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February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Parkside Lending announced this week that it’s offering a new low-downpayment jumbo mortgage product that includes an option for lender-paid mortgage insurance or borrower-paid MI. The new Jumbo III product joins other wholesale jumbo offerings from Parkside, including mortgages with combined loan-to-value ratios up to 95.0 percent with no requirement for MI. Blackstone Group increased its presence in the market for rental properties by launching Finance ... [Includes two briefs]


February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Decline for Second Consecutive Quarter, Market Share Down

Originations of non-agency jumbo mortgages declined in two consecutive quarters to end 2016, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. And while jumbo production was up last year compared with 2016, market share for the sector declined during that time. In recent years, jumbo originations and market share have been on a strong upward trend, though the momentum stalled in the second half of 2016. An estimated ... [Includes one data chart]


February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Huge GSE Profits, Don’t Get Used to It / The Perfect (Earnings) Storm / A Ginnie Solution for the GSEs? / PHH’s New Strategy / Aide to HUD Nominee Ben Carson Fired for Writings Critical of Trump

One former Fannie Mae official told us that stellar profits posted by the two are “just about done.”


February 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Nonprime MBS from Invictus Illustrates How Rating Services Differ on AAA Ratings

Rating services appear to be taking differing approaches to rating nonprime MBS backed by new originations. The first nonprime MBS from an affiliate of Invictus Capital Partners received preliminary AAA ratings from Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Morningstar Credit Ratings and S&P Global Ratings. Those three firms did not rate...


February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Fannie Mae Has a Blowout 4Q16: Net Profit Hits $5 Billion; A Perfectly Good Storm?

Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos is setting the table for challenging times ahead, issuing caution about the GSE’s dwindling capital position…


February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

When it Comes to Firing CFPB Director Cordray, Maybe the Trump Administration is Going About it All Wrong…

“If Cordray were engaged in malfeasance, inefficiency or neglect of duty, don’t you think the Obama administration would have done something about that?” asked one legal scholar.


February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Private MIs Expanded Market Share in 2016 Despite a Surge from the VA Guaranty Program

Most of the gain in private MI market share came at the expense of the FHA program…


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

A Blowout 4Q16 Profit for Fannie Mae: $5 Billion; $3.9 Billion in Gains from Derivatives

In a conference call with reporters Friday morning, Fannie CEO Tim Mayopoulos noted: “While we expect to remain profitable on an annual basis for the foreseeable future, due to our declining and limited capital reserves and the potential for significant volatility in our financial results, we could experience a net worth deficit in a future quarter.”


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Appeals Court Grants CFPB Request for Rehearing in Much-Watched PHH Case

The court also ordered that the three-judge panel’s ruling this past October be vacated. Oral arguments will be heard May 24...


February 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Market at a Glance

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


February 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

UI Report says Credit Access Tight, Harder to Obtain Mortgage Loan Today than Pre-Crisis

Despite some reports of credit access loosening, it’s harder to get a mortgage today than it was during the housing bubble, according to the Urban Institute. With borrowers being denied at a much higher rate than in the past, lower-credit mortgage applicants are dropping out of the housing market. As access to credit tightened after the financial crisis, many lower-credit applicants were discouraged from applying, the UI study noted. That led to a higher-credit applicant pool, which in turn led to a lower rejection rate. This caused...


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

‘Unique’ Risks in Making Mortgages to Foreign Nationals?

The main risks in making mortgages to foreign nationals: the borrower’s lack of credit history and issues tied to income verification.


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: What Does Bruce Berkowitz Think? / Freddie Exploring SFR Market / BB&T Building New Servicing Center / CoreLogic CEO on Medical Leave / loanDepot Executive Jumps Ship for Wisconsin Lender

While most banks are running away from the business of servicing home mortgages, BB&T appears to like the space...


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

More Red Ink for PHH in 4Q16; Nonbank Continues to Sell Assets; CEO Messina Sees Future as a ‘Capital Light’ Business

Over the past two years, PHH has lost $347 million, much of it caused by a private-label origination model that has fallen on hard times and rapidly declining interest rates…


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

CFPB Explores Alternative Data Sources for ‘Credit Invisible’ Borrowers

The agency estimates there are 26 million Americans who are “credit invisibles...”


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Freddie Mac Hits an Earnings Grand Slam in 4Q16: $4.8 Billion in Net Income; Gains from Derivatives Top $6.3 Billion

When Freddie makes that next “dividend” payment, its “account surplus” with Treasury will total $34.6 billion: federal assistance of $71.3 billion since September 2008 versus dividend payments of $105.9 billion.


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

A Large 4Q16 Loss for PHH; More Asset Sales...

Among the key announcements: the company is selling its PHH Home Loans joint venture to Guaranteed Rate; unloading its private label operations to LenderLive Network, and monetizing “certain” servicing assets.


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Branch Manager Departures at loanDepot / Nationstar a Candidate for PHH MSRs? / Delinquencies Spike in Some Categories / Still in Love with Ocwen: Bill Erbey / Coming Soon: Warehouse Ranking

Bill Erbey, who was forced out by financial regulators two-plus years ago, controls 16.8 percent of Ocwen Financial...


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

SoftBank of Japan Agrees to Buy Fortress, Largest Investor in Nationstar Mortgage

It’s unclear at this point what the takeover might mean, if anything, for Nationstar, whose own share price has rallied the past few months.


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Tennessee Investor Pares Holdings in Walter Investment Management

Walter Investment/Ditech has yet to establish a date for the release of its fourth quarter results…


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

The Mortgage M&A Game is On! In the Hunt: Blackstone, Flagstar and Others

“Anytime you have rates run up by 50 basis points, it usually takes about 90 days before a washout begins,” said one mortgage advisor.


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Sen. Crapo, Fed Chair Yellen Agree Housing Finance Reform is Urgent

Fed Chairman Janet Yellen on the future of Fannie and Freddie: “…I would hope that Congress would decide explicitly on what the government’s role is and if there are guarantees, that they would be recognized and priced appropriately.”


February 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Strong Earnings for Arch / More Subprime MBS Deals May Hit the Market / A New Loan Program from Citadel / CFTC Issues No Action Letter

In the nonconforming market, Citadel Servicing Corp., Irvine, CA, has just rolled out a new 12-month bank statement loan program…


February 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Another New Entrant to the Nonprime MBS Market: Galton

Mariner is an investment advisor that manages roughly $13.5 billion in assets...


February 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Blackstone Invests in B2R Finance, Then Buys Fix & Flip Lender Jordan Finance

Mark Filler, who founded Jordan and served as its CEO, was named president of Finance of America Commercial.


February 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Inching Up Ever So Slightly: The Percentage of GSE Loans With Lower Credit Scores

The apparent easing of credit terms in the Fannie/Freddie market has been moving at a glacial pace…


February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Consumers Still Complaining About Mortgage Servicing Practices

Mortgage borrowers still have plenty to complain to the CFPB about, especially on the mortgage servicing front, the latest monthly consumer complaint report from the bureau suggests. “The most common issues identified by consumers are problems when they are unable to pay (loan modification, collection, foreclosure),” which were cited by 49 percent, according to the CFPB, followed by issues making payments (loan servicing, payments, escrow accounts), identified by 33 percent. Other homeowners brought up problems having to do with applying for a loan (application, originator, mortgage broker), which was noted by 9 percent, followed by signing the agreement (settlement process and costs), which was highlighted by 5 percent, and receiving a credit offer (credit decision, underwriting [With Two Data Charts]....


February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

PHH Succeeds in Fending Off Intervenors in Dispute with CFPB

PHH Corp. won another round against some new antagonists in its dispute with the CFPB over alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with the lender and refused to allow three separate efforts to intervene in the case. In a simple, single-page order, the three judges “ordered that the motions be denied.” The ruling affects an effort by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, to insert themselves in the case on behalf of the CFPB. The lawmakers had warned the appeals court that if their effort to intervene was denied, they would seek recourse from ...


February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Latest RESPA Case Reveals New Things About CFPB Enforcement

An analysis by the Mortgage Bankers Association of the CFPB’s latest foray back into the enforcement of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act noted that some of the allegations in the consent orders would have been troubling under the enforcement regime of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, the orders also highlight several new points in the way the bureau is enforcing Section 8 of RESPA, the MBA said. “These include that the arrangements steer consumers, exclude other competitors, and were arrived at based on internal analyses of business and that click-throughs to lenders in joint marketing arrangements somehow amount to compensated referrals,” the trade group said. Further, the consent order addressing Planet Home Lending also clarifies that ...


February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Brokers, Servicer Also Sanctioned By CFPB in Prospect RESPA Case

In addition to bringing an enforcement action against Prospect Mortgage for alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the CFPB also acted against ReMax Gold Coast and Keller Williams Mid-Willamette, two real estate brokers, and Planet Home Lending, a mortgage servicer – all of whom it accused of taking illegal kickbacks from the lender. Specifically, the CFPB accused both brokers of participating in “certain lead agreements and desk license agreements” with Prospect Mortgage, and of accepting payments from the lender in exchange for referrals in violation of RESPA and its implementing regulation, Regulation X. The bureau also said RGC’s agents “required hundreds of consumers wishing to place an offer on one of their properties offered for sale to pre-qualify ...


February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Back in RESPA Enforcement Game With Standard Interpretation

The CFPB recently brought a more traditional interpretation to its enforcement of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act in an action against Prospect Mortgage, two real estate brokers and a mortgage servicer that focuses on alleged kickbacks for referrals of mortgage business. Among the lender’s alleged violations of RESPA was the use of lead agreements to pay brokers for referrals. According to the CFPB’s consent order, Prospect entered into such agreements with more than 200 different counterparties, most of which were real estate brokers. Under these arrangements, Prospect paid the counterparty for each lead it received. However, these counterparties went “well beyond simply transferring information about prospective buyers,” the CFPB alleged. They also referred prospective buyers to Prospect’s loan officers....


February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Trump Goes After Dodd-Frank Regulations, CFPB Impact Unclear

President Donald Trump has put the Dodd-Frank Act in his crosshairs, issuing an executive order earlier this month that directs the Treasury secretary to work with the members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to review the current regulatory regime and evaluate it according to a handful of “core principles” Trump believes should shape the regulation of the U.S. financial system. The principles include fostering informed consumer choices, preventing bailouts, promoting economic growth, tailoring regulations and ensuring regulatory accountability. Industry observers and Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill saw the order as the beginning of an attack on Dodd-Frank and perhaps even a shot across the bow of the CFPB, with negative implications for the agency’s mortgage lending and ...


February 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Money Manager Senator Investment Cuts Stake in Radian to Zero

Radian recently reported net earnings of $61.1 million for the fourth quarter…


February 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Can Walter/Ditech Find a Path Forward?

Institutional investors tend to avoid any stocks that are priced below $5 a share. At press time, Walter’s stock was trading at $3.40.


February 13, 2017 - IMFnews

JPMorgan Readies Large Non-Agency MBS Including Many Conforming Jumbo Mortgages

Contributors to deal include Quicken Loans and United Shore Financial Services, both top-ranked nonbank originators...


February 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Are GSE Loan Sellers Finally Easing up on Credit Standards?

In the purchase market, GSE sellers appeared to reach to qualify more borrowers…


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Are GSE Sellers Finally Easing Up On Credit Standards?

One month does not a trend make, but early indicators hint that mortgage lenders may be stretching the credit box to boost volume. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued $91.71 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities in January, a stiff 18.3 percent drop from the previous month. Some of the decline was the result of Fannie’s heavy volume in December, when its business flow was catching up from an unusually slow November. But mortgage interest rates have edged up, and there is widespread expectation in the industry that refinance volume in 2017 will drop sharply from last year. Higher rates could also tarnish a housing market that’s bumping up against affordability and supply issues.


February 10, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Data: Top Agency Purchase-Mortgage Sellers and Agency Purchase Mortgages by State: 12M2016

A ranking of the top 100 agency purchase-mortgage sellers in 2016 and a ranking of agency purchase mortgages by state.


February 10, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Benefits for Lenders With Organized Documents

Staying on top of the multitude of documents involved in the process of originating a mortgage can help lenders avoid regulatory issues and increase returns, according to an analysis by Nationwide Title Clearing. The mortgage research and document-processing service provider detailed a number of issues with the so-called trailing-document process in a recent update to a white paper initially published in 2014. NTC said the white paper on document tracking and organization ...


February 10, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Recruiting Seasoned LOs Seen as Key

Lenders looking for originations as interest rates increase will likely have to put an emphasis on purchase mortgages. Seasoned loan originators with a track record of purchase-mortgage volume can help with that strategy, though retaining such LOs can be difficult because they are in demand. Matt Lind, a senior partner at Strategic Mortgage Finance Group, an advisory firm, noted that LOs often switch lenders, lured by incentives and higher compensation. He said nearly 60 percent of ...


February 10, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GSE Sellers Edge Toward Higher-Risk Mortgages, Nonbanks More Daring

Mortgage lenders that deliver loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities continued to do gradually more business with borrowers with lower credit scores, according to an exclusive new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of MBS data. In 2016, 21.4 percent of purchase mortgages securitized by the two government-sponsored enterprises had credit scores ranging from 620 to 699. That was up from 20.6 percent in 2015 and 20.5 percent ... [Includes two data charts]


February 10, 2017 - IMFnews

Thanks to Booming Online Retail Sales, Certain Malls With Departing ‘Anchor Tenants’ Are Suffering

How bad is it? Since 2010, liquidations amounting to $3.89 billion led to $2.88 billion in CMBS losses, a 74.0 percent loss severity.


February 10, 2017 - IMFnews

The Benefits of Owning Fannie/Freddie Preferred Stock Over Common

The two GSEs were placed in conservatorship in September 2008 by Treasury and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. At the time, their common and junior preferred shares were considered worthless.


February 10, 2017 - IMFnews

First Nonprime MBS from Invictus Receives AAA Ratings

The bulk of the contributions for the MBS were aggregated by Invictus’ Verus Mortgage Capital affiliate. Servicing will be handled by Specialized Loan Servicing.


February 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Market at a Glance

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


February 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

NAR Cites ‘Imaginary Barriers’ to Purchase-Mortgage Lending, and Affordability as an Actual Concern

A number of factors – including misconceptions – are preventing some potential homebuyers from pursuing purchase mortgages, according to the National Association of Realtors. The trade group said it has found “real and imaginary barriers holding back prospective homebuyers.” The so-called imaginary barriers involve potential borrowers’ perceptions about downpayment requirements. “Apparent confusion about downpayment requirements may be...


February 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Many Metro Markets Witnessed Record Home Price Highs in 2016, Distressed Sales Down

Home prices in 2016 soared as a number of metropolitan areas reached record new home price highs, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ yearend report on home sales. Among 201 metropolitan statistical areas with populations of at least 200,000, 44 percent hit new all-time home price peaks last year. Those areas include Dallas-Fort Worth ($230,571), Houston ($214,795), Atlanta ($181,000), Boston ($390,000) and San Francisco ($720,000). Three Ohio markets, Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, also reached...


February 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Mortgage M&A Game Is On. In the Hunt: Blackstone, Caliber, Flagstar, RPM and Others

Six weeks into the new year and it appears that merger-and-acquisition activity in the mortgage industry is finally picking up – big time. Over the past 10 days, several – mostly “asset” related – deals have come to light, with the action being driven by private-equity money that’s backing nonbank lenders. Wall Street giant The Blackstone Group, which has a PE division, is involved as well. So far, the only depository that appears to be playing in the M&A surge is...


February 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Record Pace for Government Market Lost Steam in Late 2016 As Purchase-Mortgage Lending Swooned

Conventional mortgage originations held steady during the fourth quarter of 2016, but the government-insured market saw a noticeable downturn, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Production of conventional mortgages that fit under the purchase limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac actually edged up 1.3 percent from the third quarter, hitting an estimated $322.0 billion. That was the sector’s strongest three-month origination volume since the second quarter of 2013, when lenders pumped out $363.0 billion of conventional-conforming loans. Jumbo mortgage originations were...[Includes two data tables]


February 9, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Time to Sell GSE ‘Juniors’? / Bruce Berkowitz, True Believer / What Fannie, Freddie and Sears Have in Common / Whatever Happened to Sears Mortgage? / Texas Capital Accumulating MSR Assets / First Franklin Settles FHA Charges

Besides the GSEs, one Fairholme’s most speculative investments is Sears Holdings Corp., the struggling retailer…


Poll

With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.
Yes, by a lot.
Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.
No, not at all.
No and we may even tighten credit.

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