Subprime Mortgages

Browse articles from all of our Newsletters related to Subprime Mortgages.

October 21, 2016 - 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.

October 14, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Rebounded in 3Q16, But Remained Well Off the Pace Set in 2015

A total of $12.41 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the third quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis, but the market continued to rely heavily on a mix of recycled collateral and niche transactions. Overall issuance was up 78.3 percent from the second quarter, including big gains in prime MBS production and re-securitization deals. That still left year-to-date issuance off 43.9 percent from the first nine months of 2015. The huge jump in prime MBS production is...[Includes three data tables]

October 7, 2016 - 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.

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Structured Finance Industry Group is preparing to publish standards that aim to increase transparency for representations and warranties on new non-agency mortgage-backed securities, according to officials at the trade group. Eric Kaplan, a managing partner at Ranieri Strategies, said SFIG will release one or two “green papers” this year as part of the group’s RMBS 3.0 effort to revive issuance of non-agency MBS. He said the next green paper from SFIG will ... [Includes two briefs]

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Sales of Higher-Priced Mortgages Declined in 2015

Some $41.77 billion in higher-priced mortgages were sold in 2015, down 19.9 percent from 2014, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of recently released data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Their share of total loan sales also decreased in 2015 to 3.3 percent. Higher-priced mortgages are sometimes seen as a proxy for nonprime mortgages. First-lien higher-priced mortgages are defined as loans with an ... [Includes one data chart]

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Servicing Nonprime Non-QMs Takes Extra Effort

While delinquencies on nonprime, non-qualified mortgages originated in recent years have been low, lenders note that servicing these loans requires unique efforts. How borrowers are welcomed by the servicer is seen as particularly important. Daniel Perl, CEO of Citadel Servicing, said Citadel’s borrowers receive three or four phone calls from the servicer within the first 20 days of origination. “We want people to understand that we’re here to help,” Perl said during a recent webinar ...

September 30, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Demand for Non-QMs in Secondary Market, MBS Issuance Seen as Key for Growth in Originations

As recently as three years ago, few companies were willing to finance originations of nonprime mortgages, either via warehouse funding or acquiring the paper as whole loans. Daniel Perl, CEO of Citadel Servicing, said there are currently a number of Wall Street companies and other firms that will provide a certain amount of liquidity for one to three years, while demand for whole loans and MBS is also increasing. “There’s a lot to be said for this market today that you couldn’t say three years ago,” he said earlier this month during a webinar hosted by Inside Mortgage Finance. Tom Hutchens, a senior vice president of sales and marketing at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, said...

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

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

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 MBS & ABS

FHFA Has Settled Almost All of Its MBS Lawsuits With One Glaring Exception: RBS/Greenwich Capital

Five years have passed since the Federal Housing Finance Agency filed suit against 18 Wall Street firms and banks for peddling nonprime MBS to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the years leading up to the housing crisis. All of the defendants have settled or lost with one glaring exception: Royal Bank of Scotland. As for when (and if) RBS will settle, that’s a different and complicated matter. The bank is presently owned by the British government, which took control of it during the financial crisis. In other words, any settlement might entail taxpayer money and cause a political controversy in the U.K. And the bill could be...

September 16, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Federal Court Appoints Lead Master To Sift Through UBS Loans for Breaches

A federal district court judge in Manhattan has named a lead master to review 9,342 mortgages for material breaches following a put-back trial against UBS Real Estate Securities. The trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York will determine whether UBS breached certain representations and warranties and may have to repurchase the defective loans originally pooled in three trusts. U.S. Bank, the trustee for all three pools, is seeking more than $2 billion in damages, court filings show. U.S. Bank sued...


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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