Nonconforming Securitization

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February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


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

Invictus Plotting Nonprime Growth with Verus

Invictus Capital Partners, an investment management firm, started aggregating nonprime mortgages in August 2015. The firm has purchased more than 400 mortgages and has plans for further growth. Invictus aggregates mortgages through an affiliate, Verus Mortgage Capital. Verus is set to issue its first nonprime mortgage-backed security – a $145.02 million deal that’s scheduled to close on Feb. 22. Verus has acquired $300.0 million of nonprime mortgages, according to ...


February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonprime Lenders Gear Up for Rated MBS

Fitch Ratings recently assigned “average” assessments to three originators and aggregators involved in the nonprime mortgage market, the same grades the firm assigned to Caliber Home Loans. Fitch evaluated Angel Oak Home Loans, Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions and Citadel Servicing as originators of nonprime mortgages. And the rating service reviewed Deephaven Mortgage as an aggregator of nonprime mortgages. The assessments by Fitch will help pave the way for ...


February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Galton to Include Non-QMs in New MBS

An affiliate of Galton Funding is preparing to issue a non-agency mortgage-backed security that will include non-qualified mortgages, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Galton Funding acquires mortgages on a correspondent basis. The firm is part of Galton Capital Group, which is the residential mortgage investment group within Mariner Investment Group. Mariner is a New York-based investment advisor that manages about ...


February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some Variety in Nonprime MBS from Invictus

The first nonprime mortgage-backed security from an affiliate of Invictus Capital Partners will be stocked with loans that have some unique features. Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Morningstar Credit Ratings and S&P Global Ratings placed preliminary AAA ratings on the deal last week. The planned $145.02 million Verus Securitization Trust 2017-1 differs in a number of ways from the $225.75 million COLT 2016-3 Mortgage Loan Trust, the nonprime MBS from an affiliate of Lone Star Funds ...


February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Changes Strategy with Latest MBS

JPMorgan Chase is preparing to issue another large non-agency mortgage-backed security, but the deal includes some significant differences compared with the two large portfolio risk-transfer MBS the bank issued last year. The biggest change is that Chase appears to be planning to sell most of the MBS to investors. On the two large portfolio risk-transfer MBS that Chase issued in 2016, the bank retained about 90.0 percent of the issuance. At the time, Chase officials cited ...


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 - 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 - Inside MBS & ABS

OCC’s Denial of Favorable Capital Treatment for Chase Portfolio Risk-Transfer MBS May Deter Others

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s denial of favorable capital treatment to a non-agency MBS issued by JPMorgan Chase last year could hinder efforts aimed at convincing banks to return to the non-agency MBS market, according to industry analysts. JPMorgan Chase issued two unique non-agency MBS last year with a total unpaid principal balance of $4.53 billion. The so-called portfolio risk-transfer deals accounted for a whopping 48.6 percent of the prime non-agency MBS issued in 2016. Chase packaged...


February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Higher Interest Rates May Prompt Banks to Unload Fixed-Rate Product, Result in Fewer GSE Refis

Analysts at DBRS anticipate some notable changes in the residential mortgage securitization market this year, mostly as a result of expected higher interest rates. “Despite a healthy housing market recovery, post-crisis non-agency RMBS issuance has remained stagnant for several reasons,” said Quincy Tang, managing director of RMBS structured finance, in a new research report issued early this week. In addition to the dominance of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and bank balance-sheet capacity, “a persistently low interest rate environment has rendered...


February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Slumped in 2016, But Market Was Catching Up as the Year Came to a Close

Only 69.1 percent of home mortgages originated in 2016 wound up in agency or non-agency MBS issued last year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. It was the second-lowest annual mortgage-securitization rate on record, and the third year in a row that the rate failed to reach the 70.0 percent mark. The low securitization rate mostly results from the fact that relatively few jumbo mortgages get out of bank portfolios and into the non-agency MBS market. According to Inside Mortgage Finance estimates, some $381.0 billion of jumbo mortgages were originated...[Includes one data table]


February 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


February 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

PennyMac Financial Services has significantly curtailed its originations of jumbo mortgages in recent years, and ended 2016 nearly out of the sector all together. PennyMac didn’t have any jumbo originations in the fourth quarter and as of the end of 2016, the nonbank only had $1.0 million in locked jumbos in its pipeline. Citigroup has entered into a subservicing agreement with Cenlar for the bank’s non-agency mortgages. Servicing is expected to be transferred ... [Includes four briefs]


February 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some Risks in Mortgages for Foreign Nationals

The number of lenders offering mortgages to foreign-national borrowers has increased significantly in recent years. The product is seen as another way for non-agency lenders to differentiate themselves, though industry analysts warn that lending to foreign nationals involves some unique risks. A foreign national is a person that resides in a country where they’re neither a citizen nor permanent resident. Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, Caliber Home Loans, Citadel Servicing ...


February 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Prepayment Speeds Likely to Slow

With the Federal Reserve expected to raise its benchmark overnight lending rate this year, interest rates on new mortgages are also projected to go up. Higher rates on mortgages are likely to cause a significant decline in prepayments on post-crisis jumbo mortgages and will increase default risk, according to Morningstar Credit Ratings. Within the first 12 months of origination, prepayment rates on post-crisis jumbos included in non-agency mortgage-backed securities have ...


February 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Top Prime MBS Contributors Largely Banks

Two banks dominated contributions to prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities issued in the past two years, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. And a majority of the top 10 contributors to prime jumbo MBS were banks or affiliated with banks. JPMorgan Chase accounted for $4.58 billion of the prime mortgages included in prime non-agency MBS in 2015 and 2016, a 22.1 percent share of total issuance ... [Includes one data chart]


February 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Quick with Another Jumbo MBS

Redwood Trust is moving relatively quickly to issue its second jumbo mortgage-backed security of 2017. The firm is planning a $347.85 million transaction, according to a presale report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-2 is scheduled to close Feb. 17, about a month after Redwood closed a $342.93 million issuance. The burst of activity suggests that Redwood is seeing relatively strong pricing for jumbo MBS. Officials at Redwood couldn’t comment on ...


February 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonprime MBS Issuance Expected to Increase

There will likely be a notable increase in the issuance of mortgage-backed securities backed by newly originated nonprime mortgages, according to Fitch Ratings. As many as eight firms are looking to join Lone Star Funds in issuing rated deals, though issuance isn’t expected to get anywhere near the levels seen in the run up to the financial crisis. Some $999.5 million in nonprime MBS was issued in 2016, according to the rating service. “Fitch estimates those figures could double in 2017, and ...


February 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Invictus Set to Issue Its First Nonprime MBS

Invictus Capital Partners, an investment management firm, is preparing to issue a nonprime mortgage-backed security backed by newly-originated home loans from four different lenders, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week. Covius, a due diligence provider, said it reviewed mortgages with an unpaid principal balance of $118.96 million for the planned Verus Securitization Trust 2017-1. The bulk of the contributions for the MBS were ...


January 27, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Transparency Label Proposed to Help Investors Determine Which Non-Agency MBS Include Adequate Disclosures

Among the many impediments to a revival of the non-agency MBS market is what potential investors see as a lack of transparency from issuers. To address the issue, the Institute for Financial Transparency has created a “transparency label” that will identify non-agency MBS that include adequate disclosures. Richard Field, director of the IFT, detailed the Transparency Label Initiative in a recent study published by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Center for Insurance Policy and Research. “While there has been a significant amount of activity surrounding disclosure for structured finance securities, these securities still remain...


January 27, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Income-Property Securitization Slowed in 2016 Despite Fourth-Quarter Surge in Production

Securitization of commercial mortgages was down slightly in 2016 as a result of a sharp drop in the non-agency commercial MBS market, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. Meanwhile, the agency multifamily MBS platforms cranked out record new issuance last year. In total, some $209.03 billion of commercial-property MBS were issued last year, a 3.1 percent drop from 2015. It still ranked as the second most-productive year in commercial MBS issuance since 2007, the year before the financial market meltdown. But non-agency CMBS issuance fell...[Includes one data table]


January 26, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lenders Show Few Signs of Easing Underwriting Standards; Meanwhile, Existing Nonprime Lenders are Bullish

With the post-election interest-rate rise sticking around, there’s a growing school of thought that residential originators will finally ease underwriting standards in an effort to boost lending volume. But the way things stand today, that could be wishful thinking. The Mortgage Bankers Association told Inside Mortgage Finance this week that its Mortgage Credit Availability Index shows a “gradual” loosening has occurred, but it credits a greater availability of jumbo product for the reading. As MBA Senior Vice President of Research Michael Fratantoni put...


January 20, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


January 20, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Department of Justice this week finalized previously announced settlements with Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse regarding non-agency mortgage-backed security activities in the run-up to the financial crisis. The DOJ said the $7.20 billion settlement with Deutsche Bank was the single largest residential MBS resolution for the conduct of a single entity. The settlement with Credit Suisse was for $5.28 billion. Both of the settlements included civil penalties and ... [Includes two briefs]


January 20, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some Risks Seen with Shared-Equity Products

Shared-equity mortgage arrangements from for-profit investors offer help for borrowers that otherwise might not qualify for a mortgage while also introducing risks, according to analysts at the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center. In a shared-equity transaction, a third party helps a mortgage borrower purchase a home in exchange for some of the home-price appreciation. The HFPC noted that shared-equity transactions reduce the amount of money required from ...


January 20, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Reiterate Calls for Portfolio QM Designation

With President-elect Donald Trump set to take office and Republicans in control of Congress, trade groups representing banks reiterated calls for revisions to standards for qualified mortgages. Banks are pushing for QM status to be applied to any mortgage held in portfolio, even if the loans have characteristics that would otherwise make them non-QMs subject to greater liability. In a letter this month to leaders of Congress, Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association ...


January 20, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

NewLeaf Launches New Specialty Programs

NewLeaf Wholesale recently added four products to its “specialty” mortgage offerings with relatively lenient underwriting standards. The loans are aimed at borrowers who don’t qualify for conforming mortgages. The lender is now offering a jumbo mortgage that allows loan-to-value ratios up to 90.0 percent without private mortgage insurance, a residual-income product, an asset-depletion product and a product for foreign investors. The loans join NewLeaf’s other specialty products ...


January 20, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some Shifts for Loans in Prime Non-Agency MBS

The types of home loans included in prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities issued during the fourth quarter of 2016 varied somewhat compared with issuance from recent quarters, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some $907.8 million in prime non-agency MBS was issued during the fourth quarter. Collateral in the deals shifted more toward adjustable-rate mortgages, interest-only mortgages and refinances. ARMs ... [Includes one data chart]


January 20, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

MBS Investors Seek Legislative Reforms

Large swaths of investors will continue to avoid buying non-agency mortgage-backed securities unless Congress passes investor-friendly reforms, according to Chris Katopis, executive director of the Association of Mortgage Investors. “Private capital has virtually left the U.S. mortgage market,” he said. “The future is likely to reflect a similar situation unless Congress helps establish the necessary systems, structures and standards for private capital to return.” In a recent study published by ...


January 20, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Investors Bid Up New Redwood Jumbo MBS Despite Partial Due Diligence

The jumbo mortgage-backed security Redwood Trust is set to issue on Jan. 20 received improved pricing compared with the company’s previous deal issued in October. The new MBS is fairly similar to the prior bond, indicating stronger demand from investors. The $343.28 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-1 priced last week. The super-senior tranche priced 1-20 back of Fannie 3.5s, which was four ticks tighter than Redwood’s previous offering, according to an analysis by Wells Fargo Securities ...


January 20, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ratings Services Optimistic on RMBS Sector, But Participants See Trump as Wild Card

The residential MBS market is expected to be healthy this year, according to some ratings service analysts. But the new president is the big unknown, market participants say. According to analysts at Fitch Ratings, the rating outlook for U.S. RMBS they rate is auspicious, as they expect asset performance trends to stay positive thanks to support from solid, if somewhat uneven, gains in home prices. “Although a number of legacy transactions continue to face negative rating pressure due to declining loan counts and tail risk, rating upgrades outnumbered...


January 20, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Good News/Bad News on MBS Trading Volume: With MBS Prices Falling, No Place to Sell?

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS fell to $192.1 billion in December, the lowest reading of the year, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. For the full year, however, average daily trading volume in agency product came to $206.6 billion, compared to $193.0 billion in 2015 and $178.0 billion in 2014. The last time trading volume was higher than in 2016 came three years earlier when $222.8 billion in agency product was traded on a daily basis. What the numbers actually mean is...


January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Basel Capital Requirements’ Impact on Non-Agency MBS Activities Uncertain, According to GAO

Capital requirements regarding bank holdings of non-agency MBS increased significantly after federal regulators implemented Basel III reforms in 2014. And while banks have largely been reluctant to re-enter the market for non-agency MBS issuance, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office suggests that the impact of bank involvement in the non-agency MBS market is unclear. The GAO was asked to explain how capital requirements for a mortgage depend on how the loan is financed and how the requirements have changed since the financial crisis. The report was requested by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, who until recently was the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The GAO noted...


January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Production Tumbled Sharply In 2016; Nonprime Sector Showed Some Life

In 2016, a mere $42.93 billion of non-agency MBS were issued, down 32.5 percent from the previous year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. It was the second-lowest annual output since 2012. The picture would look a bit brighter if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit-risk transfer deals were included, as well as single-family rental securitizations, which both compete for the investors that might be interested in non-agency MBS. But the government-sponsored enterprise CRT deals are debt issues and they couldn’t be any more “agency,” while the SFR securitizations look a lot more like commercial MBS than residential MBS. The prime jumbo market hit...[Includes three data tables]


January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Redwood Trust is preparing to issue a $343.28 million jumbo mortgage-backed security, according to a presale report by Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-1 will include mortgages from 132 lenders, led by Quicken Loans with a 7.8 percent share. Servicing for loans in the MBS will mostly be handled by Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing. Redwood will retain 1.0 percent of the dollar volume of the MBS, according to KBRA. Three firms ... [Includes two briefs]


January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fitch Assigns Subprime Servicer Rating to Citadel

Fitch Ratings assigned a subprime servicer rating to Citadel Servicing in late December, an indication that Citadel will be involved with rated nonprime mortgage-backed securities. Citadel received an RPS3- rating with a stable outlook. Such level 3 servicers demonstrate proficiency in overall servicing ability, according to Fitch. “The servicer rating and stable outlook reflect Citadel’s experienced management team, adequate risk management practices and moderate use of technology ...


January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

New Penn CEO Launches Home-Equity Lender

Spring EQ recently launched operations, focusing on home-equity loans. The nonbank was co-founded by Jerry Schiano, president and CEO of New Penn Financial, a position he will also retain. HEL lending is dominated by banks and credit unions. However, Schiano said Spring EQ aims to compete with other types of lenders. “I want to help underserved borrowers who are currently relying on high-rate personal loans and credit cards or refinancing with large up-front fees,” he said ...


January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-QM Originator LendSure Set for Growth

LendSure Mortgage, which originated its first loan in July 2015, contributed mortgages with a total unpaid principal balance of $14.62 million to a nonprime mortgage-backed security recently issued by an affiliate of Lone Star Funds. The lender focuses on non-qualified mortgages via the broker channel. LendSure, headquartered in San Diego, was founded by former executive managers from Accredited Home Lenders, a prominent subprime lender before the financial crisis ...


January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank First-Lien Holdings Up Again in 3Q16

The portfolio holdings of first-lien residential mortgages at banks and thrifts continued to increase during the third quarter of 2016, according to a ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $1.93 trillion in first liens at Sept. 30, up 1.6 percent from the previous quarter and a 3.9 percent increase compared with the third quarter of 2015. Originations and acquisitions of mortgages – both jumbos and non-jumbos ... [Includes one data chart]


January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Investors Push for Standardized Reps and Warrants

A number of large investors that purchased non-agency mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis have indicated that they won’t be willing to invest in new issuance until issuers standardize representations and warranties. “Investors have lost confidence in the architecture of this market,” an investor said in December at the Structured Finance Industry Group’s RMBS Symposium, which was produced by Information Management Network. The investor was frustrated ...


January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Non-Agency MBS Issuance Tumbles, Sector ‘in Limbo’ With Only 4 Active Issuers

Issuance of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities fell sharply during 2016 from already low issuance levels, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Forecasts for issuance this year are largely subdued, with some industry analysts noting that the prime non-agency MBS market is “in limbo.” Some $9.32 billion in prime non-agency MBS were issued in 2016, a 22.8 percent decline from the previous year. Issuance volume ... [Includes one data chart]


January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie Mac Issues Its First Risk-Sharing Security Backed by Seasoned Mortgages

In late December, Freddie Mac issued a $934.27 million security backed by seasoned mortgages. It was the first seasoned credit-risk transfer from the government-sponsored enterprise. While Freddie has issued fully guaranteed securitizations backed by seasoned mortgages, Freddie Mac Seasoned Credit Risk Transfer Trust, Series 2016-1 included tranches without a guarantee from the GSE, similar to a non-agency senior-sub MBS. The transaction included...


January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Angel Oak Gears Up for New Non-Agency MBS, While PIMCO and Citadel May Tap the Market Later in 2017

With two of the nation’s largest originators of nonprime and non-qualified mortgages hoping for a record production year in 2017, the mostly anemic securitization market for these types of credits could receive a real boost. But the big question remains: how much will the two firms – Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions and Citadel Servicing Corp. – tap the MBS market? In 2016, the Irvine, CA-based Citadel funded...


January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Heavy Agency MBS Production Lifted Total Asset Securitization to 3-Year High in 2016

Another record year for Ginnie Mae MBS issuance plus strong volume in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs helped push total securitization of residential mortgages and non-mortgage ABS to a three-year high of $1.698 trillion in 2016. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis shows that total MBS and ABS issuance – not including commercial MBS – was up 13.3 percent from 2015. Agency production of single-family MBS totaled $1.481 trillion in 2016, up 17.5 percent from the previous year. Over a third of that came from Ginnie, which set a new annual record with $507.5 billion in single-family MBS issuance. The non-agency MBS market was...[Includes three data tables]


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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