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May 21, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

First-Time Homebuyer Share Up Sharply This Spring, Helped By Reduction in FHA Insurance Premiums

The first-time homebuyer share of home purchases in April hit its highest level in more than four years, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance’s HousingPulse Tracking Survey. The purchases have been boosted by a reduction in the FHA’s mortgage insurance premiums and help rebut concerns about the demise of the first-time homebuyer. First-time homebuyers accounted for 37.6 percent of home purchases in April, up from a 34.3 percent share a year ago, based on three-month moving averages. The last time the first-time homebuyer share of home purchases was above 37.6 percent was in August 2010 at a 40.0 percent share. Tom Popik, research director of Campbell Surveys, said...


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA, FHA Purchase Applications Up, Refi Loan Applications Decline

The VA share of total loan applications (purchase and refinancing) for the week ending May 8, remained unchanged at 11.9 percent while FHA’s share fell to 13.8 percent from 14.0 percent the week prior, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest weekly survey of applications. VA purchase loan applications were up a smidgen, 0.2 percent, for the week while FHA purchase applications were up slightly higher, 0.6 percent. Refi applications at both agencies, however, were down for the week – 11.5 percent for FHA and 5.1 percent for VA. Meanwhile, the Rural Housing Service’s share of total applications rose to 0.9 percent as of May 8, from 0.8 percent the week prior. While there was no change in RHS’ share of refi loan applications during the week, its purchase loan applications was up 8.6 percent, a hefty increase for an agency that accounts for only a ...


May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Robust Refi Activity Propel VA Past Private Mortgage Insurers in 1Q

The Veterans Administration’s home loan guaranty program has racked up some serious refinance numbers in recent months, causing primary mortgage insurers to lose some market share during the first quarter of 2015, according to an Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of guarantor activity. Streamline refinance loans accounted for 59.0 percent of VA loans securitized by Ginnie Mae during the first three months, compared to just 32.8 percent of private MI loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the same period. In addition, the VA had the highest average loan size among insured mortgages in the first quarter, approximately 7.2 percent larger than the average loan with private MI. Private mortgage insurers provided coverage on $45.2 billion of mint conventional mortgages during the first quarter, down 5.3 percent from the fourth quarter of last year. VA and FHA originations also increased over the same period by 6.0 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively. FHA forward originations surged ... [1 chart ]


May 8, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

VA Stands Out as Growth Market in 2014

State-licensed mortgage lenders originated $72.8 billion of Veterans Administration home loans during 2014, according to a new analysis of mortgage call report data by Inside Mortgage Trends. VA home loan originations by state-licensed lenders – mostly independent, privately held mortgage bankers – rose 14.5 percent from 2013 to 2014. At the same time, production of conventional and FHA-insured loans fell by 26.3 percent and 23.3 percent, respectively ... [Includes one data chart]


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA to Repair Defect in Processing Transfers of Property Custody

The Department of Veterans Affairs has found a defect in “transfer of custody” (TOC) processing, wherein TOC reports are being rejected when submitted to the agency. The reports are not being accepted apparently because servicers are not filling out the “Date of Confirmation/Ratification of Sale” fields, the agency said. Servicers have 15 days after loan termination to report if they want to transfer custody of a foreclosed property to the VA. Loan termination for a foreclosure and loan termination for a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure are defined separately under VA rules. The VA said the defect will be fixed once the agency’s VALERI (VA Loan Electronic Reporting Interface) Manifest 3.4 is released in June. VALERI 3.4 comes in the wake of VALERI 3.3, which the VA deployed on April 11, 2015. The updated version included a revised description of a ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Creates Borrower Disincentive With Delays, Longer Closing Time

A high percentage of VA loans are not closing on time, potentially creating a disincentive for borrowers to use the product and opt for the competition instead, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance’s HousingPulse Tracking Survey. Data showed that the share of VA loans closing on time declined to 55 percent in March 2015 from 70 percent in April 2014. This suggests that 45 percent of VA loans are experiencing serious delays in closing. “For VA, this is a significant change for the worse,” said Tom Popik, designer of the survey. The VA’s average closing time is 41 days as of March this year, up from around 39 percent a year ago. Comparatively, 75 percent of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans with private mortgage insurance are closing on time as of March 2015, up from 68 percent a year ago. When delayed, VA closing takes a lot longer, 29 additional days, up from ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Refis Help Boost Volume of Ginnie MBS Backed by VA Loans in 1Q15

VA home loan guaranty originations nearly caught up with FHA single-family volume in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a strong pickup in veteran loan refinancings, an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae issuance data indicated. Refi loans accounted for 58.5 percent of VA loans securitized in the first quarter compared to just 34.4 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities. Approximately $35.0 billion in VA loans were securitized in Ginnie Mae MBS in the first quarter, up 5.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. On the other hand, $35.6 billion of FHA loans were securitized during the same period, down 1.8 percent from the prior quarter. Of the VA loans in Ginnie MBS, $14.5 billion were purchase mortgages, mostly delivered through retail and loan correspondents. Brokers accounted for only 8.5 percent of the purchase loans. Securitized VA purchase volume, however, was ... [2 charts]


April 20, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Cracks Down on Mortgage Lender Over Advertising Practices

The CFPB brought an enforcement action against RMK Financial Corp., a California-based mortgage lender, for allegedly using deceptive mortgage advertising practices, including ads that led consumers to believe that the company was affiliated with the U.S. government. According to the CFPB, RMK used the names and logos of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the FHA in mailed advertisements in such a way as to falsely imply that the ads were sent by the VA or FHA, or that the company or the mortgage products it advertised were endorsed or sponsored by those agencies. RMK’s ads also allegedly misrepresented the loans’ interest rates and estimated monthly payments, including whether the interest rate was fixed or variable. Consumers who called the ...


April 17, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

New Day USA Faulted for SAFE Act Testing Violations

New Day USA, a major VA lender, agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement this week with state regulators and removed its chief operating officer due to widespread violations involving the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act. The lender will pay a $5.28 million administrative penalty as part of a consent order and settlement with regulators from 42 states and Washington, DC. New Day also removed COO Paul Alger. In order to meet continuing education requirements ...


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