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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

CFPB Issues New Exam Procedures For Reverse Mortgage Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ditched the antiquated method for assessing servicer compliance with reverse mortgage-servicing rules in favor of new examination procedures. Depending on the scope, each reverse mortgage-servicing exam will include one or more of eight modules covering various facets of reverse mortgage servicing. There are two kinds of reverse mortgages. The FHA, under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, insures most reverse mortgages. As with other FHA mortgage products, it has a maximum loan amount. Some lenders also offer proprietary (non-HECM) reverse mortgages, which are designed generally for borrowers with higher home values and more equity, the CFPB noted. Proprietary reverse mortgages are not federally insured. However, companies that offer them copy the consumer protections found in the HECM program, including ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Raises Loan Limits for HECMs, Forwards; VA Follows Freddie Mac

The FHA this week announced higher “floor” and “ceiling” loan limits for forward and reverse mortgages for 2017, pushing loan limits upward in certain metropolitan statistical areas by as much as $162,500. The loan-limit changes will take effect on Jan. 1, spurred by rising median home prices. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index for September reported that home prices increased 5.5 percent year-over-year, driven by a tight supply of homes for sale, especially in the West. Each year, FHA recalculates its loan limits based on 115 percent of the median house price in the area. For counties located in MSAs, the loan limit is calculated based on the highest-cost county within the MSA. Under the 2017 changes, FHA will raise its nationwide “floor,” or low-cost area mortgage limits, for one-unit properties to $275,665 from $271,050, a difference of $4,615. In high-cost areas, the loan-limit ceiling for a ... [ 2 charts ]


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 ...


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Market at a Glance

Weekly mortgage rates and application survey data as well as indexes for ARMs.


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Overtime Pay Injunction Leaves Lenders, Other Employers In Limbo as DOL Ponders Its Response to the Court Order

Mortgage lenders and other employers that have made or are preparing to implement changes to comply with the Department of Labor’s revised overtime pay regulations may have to reevaluate whether to hold off or go forward with those plans, according to wage and overtime experts. On Nov. 22, Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas granted a request by several states to block the new overtime pay rules that would have gone into effect on Dec. 1. The judge issued a preliminary injunction after determining that the DOL did not have the authority to decide whether workers should be paid overtime based on their salary level alone. Mazzant agreed...


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Industry Parses Tea Leaves As Trump Begins Assembling Cabinet

The incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump is likely a couple of months away from formal confirmation by the U.S. Senate of new cabinet officials. But at least one position has apparently been settled – that of Treasury secretary – and other names have been circulated, including that of a possible head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. At the same time, Trump has begun fleshing out the personnel that will serve on various “landing teams,” which help ease the transitions at various federal agencies. On the cabinet level, the new president has decided...


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Since the Election, Rates Have Risen 75 Basis Points But Lenders Aren’t Panicking, At Least Not Yet

Since the November election, mortgage rates have spiked roughly 75 basis points, promising to snuff out the refinancing market and possibly leading to a spate of industry layoffs. But so far, it appears that many firms are keeping their cost-cutting powder dry. “Application volume has been pretty much the same,” said Paul Rozo, CEO of nonbank originator Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Corona, CA. “I think it’s too early in the game to be thinking about layoffs.” Marc Savitt, a principal in The Mortgage Center, a small West Virginia-based brokerage firm, said...


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Increases Conforming Loan Limit Slightly For GSE Loans, Actual Impact is Debatable

The Federal Housing Finance Agency raised the maximum conforming loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages in 2017 for the first time in a decade, but the impact on loan originations is questionable. Meanwhile, the FHA has not yet announced its 2017 loan limits. The baseline loan limit will go up for the first time since 2006, rising from $417,000 to $424,100. And the maximum high-cost loan limit for one-unit properties is climbing to $636,150, an increase of $10,650. The FHFA said that loan limits for the two government-sponsored enterprises will increase in all but 87 counties. An Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data indicates...


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Warehouse Sector Continues to Hum Along. Commitments Rise but Managers Express Concern About Rising Rates

Warehouse providers ended the third quarter with $58.0 billion of commitments on their books, a modest improvement over the prior period and a sign that nonbanks still hunger for residential credit. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, warehouse commitments increased an impressive 23.4 percent, according to survey figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance. That’s the good news. Now comes the bad: with interest rates rising since the election, warehouse managers are voicing their concern about what may lie ahead, namely lower originations. “Right now it feels...[Includes one data table]


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Light in the GSE Tunnel?

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be the next Treasury secretary, startled financial markets this week by indicating he would act quickly to bring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of government conservatorship. “We’ve got to get Fannie and Freddie out of government ownership,” Mnuchin said during an interview with Fox News. “It makes no sense that these [two] are owned by the government and have been controlled by the government for as long as they have. In many cases, this displaces private lending in the mortgage markets, and we need these entities to be safe.” Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive who bought the failed IndyMac Bank and resurrected it as OneWest, continued...


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Trump Administration, Republican Control of Congress Present Mixed Bag for Mortgage Industry Participants

Lenders and servicers are likely to see some regulatory relief in the coming years though federal support for the housing market could also be reduced, according to officials at the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA’s Mortgage Action Alliance recently hosted a call with MBA officials providing projections for how the Trump administration and Republican control of Congress will impact the mortgage industry. “Things that were deemed impossible before the election are now in play,” said Meghan Sullivan, the MBA’s Senate Republican lobbyist. She said...


December 1, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Refi Surge Fueled Third-Quarter Originations, But Purchase-Money Market Remained Robust

Mortgage lenders saw a significant jump in refinance activity during the third quarter of 2016, although purchase-mortgage lending continued to account for over half of new originations, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. Refi production increased by 20.4 percent from the second to the third quarter, according to revised estimates by Inside Mortgage Finance. A total of $277.0 billion of refi loans were originated during the period, the strongest quarterly volume since the second quarter of 2013, when an estimated $351.0 billion of refinance mortgages were originated. One change in the market over the past three years has been...[Includes three data tables]


December 1, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Mnuchin Turned Down Fannie CEO Job / Lockhart and Ross / More HUD Transition Team Members Named / SFIG Releases ‘Green Paper’ / CFPB Servicing Update / New Texas Retail Chief for Gateway

The Trump administration has added two more transition team members to HUD. Still, no word yet on whether Ben Carson wants to the secretary job...


December 1, 2016 - IMFnews

Overtime Pay Regs in Doubt Again. Mortgage Firms Ponder Their Options

Some banks have reclassified mortgage loan officer duties as a way to avoid paying overtime, IMFnews was told.


December 1, 2016 - IMFnews

GSE Common Once Deemed Worthless, Now Has a ‘Market Cap’ of $43.15 Billion

Based on current trading values, Fannie common now has a market capitalization rate (share price multiplied by number of shares) of $28.01 billion. Freddie common is valued at $15.14 billion.


December 1, 2016 - IMFnews

Refis Fueled 3Q16 Originations, but Purchase Business Remained Robust

One notable change in the market over the past three years has been the gradual increase in cash-out refi lending.


November 29, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Trump Names HUD 'Landing Team' / Another Day and No Word from Doc Carson on the HUD Job / Trump ‘Landing Team’ Hits the Beach at the CFPB / Gather Intel and Advise / Resume Polishing Since Election Night? / Freddie Publishes eMortgage Vendor List

Moreover, anyone close to Richard Cordray has likely been working on their resume since Tuesday night, Nov. 8…


November 29, 2016 - IMFnews

FCC Hangs Up on MBA’s Telephone Exemption Request

The MBA said the calls would generally be from servicers to borrowers, seeking to determine the reasons and nature of a delinquency…


November 29, 2016 - IMFnews

Nation’s Largest Wholesaler UWM Removes ‘Escrow Waiver’ Fee

Some see the move by UWM as a way to be more competitive in a declining origination market…


November 29, 2016 - IMFnews

Mortgage Repurchases Rise Again, but there’s a Reason: BofA

The banking industry still has a hefty $4.59 billion of reserves for future repurchase expenses…


November 28, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Waiting on Doctor Carson (for HUD Secretary) / Wells Fargo Continues its Dominance in Two Channels / The Worth of GSE Common? / Watching the 10-Year / Moody’s on Primary Capital

Is the 10-year bond in for a massive correction? Maybe, maybe not...


November 28, 2016 - IMFnews

Trump Who? Fitch: Commercial Banks Will Continue to Lose MSR Market Share

Fitch believes commercial banks will continue to unload servicing rights…


November 28, 2016 - IMFnews

AIG Is Leaving the MI Space, but It Still Likes Mortgages…

The insurance conglomerate is structuring direct investments in residential and commercial mortgages and other whole loan types…


November 28, 2016 - IMFnews

Final 3Q16 Tally: Brokers and Correspondents Gained Market Share, Retail Declines

In the broker/wholesale channel, United Wholesale Mortgage and Caliber Home Loans posted strong growth rates…


November 25, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

GSE 1-Family Business Slump in October, Credit Box Unchanged

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw a largely seasonal decline in single-family business in October, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis of mortgage-backed securities data. The two GSEs guaranteed $99.33 billion of single-family MBS during October, an 8.3 percent decline from the previous month. Most of the slippage was in purchase-money mortgages, which fell 14.5 percent from September, following typical seasonal patterns. The refi market held up a lot better. October volume was down 1.6 percent from September, while still ranking as the second-highest monthly total so far this year. That pushed the refi business to 60.2 percent of GSE volume, excluding modified loans.


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Many Mortgage Borrowers Feel ‘Buyer’s Remorse’

Just over one fifth – 21 percent – of homebuyers this year regret their choice of mortgage lender, according to a new survey by J.D. Power. For first-time homebuyers, that number jumps to 27 percent. “Overall satisfaction scores have increased year over year, but a high percentage of home buyers are remorseful about their mortgage lender selection,” J.D. Power said. Of those homebuyers who regret their decision, the firm found two distinct scenarios have unfolded ...


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks and Thrifts Report Surging Profits on Mortgage Banking in Third Quarter

Commercial banks and savings institutions recently wrapped up their best quarter in over a year in terms of mortgage-banking income, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. The industry racked up $5.18 billion in mortgage-banking income during the third quarter, a huge 44.6 percent increase over the three-month period ending in June. It was the best quarter in mortgage-banking income since the April-June cycle in 2015, when ... [Includes one data chart]


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Market at a Glance

Weekly mortgage rates and application survey data as well as indexes for ARMs.


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Loan Limit Goes Up

The baseline conforming loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will climb to $424,100 in 2017, the first such increase since 2006. The 1.7 percent increase reflected a gain in the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s expanded-data house price index at the end of the third quarter. The new ceiling for high-cost markets will...


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Trump’s Business Background Could Help Resolve Problems With Credit Availability, Housing Supply

President-elect Donald Trump’s business background could help address two of the biggest challenges confronting the housing finance industry today: limited credit availability and a shortage in the supply of the housing stock, according to Laurie Goodman, director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center. “Mortgage credit availability is an issue we have repeatedly written about,” said Goodman in a recent online blog post. Some of her previous research has shown that “the market is taking less than half the credit risk it was taking during 2001, a period of reasonable credit standards,” she noted. And other HFPC research has shown...


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FCC Denies MBA Petition Seeking Exemption From Protections Under Telephone Consumer Protection Act

The Federal Communications Commission last week denied a request from the Mortgage Bankers Association to exempt calls from mortgage servicers to borrowers from provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Officials at the MBA said the denial was unexpected. Among other issues, the petition had received some support from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The TCPA and FCC rules prohibit...


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Prices on Non-Distressed Properties Declined for Two Months with Slackened Demand from Homebuyers

Home prices on non-distressed properties declined in October for the second straight month, with demand from homebuyers diminishing somewhat as part of a seasonal pattern, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. Non-distressed properties sold last month had an average price of $297,300, based on a three-month moving average. That was down 1.8 percent from September and off 4.1 percent from the average price of $310,000 in August, which was the peak for the year. While prices on non-distressed properties have declined recently, prices in October were...


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Junior Preferred Shareholders Sense Trump White House May Be More Open to a ‘Recap and Release’ Plan

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president may open a path out of conservatorship for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, some investors in the two government-sponsored enterprises believe. According to interviews conducted with GSE investors, industry lobbyists, trade group officials and others, a “recap and release” plan backed by the junior preferred shareholders of Fannie and Freddie could formally be presented to the Trump administration early next year. There hasn’t...


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

DC Court Orders Transfer of DOJ’s FCA Lawsuit Against Quicken Loans to Federal Court in Detroit

A federal district court judge in Washington, DC, ordered the transfer of a False Claims Act complaint filed by the Department of Justice against Quicken Loans alleging violation of FHA rules to the nonbank lender’s home court. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the DOJ’s arguments to keep the case in the nation’s capital and instead granted Quicken’s motion to transfer it to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in downtown Detroit. Among other things, the government accused...


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Asks Appeals Court to Reconsider Questions of Constitutionality, Legality of Tying Arrangements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau late last week filed its much-anticipated petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to reconsider some of the key holdings made by a three-judge panel of the court against the agency in PHH Corp. v. CFPB back in mid-October. One such holding was the panel’s determination that the CFPB’s leadership structure is unconstitutional because it is run by a sole director who can only be removed by the president for cause. While an appeal by the bureau was widely expected, the issue took on a new urgency after Republican real estate developer Donald Trump won the presidential election. In its petition, the CFPB asserted...


November 23, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Third-Party Channels Pick Up Some Market Share During 3Q16 Despite Uptick in Refinance Activity

Third-party originator channels posted relatively large gains in production volume during the third quarter of 2016, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. An estimated $244.0 billion of first-lien mortgages were originated by correspondent sellers and mortgage brokers during the third quarter, up 16.2 percent from the previous period. The bigger gain was in the correspondent channel, where production jumped 16.4 percent during the third quarter, several points higher than the 13.7 percent increase in total first-lien originations. Retail remained...[Includes four data tables]


November 23, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Mortgage Apps Up, Mortgage Rates Up, Existing Home Sales Up

Mortgage applications rose 5.5 percent for the week ending Nov. 18, 2016, versus the prior week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. The Refinance Index declined 3 percent from the previous week to its lowest level since January 2016. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 19 percent from one week earlier. …


November 23, 2016 - IMFnews

U.S. Court Issues Injunction Blocking DOL’s Overtime Pay Rule

In a development of keen interest to mortgage loan officers, a federal judge in Texas this week granted states’ motion to block the Department of Labor’s controversial overtime pay final rule set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016.


November 23, 2016 - IMFnews

Banks and Thrifts Report Surge in Mortgage Banking Profits

Commercial banks and savings institutions racked up $5.18 billion in mortgage-banking income during the third quarter of 2016, a huge 44.6 percent increase over the three-month period ending in June, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call report data.


November 22, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: FCC Stiffs MBA / VA Refis Top Complaints to CFPB / New Residential Packages Servicing Advances from Ocwen / Cash-Out Refi Outlook

The MBA is considering its options to appeal the FTC's decision regarding the trade group's request for a mortgage-servicing exemption under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.


November 22, 2016 - IMFnews

Mortgage Market Missed Out on 1.1 Million Loans Last Year Due to Stringent Underwriting

The HFPC noted that most of the potential mortgages would have gone to borrowers with credit scores below 660, and to a lesser extent, to borrowers with credit scores between 660 and 700.


November 21, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: AIG to Acquire Mortgages / Interest Rates Under Trump / Ginnie Servicing Fee 'Inadequate' / $100,000 in MBA Scholarships

American International Group's plan to acquire residential mortgages is part of AIG’s effort to “rebalance” its exposure to mortgages after the sale of mortgage insurer United Guaranty to Arch Capital Group.


November 21, 2016 - IMFnews

Community Groups Help Convince Fifth Third to Increase Commitment for CRA-Related Mortgage Originations

Mortgage originations account for a large portion of the $2.50 billion increase to the $30.00 billion “community development plan.”


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

CFPB Study Finds Aggressive Refi Lenders to be Vets’ #1 Complaint

Aggressive refinance solicitation can be a double-edged sword for lenders: It could either result in increased VA refi business or, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found out, consumer complaints. Since the CFPB began taking mortgage-related complaints in 2012, it has received more than 12,500 complaints from servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Of those complaints, 1,800 were related to VA refinancing. The VA offers two types of refinancing options to eligible borrowers – the VA cash-out refinance and the VA streamline refi, or Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL). In a cash-out refi, the veteran homeowner can refinance a VA or non-VA loan into a lower-rate VA loan and take cash out of home equity to pay off a debt, finance an educational pursuit or pay for a home improvement. The VA will guaranty up to the full value of the home. On the other hand, an IRRRL can only refinance 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 ]


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