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July 2, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSEs Bump Up Private MI Capital Requirements For Future Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance

Private mortgage insurers will have to hold more capital for lender-paid mortgage insurance, but the changes will only apply to business written after Jan. 1, 2016. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac this week announced that lender-paid MI coverage will be subject to a 1.10 “multiplier” for mortgages with loan-to-value ratios above 90 percent. Mortgages with LTV ratios of 90 percent or less will be subject to a 1.35 percent multiplier. The government-sponsored enterprises ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

IRS Denies Some Lenders’ Request For 4506-T Transcripts, Says RHS

The Internal Revenue Service is rejecting some lender requests for tax-return transcripts due to a recent data breach, warned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service in a lender alert. According to the RHS, the IRS action is meant to deter any fraud that might result from identity theft. The IRS has not responded to a request for confirmation or comment as we went to press. An IRS tax transcript is required as part of a complete loan-application package submitted to a mortgage lender to request a conditional loan commitment. The transcript contains the borrower’s tax record for the current tax year and three prior processing years. The RHS, which guarantees rural housing loans under its Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP), has issued guidance if a transcript request from a lender returns with the following message: “Due to limitations, the IRS is unable to ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

RHS Raises Upfront Guaranty Fee For SF Mortgages Effective FY2016

Rural borrowers will be paying a higher upfront fee for mortgage loans with a Rural Housing Service guaranty, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced. In an advance notice, the USDA said it will raise the upfront guaranty fee for loans originated under the RHS’ Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program in FY2016. For purchase and refinance loans, the upfront guaranty fee will change from 2.00 percent to 2.75 percent of the loan amount. The annual fee will remain at 0.50 percent. The fee increase will apply to guaranteed loans obligated on Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016, the USDA said. A loan is obligated when the USDA has approved a complete loan-application package and issued a conditional commitment for a single-family housing loan guarantee to the USDA lender. The new fee will apply to loan guaranty requests submitted to the USDA prior to Sept. 30, 2015, without a ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Handbook FAQs Hold No Surprises, But More Guidance Expected

The frequently-asked-questions guidance to using the FHA’s consolidated Single Family Policy Handbook is good to have though it shows just how complicated the FHA’s mortgage origination process is, according to lenders. In fact, the updated FHA handbook could still be confusing to borrowers simply because a lot more information is concentrated in one source, lenders said. According to the FHA, the more than 290 FAQs will enable lenders to make operation adjustments before the handbook goes into effect on Sept. 14, 2015. The FAQs are for information purposes only and do not apply to current FHA policies. They do not establish or modify policy contained in the handbook. The FAQs reiterate information in the handbook under headings such as Credit Underwriting, Closing and Insuring, FHA System Support and Consumer Information. Industry observers noted that the FAQs did not ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Taxonomy Gives Lenders a Glimpse Of How FHA Will Handle Defects

Clearer FHA guidance on loan defects may help lenders avoid problems but they do not provide legal protection against costly government false-claim lawsuits, according to mortgage industry stakeholders. Long-anticipated rules issued recently by the FHA explain how the agency intends to categorize loan defects identified during an individual loan-level review of endorsed single-family mortgages. The loan-defect assessment methodology or “defect taxonomy” was first unveiled in September 2014 as part of the FHA’s Blueprint for Access, which outlined steps the agency is taking to expand lending to underserved and first-time homebuyers. Combined with the updated loan-certification language used by lenders to warrant compliance with FHA rules and the new Single Family Policy Handbook, FHA plans to use the taxonomy to create a stronger quality assurance program. With better quality ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Jumbo Originations Rise in 1Q, Purchase Loans Fuel Increase

FHA jumbo loan production rose nearly 36.9 percent in the first quarter, ending the period with $3.8 billion in new volume, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Volume includes all FHA loans exceeding $417,000. It was also up significantly, 59.6 percent, from the same period a year ago. Purchase loans accounted for 52.8 percent of FHA jumbos originated during the first three months of 2015, and 93 percent were fixed-rate purchase and refinance loans. The top five FHA jumbo lenders – Quicken Loans, Wells Fargo Bank, Prospect Mortgage, Pinnacle Capital Mortgage Corp., and LoanDepot – reported increases on a quarter-to-quarter basis. Together, the elite group accounted for 13.0 percent of the FHA jumbo market. The largest quarter-to-quarter increases were mostly mid-level FHA jumbo lenders. For example, 12th-ranked Freedom Mortgage, a top player in the ... [ 1 chart ]

June 26, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Issuance of Catastrophe Bonds Strong at Midpoint Of 2015, with a Focus on Florida and Earthquakes

Investor appetite for insurance risk continues to outstrip demand, prompting an increase in catastrophe bonds among other insurance-linked securities, according to industry analysts. Late last week, Fitch Ratings assigned a BB rating to a $200 million catastrophe bond that will provide re-insurance protection to Hannover Ruck for exposure to earthquakes in California. The deal will push U.S.-related issuance of catastrophe bonds to $3.86 billion in 2015, according to Artemis, a firm that tracks issuance of the bonds. A record volume of catastrophe bonds was issued...

June 18, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Regulators Revise Flood Insurance Rules for Residential Mortgages, Set Escrow and Force-Placement Requirements

Federal financial institution regulators have approved a long-anticipated final rule that revises mandatory flood-insurance and escrow requirements as well as force-placed provisions. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. board of directors adopted the final rule unanimously. It combines two proposed rules issued in 2013 and 2014 that would implement certain provisions in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and subsequent changes made by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA). Biggert-Waters exempts...

June 18, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Share of Home-Purchase Financing Increasing as Purchases by Investors Decline

Lenders are accounting for an increasing share of home purchase financing as investors decrease their largely cash buying. Purchases by first-time homebuyers are rising, helped by FHA financing. “First-time homebuyers rarely buy homes with cash and with their increasing participation in the housing market, we expectedly see the proportion of cash-financed transactions falling,” said Tom Popik, research director of Campbell Surveys. The non-cash share of financing for home purchases increased...

June 12, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Deadline Extended for Submission of Due-and-Payable Request. On April 23, the FHA issued guidance to reverse-mortgage servicers on the types of loss mitigation options they may provide when a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loan goes into default. If the default occurred before April 23, 2015, the guidance’s publication date, servicers have 180 days to submit a due-and-payable request if the borrower is unable to pay property charges and goes into default. Under the revised guidance, FHA is allowing a one-time extension through Oct. 20, 2015, for lender-servicers to submit the due-and-payable request. The FHA said the extension would ensure that the April 23 guidance is successfully implemented. Lenders Get First Look at FHAC Improvements. The FHA is providing an overview of the FHA Connection (FHAC) system enhancements to help lenders get ready before the ...

June 12, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA to Propose New Condo Policy To Ensure Compliance with HERA

The FHA plans to issue a proposed rule in the fall that would allow it to insure single-family condominium units in multifamily projects, according to the agency’s regulatory agenda for the second half of 2015. The proposed rule would cover condo units that are attached, detached, semi-detached or manufactured. It would apply as well to undivided interests in the common areas and facilities that serve the project. The proposed change would clarify and ensure lender compliance with the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. HERA moved FHA’s authority to insure single-family condominiums from Section 234 to Section 203 of the National Housing Act. However, because Section 203 does not provide the same authority for FHA, rulemaking became necessary. HERA also granted FHA the authority to issue administrative notices to convey condominium policy guidance until a ...

June 12, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM Production Rises in 1Q15, HMBS Issuance Going Strong

Total originations of reverse mortgages with FHA insurance increased in the first three months of 2015, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Home Equity Conversion Mortgage production, overall, rose 3.0 percent to $3.9 billion from the fourth quarter of 2014 and was down 2.0 percent on a year-over-year basis. HECM purchase loans far outpaced refinances, which accounted for only 14.5 percent of total HECM volume in the first quarter. Lenders reported a total of $2.3 billion in initial HECM principal amount at loan origination. Meanwhile, there is continued investor interest in HECM mortgage-backed securities (HMBS), according to Ginnie Mae. The unpaid principal balance of HMBS climbed to $48.9 billion in FY 2014 and the number of participations (the funded portions of HECM loans that have been securitized) has increased to 6,585, 856. HMBS issuance was ... [1 chart]

June 12, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA’s Rule Calendar Shows Final Seller Concession Rule in June

The FHA is planning to propose a number of rules for the single-family mortgage insurance program through the second half of 2015 and is expecting to act soon on a long-anticipated rule on seller concessions. In its semiannual regulatory agenda, the FHA appears poised to take final action this month on a five-year-old proposed rule seeking to lower FHA seller concessions or contributions toward a buyer’s closing cost. The proposed rule is one of three FHA initiatives to help restore the FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, which was severely depleted during the housing crisis. Similar to what was proposed in the President’s FY 2012 budget, the proposed rule would limit concessions to 3 percent or $6,000, whichever is greater. The proposal would limit acceptable use of concessions to borrower closing costs, prepaid items, discount points, FHA upfront insurance premium and ...

June 12, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Consumer Awareness, Education Fuel Growth in VA Originations

Consumer education is the key to VA’s growing origination volume, according to a top executive of a VA-certified lender. “It has to do more with increased awareness of VA loans and their benefit to veterans,” said Jonathan Schrum, vice president at Commerce Home Mortgage, a VA lender in Huntington Beach, CA. Awareness comes with education, and one can go to any network or cable channel or print publication and see advertisements for loans with a VA guaranty, said Schrum. “There are many veterans and service members out there who don’t know what loan programs are available to them and what they can do,” he observed. “So I think it’s word of mouth, talking about it ourselves and getting the word out there about VA loans as much as we can.” The VA loan is such a specific product that a borrower needs to know what it is – the funding, fees, percentages for disabled vets – they need to ...

June 12, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

First Tennessee’s FCA Settlement, Another Notch on FHA/DOJ Belt

First Tennessee Bank’s agreement with federal agencies to pay $212.5 million to resolve allegations of violation of the False Claims Act is the latest proof of the government’s unrelenting pursuit of FHA lenders over underwriting and quality control issues. The settlement once again demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to combat FHA fraud using the FCA to recover taxpayer losses, according to an analysis by Boston law firm Greene LLP. “[The Department of Housing and Urban Development] made a point of saying that this behavior is exactly what led to the financial crisis and housing market downturn,” Greene’s compliance attorneys said. HUD and the Department of Justice have vowed to continue to pursue and hold accountable lenders who put profits ahead of their customers and legal obligations, the attorneys added. According to the DOJ, First Tennessee, a regional bank, admitted ...

June 12, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Leads FHA, Private MIs in Refis, PMIs Over Agencies in Purchases

The VA maintained a sizeable lead in first-lien mortgage refinancing over FHA and private mortgage insurers in the first quarter of 2015 but yielded to both in purchase originations during the same period. According to the Inside Mortgage Finance database, mortgage lenders originated approximately $221.0 billion of refi loans in the first quarter, a 51.4 percent increase from a revised fourth-quarter production estimate of $146.0 billion. Of first-quarter mortgages securitized by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, refi loans comprised 61.4 percent, up sharply from 37.6 percent for all of 2014. VA streamline refis accounted for $20.4 billion while FHA refis made up $12.2 billion of refis pooled in agency mortgage-backed securities. FHA’s refi production jumped 57.8 percent in the first quarter. On the other hand, refi loans with private MI accounted for $14.2 billion produced during the ...

June 11, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

More Potential Trouble for Lender-Paid MI: Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Asking Questions About It

The Office of the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner has launched a preliminary investigation into lender-paid mortgage insurance, a revelation that is causing additional unease at private MIs. Sources confirmed to Inside Mortgage Finance this week that insurance regulators in the state are looking at what one official called discounting “practices” for the product. He added: “Wisconsin is asking them to name names: ‘Who are you giving discounts to, on what basis, etc.” This official, who did not want to go on the record regarding the matter, said...

June 11, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Reps Concerned About CFPB’s Ominous Administrative Action Against PHH Mortgage

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau threw the book at PHH Corp. over its captive reinsurance activities, refuting a handful of court rulings, an administrative letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and several points made by an administrative law judge. CFPB Director Richard Cordray overrode a $6.4 million penalty set by an ALJ in the matter and ordered PHH to pay $109.2 million – all the mortgage insurance premiums it received from its captive reinsurer, Atrium, after July 2008, regardless of when the loan was originated. July 2008 was...

June 5, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Exploring Possibility of Deeper MI Coverage

As mortgage insurers rally around the call for expanded risk sharing, the Federal Housing Finance Agency confirmed this week that it’s exploring the possibility of pilot testing risk-sharing through deeper mortgage insurance coverage. The U.S. Mortgage Insurers trade group said that deeper MI coverage would reduce risks to taxpayers while allowing the GSEs to lower their fees. “And with lower GSE fees, this approach would reduce costs to borrowers. In addition, MI can be used to provide front-end risk sharing on loans with down payments greater than 20 percent,” it said. A prudently underwritten 5 percent down payment loan with MI actually reduces taxpayer exposure below a comparable 20 percent down payment loan without MI, according...

June 5, 2015 - Inside The GSEs

Genworth CEO Talks PMIERs, Working with the GSEs

With just six months lefts to meet the new private mortgage insurer eligibility requirements, Genworth U.S. Mortgage Insurance is making moves to ensure it will be in compliance by the end of the year. “We did disclose a gap of $500 to $700 million, but at the same time we said we will fulfill that gap with a combination of reinsurance and cash. We are working at a very aggressive pace to make sure that we meet that standard sooner than later,” said Rohit Gupta, Genworth’s president and CEO. In addition to reinsurance and working on payment plans, Rohit said last month the company sold 14 percent of its Australian mortgage insurance business on the Australian...

June 5, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Issuance Falters in May as Refinance Spigot Tightens; Ginnie Market Share Spikes Higher

Gross new issuance of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae single-family MBS declined by 6.3 percent from April to May, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. The agencies produced $113.46 billion of new single-family MBS last month. Though down from April, it was still significantly higher than at any time in 2014, when production averaged just $77.46 billion per month. The key to the drop-off in May was...[Includes two data tables]

June 4, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

DC Judge Agrees to Stay Government Countersuit Against Quicken Pending Detroit Court’s Decision on Its Lawsuit

A federal district court judge in Washington, DC, has granted Quicken Loan’s motion to stay a government lawsuit until another federal judge in Detroit decides whether to proceed with Quicken’s preemptive lawsuit against the government. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton in Washington would give Quicken the opportunity to shine light on FHA compliance issues, loan sampling and the Department of Justice’s use of the False Claims Act to prosecute FHA lenders. Such enforcement actions have resulted in more than $4.5 billion in settlements with FHA lenders. In April, Quicken sued...

June 4, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

HUD Proposes a Deadline on Claims Submission to Ease Congestion in FHA Pipeline, Strain on Resources

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is working on a new proposed rule to ease the backlog in FHA insurance claims filings as well as to revise the department’s “curtailment of interest” policy to relieve the burden on mortgagees. The FHA expects to finalize the proposed rule in August this year, according to HUD’s new regulatory agenda, although the agency rarely comes even close to its projected rulemaking timelines. Specifically, the proposed rule would establish...

June 4, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Refinancing Dominated First-Quarter Originations, But Purchase Market Has Started Coming Back

Refinance lending fueled the growth in mortgage originations during the first quarter of 2015, although new data suggest that the purchase-mortgage sector is taking hold. Mortgage lenders originated an estimated $221.0 billion of refi loans during the first quarter, an increase of 51.4 percent from a revised fourth-quarter production estimate of $146.0 billion. Inside Mortgage Finance refi and purchase-mortgage estimates for all four quarters of 2014 were revised to reflect just first-lien mortgage originations. Refi loans accounted...[Includes three data tables]

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA Releases Planned System Enhancements for SF Policy Handbook. The FHA is providing an overview of the FHA Connection (FHAC) system enhancements to help lenders get ready before the Single-Family Policy Handbook’s Sept. 14, 2015, effective date. The system enhancements primarily affect three screens in the FHAC case assignments, appraisal logging and insurance application. In the coming weeks, FHA plans to provide technical details for entities using direct interface with FHAC. FHA Announces Availability of Recorded Training Modules for SF Policy Handbook. FHA-approved mortgagees may now use new-recorded training modules to guide them through the ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Cautiously Embraces New Entrants Despite Lingering Doubts

New entrants in the Ginnie Mae issuer community expand access to credit at lower cost, deepen the market for Ginnie mortgage servicing rights and help address the agency’s “too-big-to-fail” issue, said the agency’s top executive. “Our top concern is that issuers have the operational and financial strength to meet issuer/servicer obligations,” Tozer said during the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The flood of new nonbank issuers into the program has been well documented. While they have diluted the heavy concentration of business in the hands of a few megabanks, many have complex financial structures that are less tested in the marketplace, he said. The pipeline of issuer applicants has dropped dramatically, the Ginnie executive reported. To get approved, an applicant has to show where the cash will come from to ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Loan Servicers Told to Use Only VRM Quotes to Avoid Confusion

VA loan servicers are now required to request a redemption quote from the agency’s property management contractor, Vendor Resource Management (VRM), to avoid any confusion in the future about such quotes. In recently issued guidance, the VA established standard procedures for redeeming VA property, after foreclosure, in states that allow “statutory redemption.” Statutory redemption refers to a borrower’s right to regain ownership of his or her home that has been foreclosed. Statutory redemption laws allow the borrower a limited amount of time to redeem their property if they are able to buy it back at the price for which it was sold at foreclosure. The redemption window varies by state and ranges from 30 days to 2 years. At the time of redemption, the entire underlying mortgage debt plus interest, foreclosure fees and other costs are due. In most cases, the servicer has ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GAO Suggests Merger of FHA, RHS To Eliminate Overlaps, Cut Costs

Congress is considering streamlining the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s single- and multifamily housing programs as lawmakers expressed concern about reports of inefficiency, inflexible underwriting and weak risk management. In an oversight hearing conducted recently by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, lawmakers also considered a suggestion to merge the USDA’s Rural Housing Service and FHA single-family mortgage insurance programs because of overlapping functions and certain similarities in their borrower profiles. “The process of dealing with RHS is a nightmare,” said Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), vice chairman of the committee. “It is 2015 but we have a housing program that operates like it is 1975.” Complaints against the RHS include little or no accountability across government programs, significant lack of ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Clarifies Treatment of Same- Sex Home-Loan Applications

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a policy clarifying that VA lenders must treat veterans in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages equally and fairly when processing and underwriting their home-loan applications. The policy is effective immediately. Under the new policy announced on May 19, the VA will process all claims and applications involving same-sex marriages in the same manner as claims and applications based on opposite-sex marriages, “without any additional scrutiny or development.” Language on VA forms, web pages and other VA communication materials will be revised to ensure that all veterans, VA program administrators and personnel are aware of the equal-treatment policy. The new instructions require VA lenders to accept a claimant’s or an applicant’s assertion of ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA to Scrutinize Closing Delays, Explore Ways to Shorten Wait Times

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking into reports that a high percentage of VA loans are not closing on time, creating a disincentive for veterans who might want a VA loan. According to Jeff London, deputy director of the VA Loan Guaranty Service, his staff is researching the most recent closing times “to understand the reasons behind the increase for the industry as a whole” as well as how lengthy closing times are affecting veterans. “We have invested significant effort in reducing closing times so that our industry partners will seek to offer VA loans,” he said. Results of a recent Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey indicate that the share of VA loans closing on time fell to 55 percent in March 2015 from 70 percent in April 2014. The data suggest that 45 percent of VA loans are still experiencing serious delay. In addition, the average closing time for a VA loan was ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Court Denies Relator Standing in Whistleblower Suit Against Bank

Whistleblowers that bring a False Claim Act claim against an FHA lender based on previous publicly disclosed information have no standing, according to a recent federal district court ruling. Judge Jack Zouhary of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio dismissed an FCA lawsuit against U.S. Bank because the whistleblower had neither direct nor independent knowledge of the bank’s alleged false claims – two basic requirements for standing in a whistleblower suit. The Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), an Ohio-based legal aid group, filed an FCA lawsuit against U.S. Bank for allegedly disregarding and violating FHA regulations. The group accused the bank of filing false claims and collecting payments without evaluating loss mitigation alternatives before foreclosing on properties. According to ABLE, it had consulted with “many people,” whose mortgage loans were ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lenders Face Indemnification for Potential FHA Losses, Says IG

NTFN Inc., a direct-endorsement lender in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area, may have to indemnify FHA for losses incurred allegedly due to sloppy underwriting. Results of an audit performed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general found that 23 loans out of the 3,046 FHA loans originated by NTFN from July 2012 through June 2014 were seriously delinquent in the first year. FHA is considering whether to require indemnification. Despite its low FHA origination volume, NTFN was targeted for a compliance audit because its loan default rate was the second highest in its principal area of business during the audit period. HUD auditors attributed the subpar underwriting to the lender’s poor due diligence, failure to perform early payment default and quality control reviews and to not having an adequate quality control system. The unpaid principal balance of the ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Streamline Refis Power VA-Backed MBS, FHA Up in Most States

Security issuances backed by VA loans totaled $35.5 billion in the first quarter of 2015, with VA streamline refinance loans accounting for 57.7 percent, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Approximately $20.5 billion in VA interest rate reduction refinancing loans were securitized during the first three months as borrowers took advantage of lower interest rates. “For the last three to four months, rates have been bottoming out again, and if rates are lower it makes sense to refinance,” said Jon Shrum, vice president of Commerce Home Mortgage, a VA-certified lender in Huntington Beach, CA. An estimated $14.5 billion in VA purchase mortgages also were securitized during period. VA loans comprised 13.1 percent of all loans in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities. California, Virginia, Texas, Florida and Washington, ... [2 charts]

May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Proposes Clarification of DE Rules but Industry Seeks More

An FHA proposal aimed at clarifying loan-certification rules is a step in the right direction but it needs more work, according to industry observers. Lenders declined to comment on the proposed form changes but they all agree that the proposal does not go far enough. The revisions aim to make the language in Form 92900-A (HUD Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application) clearer for both borrower and lender. Applicants for an FHA or a VA loan sign the addendum to certify to the government that the information provided by the borrower on the mortgage loan application is correct. By signing the addendum, the borrower certifies that he or she will make payments on the home loan or become indebted to the federal government upon failure to repay the loan. For lenders, signing the form certifies that the loan application meets all of FHA’s insurance requirements. This is where lenders often ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fed Economist Suggests Insurance for Structured Finance Investors as a Way to Prevent Another Collapse of Market

A new analysis by an economist at the Federal Reserve suggests that the Dodd-Frank Act’s risk-retention requirements won’t adequately address the issues that caused the structured finance market to essentially freeze in 2007. A paper by Alyssa Anderson suggests a deposit insurance-like agreement between investors and private market firms or the government would better protect investors from losses and reduce ambiguity. She stressed that increased uncertainty about securities, the potential length and depth of a downturn and possible government intervention contribute to investors shying away from securitization markets. “Given the presence of ambiguity, the market freeze can persist...

May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Risk-Share Deals Have Plenty of Road Ahead, Unclear If They’ll Get to Deeper MI

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have found deep investor appetite for credit-risk transfer transactions, but their exploration of new structures may not get to the front-end tradeoff of deeper mortgage insurance for reduced MBS guaranty fees. During a panel session at last week’s secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association, Kevin Palmer, a Freddie vice president, said the government-sponsored enterprises launched their credit-risk transfers to reduce taxpayer exposure and distribute risk more broadly in the mortgage finance system. Fannie and Freddie have...

May 21, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

First-Time Homebuyer Share Up Sharply This Spring, Helped By Reduction in FHA Insurance Premiums

The first-time homebuyer share of home purchases in April hit its highest level in more than four years, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance’s HousingPulse Tracking Survey. The purchases have been boosted by a reduction in the FHA’s mortgage insurance premiums and help rebut concerns about the demise of the first-time homebuyer. First-time homebuyers accounted for 37.6 percent of home purchases in April, up from a 34.3 percent share a year ago, based on three-month moving averages. The last time the first-time homebuyer share of home purchases was above 37.6 percent was in August 2010 at a 40.0 percent share. Tom Popik, research director of Campbell Surveys, said...


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