. The remainder was loan modifications. VA originations totaled $143.2 billion over the same period, up 22.3 percent from last year. Refinances accounted for 51.9 percent of volume and purchase loans comprised 47.0 percent. The share of FHA loans in agency mortgage-backed securities for the nine-month period was 19.5 percent and 13.9 percent for VA. FHA loans accounted for ...

November 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

AIG Looks to Increase Investments in Home Mortgages, Complete ‘Internal Securitization’ of Various Loan Types

American International Group is working to “rebalance its exposure to residential mortgages” after the company’s sale of United Guaranty, a private mortgage insurer. Douglas Dachille, an executive vice president and CIO at AIG, detailed a number of plans late last week in a presentation to investors. He said the insurance giant is structuring direct investments in residential and commercial mortgages and other whole loans. “The team is...

November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Industry Groups Urge Congressional Leaders to Pass ‘Tax Extenders’ Legislation. Three industry groups called upon House and Senate leaders to pass “tax extenders” legislation, including two critical tax provisions that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2016. In a joint letter this week, the Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders called for the “rapid enactment” of a broad “tax extenders” package, including mortgage-debt forgiveness and tax deduction for mortgage insurance premiums. Passing a legislative package of tax extenders that includes the two provisions would provide much-needed certainty to the residential real estate markets, the letter said. Federal Agencies Propose Rule to Expand Access to Private Flood Insurance. Federal banking and credit union regulators and the Farm Credit Administration have published a ...

November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Overall Delinquency Rate Improves For FHA, VA Loans in Third Quarter

FHA and VA loan performance improved in the third quarter of 2016 as the delinquency rate on government-backed loans declined on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest mortgage delinquency survey. The FHA delinquency rate fell by 16 basis points to 8.30 percent, its lowest level since 4Q97, with all categories – 30-days, 60-days and 90 days + past due – reflecting the decline. Over the quarter, the delinquency rate of FHA loans with payments 30 days past due dropped 4 bps from the previous quarter. Insured loans that were 60 days behind on their payments saw a 6 bps drop in their delinquency rate, while that for seriously delinquent loans fell 9 bps during the period. FHA mortgages showed some declines in performance on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Approximately 8.70 percent of outstanding FHA loans were past due as of the end of the third quarter, up 25 bps from the ...

November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Moves to Electronic Submission Of Condo Project-Approval Request

VA lenders must now submit their condominium approval requests electronically to the VA Home Loan Program to enable the agency to lower condo-approval costs and speed up the process. The process of shifting from paper to electronic submission of VA condo-approval documents began on Nov. 3. Lenders and other program participants are required to upload their condo association documents into WebLGY in PDF format. A condo record must exist in WebLGY in order to upload the required paperwork. Directions on how to search condo records and create a new record may be found in the Quick Reference Document. Users can access the site via a link in Section 6 of VA Circular 26-16-35. When creating a new record, documents within the file or that uploaded individually must be stacked and labeled in the ...

November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Study Debunks HUD IG’s Claim that HFA DPAs Put FHA Fund at Risk

State housing finance agencies’ downpayment assistance poses minimal risk to the FHA, and the scope of the problem is nowhere near the size suggested by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. The study’s conclusion would appear to bolster HUD’s defense of permissible downpayment assistance in a disagreement with the agency’s inspector general. The dispute arose from an IG audit of NOVA Financial & Investment Corp., an originator of FHA-insured mortgages with downpayment assistance provided by state housing finance agencies (HFAs). In a July 2015 report on NOVA’s audit, the IG alleged that some HFAs were allowing downpayment assistance that was being paid for through higher mortgage rates, in violation of FHA requirements for downpayment assistance. It also put FHA’s mortgage insurance fund at ...

November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

U.S. Court Orders Quicken’s FHA Case Moved to MI District Court

The Department of Justice lost its bid to have an FHA lawsuit against Quicken Loans heard in the nation’s capital after a federal judge this week ordered the case transferred to federal district court in Michigan. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with Quicken that the proper forum for adjudicating the government’s False Claims Act case is the Eastern District Court in downtown Detroit. While the court agreed that the case has national implications, it also noted the “strong local interest in this matter in the Eastern District of Michigan,” where “Quicken Loans underwrote the FHA loans at issue, endorsed those loans, and certified its compliance as to those loans.” While certain factors weighed against the transfer, the alleged unlawful activity occurred in or near Detroit, where the lender is headquartered and most of its employees are located. The case, U.S. v. Quicken Loans, ...

November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MMI Fund Continues Upward Arc, MIP Reduction Remains Uncertain

The FY 2016 Actuarial Review showed a stronger FHA mortgage insurance fund, thanks to a surging forward loan portfolio, but the prospect of a price adjustment remains unlikely. Review results were a mixture of good news and bad news. The good news is the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund’s economic net worth grew by $3.8 billion to $27.6 billion – $4.2 billion short of what last year’s actuarial report projected. The capital ratio rose to 2.32 percent, exceeding the 2.0 percent minimum established by Congress to cover future losses. Observers said the increases demonstrate steady but modest growth in the fund. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s top officials credited the fund’s growth to a stronger forward-mortgage portfolio, which increased by $18 billion to $35.3 billion – $10.1 billion above projections – with a capital ratio of 3.28 percent. The report attributed the increase to a ...

November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Vibrant Purchase Market Fuels FHA, VA Originations in 3Q16

A strong purchase market helped push FHA and VA originations in the third quarter of 2016, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. FHA forward originations increased by 17.4 percent from the second quarter for a total of $72.3 billion. That brought total FHA-insured loans originated over the first nine months to $187.3 billion, up 3.9 percent from the same period last year. Purchase mortgages comprised 70.0 percent of FHA’s total origination over the last three quarters. Quicken Loans reported only a 3.3 percent increase in FHA originations in the third quarter but still managed to retain its top ranking with $10.8 billion in FHA originations in the first nine months of 2016. Freedom Mortgage worked extra hard, ending the nine-month period with $5.0 billion on the strength of refinances. Third-quarter originations were up 69.6 percent from the prior quarter, and up 51.4 percent for the ... [ 4 charts ]

November 17, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA’s FY 2016 Forward Portfolio Boosts MMIF’s Value, Capital Reserve Ratio but No Indication of Pricing Change

The FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund may be healthy enough to support a cut in forward-mortgage premiums, but officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development aren’t yet willing to pull the trigger. HUD this week released its annual FHA audit showing strong improvement in the MMI Fund from the forward-mortgage side of the ledger. During a press briefing, Edward Golding, principal deputy assistant secretary for housing, said the strong audit results “do indicate there is room to return pricing to that which reflects the risks in the program.” He noted that the $245 billion in new FHA business in fiscal 2016 clearly added to the strength of the MMI Fund, “with indications we’re pricing above the risk of the program.” At the same time, Golding made...

November 10, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Analysts Believe Further MIP Cuts Doubtful But Stronger MMI Fund May Convince Them Otherwise

The question of whether FHA should do another mortgage insurance premium reduction is pretty much on stakeholders’ minds as they anticipate the release of the annual actuarial review of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund next week. Analysts, however, are not ready to change their opinion that further MIP cuts are unlikely. Some analysts said they would reconsider their views if the upcoming report showed strong growth in the MMI Fund, while others believe FHA’s priorities today are different than they were in early 2015, when the agency cut the annual premium for forward mortgages to 0.85 percent. The FHA’s decision to lower the annual MIP was spurred...

November 10, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Private MIs Lose Some Market Share to Government Programs During 3Q16, Radian Keeps Top Ranking

The primary mortgage insurance market remained on track for its best year ever during the third quarter of 2016, as the government-insured sectors gained some ground on private MIs, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Mortgage lenders originated a record $220.46 billion of home loans with some form of primary MI during the third quarter, a 16.6 percent increase from the previous period. That brought year-to-date primary MI activity to $553.77 billion, just $92.40 billion less than the all-time annual record of $646.17 billion set in 2015. The government-insured market – mostly FHA and VA – was...[Includes three data tables]

November 4, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

VA Announces Five-Digit Builder ID Number. VA Loan Guaranty (LGY) has announced that builder identification numbers are now five digits. Four-digit builder numbers will appear as 0 and four digits (01234). LGY does not approve builders. As such, builders need only register with LGY to obtain an ID number. All five digits must be...

November 4, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Higher Flood Elevation Standards Sought for FHA-Insured Properties

With sea levels rising and flood risks increasing, federal housing regulators are proposing new base elevation standards for all properties with an FHA-insured mortgage located in flood hazard areas. Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed rule, elevations for “non-critical” properties would be raised two feet above the site’s base flood elevation or 100-year floodplain. The proposed rule also would revise...

November 4, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Proposes Charging Fees to Originate, Service Vendee Loan

The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing to establish fees for originating and servicing vendee loans. Vendee loans are not veterans’ benefits and are distinct from VA-guaranteed loans, the agency clarified in a proposed rule published in the Oct. 26 Federal Register. Vendee financing is...

November 4, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Agency Sets Conditions: FHA Allows 35 Percent Occupancy Rate for Approved Condo Projects

The FHA is decreasing the owner-occupancy rate for approved condominium developments that meet certain requirements, the agency announced recently. Currently, the FHA requires a minimum of 50 percent of the units be occupied by owners. The agency, however, said it would allow a 35 percent owner-occupancy rate if the project meets certain conditions that would make it more financially stable and less of a liability to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. While having too few owner-occupants could financially weaken a condo project, requiring too many could make...

November 4, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Analysts Doubt MIP Cut in 2016 but Rosy Report Could Trigger Change

In the next few weeks, FHA will be releasing an actuarial report to Congress regarding the health of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund that could boost or weaken the argument for another mortgage insurance premium cut. In anticipation of the report, stakeholders this year have reignited the debate, preceded by the Community Home Lenders Association’s call renewing for a reduction in FHA annual premiums down to their pre-crisis level of 0.55 percent. The CHLA said...

November 4, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors on Urban Institute Symposium Talk Private Label Securities and Credit-Risk Transfers

Investors said that market is in the “sweet spot” when it comes to mortgage credit, while speaking at a symposium in Washington sponsored by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic this week. John Vibert, managing director and co-head of structured products for Prudential, said his company is much more interested in financing nonperforming loans than in owning such assets. “We think...

November 3, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

New Approaches to Front-End GSE Risk-Sharing Being Explored as Some Lenders Question Bigger PMI Role

Many industry experts are advising Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to expand so-called front-end approaches to credit-risk transfers that have so far relied heavily on structured debt notes and reinsurance contracts arranged long after loans are sold to the two government-sponsored enterprises. In a comment letter filed with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Redwood Trust suggested that “a more robust front-end CRT program [should] at least match the volume of back-end transactions.” Through the end of September, Fannie and Freddie have issued $35.88 billion of back-end debt notes covering $1.223 trillion of single-family mortgages, according to Inside MBS & ABS, an affiliated newsletter. Redwood is...

October 28, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

The GSEs Must Approve Genworth Sale. How Long Will it Take?

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must approve the change of control of Genworth Mortgage Insurance, whose parent company is slated for sale to Asia Pacific Global Capital Co., a Chinese limited liability corporation. The approval, noted one GSE official, is pursuant to the Private Mortgage Insurance Eligibility Requirements, which were sanctioned by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. If Genworth wants to remain an approved MI, the two GSEs have to approve the transaction. Industry observers who keep a close eye on the GSEs believe the sale approval process could be lengthy given the fact that Genworth’s new parent is a Chinese company. The purchase by Asia Pacific was unveiled earlier this week.

October 28, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Officials Are Eager to Expand Risk-Transfer Program But Show Little Interest in Deeper MI

Fannie Mae this week joined Freddie Mac in announcing a front-end credit-risk transfer pilot that will use additional levels of private mortgage insurance, but the so-called deep MI option looks like a long shot. “Credit-risk transfer is the next big thing, and though we’re already three years into it, it’s still very much a work in progress,” said Donald Layton, Freddie’s CEO, during the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Boston this week. “About 50 percent of the credit risk that’s coming in is...


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