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July 29, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

USMI Names MGIC Chief as Chairman. U.S. Mortgage Insurance has tapped Patrick Sinks, chief executive of MGIC Investment Corp., to be the trade group’s new chairman. Sinks succeeds USMI Chairman Rohit Gupta, president and CEO of Genworth Mortgage Insurance. Sinks served previously as USMI’s vice chairman. Bradley Shuster, chairman/chief executive for NMI Holdings, will take overNew Reverse-Mortgage Product. California Mortgage Advisors has expanded its reverse-mortgage menu, with the addition of a non-FHA reverse mortgage option of up to $6 million for select clients. With the new product, CMA joins a handful of private reverse-mortgage lenders that will consider properties valued up to $6 million. Last year, American Advisors Group, the largest Home Equity Conversion Mortgage lender, announced its AAG Advantage lending program, which features the ...


July 29, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Further Clarifies Guidance on TRID, Other Policy Handbook Items

We pick up where we left off last issue with the Department of Veterans Affairs attempting to clarify certain guidance in the VA Lender Handbook. ? If the TRID (Truth in Lending/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosures) closing disclosures change after the veteran signs [the form], should the lender require the veteran to sign it again? VA: The short answer is yes. The lender is required to provide the TRID closing disclosure no later than three business days before consummation. The lender is required to provide a corrected closing disclosure to the borrower three days before consummation or closing in certain instances, and at or before consummation if other types of changes occur, such as adjustment of costs or credits. Therefore, any changes made that require an amended disclosure must have the borrower’s signature. ? Is the Amendatory Clause mandatory for all ...


July 29, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Source of Funds: Top Reason for High Unacceptable Findings in 1Q

Unverified funds and undocumented deposits are the leading causes of high initial unacceptable findings in a post-endorsement review of a sampling of FHA-insured loans, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Source-of-fund issues were found in 9.8 percent of FHA loans in the first quarter of 2016, up from 9.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. The percentage of loans with such problems fell to 2.0 percent after going through loss mitigation. Specifically, auditors either found undocumented large deposits or deposits that are from unacceptable sources. In addition, auditors found loans in which borrower funds fell short of the minimum investment requirement or actual funds to close an FHA loan. Inadequate borrower funds or reserves were also found in certain loans that were run through the TOTAL Scorecard, invalidating them for FHA approval. The ...


July 29, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD to Look into IG Allegations of Illegal Practices in DPA Programs

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will look into certain downpayment-assistance practices that the department’s inspector general alleged are improper or unlawful. In a recent note to FHA lenders, FHA Commissioner Ed Golding said HUD would look into any inappropriate practices, including the extent to which government-sponsored downpayment-assistance programs disclose loan terms to borrowers. In addition, HUD will investigate IG allegations of inappropriate fees or costs being charged to borrowers, as well as reports of steering and coercion of borrowers, said Golding. In the note, Golding reiterated HUD’s support for government-backed DPA programs that enable families to access credit for purchasing homes. The note also carried a statement from HUD Deputy Secretary Nina Coloretti, which reiterated the department’s support for government-backed DPA programs. Coloretti also clarified a memorandum on DPA issued by Golding back in May, which, she said, “may have been misinterpreted by some to endorse otherwise unlawful practices.” She said HUD does not endorse such practices.


July 29, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CIT Group Adds $230 Million to Loss Reserves Due to HECM Losses

CIT Group this week revealed that it was shoring up loss reserves tied to a reverse mortgage servicing operation it absorbed as part of its acquisition of OneWest Bank and its parent holding company, IMB HoldCo., last August. The loss of $167 million in discontinued operations relates to Financial Freedom, a reverse mortgage servicing subsidiary of OneWest Bank, which CIT shut down in December last year. In an earlier filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, CIT management identified a material weakness in Financial Freedom related to estimates of the interest-curtailment reserve in its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage portfolio. The flawed estimates apparently have resulted in a material misstatement of CIT’s consolidated financial statements. Due to a change in estimates, and taking into consideration an investigation being conducted by the ...


July 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Takes Large Loss Due to ‘Legacy Issues’

Ocwen Financial reported a net loss of $87.20 million for the second quarter of 2016, with most of the loss related to so-called legacy issues. A planned settlement with the Department of Justice of two lawsuits involving the Home Affordable Modification Program and FHA mortgages caused $40.10 million in pre-tax losses for the nonbank lender-servicer. The company also paid $28.10 million during the quarter to cover the cost of monitoring settlements involving federal regulators ...


July 29, 2016 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Is the CFPB to Blame? / Or Maybe the Math Doesn’t Work / If Only the C&I Market Would Return / NAR is Happy with TRID 2.0 / Subprime Lending Continues to Hum / What’s Wrong with a 7 Percent Mortgage?

Fannie Mae recently updated its loan production estimates. The GSE projects $1.78 trillion in originations this year and $1.55 trillion next year.


July 29, 2016 - IMFnews

Thanks to ‘Brexit,’ Second Half Could be a Humdinger for Loan Production

Rob Branthover, a managing director at Mortgage Industry Advisory Corp., noted that purchase-mortgage originators are doing well…


July 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Predicts Rough Sailing for Servicers in the Coming Months Due to Low Rates, Brexit Impact

Troubled waters are ahead for mortgage servicers as 12 of the 27 largest rated shops experienced portfolio declines in the first quarter of 2016, according to Fitch Ratings. Fitch data showed modest portfolio declines for the five banks and seven nonbanks, ranging from less than 1 percent to a little more than 6 percent. Nonbanks, totaling 17, outnumbered the banks. Statebridge Co. experienced...


July 29, 2016 - IMFnews

Impac Posts Strong Profit Gain; Originations Increased 38 Percent in 2Q16

Impac said that while it sells production, it is now retaining more than 80.0 percent of its mortgage servicing rights.


July 28, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Will the Last Jumbo Securitizer Left in the Business Please Turn Off the Lights / A Positive Word on Ocwen / Ocwen’s Irony / A Tidbit on One of MBA’s New Members / Strong MI Results for Arch

JGWHL’s parent company was recently delisted by the New York Stock Exchange…


July 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Appeals Court Upholds Class Decertification in Mortgage Case Despite Favorable Jury Verdict

Class-action plaintiffs might not be assured of a final victory despite a favorable jury verdict in the wake of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s affirmation of district courts’ power to decertify a class even after a jury verdict. Industry attorneys say that the court’s recent ruling in Mazzei v. The Money Store means that defendants can obtain decertification of a class action not only leading up to trial, but even after a jury verdict in favor of the class. In Mazzei, the Second Circuit reaffirmed...


July 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Democratic Platform Would Expand Foreclosure Prevention, Increase Access to Affordable Housing

The Democratic Party wants to expand programs to prevent foreclosure, increase access to affordable housing and preserve the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, according to its recently released 2016 platform. “Whereas the Republican Presidential nominee rooted for the housing crisis, Democrats will continue to fight for those families who suffered the loss of their homes,” the document says. “We will help those who are working toward a path of financial stability and will put sustainable homeownership into the reach of more families.” Democrats want...


July 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Small Banks Remain Just as Active Under CFPB’s Servicing Rules, GAO Finds

Small community lenders such as banks and credit unions not only have remained active in the mortgage servicing space under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mortgage-servicing rules, their market share of 13 percent in 2015 was double what it was in 2008 after the financial crisis, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The largest community banks and credit unions accounted for most of the growth in the share of servicing by community banks and credit unions, the report said. Many of the representatives from 16 community lenders that GAO interviewed said...


July 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Government Offers Peek at What Future Post-Crisis Foreclosure Prevention Programs Should Look Like

As federal programs to help underwater borrowers are phased out, government agencies want the mortgage industry to pick up where it left off to help troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure. They suggested that future programs be accessible, affordable, sustainable, transparent and have sufficient accountability. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, Department of Treasury, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report this week that discussed what future loss mitigation programs should look like and lessons learned. The Home Affordable Modification Program and related federal initiatives will sunset at the end of 2016. “With the formal end of the crisis-era programs, the mortgage servicing industry will shoulder...


July 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Is Fear of a Cut in FHA Premiums Holding Up AIG’s Plan to Spin Off United Guaranty?

In late January of this year, American International Group announced its intention to spin off 10 percent of its top-ranked mortgage insurance affiliate, United Guaranty Corp., but almost seven months later no deal has materialized. According to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance this week, it’s been “radio silent” regarding the initial public offering, but all that could change next week when AIG releases its second quarter results. A spokesman for UGC declined to comment on the matter. Most of the observers believe...


July 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Lenders See Plenty of Demand for Originations, Having Trouble Determining Best Option for Servicing

The decline in interest rates after the Brexit vote in late June has boosted mortgage originations in recent weeks and caused problems for holders of mortgage servicing rights, according to industry participants at the California Mortgage Bankers Association’s Western Secondary Market Conference in San Francisco this week. Mike Duncan, a hedge manager at Compass Analytics, said 25 percent of his firm’s clients were over capacity at the end of May and 40 percent were over capacity by the end of June. He predicted that over-capacity rates could go even higher if interest rates stay low, increasing demand for refinances. Compass provides pricing, valuation and interest rate risk-management services. Rob Branthover, a managing director at Mortgage Industry Advisory Corp., added...


July 27, 2016 - IMFnews

Ocwen Lost $87.3 Million in 2Q16, but Originations Increased 35 Percent

However, one bright spot was originations, which increased sequentially by 35 percent to $1.32 billion.


July 27, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Mortgage M&A Mania Finally Arrives? / Five Oaks Halts Jumbo Aggregation / Angel Oak Rolls Out Investor NI Product / Fannie Tweaks High-LTV Guidelines / Mountain States Lead the Way, Says Black Knight

Nonprime lender Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions is now offering a “no-income” loan to investors with credit scores as low as 660...


July 27, 2016 - IMFnews

Servicers Wonder How Much Time the CFPB Will Give Them on New Rules

“We have a pretty good idea of what the bureau is going to do in substance,” said Donald Lampe, a partner in the financial services group at Morrison & Foerster…


July 27, 2016 - IMFnews

Small Commercial Banks Quietly Amassing MSR Market Share

Smaller depositories held 8.0 percent of the banking industry’s total mortgage servicing assets in 2015, up from a share of less than 2.0 percent as recently as 2009.


July 26, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Ginnie Mae MSR Demand: Deadly Slow? / FHFA IG Says Agency Shirking Its Duty / Summer Foreclosure Rates Looking Good (for Consumers) / Prepayment Speeds Spike / A New Hire at NCB

The IG accused the FHFA of shirking its responsibility to effectively examine Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...


July 26, 2016 - IMFnews

Bulk MSR Sales Heated Up in 2Q16 Along with Surge in ‘Co-Issuance’ Deals

Some banks nearly tripled their bulk MSR acquisitions in 2Q16. SunTrust, for example, bought $7.41 billion of GSE servicing during the period, making it the third most active buyer in the market.


July 26, 2016 - IMFnews

Flagstar Grows Originations by 31.1 Percent in Second Quarter

Flagstar capitalized its residential servicing portfolio at 99 basis points at June 30, compared to 106 bps at March 31.


July 26, 2016 - IMFnews

Top 40 Originator EverBank in Takeover Talks with ‘Well-Respected’ Financial Services Firm

However, EverBank has been cutting back its presence in residential finance, a trend that was cemented when Tom Wind left the company in December...


July 25, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Big Servicing Markdowns for Nationstar and Walter? / The Tally, Thus Far, on MSR ‘Marks’ / Five Years and $7,000 / Victorian Joins CMLA / A Promotion at Capital Bank

Since the CFPB was born, the cost to originate a home mortgage has exploded...


July 25, 2016 - IMFnews

IMA, Phoenix Capital Out With Bulk MSR Portfolios

Bids on both packages are due later in the week.


July 25, 2016 - IMFnews

Greenwich-Based Investment Advisor Reveals 8.3 Percent Stake in PHH

Who is Silver Point and why does it now own so much of PHH?


July 25, 2016 - IMFnews

Small Banks and Nonbanks Rally Around Bill that Provides CFPB Relief

The Community Mortgage Lenders of America said the bill strikes a balance of maintaining safe lending while freeing up resources so more consumers can obtain a mortgage.


July 25, 2016 - IMFnews

In a Move to Boost Liquidity, Ginnie Will Update ‘Acknowledgment’ Agreement

Several large banks accept the current acknowledgement agreement, while others avoid it like the plague.


July 25, 2016 - IMFnews

Megabank Originations Surged in 2Q16, but Mortgage Profits Sagged

The bigger issue was a sharp drop in net servicing income…


July 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Distressed Households Try to Pay the Mortgage

Unemployment and negative equity have a large influence on a household’s decision to default on their mortgage, but a study by a team of government economists and academics has found that most financially distressed households manage to keep current on their loan. Another surprising finding by the study “Can’t Pay or Won’t Pay? Unemployment, Negative Equity, and Strategic Default” is that strategic defaulters are few and rare despite the publicity they get ...


July 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Small Banks’ MSR Holdings Tied to GSE Sales

Small banks have increased their holdings of mortgage servicing rights in recent years as more of these institutions switched to delivering mortgages directly to the government-sponsored enterprises, according to an analysis by federal banking regulators. Small banks, those with total assets less than $10.0 billion, held 8.0 percent of the banking industry’s total mortgage servicing assets in 2015, up from a share of less than 2.0 percent as recently as 2009. Small banks have increased ...


July 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bulk MSR Sales Heated Up in 2Q16 Along With Surge in Co-issuance

The secondary market in mortgage servicing rights rebounded during the second quarter of 2016 after starting the year with a thud, according to an exclusive Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of mortgage-securities disclosures by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. The three agencies saw a combined $42.95 billion of MSR change hands in bulk transactions during the second quarter. That was up 20.6 percent from the first quarter, when ... [Includes two data charts]


July 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency Servicers of High-Coupon Mortgages - 2Q16


July 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Loan Limit Increases, Underwriting Loosens for MPF Direct Product Delivered to Redwood

The Federal Home Loan Banks’ Mortgage Partnership Finance program and Redwood Trust announced a number of changes this week to the MPF Direct product. Beginning Aug. 31, the loan limit will increase to $2.5 million and hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages will be eligible for delivery. The MPF Direct program was launched in 2014, with a loan limit of $729,750, the high-cost loan limit for the government-sponsored enterprises at the time. In the third quarter of 2015, the loan limit for the product was increased to $1.5 million. The loan limit for cash-out refinances is $750,000. “We continue...


July 22, 2016 - IMFnews

With Threat of Servicing Moving Away from Ocwen, Altisource Works to Diversify

With the possibility of investors transferring non-agency servicing rights away from Ocwen Financial, Altisource Portfolio Solution has put an emphasis on providing services to other companies.


July 22, 2016 - IMFnews

Half of Outstanding Agency Mortgages Have Interest Rates Higher than 4.000%

Wells Fargo handled 20.2 percent of the $841.42 million in agency mortgages outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2016 that had interest rates between 4.510 percent and 5.000 percent.


July 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA to Insure Certain Mortgages with PACE Liens; MBA, California Realtors Dissatisfied with Guidelines

The FHA this week clarified its policy on insuring mortgages with PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) senior tax liens to make it easier for borrowers to obtain FHA financing for such mortgages, but the mortgage and real estate industries continue to have concerns. The new guidelines address state programs where the PACE obligation is treated like a property tax with priority over an FHA lien. The program provides financing for home-energy improvements and water conservation, and is repaid through an assessment added to the property’s tax bill. The guidelines are designed...


July 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

State Court Ruling Sets Precedent Against Servicers’ Practice of Changing Locks Before Foreclosure

A recent ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court goes against servicers’ practice of changing the lock on a property before a foreclosure. While such practices are generally allowed under mortgage contracts and have been approved by other states, the Washington state court ruling is favorable to 3,600 borrowers in a class-action lawsuit and could cause further issues for servicers. Laura Jordan v. Nationstar Mortgage centered on Nationstar’s actions after the borrower defaulted on her mortgage. A vendor acting on behalf of Nationstar inspected the property, deemed it to be vacant and changed the lock on the front door. The vendor also left a lockbox on the door with the key to the new lock and the borrower was provided access to the key. Jordan represents...


July 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

With CFPB Mortgage Servicing Amendments Expected Shortly, Industry Braces for Compliance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau any day now could release its long-awaited regulation finalizing its proposed amendments to its 2013 mortgage servicing rules, posing yet another compliance challenge and requiring one more round of systems upgrades from the industry as a result. According to a consensus of industry experts, the two biggest subject areas have to do with bankruptcy proceedings and successors in interest. “On the eve of the servicing rules taking effect, the bureau made...


July 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbanks Continue Growing Their Share of Agency Servicing Market in 2Q16, Ginnie Passes Freddie

Ginnie Mae edged past Freddie Mac in servicing outstanding on single-family mortgages tied to mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. MBS disclosure reports show the supply of Ginnie mortgage servicing rights grew 2.1 percent during the second quarter, climbing to $1.576 trillion, excluding multifamily and reverse mortgage MBS. The supply of Freddie single-family servicing edged up just 0.4 percent from March, reaching $1.558 trillion and slipping to third in the agency MSR market. Fannie Mae single-family MSR servicing declined...[Includes two data tables]


July 21, 2016 - IMFnews

Nonbank Servicers Continue to Gain Market Share in Agency MSR Market in Second Quarter

Nonbanks serviced $2.155 trillion of agency MSR as of the end of June, a 3.4 percent increase in three months.


July 15, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

CA Legislature Poised to Pass Protections for Widowed Homeowners. The California legislature is a step away from enacting legislation that would extend existing foreclosure protections in the state Homeowners Bill of Rights (HBOR) to widows, widowers and other heirs of deceased homeowners. The legislature passed the HBOR in 2012 to provide due process protections to homeowners and establish rules and procedures for communication between servicers and borrowers regarding options to avoid foreclosure. However, the bill’s protections did not extend to surviving spouses and successors-in-interest who may wish to continue paying the mortgage loan but could not assume the loan or afford the payment with the loss of the deceased homeowner’s income. Surviving family members may then seek a loan assumption or modification, only to be refused by the servicer because their names are not on the ...


July 15, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Freedom Mortgage Buys Largest Rural Housing Unit from JPMorgan

Freedom Mortgage Corp. is now ready to compete full time with the big boys in the rural housing market with its recent purchase of JPMorgan Chase’s rural housing business. The price of the deal was not disclosed. Freedom Mortgage’s newly acquired USDA origination platform kicked into gear on July 1, primed to serve rural-housing borrowers through its correspondent channel. Overall, the purchase would catapult the New Jersey-based nonbank to becoming the leading seller of USDA rural housing loans to Ginnie Mae. Chase Home Finance led all other USDA mortgage lenders in the first quarter of 2016 with $1.2 billion in total originations, which is 31.5 percent of all USDA-backed loans produced during the period. Freedom Mortgage was the largest VA lender and the second largest FHA lender in 2015. The acquisition of Chase’s USDA business would make Freedom the second largest, if not the ...


July 15, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Breaks Down, Explains NPS, Timely Payments, Handbook Issues

The Department of Veterans Affairs has clarified policies that have raised questions among VA lenders but were not addressed during the agency’s annual lender conference in San Diego, CA, back in May. ? What is the VA’s policy regarding a non-purchasing spouse’s (NPS) credit? VA: The NPS’s liabilities need to be considered but not its credit history. ? What is VA’s policy regarding a loss that an NPS reports on a joint tax return? If a joint tax return shows a business loss, then that loss will have to be deducted from the veteran’s income in both community and non-community property states. What is reported to the Internal Revenue Service must be used when applying for a federally guaranteed loan In a situation where a couple has been faced with business losses, the veteran and his or her spouse may want to consider both being on the loan in order to potentially qualify. ? The VA Pamphlet states: “Account balances reduced to ...


July 15, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GOP Critics Blast DASP Changes, Claim Move is Politically Motivated

House Republicans this week accused the Department of Housing and Urban Development of giving preferential treatment to political favorites in changes to FHA distressed asset sales. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, denounced changes HUD Secretary Julian Castro made to the Distressed Asset Sale Program (DASP), saying the moves help liberal special interests at the expense of private investors. Hensarling said the changes would create “preferential bidding” for certain buyers and restrict investor options. HUD expanded DASP in 2012 as a conduit for selling nonperforming FHA loans to investors with the proviso they must first help borrowers save their homes from foreclosure and foreclose only if all loan-modification options have been exhausted. Distressed note sales also helped stabilize FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and have contributed more than ...


July 15, 2016 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: The Mother of all MSR Write-downs? / Maybe It Won’t be So Bad / Worrying About Ginnie Mae ‘Stress Tests’ / And This Time Everyone is Invited to the Ginnie Summit / Will Trump Leave Ginnie Mae Alone? Will Hillary?

We don’t know who will lead the new administration, though for Ginnie’s sake, it’s likely that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won’t mess with the agency or its charter. Right?


July 15, 2016 - IMFnews

MBS Trading Declined in June as Rates Tumbled. A Coming Bond Market Correction?

For several months now, there have been predictions about a massive correction in the bond market, which could cause red ink to spill …


July 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single-Family Rental Deal Will Prepay for First Time As Progress Shifts Properties to New Securitization

Progress Residential is preparing to issue a new single-family rental security that will lead to the payoff of a $473.2 million deal issued by the firm in 2014. The payoff will mark the first time a single-family rental security has prepaid, according to industry analysts. The planned Progress 2016-SFR1 is a single-borrower single-family rental securitization that was initially planned to be backed by a $657.27 million loan secured by mortgages on 4,068 rental homes, according to ratings by Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Moody’s Investors Service and Morningstar Credit Ratings. A portion of the proceeds will fund the prepayment of Progress 2014-SFR1. The deal issued...


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The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury fell to all-time low of 1.34% recently. How much better will originations be at your shop in the second half compared to 1H, if at all?

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