Subprime Mortgages

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January 23, 2015 - Inside FHA Lending

Streamlined FHA Refinances Increase in 3Q14

Streamlined FHA refinance volume increased slightly in the third quarter of 2014 as incentives put in place in 2013 continued to attract FHA borrowers, according to an Inside FHA Lending analysis of agency information. Streamlined refi production rose 2.4 percent in the third quarter of last year, closing a nine-month period with $14.2 billion in new loans. A comparison of nine-month FHA-to-FHA refinance activity, however, shows volume falling a hefty 79.6 percent year over year. As of Sept. 30, 2014, streamlined refinances accounted for 14.3 percent of total FHA originations. The FHA announced a revised streamlined refi program in December 2013 to help FHA borrowers with underwater mortgages to refinance without added cost or penalty. The loan does not require an appraisal or verification of job, income or credit. A perfect, three-month payment history is required and ... [ 1 chart ]


January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Kroll Bond Rating Agency updated the default and loss model the firm uses for non-agency mortgage-backed securities last week. Among other changes, the rating service reduced its loss expectations for purchase mortgages, reduced assumed timelines for foreclosures and formalized the penalty for mortgages with debt-to-income ratios above 45.0 percent. Titan Capital Solutions announced this week that it will purchase mortgages ... [Includes five briefs]


January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Rent-to-Own Lender Cove Out of Business

Cove Financial, a lender that offered a unique rent-to-own program, went out of business at the end of 2014. The company recently notified loan originators offering its Mortgage Alternative Program that Cove “is no longer conducting business or offering MAP.” Officials said vendors and others that have partnered with the company will be contacted by an assignee for the benefit of creditors. The lender added that the closure doesn’t impact borrowers ...


January 23, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Experts Shrug Off Rising Delinquencies on Subprime Auto Loans Resulting From Looser Underwriting

Issuers of auto ABS are loosening underwriting standards and delinquencies on subprime auto loans are increasing, but industry analysts suggest that there is little cause for concern. Performance remains much stronger than the delinquencies seen during the financial crisis and issuers are unlikely to loosen underwriting to the extent seen in the run-up to 2008. For independent finance companies, 60+ delinquencies increased by 13.7 percent in the past year, from 1.82 percent in the third quarter of 2013 to 2.07 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest data from Experian Automotive. Independent finance companies focus primarily on lending to subprime borrowers, and their delinquency trends outpaced any increase in delinquencies for other types of lenders that lend primarily to prime borrowers. Peter McNally, a vice president and senior analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, said...


January 23, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

2014 Ranked as Strongest Post-Crisis Year in ABS Issuance Despite Fourth-Quarter Slowdown

A total of $185.32 billion of non-mortgage ABS were issued in 2014, the highest annual production level for the market since 2007, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. ABS issuance was up 12.0 percent from the prior year, with solid gains in three of the market’s key sectors: auto finance, credit cards and business loans. The weakest link was the student loan ABS market, where annual production fell 25.4 percent from 2013 and slipped to its lowest level since 1999. Vehicle finance deals were...[Includes two data charts]


January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Modified Loans Dropping Across the Board in Non-Agency Trusts as Sector Continues to Stabilize

Even though modified loans represent a larger share of non-agency MBS trusts these days, structured product analysts at Wells Fargo Securities have detected a notable year-over-year decrease in modifications. To be sure, modified loans have become an increasing portion of such trusts lately. “About 62 percent of subprime in terms of [unpaid principal balance] has been modified, 39 percent of option adjustable-rate mortgages, 31 percent of Alt A, and 19 percent of prime,” the analysts reported. “Modification activity, however, has slowed down...


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuance Increases Toward End Of 2014, Falls Well Short of Peak Seen in 2013

The strong growth in issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities seen since 2010 stumbled in 2014, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some $9.79 billion in jumbo MBS were issued last year, down 25.4 percent from activity in 2013. Issuance has been constrained by bank portfolio demand for jumbo mortgages. The spike in interest rates in 2013 led to nine months of very low issuance. Rates have since fallen and a number of new jumbo MBS issuers have entered the market, but quarterly volume has struggled to reach the levels seen in early 2013. Those looking for a silver lining could...[Includes one data chart]


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Major Servicers Improving, Save for Ocwen

Most major servicers participating in the Home Affordable Modification Program and subject to national mortgage servicing settlements are generally improving their performance, according to officials overseeing the programs. CitiMortgage will receive incentive payments from HAMP that were being withheld due to poor performance, the Treasury Department noted in a report released last week. Citi went from needing “substantial” improvement in HAMP ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Most Consumer ABS Asset Classes to Hold Up Well In 2015, With Subprime Auto a Question Mark

Wall Street analysts are generally projecting a year of stability for most asset classes in the consumer ABS space for 2015, despite a few more losses and an anticipated increase in interest rates. The one exception might be subprime auto. Analysts at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services cited a favorable overall environment characterized by a strengthening economy, healthy consumer credit fundamentals, and robust structural protections in ABS transactions. “We expect...


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The FHA is cutting its annual premium by 50 basis points. How much of a difference will this cut make in your FHA business?

Not much at all—maybe 10 percent at best.
Modestly. We expect a 10 percent to 25 percent gain in applications.
This is a real game changer, 25 percent or better.
Hard to say. This cut may just steal business away from the new Fannie/Freddie 97 LTV effort.

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