Subprime Mortgages

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April 22, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Paced Growth in Government- Insured Servicing During 1Q16

The Ginnie Mae servicing market continued to grow during the first three months of 2016, with most of the impetus coming from the VA home loan guaranty program. A new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of mortgage-backed securities data reveals that the amount of Ginnie servicing outstanding swelled to $1.544 trillion as of the end of March, a 1.65 percent gain from the previous quarter. Because issuer-servicers regularly repurchase seriously delinquent loans out of Ginnie MBS pools, the actual volume of government-insured loans outstanding was somewhat higher. The VA program saw the most growth, increasing by 3.25 percent in just three months, while FHA servicing in Ginnie MBS rose only 0.96 percent from December 2015. Servicing of rural housing loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was up 1.34 percent, while the FHA insurance program for Native Americans ... {4 charts]


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

States Continue to Weigh Regulation of Servicers

More than a year after state regulators proposed prudential standards for nonbank servicers, there’s no specific timeframe for releasing final standards. Officials at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors note that they are hoping for a coordinated approach with federal entities to regulate nonbank servicers. In March 2015, the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators and CSBS proposed standards for nonbank servicers. The proposal included baseline ...


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Caliber First to Receive ‘Expanded Credit’ Rating

Caliber Home Loans was assessed by Moody’s Investors Service as an originator of “expanded-credit” mortgages last week. Caliber is the first lender to receive a rating from Moody’s for expanded-credit mortgages, which could pave the way for the first rated non-agency mortgage-backed security that includes non-qualified mortgages. The rating service defined Caliber’s expanded-credit mortgages as non-agency mortgages that are not prime jumbo loans. Moody’s said ...


April 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Mortgage ABS Production Rebounds in Early 2016 But Fell Well Short of Volume Issued Last Year

Thanks to a resurgence of deals backed by vehicle-related financing, non-mortgage ABS production rebounded strongly in the first three months of 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. But ABS issuance levels came up well short of the volume generated during the first three months of last year, and a few key segments continued to limp along. A total of $41.42 billion of non-mortgage ABS were issued...[Includes two data tables]


April 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Tighter Competition Among Small Lenders Raises Aggregate Losses in Subprime Auto ABS, Says Report

Overall net losses in subprime auto ABS are on the rise due to an increasing number of deals from smaller lenders that cater to borrowers with weak credit. Amid this trend, however, subprime auto ABS performance varies by lender, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s analysts said competition among auto lenders has tightened as new, mostly smaller, lenders – driven by low losses on post-crisis auto loans and low interest rates – enter the market and compete for borrowers. The crowded market has driven...


April 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Off at a Dreary Pace In Early 2016, Unique Chase Deal in the Spotlight

New production of non-agency MBS fell sharply in the first quarter of 2016 despite an anomalous rebound in the prime mortgage sector. A mere $8.38 billion of non-agency MBS was issued in the first three months of this year, down 40.8 percent from the fourth quarter and off 64.5 percent from a year ago, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. It was the slowest quarter for new issuance since the end of 2013, when just $6.11 billion of new non-agency MBS came to market. The non-agency MBS market remains...[Includes three data tables]


April 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Next Up for the Blackstone Group and Finance of America: Non-QM Investing. How Big Can It Get?

Over the past year, The Blackstone Group has been aggressively expanding into many facets of the mortgage business and is now ready to make what might be considered a bold move: investing and originating in residential loans that don’t meet the qualified-mortgage test. But just how big might Blackstone get? That’s hard to say at this point. A source inside the company, who spoke under the condition his name not be used, confirmed...


April 8, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


April 8, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

A district court of appeals in Florida ruled in favor of a borrower this week in a case involving a foreclosure on a mortgage in a non-agency mortgage-backed security. The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, found that the trustee on a non-agency MBS issued by Bear Stearns in 2006 didn’t have the proper documentation to complete a foreclosure initiated in 2009. “An exhibit filed during the trial contained no indication that ... [Includes three briefs]


April 8, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Warren Rehashes Blame for Subprime Crisis

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, used a hearing by the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee this week to highlight the Federal Reserve’s lack of action on subprime mortgages prior to the financial crisis of 2008. Leonard Chanin, currently of counsel at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, took the brunt of Warren’s criticism. He was deputy director of the division of consumer and community affairs at the Federal Reserve and helped lead the division from ...


April 8, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fitch Adjusts Criteria to Rate Nonprime MBS

Fitch Ratings revised its criteria for rating non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by non-qualified mortgages last week. The new standards set the stage for Fitch to rate nonprime non-QM MBS. The new non-QM criteria from Fitch include expanded product assumptions for rating nonprime mortgages and loans to self-employed or non-wage-earning borrowers. When determining litigation liability, Fitch said it will make a distinction between non-QMs for “very high ...


April 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

CA AG Sues Morgan Stanley Alleging False Claims, Securities Violations; Countrywide Payout is Closer

Litigation over legacy residential MBS deals that went sour in the run-up to the financial crisis continued last week, as California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued investment bank Morgan Stanley for alleged misrepresentations about RMBS investments, which she said contributed to huge losses by investors such as the state’s public pension funds. In what is just the second such use of the False Claims Act by a state, Harris’ complaint, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Morgan Stanley violated the FCA, as well as California securities law and other state laws, by allegedly hiding or downplaying the risks of complex investments involving large numbers of underlying loans or other assets. Harris used...


March 25, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 25, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Views on the Outlook for Non-QM Lending

Originating non-qualified mortgages remains a niche market. According to a recent survey of 200 lenders conducted by Lenders One, 64 percent of survey respondents say they originate non-QMs, though only 18 percent of the total respondents frequently originate the loans. Many of the lenders appear to be offering non-QMs to prime borrowers, with nonprime non-QMs much less common. Impac Mortgage Holdings is one of the most prominent lenders offering non-QMs ...


March 25, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Rate Nudged Higher in 2015, Still Well Below Post-Crisis Norm

Mortgage securitization made a small comeback in 2015, but softness in the non-agency MBS sector and higher guaranty fees required by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still played a huge influence in the market, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. An estimated $1.210 trillion of newly-originated home loans were pooled in mortgage securities last year, representing 69.7 percent of the $1.735 trillion in new first-lien originations. That was up slightly from the 67.8 percent back in 2014, which ranked as the lowest securitization rate since 2004, when just 62.6 percent of new originations were securitized. One issue is...[Includes one data table]


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