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July 18, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Infractions that Could Trigger MRB Enforcement

One deficiency commonly noted in cases heard by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Mortgagee Review Board is failure by FHA lenders and servicers to implement and maintain a quality control (QC) plan. FHA’s focus on quality control has increased over the last couple of years as the agency strives to correct underwriting flaws that have contributed to the massive losses and severe depletion of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. After years of guiding and helping clients comply and cope with FHA regulations, requirements and enforcement actions, the Collingwood Group reports that a common QC-related mistake among FHA lenders is failure to document steps taken to correct deficiencies – or to take any corrective action at all. Tied to this issue is ...


July 18, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Endorsements Up for 620-679 Credit Scores

Mortgages with 620-679 credit scores accounted for more than half of FHA’s mortgage insurance business in the first quarter of 2014, up from 42.0 percent a year ago, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s latest quarterly report to Congress on the state of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. Data showed FHA-insured mortgages in the 620-679 credit score range, a band typically identified with borrowers with slightly tainted credit, comprised 51.1 percent of new endorsements in the first quarter. This was up from 50.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. FHA endorsements in the 620-plus category started trending upward in the first quarter of 2011, while endorsements in the 720-850 credit score range began a slow decline during the same period. The distribution of borrower credit scores continued the migration seen in previous quarters, though at a ...


July 18, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bayview, Impac, Five Oaks Lining Up to Fund Non-QM Mortgages. But Who Will be the First to Securitize?

The line of companies rolling out new loan menus for non-qualified mortgages is growing longer each week, but it remains to be seen which firm will be the first to issue a non-agency MBS. Citadel Servicing Corp., Irvine, CA, is working on a bond, but has been noncommittal about when it might come to market – and whether its first deal will be public or private. The privately-held nonbank is now funding more than $15 million a month in non-QM/nonprime products. Meanwhile, Impac Mortgage Holdings – an Alt A lender of yesteryear – has just entered...


July 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Research Finds Securitized HELs have Higher Default Probability, Loss Severity Compared to Portfolio Loans

Securitization, particularly non-agency securitization of subprime and Alt A mortgages, has been widely blamed for the recent financial crisis, although less-studied home-equity loans also may have contributed, according to a government working paper. Results suggested that securitized home-equity loans have higher default risk and produce greater loss severity than similar loans held in portfolio by lenders, according to authors Michael LaCour-Little, a professor of finance at California State University at Fullerton, and Yanan Zhang, a financial economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The authors sampled...


July 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s, Fitch: New Trends Affecting Credit Quality of Residential MBS, ABS Securitizations

The credit quality of the collateral backing the most active types of structured finance securities is slipping, but remains above pre-credit crisis levels, according to Moody’s Investors Service. In a report issued last week, Moody’s cited several trends that signal the potential for higher credit risk, but the rating service said that many sponsors are building in subordination levels and other structural features that result in higher credit quality. “The degree of weaker underwriting and collateral quality in structured transactions varies...


July 3, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


July 3, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Few Laws Address Servicer-Affiliate Relationships

Among the myriad of servicing concerns raised by the New York Department of Financial Services in recent months are the relationships between nonbank special servicers and their affiliates. Industry lawyers suggest that few laws specifically address the issue, though the area could see increased regulation and enforcement. In April, Ben Lawsky, superintendent of the NYDFS, expanded his probe of Ocwen Financial to include sales of real estate owned properties ...


July 3, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Capital Requirements Likely for Nonbank Servicers

Officials with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors suggest that state regulators are likely to set capital requirements for nonbank servicers due to concerns about how a failure of a nonbank would impact borrowers. “People have to feel confident that their mortgage check is going where it’s supposed to go, when it’s supposed to get there,” Chuck Cross, a senior vice president for consumer protection at the CSBS, said last week during a webinar hosted by Inside Mortgage Finance Publications ...


June 27, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Wells Fargo: Fannie, Freddie Risk-Sharing Deals on Track To Exceed 2014 Goal, Tightening Spreads Blunt Upside

Even though the risk-sharing targets set for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been all but met this year, expect the two government-sponsored enterprises to come to market with risk-sharing transactions at least once a quarter, with the likely result of both firms exceeding the 2014 target “by at least” $20 billion, predicted an analysis by Wells Fargo Securities. The FHFA’s 2014 Conservatorship Scorecard directs the GSEs to reduce taxpayers’ risks by increasing the role of private capital in the market via several strategies, including tripling the credit risk transfer goals to $90 billion in 2014 from $30 billion in 2013. Year-to-date, Fannie Mae’s Connecticut Avenue Securities program has already achieved...


June 27, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Signs of Life in the Market for Re-performing Loans, But How Many Will Wind up in Securitizations?

Over the past few months, at least $407 million of re-performing residential mortgages have been auctioned off in the secondary market, according to a recent tally from Mountain View Capital Group, Denver. As for how many of these loans will wind up in an MBS, that’s a different matter. DBRS has rated what it calls 15 “seasoned” loan programs since 2009, only four of which it considers to be re-performing. But according to DBRS Managing Director of Structured Finance Quincy Tang, “There’s certainly no shortage of re-performing collateral in the market.” In other words, despite the improvement in the housing market, there are...


June 20, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

NY Passes Bill to Reduce Number of FHA Loans that Would Fall Under Subprime. The New York Assembly recently passed legislation that would result in fewer FHA loans being classified as “subprime” under state banking law, according to the law firm Ballard Spahr. Already passed by the Senate, the bill would make permanent prior emergency rules issued by the Department of Financial Services, which raised the subprime threshold 75 basis points for those loans subject to the revised FHA mortgage-insurance premium cancellation policy. Although the emergency rules were set to expire on Dec. 31, 2013, the DFS granted an extension to allow the state legislature additional time to find a permanent solution, said Ballard Spahr attorneys. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and strong industry backing, and is expected to ...


June 20, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


June 20, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Morningstar Announces Revised MBS Rating Criteria in Bid to Break Into Non-Agency MBS

Morningstar Credit Ratings late last week published new rating criteria for non-agency MBS. While the firm has been active in the commercial MBS sector, the non-agency MBS rating criteria Morningstar released in 2012 never caught on with issuers. “We have taken a fresh, holistic approach to the residential MBS rating process to help investors gauge the relative default risk of a security against its peers,” said Vickie Tillman, president of Morningstar. Tillman joined the rating service in August after more than 30 years at Standard & Poor’s. Morningstar said...


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Home-equity lending is beginning to show new life. My company (pick one):

Plans to enter this market over the next 12 months.
Is already making home equity loans and hopes to increase the offerings.
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Is not making second liens and has no plans to do so.

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