MBS, ABS Issuance

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April 17, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Low Credit Enhancement on Pending Jumbo MBS

The latest jumbo mortgage-backed security from Two Harbors Investment is set to have the lowest credit enhancement levels of any deal issued this year, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Strong performance and underwriting characteristics along with repeat issuance appears to have helped decrease credit enhancement requirements for the transaction. The $241.06 million Agate Bay Mortgage Trust 2015-3 received a preliminary AAA rating ... [Includes one data chart]


April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Prime ARMs Went Delinquent 30 Percent More Often When Privately Securitized, Fed Economist Finds

Vintage prime adjustable-rate mortgages went delinquent at a rate 30 percent higher when they were securitized privately, according to an economist with the Federal Reserve System. The study was based on mortgages originated in 2005 and 2006, at the height of the aggressive underwriting in the non-agency mortgage market. “We find that private-securitized loans perform worse than observably similar, non-securitized loans, which provides evidence for adverse selection ...


April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

CHLA Recommends Part of GSE Profits Be Diverted From Treasury Into a Reserve for Smaller Lenders

The Community Home Lenders Association wants a portion of the quarterly profits that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac give to the Treasury Department put in a reserve account to help smaller mortgage lenders, according to a recent letter the trade group wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. The group contends that the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement funds should be set aside in a reserve account to capitalize a cash window for smaller mortgage lenders that would ...


April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

High G-Fees and LLPAs, Ability-to-Repay Rule Are Hindering Access to Credit, Market Recovery

High guarantee fees and loan-level pricing adjustments charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not enough to counteract lingering MBS investor mistrust and draw private players back into the housing finance market, according to a top industry official. “The Federal Housing Finance Agency seems to believe that by raising costs for loans purchased or guaranteed by the government-sponsored enterprises, they can lure private sector capital back to the mortgage market ...


April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

The Blackstone Group Buys a Mortgage Lender and Eyes Another as It Ponders Move Into Residential MBS

The Blackstone Group, an investment banking powerhouse, has purchased Gateway Funding Services, Horsham, PA, and plans to use the nonbank as its platform to ramp up originations, servicing investments and MBS issuance, according to industry officials familiar with the situation. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press this week, the Blackstone Group had not responded to a media inquiry on the matter. Gateway also could not be reached, but according to ...


April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Jumbo MBS Issuance Reached Post-Crisis High In Early 2015, Overall Non-Agency Market Firm

Overall non-agency MBS issuance dipped slightly in the first quarter of 2015, but the jumbo mortgage sector hit its biggest production volume since the financial crisis in late 2008, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. A total of $21.94 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the first three months of this year, down 0.2 percent from the fourth quarter. The lion’s share of these deals were backed by seasoned loans, either ... [Includes two data charts]


April 10, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Brokers, Refinance Lending Spur Surge in 1Q15 GSE Production

Mortgage brokers played an increasingly important role in the conventional conforming market during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of mortgage-backed securities issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Mortgage brokers were responsible for $23.8 billion of single-family mortgages securitized by the two government-sponsored enterprises during the first three months of this year. That was up 16.0 percent ... [Includes two data charts]


April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA to Continue Streamlining Appraisal, Servicing Processes

The Department of Veterans Affairs will continue removing barriers to delivering home-loan benefits to veterans and service members in 2015, focusing more on further improvements in appraisal and servicing. “It’s going to be geared around improving on the things we have already done,” said Mike Frueh, director of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program. VA loan originations are on the upswing and the agency wants to maintain the trend by getting more vets and active-duty personnel into the program. Last year, 18 percent of VA loans were to active-duty service members and 82 percent to veterans. Frueh said the VA program is by far the better deal. Interest rates are lower on a VA loan than on conventional loans and, generally requires no downpayment, he noted. In addition, VA loans do not have mortgage insurance. Based on the volume of VA loans originated in 2014, veteran borrowers ...


April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Issuance Fall Slightly In 1Q Due to Slight Drop in FHA

Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities issuance fell in the first quarter of 2015 with FHA volume slipping during the period, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. Ginnie MBS production in the first quarter totaled $79.8 billion, down from $80.6 billion in the 4Q14, despite a 29.3 percent increase from February to March. On the other hand, production was up 41.6 percent from a year ago. FHA-backed Ginnie MBS issuance dropped 3.1 percent in the first quarter from 4Q14, ending the period with $39.9 billion. Year-over-year volume rose 22.0 percent from the previous year. On the other hand, refinancing increased to $12.3 billion from $7.8 billion during the same stretch. VA securitization totaled $35.5 billion, up from $33.6 billion quarter-over-quarter, powered by refinance loans. Rural housing securitization totaled $4.2 billion in the first quarter, down from $5. 7 billion in 4Q14. Securitized FHA purchase loans rose 7.7 percent in March from February, while ... [3 charts].


April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

FirstKey, Blackstone Working on Separate Multi- Borrower Single-Family Rental Transactions

FirstKey Lending and B2R Finance are vying to be the first issuer of a multi-borrower single-family rental securitization. The activity follows 16 single-borrower single-family rental transactions that have been issued since November 2013. The first presale report on a multi-borrower single-family rental transaction was published March 31 by Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The $240.79 million FirstKey Lending 2015-SFR1 is set to receive a AAA rating with credit enhancement of 37.75 percent on the senior tranche, according to the rating service. FirstKey is owned by affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management. On April 1, Fitch Ratings published...


April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Decentralized Servicing Seen as a Risk for Consumer ABS Investors, Boon for Issuers

Concerns about how borrowers will be impacted by a change in servicers go beyond mortgages in non-agency MBS. Analysts at Moody’s Investors Service warn that the decentralized servicing models used for consumer loan ABS issued by Springleaf Holdings and OneMain Financial face significant risks in the event that servicing needs to be transferred. Both Springleaf and OneMain originate consumer loans at local branches, where they conduct certain servicing operations and collections. The decentralized model can help boost originations and loan performance, though there are risks for investors in consumer ABS with decentralized servicing. “As long as the originator maintains the customer relationship and local presence, this ‘high-touch’ model can help...


April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Will a Young Nonbank Lender Called Angel Oak Break the Drought in Nonprime MBS Issuance?

A little known lender called Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions hopes to fund $540 million of product this year and generate the industry’s first nonprime non-agency MBS of the “new era” with financing provided by Nomura. According to industry officials who have viewed investor materials issued by the company – a copy of which was provided to Inside MBS & ABS – Nomura has even agreed to provide “gestation repo” warehouse credit to the privately held originator. One source who claims to have knowledge of the arrangement said...


April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Market Rebounded in 1Q15, Most Sectors See Solid Gains From Last Year

Mortgage and asset securitization started 2015 with improving issuance volume and a chance to reverse last year’s paltry output. A total of $335.1 billion of residential MBS and non-mortgage ABS were issued during the first three months of 2015, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. That was up 7.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014, and it was a big 34.3 percent jump from the first quarter of last year. The first quarter of 2014 was...[Includes two data charts]


March 27, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

High-Score Lending Continued to Dominate

Mortgages with credit scores exceeding 740 continued to dominate the conventional conforming market in 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last year. High-score borrowers accounted for 62.0 percent of loans securitized through the two government-sponsored enterprises in 2014. They accounted for an even bigger 66.2 percent of purchase-mortgages loans ... [Includes one data chart]


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Whole Loan Market for ‘Re-performing’ Mortgages Heats Up, But How Much Will Wind Up in MBS?

In 2014, Freddie Mac securitized $6.983 billion of re-performing mortgages, double what it did the year prior, and a sign that this niche market is heating up. As for Fannie Mae’s participation in “re-performers,” that’s a different matter entirely. The government-sponsored enterprise has yet to stick its toe in the water, though a spokesman for the company told Inside MBS & ABS that “it’s something we continue to evaluate.” But just how hot might the sector get ...


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

HARP Continued Winding Down in Late 2014 as FHFA Officials Weigh Extending It Another Year

The refinance program for performing, underwater Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages staggered to a five-year low during 2014, but government officials are thinking about keeping it on life support for another year. The Home Affordable Refinance Program is slated to expire at the end of 2015. Although the Federal Housing Finance Agency has barnstormed around the country trying to drum up business, activity in the program has fallen steadily since ... [Includes two data charts]


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Issuers Slow to Sign Up for IOPP; Ginnie Warns on Custodial Funds

Issuer registration for Ginnie Mae’s Issuer Performance Scorecard has been somewhat slower than expected, according to agency officials. The reason is unclear but only about 70 issuers so far have registered for Ginnie’s Issuer Operational Performance Profile (IOPP) tool since its launch on Feb. 17, 2015. Officials said they need to sign two-thirds more to get the IOPP system up to full speed. In a recent outreach call, officials urged those issuers who have not yet registered to contact their security officers for authority to access the Ginnie Mae Enterprise Portal (GMEP), the gateway to the IOPP system. Issuers must first be enrolled in GMEP before their security officer can grant them authority to access the IOPP system. The IOPP, also known as the Issuer Performance Scorecard, will rate each issuer’s operational performance and default management and compare them to ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Large Coastal States Account for Bulk of FHA/VA Securitizations

Security issuances backed by FHA and VA loans totaled $267.6 billion in 2014, with several large states accounting for a significant share of FHA/VA originations. An estimated $158.1 billion of FHA-insured loans, including modified loans, were securitized last year, with purchase home loans comprising most of the transactions. Approximately $30.0 billion of FHA refinance loans were securitized as well. The FHA MBS had an average loan-to-value ratio of 92.3 percent and a debt-to-income ratio of 40.1 percent. The average FICO score was 672.3, which was indicative of first-time homebuyers and borrowers with slightly tainted credit. First-ranked California, Texas (#2) and Florida (#3) combined for a total of $48.0 billion, which represented 30.3 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities in 2014. Fourth-ranked New York reported a total of $6.7 billion while ... [ 2 charts]


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Varied Reps on Jumbo MBS Seen as Effective

The two main types of representation-and-warranty frameworks used in jumbo mortgage-backed securities can both effectively protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Each framework presents different risks, and industry participants suggest that other aspects of deals carry more importance for investors. Jumbo MBS issued in recent years have largely included either an open-ended rep-and-warrant framework or a prescriptive framework ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Approvals for Ginnie MBS Issuance Slow in 2014, Suggesting Business Has Hit a Saturation Point

In fiscal 2014, Ginnie Mae approved roughly 43 companies as MBS issuer-servicers, a 44 percent reduction from the year prior, according to an analysis of agency data by Inside MBS & ABS. So far, in fiscal 2015, which began October 1 of last year, roughly 25 firms have been granted issuance approval. Moreover, the companies being given the greenlight to participate in the program are overwhelmingly nonbanks. The fall-off in both applications and ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Market Inched Higher in 4Q14, Agency Sector Growing Steadily

Steady growth in the outstanding supply of agency single-family MBS offset the ongoing decline in non-agency MBS in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. Outstanding single-family MBS edged up 0.1 percent from the third quarter to finish the year at $6.357 trillion. Although that was the third straight quarterly gain, the yearend total still came up 0.6 percent short of the total outstanding at the end of 2013 ... [Includes one data chart]


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Rate Down But Banks Seen As Increasingly Reliant on MBS Holdings

Banks have retained a significant volume of newly originated jumbo mortgages and even certain conforming loans in recent years, but analysts at Deutsche Bank Securities stress that the “conventional wisdom” regarding bank demand for MBS is wrong. “Despite anecdotal evidence of banks retaining more whole loans – they are more and more reliant on MBS as a percentage of their overall exposure to residential mortgages than they have been at any point in the past 15 years,” the analysts said in a report released last week. Bank demand for MBS holdings has increased...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reps and Warrants on New Jumbo MBS Seen As Providing Investors with Mixed Protection

The representations and warranties used in jumbo MBS can sufficiently handle some breaches but fail to completely protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. In a report released this week, the rating service noted that issuers use two main varieties of reps and warrants: those that allow for an open-ended review of loans and those that employ a prescriptive framework. The open-ended reviews are seen in jumbo MBS from Redwood Trust, WinWater Home Mortgage and others...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank/Thrift ABS Holdings Continued Falling in Late 2014, Corrected Call-Report Data Reveal

Commercial banks and thrifts reported another decline in their ABS holdings during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. In aggregate, banks and thrifts held $159.22 billion of ABS in their held-to-maturity and available-for-sale retained portfolios as of the end of last year. That was the industry’s lowest level of ABS investment since the middle of 2012, and it represented a 3.1 percent drop from a revised third-quarter total of $164.35 billion. The biggest component in the aggregate portfolio was...[Includes two data charts]


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Variety in Latest Batch of Jumbo MBS

Issuers of jumbo mortgage-backed securities offered investors variety in two deals that closed last week and an MBS planned for next week. Separate jumbo MBS from WinWater Home Mortgage and FirstKey Mortgage were issued on Feb. 27. The $372.36 million WinWater Mortgage Loan Trust 2015-2 included two non-qualified-mortgages. Debt-to-income ratios above 43 percent caused the two loans to be deemed non-QMs, according to Standard & Poor’s ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA to Restate Financial Statements

Ginnie Mae will restate its FY 2014 and FY 2013 financial statements after federal auditors withheld their opinion for lack of sufficient information because of accounting anomalies and poor servicing oversight. An audit report issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General said the issues in the FY 2014 financial statement arose from servicing problems associated with a defaulted issuer’s portfolio, which Ginnie Mae is currently managing. The portfolio once belonged to the now-defunct Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, a Florida-based loan originator and a top Ginnie Mae issuer.The FHA suspended TBW in August 2009 due to its failure to submit a mandatory annual report and to disclose certain transactions that suggested fraud. Soon after, Ginnie Mae terminated TBW as an issuer/servicer and seized the company’s $25 billion Ginnie MBS portfolio. According to the IG report, ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Placing New Emphasis of Data Quality In Evaluating Structured Finance Transactions

Issuers and other participants in future structured-finance deals will face a higher hurdle of data quality expectations from Moody’s Investors Service, according to a new credit rating methodology the company put out this week. An important part of the initial rating analysis that Moody’s will perform of a structured security is an evaluation of the attributes of the assets that underlie it, the document said. “In assessing those characteristics, we typically use...


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank of America Pushes Old Loans Through Freddie MBS Machine, Lifting Agency Issuance in February

Agency single-family MBS issuance rose 2.8 percent in February on the back of a huge increase in securitization of seasoned home loans at Freddie Mac, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis of loan-level MBS data. Fannie Mae MBS issuance fell 3.2 percent from January to February, and Ginnie Mae production was down 12.8 percent. But Freddie Mac issuance jumped by $7.05 billion from January’s level, a gain of 30.8 percent in a month. Freddie securitized...[Includes two data charts]


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