Subprime Mortgages

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June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Holdings of Non-Agency MBS Dwindle

With issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities unable to keep pace with disappearing volume from vintage deals, bank and thrift holdings of non-agency MBS continue to decline. The holdings were down somewhat more than usual in the first quarter of 2015, suggesting sales by some banks. Banks and thrifts held $111.48 billion in non-agency MBS as of the end of the first quarter of 2015, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. The holdings declined by 16.1 percent compared with the first quarter of 2014, including an 11.0 percent decline compared with the fourth quarter of 2014 ... [Includes one data table.]

June 25, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fair Lending Expectations Are Shifting From Pricing Toward Greater Access, Experts Say

A number of recent headline-generating fair lending settlements may have focused largely on issues of pricing disparities, but there has been a sea change among policymakers these days moving in the direction of greater access to mortgage credit, some industry experts say. During an Inside Mortgage Finance webinar this week, Jeffrey Naimon, a partner in the Washington, DC, office of the BuckleySandler law firm, said the industry is seeing a pendulum swing from the focal point of concern being loan pricing to loan access. “Especially during the time when subprime loans were available, there was a lot of concern that minority borrowers were being steered into higher-cost subprime loans,” he told attendees. “The adoption of the loan originator compensation rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau affected...

June 12, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

June 12, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Rating Outlooks Differ for Ocwen

Ocwen Financial’s servicing of certain mortgages in non-agency mortgage-backed securities remains at risk due to a downgrade watch issued last week by Standard & Poor’s. Officials at Ocwen said they were surprised by the announcement while noting that Moody’s Investors Service upgraded various ratings relating to the nonbank. S&P said it placed servicer ratings for Ocwen on watch for downgrade last week due to regulatory scrutiny of the company, results from ...

June 12, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Tough Market for Nonprime Non-QMs

Lenders offering nonprime loans that do not meet the qualified-mortgage standard have run into difficulties generating volume because weak secondary-market demand has made pricing on the loans unattractive to borrowers. Jeff Lemieux, until recently a vice president at Bayview Asset Management, said volume in nonprime non-QMs is extremely weak across the industry. “The consumer is resistant to the pricing,” he said. Lemieux said credit-impaired borrowers feel that ...

June 12, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Angel Oaks’ Plan to Securitize Nonprime Mortgages Appears to Be on Hold; Whole Loan Sales Instead?

Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions was hoping to make a big splash this year by being the first lender to securitize newly originated nonprime mortgages since the housing bust. It now appears those plans are on hold. According to officials who said they have been briefed on the situation, the Atlanta-based Angel Oak is now shopping around a roughly $100 million package of nonprime loans, many of which were originated over the past year. One investor said...

June 4, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Citadel Launches a Nonprime Second-Lien Product, But Don’t Expect Other Nonbanks to Join the Party

Citadel Loan Servicing this week rolled out something the residential market hasn’t seen in quite some time: a nonprime second lien from a nonbank. But don’t expect a groundswell of copycat loans. Moreover, it’s doesn’t appear that Citadel’s bold move is likely to ignite the return of nonbanks to producing second liens of any type – whether it’s a closed-end second or a line of credit. Anecdotal evidence suggests...

May 29, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

May 29, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Not Much Breathing Room for Non-Agency

Real estate investment trusts and new investors in the mortgage business could provide funding for nonconforming lending, but securitization remains challenged, according to various experts at the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The non-agency mortgage-backed securities market is very subdued, said Laurie Goodman, director of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Issuance has been running at about ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bumpier Roads May Be Ahead for Auto Lenders, Prime and Subprime Alike, According to S&P

Slowing growth, looser underwriting and increasing regulation are likely to tap the brakes on the joyride U.S. auto lenders have enjoyed in recent years, according to recent research from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. “Despite the robust performance of the auto sector in the past few years, we believe bumpier roads may lie ahead,” S&P Credit Analyst Igor Koyfman said in a recent report. “As lenders compete for market share, they have extended loan terms and increased the average financing amount, while yields have declined.” Lenders have also increased...

May 22, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Deephaven’s Nonprime Production a Mystery

Seven months ago, a fledgling nonprime lender called Deephaven Mortgage unveiled a $300 million investment in the firm by a global “alternative” hedge fund called Varde Partners, Minneapolis. But since then, not much has been heard about Deephaven. Then again, it might be said that the “new” nonprime industry is still trying to figure out how to operate in a world of tight regulation, non-QM lending and a securitization market that doesn’t want to touch its product. Matt Nichols, the former Goldman Sachs managing director who formed Deephaven two years ago, did not respond...

May 21, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Class Certification Denied in Bank’s Fair-Lending Suit; Groups Sue Fannie for Bad REO Practices

In a ruling that may impact future fair-lending class actions, a federal district court judge in Manhattan has denied class certification in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and National Consumer Law Center against global investment bank Morgan Stanley. Filed in October 2012, the suit was brought on behalf of African American borrowers in Detroit who obtained subprime loans from New Century Mortgage, a now-defunct originator that sold the loans to secondary-market purchasers, including Morgan Stanley, which then securitized them. New Century originated...


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