Nonconforming Securitization

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September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

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


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Dominates Initial Streamline HAMP Mods

Ocwen Financial accounted for slightly more than half of the modifications completed under the new Streamline Home Affordable Modification Program offering, according to the company. Streamline HAMP mods are only available for non-agency mortgages. The program is aimed at borrowers who meet general HAMP eligibility criteria but haven’t completed a loan mod application by the time their loan is 90 days delinquent. It’s streamlined in that no income documentation is ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

No Delinquencies on Sterling Bank-Statement Loans

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


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-QM Lenders See Plenty of Room for Growth

Originations of non-qualified mortgages could reach $100.0 billion a year, according to officials at three prominent nonprime lenders. Since QM standards from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took effect at the start of 2014, non-QMs such as jumbo mortgages with interest-only terms have predominantly gone to affluent borrowers. However, officials at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, Deephaven Mortgage and Citadel Servicing see promise in originations for ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Sample Deal-Agent Agreement Drafted for MBS

An investor-led group of participants in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market released a sample deal-agent agreement last week. The investors said the agreement can help reform non-agency MBS practices and increase issuance. Some investors have balked at buying new non-agency MBS until significant reforms are put in place. As early as July 2008, the American Securitization Forum started work on reforming the market and the Structured Finance Industry Group ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Improved Pricing on Latest Nonprime MBS

The nonprime mortgage-backed security issued last week by Lone Star Funds priced at tighter spreads than the deal the company issued in June, indicating increased demand among investors. The $217.00 million COLT 2016-2 was also larger than the previous $161.40 million deal from Lone Star. According to Deutsche Bank Securities, spreads of A-1 tranche and A-2 tranche in COLT 2016-2 were respectively priced at 130 basis points and 175 bps, significantly tighter than ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

IO Originations Increase in 2Q, Led by PHH

Originations of interest-only mortgages increased significantly in the second quarter of 2016, particularly at PHH Mortgage, according to a new ranking by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A group of 12 lenders had $12.65 billion in IO originations in the second quarter, up 44.7 percent compared with the previous quarter. A large amount of the increase in volume was driven by PHH, which more than doubled its IO originations in that span. PHH had $6.25 billion ... [Includes one data chart]


September 23, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuance Picks Up With Chase Deal; Strong Demand for Whole-Loan Sales

JPMorgan Chase is set to end another lull in the issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities. The $395.40 million JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2016-3 is scheduled to be issued next week, according to a presale report from Fitch Ratings. The most recently issued jumbo MBS priced in mid-August and was also from Chase. Only two firms with active conduits have issued jumbo MBS this year: Chase and Redwood Trust. Two Harbors Investment and WinWater Home Mortgage issued ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Industry Participants Have Difficulty Determining Who’s Responsible for Risk Retention from Certain Issuers

The complex financing arrangements used by certain investors and a lack of clarity from federal regulators can make it difficult to determine the entity responsible for meeting risk-retention requirements in some MBS and ABS, according to Charles Sweet, senior counsel at the law firm of Morgan Lewis. The Dodd-Frank Act generally required the sponsor of a security to retain at least 5.0 percent of the risk from the security. Sweet said determining the sponsor of an MBS or ABS can be fairly straightforward when one company originates the assets, services the receivables and initiates securitization, as in the case of an ABS backed by automobile retail contracts from a captive finance company of a car manufacturer. However, where securitization roles are more dispersed, Sweet said...


September 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Sample MBS Deal-Agent Agreement Released, But More Work Ahead Before Widespread Adoption

The effort by some non-agency MBS investors to create an entity to protect investors took a step forward as a sample deal-agent agreement was circulated late last week in advance of the ABS East conference in Miami. A deal agent would be tasked with protecting the interests of investors in non-agency MBS, including duties of care and loyalty. The leaders of the effort, James Callahan, a principal at Pentalpha Global and Alessandro Pagani, head of securitized assets at Loomis Sayles & Company, said the market should adopt the agreement as the template for new non-agency MBS. However, the sample agreement leaves...


September 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Other Investors Stepped Up as Federal Reserve Holdings Of Agency MBS Declined Slightly in Second Quarter

Foreign investors, commercial banks and mutual funds all beefed up their holdings of agency MBS during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The Federal Reserve remained the biggest investor in the agency MBS market with $1.744 trillion on its books at the end of June. That accounted for 29.7 percent of the $5.867 trillion of single-family agency MBS outstanding at that time, but it was down 0.5 percent from the end of March. The central bank’s MBS holdings vary slightly in the Fed’s weekly snapshots as pending transactions wait to clear, but its game plan is to hold its portfolio steady by reinvesting principal payments. The single-family agency MBS market grew...[Includes two data tables]


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

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

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


September 16, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

BNY Mellon Expands Servicing Oversight Business by Handling Reporting to GSEs for Many Smaller Servicers

Bank of New York Mellon has expanded its servicing oversight business by looking beyond the shrinking non-agency MBS market. The company recently started handling reporting duties for many small servicers on mortgages serviced for the government-sponsored enterprises. For 25 years, BNY Mellon has been a master servicer on non-agency MBS. The role involves oversight of primary servicers. BNY Mellon’s master servicing portfolio for non-agency MBS has declined along with the total amount of non-agency MBS outstanding. The firm handled...


September 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Originations of Non-Agency Nonprime Mortgages Expected to Increase as Interest Rates Rise

An increase in interest rates will help boost originations of non-agency nonprime mortgages, according to panelists at a webinar hosted by Inside Mortgage Finance this week. Higher interest rates will make it less attractive for prime borrowers to refinance, which could force lenders to look for volume elsewhere, including the nonprime market. Purchase mortgages account for a large share of the nonprime loans originated in recent years and higher interest rates could also increase nonprime mortgages aimed at debt consolidation. Matthew Nichols, CEO of Deephaven Mortgage, said...


September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

A $6.20 billion portfolio backed largely by jumbo mortgages originated in recent years was sold last week, according to Interactive Data. The portfolio appears to have been sold by Premium Point Investments, though the hedge fund wouldn’t confirm that. Premium Point backed WinWater Home Mortgage, which stopped issuing jumbo mortgage-backed securities earlier this year. Impac Mortgage Holdings announced this week an offering of 2.5 million shares ... [Includes two briefs]


September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Lenders Look to Investment Properties

A number of non-agency lenders are looking to originate mortgages for investment properties using a debt-to-income ratio based on income from the property rather than the borrower’s income, according to Moody’s Investors Service. “Using property DTI underwriting on loans secured by single investment properties introduces risks stemming from the lack of visibility on a borrower’s other debt obligations relative to a steady source of income that lenders can ...


September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Plots Growth with ‘Choice’ Program

The looser underwriting standards Redwood Trust rolled out earlier this year for jumbo mortgages are aimed at aggregating loans that banks won’t necessarily acquire, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. Redwood introduced its “Choice” program in April, allowing for credit scores as low as 661, debt-to-income ratios as high as 49.99 percent and combined loan-to-value ratios up to 90.0 percent. The characteristics aren’t all allowed on the same loan. For a ...


September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Large Gain in Wholesale Originations at Angel Oak

Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions has significantly increased its nonprime wholesale lending this year, according to an offering document for the $132.65 million nonprime mortgage-backed security recently issued by Angel Oak Capital Advisors. AOMS originated $222.25 million in nonprime wholesale originations in the first half of this year, nearlyl matching its $224.16 million total for all of last year. But retail production at Angel Oak Home Loans has declined ...


September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lone Star Goes Bigger with Second Nonprime MBS

The next mortgage-backed security from Lone Star Funds backed by new nonprime originations will be larger than the deal it issued in June, according to presale reports published this week. The planned $216.97 million COLT 2016-2 will be the largest MBS backed by post-crisis nonprime originations, topping the $161.71 million COLT 2016-1. The MBS scheduled to close next week differs in some ways from the previous MBS from Lone Star. The firm’s Caliber Home Loans ...


September 9, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Retained-Mortgage Portfolios Keep Growing, Few Jumbos Going in MBS

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages increased by 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of bank and thrift call reports. The holdings were boosted by jumbo mortgages, with few of the loans being delivered into mortgage-backed securities. Banks and thrifts held $1.90 trillion in first liens as of the end of June, up $44.22 billion from the end of March. Some $101.00 billion in jumbos were ... [Includes one data chart]


September 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

First Post-Crisis NPL MBS to Receive a Rating Pays Off, Investors in Senior Tranche Protected from Losses

The first rated post-crisis non-agency MBS backed by a significant share of nonperforming mortgages paid off recently, offering insights into how the deal performed and how investors fared. The $372.80 million Mortgage Fund IVc Trust 2015-RN1 was issued by Bayview Asset Management in October 2015. It received “A” ratings from Fitch Ratings and Morningstar. Fitch said it capped its rating “due to the idiosyncratic and adverse-selection risks associated with NPL collateral.” At issuance, 34.9 percent of the loans were nonperforming and 78.0 percent had been modified. The rating services said...


September 5, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

TRID Compliance Issues Disclosed on New Nonprime MBS

The new nonprime mortgage-backed securities deals from Angel Oak Capital Advisors and Deephaven Mortgage contain a number of mortgages reflecting a range of issues in terms of complying with the CFPB’s TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID), a review of the offering documents revealed. Part of the compliance issues stem from the ongoing uncertainty about cures for minor errors. While the CFPB issued a proposed rule in July attempting to clarify some of these TRID uncertainties, and the Structured Finance Industry Group has worked with industry participants on a set of guidelines, it is still not clear whether some TRID errors can be cured. The $132.65 million nonprime MBS from Angel Oak included 251 mortgages subject to TRID, representing 59.4 percent ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


August 26, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Ocwen Financial agreed to a consent order with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions this week, which included a $900,000 fine. The consent order related to Ocwen’s use of offshore unlicensed affiliate companies to service mortgages on properties in Washington state. Going forward, Ocwen agreed to service Washington-based mortgages only through licensed entities and the state will not license foreign entities ... [Includes three briefs]


August 26, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some TRID Issues with New Nonprime MBS

The new nonprime mortgage-backed securities from Angel Oak Capital Advisors and Deephaven Mortgage included a number of mortgages with compliance issues relating to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, according to offering documents obtained by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Part of the compliance issues stem from the ongoing uncertainty regarding cures for minor errors. While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a proposed rule ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Luther Burbank Pushing Jumbo Non-QMs

Officials at Luther Burbank Savings see promise in the types of jumbo mortgages that many larger banks aren’t willing to originate in significant numbers: non-qualified mortgages. Jason Pendergist, president of consumer and commercial banking at Luther Burbank, said there’s a “massive opportunity” in non-QM jumbo mortgages. He said Luther Burbank focuses its originations on prime jumbo borrowers and first-time homeowners. Big banks have been willing to offer ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Denies Rumor of Jumbo MBS Suspension

Redwood Trust has no plans to suspend issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities, according to Kristin Brown, a vice president and head of investor relations at Redwood. The Redwood official was responding to a report by Asset-Backed Alert, which cited anonymous sources claiming that the real estate investment trust will issue a jumbo MBS during the third quarter then “pull back from the market indefinitely.” Brown said that while additional transactions are always ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS from Chase Includes Many Non-QMs

JPMorgan Chase is preparing to issue a $302.27 million jumbo mortgage-backed security where non-qualified mortgages will account for 20.2 percent of the loan balance, according to presale reports. All of the mortgages in the planned JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2016-2 were originated by First Republic Bank via the retail channel. Most prime MBS issued since QM standards took effect in 2014 have been backed solely by QMs and the few deals that have included non-QMs tend ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

New Nonprime MBS from Angel Oak, Deephaven

The market for mortgage-backed securities backed by newly originated nonprime mortgages received a jolt this month as Angel Oak Capital Advisors and Deephaven Mortgage separately issued new deals, according to offering documents obtained by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Angel Oak Mortgage Trust I, LLC 2016-1 was backed by mortgages with an unpaid principal balance of $132.65 million and Deephaven Residential Mortgage Trust 2016-1 was ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Increase Sharply In 2Q16 as Big Banks Battle for Loans

Strong competition among big banks helped increase originations of jumbo mortgages during the second quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. An estimated $101.0 billion in jumbos were originated in the second quarter, up 31.2 percent from the previous quarter. Through the first half of 2016, an estimated $178.0 billion in jumbos were originated, a 7.9 percent increase from the first half of 2015. Jumbo mortgages ... [Includes one data chart]


August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Drifts Slightly Lower In 2Q16 and Remains Well Below Post-Crash High

A total of $333.1 billion of residential MBS backed by freshly originated home loans were issued during the second quarter of 2016, a 30.3 percent increase over the first three months of the year. But that trailed the 34.2 percent surge in primary-market originations during the same period. The result was a further decline in the mortgage securitization rate, from 67.3 percent in the first quarter to 65.3 percent in the second, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. It marked the lowest securitization rate since 2004, when the non-agency MBS market was just beginning to take off. The biggest decline was...[Includes one data table]


August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Angel Oak and Deephaven Issue Nonprime MBS. A Start of Something Big for the ‘New Breed’ of Non-Agency Lenders?

Over the past week, two nonprime MBS deals came to light: a $138.89 million bond issued by Deephaven Residential Mortgage Trust and a $119.38 million security from Angel Oak Real Estate Investment Trust. Both deals were private placements backed by newly originated mortgages and underwritten by Wall Street veterans Credit Suisse and Nomura Securities. Although both were publicized this week, the transactions – which were not rated – closed...


August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

REIT MBS Holdings Up Modestly in 2Q16 With Most of the Increase Coming From Two Harbors

Real estate investment trusts that specialize in residential MBS posted a slight increase in their agency MBS holdings during the second quarter of 2016, along with a drop in non-agency MBS. The 16 publicly traded mortgage REITs tracked by Inside MBS & ABS had a combined residential MBS portfolio of $234.65 billion at the end of June, a gain of 0.9 percent from the previous quarter. However, 11 of the institutions reported declining balances, including the two largest REITs at the top of the ranking. Two Harbors Investment reported...[Includes one data table]


August 19, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Clean-Up Calls on Non-Agency MBS Increase As Loan Balances on Vintage Deals Dwindle

With balances on non-agency MBS issued before the financial crisis falling to levels where clean-up calls can be initiated, clean-up call activity is rising with prospects for further growth. Rights to clean-up calls on non-agency MBS can typically be exercised when the outstanding balance of the MBS is lower than 10.0 percent of the original balance. The owner of the call rights (typically the master servicer) can purchase loans from the pool at par plus expenses and make a profit by selling or re-securitizing performing loans at a premium and retaining distressed loans to modify or liquidate. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, about 37 deals have been called this year totaling about $800 million in unpaid principal balance ...


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