Subprime Mortgages

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September 4, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Conventional Market Grew Slightly Faster in 2Q14 Mortgage Origination Surge; Refinancing Sinks

Production of conventional mortgages – those eligible for sale to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as jumbo loans – grew at a faster rate than the government-insured market during the second quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis. Origination of conventional-conforming mortgages increased by 24.4 percent from the first quarter, climbing to an estimated $153.0 billion. While that continued to account for the biggest chunk of new business – 52.1 percent – the biggest proportional increase in new lending came in the jumbo mortgage sector, where new originations jumped 34.1 percent during the second quarter. Production of government-insured mortgages, including FHA, VA and rural housing loans, increased...[Includes two data charts]


August 29, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Unable to Use $200 Million Windfall

Roughly $1 billion in damages will flow through to the FHA and Ginnie Mae from Bank of America’s record $16.65 billion global mortgage-backed securities settlement with the Department of Justice. Although most of the DOJ’s case centered around faulty private-label MBS that BofA and its forbears (namely Countrywide and Merrill Lynch) underwrote during the housing boom, a small piece of the settlement is tied to servicing chores that the bank did for Ginnie Mae. And apparently, BofA didn’t do a very good job of servicing the underlying product. The bank took over as the subservicer on roughly $26.2 billion in mortgage servicing rights that once belonged to Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, a large nonbank based in Ocala, FL. When TBW went bust in the second half of 2009, BofA was given the subservicing contract. “BofA serviced the loans for us,” said Ginnie Mae president Ted Tozer. “And they did a ...


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

CFPB Taking a Close Look at Servicing Transfers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released an updated bulletin regarding servicing transfers due to continued concerns about how troubled borrowers fare when servicing moves from one firm to another. “In particular, CFPB examiners will carefully scrutinize transfers of loans with pending loss mitigation applications or approved trial and permanent modification plans,” the regulator said. “Examples of good practices by servicers include flagging those loans and ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Private MIs, VA Overtake Faltering FHA Program

Weighed down by high premium costs and lender overlays, FHA lost more primary market share to private mortgage insurers and the Department of Veterans Affairs during the second quarter of 2014. Although June’s FHA endorsement numbers have not yet been released, the trend seen in April through May, along with Ginnie Mae securitization data, suggest that FHA business was up a modest 11.5 percent from the first quarter. But that increase provides no comfort to FHA, which saw its market share go down to 33.7 percent, a six-year low. From April to May, FHA forward endorsements rose by 2.4 percent to $10.61 billion. On a year-over-year basis, however, endorsements were down from $21.9 billion in May 2013, according to an Inside FHA Lending analysis of agency data. On the other hand, private MI companies reported a total of $44.19 billion of new insurance written (NIW) during the ... [2 charts]


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Moody’s Investors Service this week announced a proposed update to its rating criteria for jumbo mortgage-backed securities. Under the proposed criteria, collateral modeling will be based on a new version of Moody’s Individual Loan Analysis tool as opposed to the portfolio analysis tool Moody’s has used since 2008. Navneet Agarwal, a managing director at Moody’s, said the proposed changes set “a new standard for transparency” ... [Includes six briefs]


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

GSEs’ Nonprime Holdings Continue to Run Off

The government-sponsored enterprises’ holdings of nonprime mortgages continue to decline, largely due to runoff, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac held a combined $252.22 billion in Alt A and subprime mortgage assets as of the end of the second quarter of 2014, down 18.3 percent from the second quarter of 2013. Purchased/guaranteed mortgages account for ... [Includes one data chart]


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Performance Improves, Portfolios Shrink

It was business as usual in the subprime servicing market during the second quarter of 2014, save for the lack of large transfers of servicing from banks to nonbank special servicers. Subprime mortgage performance continued to improve and the amount of subprime mortgages outstanding continued to decline. Some $374.0 billion in subprime mortgages were outstanding as of the end of the second quarter of 2014 ... [Includes one data chart]


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

DOJ Subpoenas Top Subprime Auto ABS Issuers GM Financial, Santander Consumer; Who’s Next?

The Department of Justice recently subpoenaed GM Financial and Santander Consumer USA, two of the largest subprime auto ABS issuers in the U.S., over concerns about their subprime auto lending and securitization operations, the two companies recently revealed. The developments suggest that such regulatory scrutiny of the sector in the wake of the financial crisis is intensifying, market participants and policy analysts say. Whether that will pose a substantial risk to other lenders remains to be seen. GM Financial announced...


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ocwen Plans to Use Its Clean-Up Call Option On Vintage Non-Agency MBS It Services

Officials at Ocwen Financial announced late last week that the company plans to use its clean-up call option on loans backing vintage non-agency MBS that it services. Officials see strong profits in paying off non-agency MBS investors at par and then liquidating real estate owned properties whose loans were included in non-agency MBS. “The opportunity results from the arbitrage of the underlying loans in REO being worth more than the securities,” William Erbey, Ocwen’s executive chairman, said during the servicer’s earnings call for the second quarter of 2014. “In other words, the whole is worth less than the sum of the parts.” He said...


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