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November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen, Wells Cancel Planned Servicing Transfer

The servicing transfer from Wells Fargo to Ocwen Financial that had been on hold for more than eight months was cancelled last week by the two firms. Scrutiny from the New York Department of Financial Services prompted Ocwen to place the transfer on hold in February. The transfer was first announced in January and would have involved servicing on non-agency mortgage-backed securities with an unpaid principal balance of $35.9 billion along with $3.3 billion in mortgages serviced for ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Investment in Nonprime Lenders Heats Up

Bond investing giant PIMCO has made an investment in Citadel Servicing, a small but fast-growing nonprime lender that could wind up originating $400 million in non-agency residential loans next year. Industry officials confirmed the investment to Inside Nonconforming Markets, although neither company would comment. One source close to the transaction said PIMCO’s stake in Citadel is under 30 percent. The lender, which raised $200 million in seed money early last year, has been funding ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

GSEs Unload Some Nonprime MBS Holdings

The nonprime mortgages held by the government-sponsored enterprises continue to run off, though the GSEs have sold some of their holdings of nonprime mortgage-backed securities in the past year, according to industry analysts. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac held a combined $238.83 billion in nonprime mortgages as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Purchased/guaranteed mortgages ... [Includes one data chart]


November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Servicing Business Draining Away

The subprime servicing business continued to decline during the third quarter of 2014, and the sector’s top player faces big challenges in trying to get any bigger. The supply of subprime mortgage servicing outstanding fell to an estimated $352 billion at the end of the third quarter, according to a new Inside Nonconforming Markets ranking. That was down 5.9 percent from the end of June and off 15.8 percent from a year ago. Ocwen Financial remained the top servicer ... [Includes one data chart]


November 20, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Delinquency Rates Nudges Higher in Seasonal Shift, Adjusted Rate at Pre-Crisis Levels

Mortgage delinquencies followed a seasonal trend and rose in the third quarter of 2014, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance Large Servicer Delinquency Index. The Mortgage Bankers Association, however, reported a 19 basis point drop on a seasonally-adjusted basis that put the overall rate at 5.85 percent, the lowest since the financial crisis. The 24 lenders that reported delinquency data to Inside Mortgage Finance had an average delinquency rate of 6.63 percent, up from 6.54 percent in the second quarter. Unadjusted delinquency rates usually spike higher in the third quarter, even in the midst of a downward trend. The delinquency index also showed...[Includes one data chart]


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie, Freddie MBS Portfolios Will Continue Shrinking Following Profitable Third Quarter

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued to trim their retained holdings of MBS and unsecuritized mortgages in keeping with their conservatorship mandate as the two government-sponsored enterprises each posted a profit during the third quarter of 2014. The two GSEs ended September with a combined $851.71 billion in mortgage-related holdings, down 2.4 percent from the previous quarter. Compared to a year ago, their combined mortgage portfolio was down 16.0 percent and down 46.5 percent from the $1.592 trillion the two firms held in the fourth quarter of 2008 shortly after being placed in government conservatorship. One of the conditions of the conservatorship the GSEs entered six years ago was...[Includes one data chart]


November 7, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


November 7, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Ocwen Financial is working on a settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services regarding various servicing-related concerns raised by the state regulator. The $100 million in legal reserves that Ocwen booked in the third quarter of 2014 for a potential settlement is the minimum the company expects to spend, according to William Erbey, Ocwen’s chairman. “I would caution that this does not mean that we have settled with the [NYDFS] ... [Includes two briefs]


November 7, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Loan Mod Activity Slows in Third Quarter

The number of loan modifications completed in the third quarter of 2014 was lower than activity in other recent quarters, according to servicers and data from the Home Affordable Modification Program. While improved borrower performance contributed to the slowdown, some servicers suggest that changes in federal modification programs were also a factor. A total of 29,384 permanent HAMP mods were started in the third quarter of 2014, down 14.6 percent from ... [Includes one data chart]


November 7, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Sets Sights on Non-Agency Originations

With growth via acquisitions of servicing portfolios on hold, Ocwen Financial is pursuing a number of different initiatives, including originations of non-agency mortgages. The nonbank primarily known for servicing high-touch mortgages is currently testing originations of jumbo mortgages and working toward originating nonprime mortgages. “The business is building a robust new product pipeline and is currently in the market testing a new jumbo mortgage product,” Michael Bourque ...


November 7, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Two Harbors Sees Promise in Non-Agency Lending

Two Harbors Investment is working to increase its non-agency conduit activity, launching a nonprime product along with a low-downpayment jumbo for high-quality borrowers. Officials at the real estate investment trust said Two Harbors also plans to be a regular issuer of non-agency mortgage-backed securities. “It has been clear to us for some time that the market has a need for products like this, and we are excited to be able to extend our reach as a capital provider to these segments ...


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors Optimistic About U.S. Economy, Expect No Big Changes in MBS, Housing Markets, Survey Finds

Professional money managers see the U.S. economy on a sounder footing over the next 12 months, with expectations of little or no gain among mortgage-related assets over the next year, according to a new Fitch Ratings survey of fixed-income investors. Opinions about the credit conditions of mortgage investment vehicles in the near term mostly focused on modest, rather than severe, deterioration. In this segment, investors were mostly optimistic about prime mortgage-backed bonds. Overall, the survey found...


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Clean-Up Call Activity on Non-Agency MBS Increases, Ocwen Set to Issue More Calls

Servicers are increasingly executing their clean-up call options on vintage non-agency MBS, paying off investors at par and realizing profits by liquidating real estate owned properties. This year has been the most active year for clean-up calls on non-agency MBS since 2007, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. And that’s before the largest servicer of subprime MBS has taken any significant action on clean-up calls. In August, Ocwen Financial announced...


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ally Financial Facing Subpoenas From the SEC, Justice Department Over MBS, Subprime Auto ABS

Ally Financial recently received subpoenas and document requests from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice over a broad array of lending and securitization activities, the company revealed in a recent Form 10-Q disclosure filed with the SEC. “The subpoenas and document requests from the SEC include information covering a wide range of mortgage-related matters, and the subpoenas received from the DOJ include a broad request for documentation and other information in connection with its investigations of potential fraud and other potential legal violations related to MBS, as well as the origination and/or underwriting of mortgage loans,” the company said. In addition, Ally recently received...


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Faces Intense Scrutiny from NYDFS

The New York Department of Financial Services has found serious issues at Ocwen Financial, including the backdating of “potentially hundreds of thousands” of letters to borrowers, the NYDFS said in a letter to the nonbank servicer released this week. The allegations could be the most damaging yet for Ocwen, which has faced concerns from the NYDFS since February when Ocwen placed a planned $39.2 billion mortgage acquisition on indefinite hold in an effort to resolve issues raised by the agency ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Deephaven Sees Promise in Nonprime MBS

Boosters of the non-agency market are trying to solve too many problems at once, according to Matthew Nichols, a managing partner at Deephaven Mortgage. He said work by various groups to set standards and address the problems confronting the non-agency market is an effort to create a world where non-agency MBS never take a first loss. “We are taking a simpler approach, accumulating nonprime, non-QM mortgages and securitizing them,” Nichols said this week at ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Court Dismisses $210 Million MBS Suit Against Merrill Lynch, Plaintiffs’ Counsel Admonished

A New York trial court judge has dismissed an investor lawsuit alleging fraud by Merrill Lynch in the sale of residential MBS because the plaintiffs failed to meet the state’s pleading standard for fraud claims. Justice Charles Ramos of the New York Supreme Court dismissed an amended complaint brought by Phoenix Light SF Ltd. and other investors against Merrill Lynch and several big banks. The complaint combined...


October 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Performance of Nonprime Borrowers Improving

With most “easy” refinance business long gone, some lenders have turned their attention to lower credit-quality borrowers. New research from Fair Isaac suggests that borrowers with the lowest credit scores are showing improved performance, helping to ease some concerns about lending to such borrowers. Ethan Dornhelm, principal scientist at Fair Isaac, said average FICO scores tend to decline during an economic downturn, as consumers have more difficulty meeting loan obligations ...


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Limited in Its Authority, CFPB Criticizes Student Loan Securitization, Incentives and Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was critical this week of aspects of the student loan securitization process as well as servicer performance as it issued its latest annual report on private student-loan borrowing. The report analyzed more than 5,300 private student loan complaints between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, an increase of 38 percent over the previous year. “Lending practices in the private student-loan market in the years preceding the financial crisis shared...


October 10, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA to Extend Short Refi Program. The FHA has announced its intent to extend its Short Refinance Program for borrowers in negative equity positions. A mortgagee letter will be issued soon to announce the extension. Feedback Period extended for Draft Servicing Section of Proposed Single Family Handbook. The FHA is extending the comment period for the draft servicing section of the Single Family Housing Policy Handbook through Nov. 14, 2014 to allow stakeholders additional time to study and comment on the proposed section. The original deadline date was Oct. 17. CFPB Updates Reverse Mortgage Guide. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently updated its reverse mortgage guide on its website to account for recent changes made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program. The updated guide highlights new limits to ...


October 10, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


October 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

U.S. Judge Allows Investors’ MBS Class-Action Case Against JPMorgan to Proceed but Limits Suit’s Scope

A federal judge in New York has cleared the way for investors to proceed with a $10 billion class-action suit against JPMorgan in relation to the 2007 sale of non-agency MBS. Judge Paul Oetken of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, however, limited the scope of the class-action suit to JPMorgan’s liability but did not certify as to damage. Explaining his decision to narrow the scope of the suit, Oetken said...


October 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Revs Up in 3Q14; Even the Jumbo Market Showed Some Life

Thanks to a heavy supply of scratch-and-dent deals and a rebound in jumbo mortgage securitizations, new issuance in the non-agency MBS market jumped by 57.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. A total of $8.99 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the third quarter, a major increase from the $5.71 billion issued in the previous three-month period. Year-to-date issuance was still off 27.3 percent from the first nine months of 2013, and it is doubtful that annual volume this year will top 2013’s total when the year is over. Issuance of prime non-agency MBS in the third quarter was...[Includes three data charts]


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What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.
There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.

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