Subprime Mortgages

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February 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fitch Ratings Warns Rising Home Prices In Some States May Not Be Sustainable

While home price gains across the U.S. are fairly sustainable, some metropolitan areas where jumbo loan underwriting standards are considered relatively loose may be on the cusp of a potential bubble, according to Fitch Ratings. The San Francisco market, where home prices climbed to record levels in the third quarter of 2015, now looks like it did during the dot-com boom of the late 90’s, Fitch said. The firm’s recent RMBS Sustainable Home Price Report noted that homes in the Bay Area have climbed 62 percent above their post-recession low in early 2012 and are up 10 percent in the past year. At current levels, the Bay Area market is...

February 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Blackstone Expands Reach Into Mortgage Industry Through Purchase of Servicing Brokerage Firm IMA

The Blackstone Group this week continued its expanding reach into the mortgage industry, agreeing to buy – through an affiliate – Interactive Mortgage Advisors, Denver, one of the busiest sellers of mortgage servicing rights in the nation. No purchase price was revealed. IMA is being sold through an “asset” transfer. Its trading desk affiliate, Spurs Capital, is not part of the transaction, though the two firms will maintain a working relationship. In the fourth quarter, IMA brokered...

February 11, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo Market Held Up Better Than Government- Insured, Conventional-Conforming Sectors in 4Q15

Don’t tell Bernie Sanders this, but the upper class appeared to suffer less than other folks during the fourth-quarter decline in mortgage production, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Mortgage lenders produced an estimated $78 billion of big-ticket home loans to, hopefully, well-to-do borrowers during the final three months of last year. That was down 8.2 percent from the third quarter, a little over half the rate of decline in total mortgage originations during the period. For the full year, jumbo mortgages accounted...[Includes two data tables]

February 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Deep Subprime Lending on the Rise in 2015

There was a hefty increase in mortgage originations for subprime borrowers with credit scores under 620, most of them FHA loans, according to Equifax. From January through October of 2015, some $50.7 billion of mortgages were originated for borrowers with credit scores below 620, the credit bureau said. That was up 28 percent from the same period in 2014. Equifax attributes this to smarter lending habits. Amy Crew Cutts, Equifax’s chief economist, said while there are many ...

February 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Blackstone Eyes Entry Into Nonprime Space

The Blackstone Group, according to industry sources, has amassed a war chest of roughly $250 million to buy non-agency, nonprime mortgages, another sign that “big money” investors have returned to the sector. At this point, it’s hard to say how much origination volume in the sector will grow. It’s well known that over the past 18 months, bond insurance giant PIMCO has been buying loans that don’t meet the qualified mortgage test from Citadel Servicing and others. The reason is ...

February 5, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Interest Rate Step-Ups on Modified Mortgages a Modest Credit Negative for RMBS, Moody’s Says

The expected increase in interest rates on some previously modified home mortgages is a slight credit negative for RMBS performance because these loans will re-default at a higher rate, according to analysts at Moody’s Investors Service. However, higher default rates will have only a modest effect on subprime and Alt A RMBS, because only a small percentage of outstanding subprime and Alt A mortgage loans are positioned to experience future rate step-ups. In their research, the analysts found that subprime and Alt A modified loans become delinquent more frequently after a rate step-up. “Modified subprime and Alt A loans with a demonstrated performance history of four to five years become delinquent at a significantly higher rate after a step-up in interest rates than do loans of a similar type and vintage that have not stepped up,” said the analysts in a new report released this week. According to their data, in July 2015, only 2 percent of the modified re-performing subprime loans became...

January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Settles With SEC, Donates to Milwaukee

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Wednesday that Ocwen Financial agreed to a $2.0 million settlement. The agreement covers misstatements of financial results due to a “flawed” methodology to value mortgage servicing rights and conflict-of-interest issues involving William Erbey, the former executive chairman of Ocwen. “Ocwen released inaccurate financial statements because its internal controls were inadequate and its audit committee failed to scrutinize ...

January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Impac Works to Increase Non-QM Originations

Officials at Impac Mortgage Holdings said originations of non-qualified mortgages are a “primary focus” for the lender this year. Impac has been one of the most prominent non-QM lenders, but production remains relatively low. Impac originated $48.0 million in non-QMs in the third quarter of 2015, the most recent figures available. The lender refers to these originations as AltQM products. Impac focused its early non-QM efforts in the wholesale channel and started offering non-QMs via ...

January 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

With MI Stocks Suffering, AIG Unveils Plan for a Partial Spinoff of Market Leader United Guaranty

Bowing to pressure from investors – in particular, Carl Icahn – American International Group this week rolled out a blueprint to increase shareholder value, including a partial spin-off of its top-ranked mortgage insurance division, United Guaranty Corp. Although both AIG and UGC were not entertaining questions on the details, a spinoff of the MI business could come by mid-year with up to 19.9 percent of the unit being sold to the public. Eventually, AIG said...

January 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Goldman Sachs Agrees to a Record Settlement, Claims Against BNYM Given the Green Light

Goldman Sachs last week announced it has agreed to a $5.1 billion settlement, the largest regulatory penalty in the firm’s history, concluding an investigation brought by the Residential MBS Working Group of the U.S. Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. The agreement in principle is poised to resolve actual and potential civil claims by the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York and Illinois attorneys general, the National Credit Union Administration (as conservator for several failed credit unions) and the Federal Home Loan Banks of Chicago and Seattle. At issue are...

January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

January 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

The Nonprime MBS Market Is on a Mini Roll, But Can a Rated Deal Get Done This Year?

Four nonprime MBS backed by newly-originated residential loans came to market during the last four months of 2015, but none of deals were rated, a situation that could change in the new year. In a recent interview with Inside MBS & ABS, John Hsu, head of capital markets for Angel Oak Capital, said his company hopes to get a rated deal done in 2016, believing such a milestone would help move the nascent market forward. “We need...

January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.

January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

New Tactic Suggested for Subprime ARM Mods

Servicers and borrowers with subprime adjustable-rate mortgages would benefit from a new type of loan modification, according to research recently published by the Federal Reserve’s division of research and statistics and division of monetary affairs. The researchers suggested that mods triggered when housing price declines exceed a certain percentage may reduce delinquency and foreclosure rates along with reducing servicers’ costs. The results were detailed in a paper titled ...

January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Angel Oak Sells Largest Post-Crisis Nonprime MBS

Angel Oak Capital Advisors issued a nonprime mortgage-backed security on Dec. 17 tied to loans with an unpaid principal balance of $150.35 million. It was the fourth – and largest – nonprime MBS issued in 2015. Angel Oak Mortgage Trust 2015-1 included a $120.28 million senior tranche, a $15.04 million mezzanine tranche and two subordinate tranches totaling $15.04 million. The deal was issued by Angel Oak’s Greenleaf Income Trust II and was not rated. Officials at Angel Oak said ...


A lot has been written lately regarding loan closing delays tied to the new TRID rule. What’s been the average delay at your lending shop, if at all? (Report in business days, not calendar.)

TRID has caused no delays whatsoever because we were prepared.


1 to 4 days.


5 to 10 days.


11 to 15 days. It’s been a nightmare.


We’re too embarrassed to tell you.


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