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September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues Clarifying Guidance for Manufactured, Mobile Properties

VA Home Loan Guaranty has issued clarification regarding title requirements for manufactured or mobile homes conveyed to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Effective immediately, VA is requiring proof of noteholders’ compliance with the agency’s requirements for guaranteed mobile-home financing. Foreclosure title packages that do not include the required documents will be rejected, the agency warned. Under federal law, a manufactured home must be permanently affixed and classified as real property in the state where it is located. VA will not guarantee financing if the property does not meet the criteria. To ensure that a guaranty claim is fully payable and that the holder has the option to convey the manufactured home to VA, servicers must ensure that home loans with a VA guarantee meet federal requirements. Under the clarified VA guidelines, servicers may submit the ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Shares Pointers to Help Avoid Delays in Processing COE Requests

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made recommendations to VA lenders and borrowers calling in with questions and problems at VA regional centers to avoid long wait times and have their concerns resolved as quickly as possible. In a recent memo to lenders, the VA Loan Guaranty Service is reporting that many of its regional loan centers (RLC) are being swamped with calls due to record increases in VA originations in recent months. While this suggests that more veterans are using their housing loan benefit than ever before, the large volume of calls to VA has caused long hold times for callers and delayed processing of borrower certificates of eligibility (COE). To cut down on the waiting time, the VA urged lenders and borrowers to consider several things before making the call. First, do not call to check on the status of a COE request if there is no urgent need, like an ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Liquidity, Net Worth Issues Persist But Nothing Ginnie Can’t Manage

Ginnie Mae continues to wrestle with issuers lacking liquidity and net worth although the number of such cases has gone down significantly, thanks to tight oversight, according to the agency’s top counterparty risk officer. Briefing participants at this year’s Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, Zack Skochko, director of counterparty risk, reported that some issuers are still struggling to comply with Ginnie Mae’s liquidity and net worth requirements.A number of small issuers failed their liquidity and net worth audits this year by not maintaining the minimum $1 million cash or 10 basis points of outstanding Ginnie securities required to participate in the agency’s mortgage-backed securities program. Ginnie Mae also requires issuers to meet a minimum net worth of $2.5 million plus 35 bps of the issuer’s total effective single-family obligations The requirements were designed to ensure that the ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Originations Stayed Strong in 2Q16 as Volume Rose 30 Percent

VA lenders recorded a strong first half for 2016, thanks to a substantial boost in production in the second quarter, agency data show. VA guarantees on purchase and refinance mortgages totaled $83.5 billion for the first six months, as lenders made a strong second-quarter push that brought production up by 29.9 percent. Streamlined refinancing, also known as Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRLs), comprised a hefty portion of total VA originations – 21.7 percent. VA has been particularly strong in the refinance segment over the last six months, racking up $44.3 billion in total refi volume, far exceeding FHA’s $36.4 billion and private mortgage insurers’ $21.6 billion. (see IFHA/VA Lending, 8/9/16.) Overall, FHA remained the top mortgage insurer in the government-backed lending market with $123.0 billion, compared to VA’s $84.8 billion. Loans with primate MI totaled $102.7 billion ... [ 1 chart ]


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Streamline Refi Segment Causing Problems for VA, Ginnie Investors

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a change to its existing streamline refinancing policy to address a problem that is giving VA and Ginnie Mae the fits. Under the VA’s qualified-mortgage rule, a VA borrower must wait six months and show six months’ worth of mortgage payments before they can refinance into an IRRRL (Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan) and take advantage of the lower rate. However, it seems not all VA lenders are adhering to the rule and that a good number are refinancing veterans into IRRRLs even before the mandatory seasoning period ends for fear interest rates might rise and the borrower might not benefit from the lower rate. “I’ve redone the numbers in 20 different directions on how much a borrower would save if they had to wait two more months and the rate went up a quarter of a point because they lost those two months ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

CORRECTION: Redwood Trust’s Choice program doesn’t allow for stated-income documentation, as originally reported in the Sept. 9, 2016, issue of Inside Nonconforming Markets. And Redwood does allow underwriting exceptions for Choice mortgages, a change that was made after the program was introduced. The baseline conforming loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will likely go up to about $422,000 in 2017, according to an Inside ... [Includes four briefs]


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

No Delinquencies on Sterling Bank-Statement Loans

Sterling Bank & Trust does limited income documentation under its bank statement program but the bank said there have been zero delinquencies on the nearly $1.00 billion in such loans the bank has funded in the past five years. Some $33.2 million in loans from Sterling’s Advantage Home Ownership Program were included in the $217.0 million non-agency mortgage-backed security issued by Lone Star Funds last week. Rating reports on the MBS by DBRS and Fitch Ratings provided ...


September 23, 2016 - IMFnews

The New Breed of Nonprime Lenders See Plenty of Room for Growth

Tom Hutchens, SVP of sales and marketing at Angel Oak, said originations of nonprime non-QMs have predominantly been purchase mortgages. However, refinance activity is starting to increase…


September 23, 2016 - IMFnews

More Purchase Loans Not Closing on Time. The Culprit: A Shortage of Appraisers

More bad news on appraisals: the on-time closing share has declined for four consecutive months…


September 23, 2016 - IMFnews

Foreign Investors, Others Beef Up Their Investment in Agency MBS

According to Treasury Department reports, overseas investors held $821.3 billion of Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie MBS at the end of June, a 5.0 percent increase from March.


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Market at a Glance

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


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Freddie’s New Mortgage Pilot Loosens Requirements Based on Demographic Trends of Diverse Communities

Freddie Mac is partnering with two lenders for a mortgage pilot program that will consider a wider range of underwriting criteria, including income from seasonal work, to help promote homeownership in diverse communities. The pilot, based on certain borrower characteristics, was launched with New American Funding, headquartered in Dallas, and Las Vegas-based Alterra Home Loans. It was announced this week during the national convention of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. The NAHREP said the narrow definitions of creditworthiness make it especially difficult for minority and first-time borrowers to qualify for and obtain a mortgage. The two nonbank lenders, which specialize in serving the Hispanic community and low-income borrowers, will build...


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

NAR Survey Shows Downpayment Misconception May Be Contributing to Qualified Buyers Delaying Homeownership

Would-be homebuyers are hesitant to take the plunge thanks to downpayment misconceptions, according to the National Association of Realtors. In NAR’s third-quarter survey of more than 2,500 consumers, many reported that they were not aware of the low downpayment mortgage options in the market today. This was true across all income and education brackets. The downpayment confusion was...


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Some RMBS Originators are Replacing QC Reviews With Feedback from Whole Loan Investors: Moody’s

Some residential mortgage-backed securities loan originators are moving away from performing internal post-acquisition quality control loan reviews in lieu of obtaining feedback from their whole loan investors, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. “Some aggregators are relying more on their investors for quality control feedback,” said Moody’s. The ratings service identified in particular Redwood Residential Acquisition Corp. and JPMorgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp., which it said “are relying more on feedback from whole loan investors to monitor the quality of due diligence firm loan reviews, as opposed to conducting their own internal reviews, since a large portion of their acquisitions are sold in whole-loan trades.” Moody’s noted...


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Closings of Purchase Mortgages Increasingly Delayed As Strong Volume Mixes with Shortage of Appraisers

An increasing share of purchase mortgages have missed their scheduled closing dates in recent months, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. Many of the delays are tied to a shortage of appraisers as home sale activity increased during the spring and summer. Just before the start of the spring home-buying season, the on-time share of closings was at high levels for mortgage-financed purchases. Some 76.6 percent of purchases in April with a low downpayment mortgage securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac closed on time, based on a three-month moving average. The on-time closing share has declined...


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Impac Sells Additional Shares to the Public, a Good Sign for The Market. Unfortunately, Investors Reacted Negatively

Impac Mortgage Holdings late last week came to market with a “follow-on” offering of 3 million shares of common stock, the first public equity sale by a pure-play mortgage company in almost three years. Unfortunately, investors were not happy. When the shares hit the New York Stock Exchange last Friday, not only did Impac’s stock price tumble almost 9.0 percent, but it has continued to drift downward, resting at just over $13.00 a share as Inside Mortgage Finance went to press this week. The share price of the nation’s 28th largest originator hit...


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Booming MBS Issuance and Uptick in Interest Rates May Mean Stellar 3Q Earnings for Fannie and Freddie

Thanks to booming originations the past few months – which should translate into higher guaranty fee income – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are likely to post their strongest profits of the year in the third quarter, according to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance this week. But it’s not just higher loan production that should allow profits to soar – it’s the fact that the yield on the 10-year Treasury now stands at 1.69 percent, 21 basis points higher than June 30. The 10-year rate is...


September 22, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Don v. Hillary. Bring the Popcorn / The Future of Fannie and Freddie? / How to Promote Homeownership / JPM Finishes the Mortgage Test Early

Meanwhile, if you want to know where Clinton and Trump stand on the issue of homeownership in America, you can review their respective party platforms...


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Liquidity, Credit Access, Regulation Remain As Chief Concerns As Ginnie Mae Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Market’s Future

With liquidity and an uncertain regulatory environment dominating this year’s Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, top agency officials called on stakeholders and other market participants to stand up to the challenges posed by a rapidly evolving Ginnie marketplace. Chief among those challenges is the growing domination of the Ginnie market by independent mortgage bankers, who now account for 80 percent of the agency’s monthly issuance volume. Ginnie President Ted Tozer reiterated his concerns raised last year about the increasing number of nonbanks in the agency mortgage-backed securities market with very little experience and liquidity. In his opening remarks, Tozer acknowledged...


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Servicing Business Continued Shifting Toward Nonbanks In 2Q16, and It’s Becoming Somewhat Less Top-Heavy

Nonbank loan administrators expanded their share of the mortgage servicing market during the second quarter, mostly capturing agency business abandoned by large banks, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions reported a combined single-family servicing portfolio of $6.930 trillion as of the end of June, according to call reports. That was down 0.5 percent from the previous quarter despite the fact that the total depository portfolio holdings of unsecuritized mortgages increased 1.7 percent during that period. But bank, thrift and credit union loan servicing for others – typically loans held in mortgage-backed securities trusts – fell...[Includes two data tables]


September 22, 2016 - IMFnews

SEC Charges Against Hedge Fund Chief Include Allegations Tied to Altisource Investment

Altisource’s stock price declined by 6.4 percent to $30.77 per share shortly after the charges were announced, but the stock has rebounded somewhat…


September 22, 2016 - IMFnews

The Final Tally: Production Profits Rose in 2Q16, but Servicing Results Hammered

A group of 13 publicly traded lenders reported a combined $1.72 billion in production and secondary marketing income for the second quarter.


September 22, 2016 - IMFnews

Yellen: Fed Will Monitor Wells Fargo, Others for Consumer Harm

The Wells account and credit card scandal did not involve mortgages, but the bank is the nation’s largest overall home funder and retail originator.


September 22, 2016 - IMFnews

CFPB Chief Cordray Gives Kudos to Credit Unions on their Mortgage Performance

The improved numbers suggest that the industry’s fears those rules would crush or even depress the market somewhat were overblown.


September 22, 2016 - IMFnews

And the Beat Goes On: Banks Continue to Cede MSR Business to Nondepositories

Meanwhile, bank whole loan portfolios have been increasing – largely because of the resurgence of jumbo mortgage originations, along with the recovery in home-equity lending.


September 21, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Hillary to Turn GSEs Into Public ‘Utilities’? / Don, Low Rates are Good / How Far Will the OCC Go? / A Lack of Ethics was the Problem / Bestborn Hires Three

So, what’s wrong with banks and financial service companies offering sales quotas? Nothing at all, if...


September 21, 2016 - IMFnews

Nationstar Mortgage JV with KB Home to End; $1 Billion of Production in Limbo?

The privately held Stearns Lending is already “offering mortgage banking services” to the homebuilder’s customers…


September 21, 2016 - IMFnews

Freddie Mac Predicts a 3Q16 Production Boom of $595 Billion

Freddie expects originations to hit $2.0 trillion this year, a 14.3 percent sequential improvement…


September 21, 2016 - IMFnews

Mortgage Production is Booming but Reports Abound of Appraisers Cherry-Picking Assignments and Charging ‘Rush Fees’

One mortgage CEO who runs a California-based shop told IMF his firm recently was in a pinch and paid a $1,500 “rush fee” to an appraiser to get a deal done on time.


September 21, 2016 - IMFnews

Former Clayton Chief Joe D’Urso Lands at Pretium Partners

Founded by former Goldman Sachs executive Donald Mullen, Pretium Partners bills itself as a specialized investment management firm with roughly $6.5 billion of assets under management.


September 20, 2016 - IMFnews

MountainView, Prestwick Roll Out New MSR Auctions

As rates increase, more deals are hitting the market...


September 20, 2016 - IMFnews

CFPB’s TRID Rule Gets the Blame for a Rise in Mortgage Defects

In fact, these two categories are responsible for more than 75 percent of all defects.


September 20, 2016 - IMFnews

JPM Prepares Another Jumbo MBS, First Deal in More than a Month

Despite improvement in securitization returns, jumbo whole loan sales are still more profitable, KBW said.


September 20, 2016 - IMFnews

On the Rise Again: Bank Repurchases of Mortgages

All of the second-quarter increase can be attributed to Bank of America, which reported $372.0 million in repurchases for the period – up $67.0 million from the first quarter.


September 19, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Ocwen Executive Bolts for Flagstar / Number Seven with Hopes to Go Higher / RPM Mortgage Launches Second Lien Product / Will More Nonbanks Offer Seconds? / Time for a Background Check on Your Branch Manager?

We know of at least one nonprime lender offering seconds and we expect that in time others may follow…


September 19, 2016 - IMFnews

Phoenix Flow Deal Could Yield $3 Billion in Product

The identity of the seller was not revealed in the offering circular except to say the company is “well capitalized.”


September 19, 2016 - IMFnews

Credit Unions Voice Concerns over GSE CSP Project. A Level Playing Field?

NAFCU wants the FHFA to preserve existing Fannie and Freddie securities so they don’t become unmarketable after the launch…


September 19, 2016 - IMFnews

Ginnie Chief Tozer Lays it on the Line About MSR Values, Liquidity

Senior Vice President of Issuer and Portfolio Management Michael Drayne said recently the revised acknowledgement agreement could be ready by the end of September.


September 19, 2016 - IMFnews

Deal Agent Concept for Non-Agency MBS Closer to Reality with Release of Sample Document

However, the sample deal agent agreement doesn’t address one of the remaining controversial issues: how much to pay for their services.


September 16, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

HFSC Continues to Seek Five-Member Commission for FHFA. During a full committee markup this week, the House Financial Services Committee voted to convert regulatory agencies currently headed by single directors, such as the Federal Housing Finance Agency, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, into bipartisan, five-member commissions. The HFSC voted to make the Treasury’s one-time GSE privatization study become an annual report/testimony. FHFA Publishes Open Government Plan 2016. The Federal Housing Finance Agency published a document this week highlighting some of the ways it plans to advance the principles of “transparency, participation and collaboration” through open communication and public engagement.


September 16, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

Freddie Holds Bus Tour of Foreclosed Properties in Chicago

Freddie is busing potential homebuyers to tour affordable housing properties in Chicago as a way to reach low- to moderate income borrowers and unload foreclosed homes in the city. The event, to be held on Sept. 17, is sponsored by the GSE’s HomeSteps real estate unit and the Chicago Urban League. It will include tips on buying foreclosed properties.HomeSteps is the mortgage giant’s program to sell foreclosed properties. While the program is available across the country, it offers special financing for buyers in only 10 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.


September 16, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Modernizing Mortgages with Uniform Closing Dataset

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are well underway preparing to implement the Uniform Closing Dataset that will become mandatory in the second half of 2017. A big part of the change is moving to an electronic process to support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s closing disclosure. This month, Fannie announced a new collection service that it said offers flexible options for delivering the UCD file in multiple phases of the business process. It includes the ability to verify data and eligibility electronically. Banks can submit either a single file or batch file, get data quality and eligibility feedback messages, and each submission is...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GMFS Mortgage Tested by Louisiana Flood

On August 11, 2016, the most severe storm in decades hit southern Louisiana, including the city of Baton Rouge and 22 surrounding parishes. The massive rainfall brought an estimated 29 inches over a two-day period, submerging homes in three to six feet of floodwater and stranding thousands of people in their homes. On the east side of Baton Rouge is the Amite River, which separates the Ascension and Livingston parishes, where a good number of GMFS Mortgage employees ...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Advanced Analytics Seen as Key for Growth

Benchmarking and other advanced analytics are helping many lenders grow their originations, according to TransUnion, a provider of data, analytics and consulting services. A recent survey by the company also found that a majority of lending organizations lack the resources to realize the competitive benefits of analytics. Versta Research surveyed 309 banks on behalf of TransUnion. Some 66 percent of the lenders said data and analytics are evolving faster than ...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

MBA: Production Profits Doubled in 2Q16

Mortgage bankers booked hefty earnings on their loan origination and secondary marketing during the second quarter, but servicing hedges deepened, according to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association performance report. The average company participating in the survey reported pretax income of $2.913 million during the second quarter, nearly quadruple the average for the previous period. That lifted year-to-date pretax income to $3.665 million, still off 16.7 percent ...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Production Profits Rose in 2Q16, But Rate Volatility Hammered Servicing

With rising origination volume and solid gain-on-sale margins, the business of originating and selling home loans generated substantially more earnings during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports. But the servicing side of the business had trouble generating positive income after taking into account gyrations in mortgage servicing rights valuations and the hedges lenders place on these assets ... [Includes one data chart]


September 16, 2016 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: How Much Will the Brits Wind Up Paying the FHFA? / Maybe Elton and McCartney Can Help / Remember Lehman Brothers? / What Will Donald Trump do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? / JPM Promotes Three

And since RBS is essentially owned by the British government, any settlement money will indirectly come from U.K. taxpayers. Who knows, maybe Adele, Paul McCartney and Elton John can chip in…


September 16, 2016 - IMFnews

Impac Prices ‘Add-on’ Offering of Stock at $13 a Share; Stock Gets Smacked

Impac presently has a market capitalization rate (stock price multiplied by number of shares) of $167.6 million.


September 16, 2016 - IMFnews

Guess Who Benefits from a Rate Rise? Answer: Nonprime Lenders

What’s the market potential for nonprime/non-QM lending? Maybe $100 billion a year…


September 16, 2016 - IMFnews

Who Controls the Jumbo Market? Answer: Retailer Lenders, By Far

The analysis, the first of its kind, was based on new Inside Mortgage Finance surveys that drew results from a broad sample of banks and nonbanks of all size classifications.


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