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October 29, 2014 - IMFnews

Ocwen Sets Aside $100 Million for Potential Settlement with the NYDFS

The share price of Ocwen Financial recently fell to a 52-week low of $18.47, a 70 percent decline that has wiped out at least $5 billion in market equity.


October 29, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Redwood’s New Jumbo MBS Has Eight Non-QMs / MB Launches Sports Firm, Reveals Mortgage Earnings / Ellie Mae is Worth What? / FHFA Has a New Watchdog, Finally / Distressed RE Fund Raises a Bundle

Pacific Union Financial took in $100 million of profits. It’s not every day that a privately held nonbank tells the world what it’s earning…


October 29, 2014 - IMFnews

Guild Mortgage Isn’t Done Buying Other Lenders

Guild's McGarry also said the company will not be closing on any more transactions in 2014.


October 29, 2014 - IMFnews

SIGTARP: Complaints About HAMP MSR Transfers ‘Escalating’

The SIGTARP said that since the beginning of 2013 it has received complaints from “nearly 100” borrowers regarding issues with servicing transfers, and that 84 of the calls came in 2014.


October 28, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Lower Rates Affecting M&A? / Gain-on-Sale Not So Bad / FHA May Penalize Lenders on Re-certifications / JPM and Non-QMs? / Nonbanks Love Ginnie, but is the Feeling Mutual?

Is the investment banking arm of JPMorgan Chase sniffing around the non-QM space? It sounds crazy, we know...


October 28, 2014 - IMFnews

Quick Turn-Time on Latest Jumbo MBS from Two Harbors

DBRS said one of the strengths of the new jumbo deal is its traditional lifetime representations and warranties.


October 28, 2014 - IMFnews

What’s Going On? Consumers Are Complaining a Lot Less About Mortgages

Total mortgage complaints have been trending downward since they peaked at 15,239 in the first quarter of 2013.


October 27, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Needs to Address ‘Rolling Delinquencies,’ ABA Survey Says

The CFPB needs to provide additional clarity on how a “rolling delinquency” triggers the 120-day delinquency period required before a mortgage servicer can begin foreclosure under the bureau’s mortgage servicing rule, the American Bankers Association said. A rolling delinquency occurs when a delinquent borrower resumes making some payments but never becomes current on the loan. In a letter to the CFPB last week, the ABA noted that in responding to inquiries as to how banks should apply the 120-day rule in rolling delinquency situations, the CFPB has informally recommended that servicers look to common interpretations of “delinquency,” which may be found in best practices, industry standards, state law and contract law. “Because borrowers have a private right of action to ...


October 27, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CSBS Creates Mortgage Servicing Group, Lawmakers Look at Sector

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors recently formed a mortgage servicing rights task force to develop options for prudential standards for non-bank mortgage servicers. The CSBS noted that there has been a significant growth of mortgage servicing assets in non-depository servicers in recent years. The state regulators group said it is important for the states to understand how this growth should inform changes to the regulatory framework. …


October 27, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Up to 490,000 Homeowners May be Hurt by Flawed Servicing Records

A recent study by Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc., a research and document-processing vendor for the residential mortgage industry, found that nearly half a million homeowners could be negatively affected by inaccurate servicing records. NTC found that out of 2,285,665 servicing database records that were verified against the collateral file, 24,490 loans (1.07 percent) had significant discrepancies. When viewed against roughly 49 million outstanding residential mortgages, that suggests as many as 490,000 homeowners could be affected by faulty servicer database records. “These database inaccuracies might have represented ‘acceptable risk’ in times past – but in today’s compliance-oriented landscape, such a high number of errors could bring increased scrutiny and penalties from CFPB regulators, not to mention ...


October 27, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Student Loan Complaints Mostly Down in Third Quarter, Up YOY

After rising for two consecutive quarters, borrower complaints to the CFPB about their private student loans have dropped for the last two reporting periods, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside the CFPB. Following up on the second quarter drop of 16.3 percent, borrower gripes fell 14.5 percent in the third quarter, the latest data from the bureau’s consumer complaint database show. Among the top 10 companies ranked by borrower grumblings, a wide variety of results could be clearly seen. Six of the top 10 saw double-digit declines during the third quarter, but two others saw increases of that magnitude, most notably Nelnet, up 33.3 percent from the second quarter. The biggest drop among the top 10 was ...


October 27, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Try Convincing Commercial Banks About Buyback Relief / Fannie Not So Bullish / Simpler Comp Plans for LOs? / Wells Pays HECM Fine / New Correspondent Chief for Nationstar

Industry consultant Joe Garrett notes that one of his clients (back in 2003) had 52 loan officers and “about 52 comp plans”…


October 27, 2014 - IMFnews

Despite ‘Open Letter’ on Loan Mod Snafu, Ocwen’s Share Price Hits New Low

Ocwen's open letter to borrowers likely will not assuage shareholders who have lost a ton of money on the firm.


October 27, 2014 - IMFnews

Plenty of Investors are Eyeing Non-Agency Space, Even PIMCO

For a bond investor such as PIMCO, the attraction should not come as a total surprise.


October 27, 2014 - IMFnews

Fannie Shareholders (Pre-Conservatorship) will Reap $170 Million from Settlement

The investor-plaintiffs claim that Fannie and two of the company’s former executives made false and misleading statements about the mortgage giant’s internal controls and its exposure to subprime.


October 24, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA to Host First Briefing Session on the First Installment of the Single Family Policy Handbook. The FHA will have a webinar on Nov. 6, 2014, from 2 p.m.-3 p.m., for stakeholders in connection with the first completed section of the Single Family Housing Policy Handbook, the Origination through Post-Closing/Endorsement for Title II Forward Mortgages (Origination through Post-Closing). The new handbook is designed to make it easier for stakeholders to do business with the FHA and support greater access to mortgage credit for qualified borrowers. Once fully completed, the handbook will contain all FHA origination and underwriting policies that lenders use in making FHA-insured loans. The FHA published the first section of the handbook on Sept. 30, which becomes effective for FHA case numbers assigned on or after June 15, 2015. The agency urged lenders to ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Notifying Lenders of Possible MRB Action

The FHA warned it would soon be sending notices to lenders who are overdue in completing their annual recertification packages, a rule violation that could land them before the Mortgagee Review Board for disciplinary action. Lenders who were unable to submit their recertification packages containing the required financial reports, annual recertification statements and the renewal fee payment will be receiving notices of deficiency from the FHA. FHA extended the filing deadline to June 27, 30 days after the deployment of the new Lender Electronic Assessment Portal (LEAP) system used in the lender recertification process. Traditionally, lenders were required to access both FHA Connection and Lender Assessment Sub-System (LASS) to complete the annual recertification process. LEAP will now enable lenders to complete all ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Raises Net Worth, Liquidity Tests

Ginnie Mae this week provided new details to the long-anticipated plan for increased issuer net worth and liquidity and a new performance scoring method for issuer activity – changes that could adversely affect small issuers and portfolio servicers. In remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer said the changes are part of a larger effort to ensure the continuing flexibility and availability of the agency’s mortgage-backed securities program to as many entities as possible. New types of issuers and counterparties have entered the agency-backed MBS market in the wake of the financial crisis, which called for adjustments and tailored approaches to the evolving housing finance market, Tozer noted. Tozer said both policy changes and staff expertise will ensure the success of ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Faces Intense Scrutiny from NYDFS

The New York Department of Financial Services has found serious issues at Ocwen Financial, including the backdating of “potentially hundreds of thousands” of letters to borrowers, the NYDFS said in a letter to the nonbank servicer released this week. The allegations could be the most damaging yet for Ocwen, which has faced concerns from the NYDFS since February when Ocwen placed a planned $39.2 billion mortgage acquisition on indefinite hold in an effort to resolve issues raised by the agency ...


October 24, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: More Questions About Wingspan but No Answers / Are Specialty Servicers Toast? / Should Ocwen Move Its India Workers to Upstate New York? / Mortgage Company Owner Wants to Buy Baseball Team

Note to Ocwen management: every US employee is a potential mortgage customer. Think about it.


October 23, 2014 - IMFnews

Wingspan Gets ‘Multi-Million’ Capital Infusion, Horne Out as President

As part of the transaction, company founder and president Steven Horne will step down as president and chief executive officer, but will remain as a senior advisor.


October 24, 2014 - IMFnews

Guild Mortgage Buys Second Lender Within Almost a Month

Guild intends to buy even more mortgage companies. Is an IPO next?


October 24, 2014 - IMFnews

Now the States Want to Develop Capital Standards for Nonbank Servicers

The new nonbank task force includes representatives from nine state regulators, including the New York Department of Financial Services where Benjamin Lawsky is the superintendent.


October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Plenty of Investors are Eyeing the Non-Agency Space – Even PIMCO

Even though the origination volume of non-agency, non-jumbo mortgages is relatively small, private equity firms increasingly are eyeing the space, believing that within two years – or maybe sooner – the business could be producing robust profits. In short, investors want to enter non-agency lending before anyone else does – and at “ground level” prices. According to non-prime executives and investment advisors, private-equity funds of varying sizes want...


October 23, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A ‘Troubling’ Corporate Culture at Ocwen? / IMA Launches Crowd-Funding Unit / Massachusetts Loses Foreclosure Battle with GSEs / Reverse Stock Split for Mortgage REIT

Interactive Mortgage Advisors has launched RealPartner.com, a crowd funding platform giving accredited investors access to performing residential mortgages...


October 23, 2014 - IMFnews

Ocwen Shareholder: Investors Have Been ‘Smoked,’ Will OCN Be Forced to Sell MSRs?

One servicing analyst told IMFnews that if Ocwen continues to get downgraded on its servicer ratings it could be forced to sell MSRs and/or post additional capital.


October 22, 2014 - IMFnews

Wells’ Sale of $39 Billion in MSRs to Ocwen Imperiled; A $14 Stock?

Ocwen said it has fixed the "back-dating" problem but it may be too late for the company.


October 22, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Who Might Guaranteed Rate Buy? / RPM Eyes Two More Lenders / A Non-QM IPO Already? Really? / Fitch Upgrades Shellpoint on Servicing / New Appraisal Tool From Fannie Mae / More Trouble for Nonbanks and MSRs?

We even heard one report that a non-QM firm is contemplating an initial public offering. It sounds crazy, we know…Meanwhile, it appears the states want a say in MSR transfers...


October 22, 2014 - IMFnews

GSE Shareholders Look to Iowa Federal Court to Vacate DC Judge’s Dismissal

An investor in GSE stock, Continental’s counsel in the case is Cooper & Kirk, the same law firm that represents Fairholme, a large hedge fund that bought up GSE stock last year.


October 22, 2014 - IMFnews

Flagstar Boosts Originations by 21 Percent, but CFPB Settlement Hammers 3Q Results

However, there was some good news. Flagstar reported residential originations of $7.19 billion, a 21 percent gain from 2Q.


October 22, 2014 - IMFnews

First Republic, Chase Team Up on Unique New Jumbo MBS

The new jumbo security from JPMorgan Chase is scheduled to be issued on Oct. 30.


October 21, 2014 - IMFnews

Ocwen’s Stock Plunges After NYS Levies More Allegations Against the Firm

At press time, the firm’s share price was getting crushed, down 25 percent on the day to a new 52-week low of $19.89.


October 21, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: MBA Shows the Love for FHFA’s Mel Watt / Looser Mortgage Credit? Are You Crazy? / The CFPB ‘ePilot’ Moves Closer / The Fear of Running Out of Money / Are You Afraid of Ghosts?

After all, didn’t America suffer a housing “depression” because credit was too loose? Some GOP conservatives in Congress live by the edict: those who can own; those who can’t rent…


October 20, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA Chief Floats Initiatives Tied to Looser Credit: More Buyback Relief and Higher LTVs

In defining misrepresentations, FHFA will set a minimum number of loans that must be identified with one of the six trigger elements.


October 20, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Will FHFA’s Mel Watt Deliver the Goods? / Actually, Fannie is Buying 97 Percent LTV Loans, But… / IBM Gets Whacked / First Republic’s GOS / Quicken CEO Sworn in at MBA Show

What does IBM have to do with the mortgage business? Actually quite a bit, IBM is one of Fannie Mae’s largest technology vendors...


October 20, 2014 - IMFnews

A New Player in Mortgage M&A: Mid-sized Commercial Banks

Charbonneau, Klein and other advisors report that mortgage M&A activity is the strongest it has been in years.


October 20, 2014 - IMFnews

Phoenix Capital and IMA Unveil New MSR Auctions

Servicing brokers expect a land rush of servicing deals before yearend.


October 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Distressed Mortgage Investor Touts Benefits

American Homeowner Preservation, a hedge fund that invests in distressed mortgages and helps some borrowers with loan modifications, said it proves distressed mortgage sales can be “preservative and profitable.” Officials at AHP said the fund has now helped more than 500 distressed borrowers avoid foreclosure via loan modifications. Investors in AHP also earn strong returns from the firm’s purchases of distressed mortgages. AHP started as a nonprofit in 2008, buying short sales ...


October 17, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: MBA Turns a ‘Profit’ Again / About that MBA Office Building / The State of the Mortgage Union / The Era of Non-QM Starts Right Now / No Clarity From Wingspan / Ellie Mae’s Sky High P/E Ratio / Yet Another Departure From Nationstar Mortgage

Bill Dallas, who runs Skyline Lending, told us he believes the “new” non-agency movement is beginning right now. “Today, we‘re doing 90 percent agency,” he said. “In 2017 the ratio will be 60 percent agency.”


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Limited in Its Authority, CFPB Criticizes Student Loan Securitization, Incentives and Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was critical this week of aspects of the student loan securitization process as well as servicer performance as it issued its latest annual report on private student-loan borrowing. The report analyzed more than 5,300 private student loan complaints between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, an increase of 38 percent over the previous year. “Lending practices in the private student-loan market in the years preceding the financial crisis shared...


October 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Judge Won't Give Former Fannie CFO Access to Documents in Hedge Fund Case

Government attorneys sought to block Howard’s access on the grounds that he owns Fannie shares and would be biased.


October 16, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Layoffs Hit ‘Specialty Servicers’ Wingspan And RCS: Has This Niche Market Peaked?

Thanks to rapidly improving delinquency rates and real estate values, the bloom appears to be off the rose for specialty servicers that built their business on processing delinquent and high-touch mortgages that are guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA. Over the past month, layoffs have plagued both Wingspan Portfolio Services, Dallas, and Residential Credit Solutions of Fort Worth, TX. Moreover, industry officials who work in the servicing sector believe...


October 16, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

State Regulators Propose Major Expansion Of Data Collection for Lending, Servicing

State regulators recently proposed expanding the data that state-licensed lenders must report on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry’s mortgage call report. The State Regulatory Registry said the data help state regulators supervise licensees, determine examination schedules, monitor compliance and calculate assessments. The SRR was established by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators. The SRR owns and operates the NMLS and has required state-licensed lenders to submit quarterly call report data since 2011. On Oct. 1, the SRR proposed...[Includes one data chart]


October 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Short Sellers Target Walter / But Walter Gets a Disclosure Exemption / Will QRM be Aligned with QM? We’ll Know Next Week / NTC Finds Flaws in Servicing Records / DocMagic Makes an Acquisition

More trouble for Walter Investment Management? Meanwhile, according to NTC, as many as 490,000 homeowners could be affected by faulty servicer database records.


October 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Is Pershing Square Still Buying More Stock in Fannie and Freddie?

According to one analyst, "Ackman is reloading the boat with the extra cash he has on hand. Hopefully, others will join him.”


October 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Zombie Woof: Thanks to Lingering ‘Legacy’ Issues, GSE Buybacks Spiked in 2Q

In fact, nearly a fifth of the repurchases involved loans sold to the GSEs by Lehman Brothers or its related mortgage businesses.


October 15, 2014 - IMFnews

Five Oaks Sees Promise in Aggregating Jumbos, Buying Subordinate Portions of MBS

REITs have seen mixed results in the past year when aggregating jumbos for MBS and buying a subordinate portion of the securities.


October 15, 2014 - IMFnews

Bank of America 3Q Mortgage Results: Originations Rise but Layoffs Ensue

Bank of America blamed the layoffs on “continued reductions” in its legacy mortgage business “as well as actions taken in sales and fulfillment as refinance demand slowed.”


October 14, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Walter Joins the ‘New Low’ Club / When Will the ‘Dark Days’ End for the Public Nonbanks? / ETA on Wingspan Announcement? / MBA Wants Faster Action on a Single Security / In MI We Trust

Specialty servicer Wingspan is expected to issue a press release this week, providing some clarity about a change of control at the company and the future of its founder...


October 14, 2014 - IMFnews

Walter Reveals Additional Scrutiny on its Servicing Practices; It Met With AGs

The $17 million reserve will be booked as part of Walter's third quarter earnings.


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What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.
There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.

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