October 12, 2017

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Total mortgage securities outstanding rose by 0.8 percent from the previous quarter according to estimates from Inside MBS & ABS

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Agency MBS Data Show Private MI Business Kept Growing in 3Q17, FHA Activity Lagged Behind

Private mortgage insurers captured a larger share of the purchase-mortgage market during the third quarter of 2017 as the credit profile of new FHA production tilted toward riskier business, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized $64.59 billion of purchase loans with private MI coverage during the third quarter, a 28.5 percent jump from the previous period. That was substantially greater than the ... [Includes three data charts]

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As PHH Exits Private-Label Sector, Big Jumbo Client Up for Grabs, Investors Take Stock Buyback Offer

Over the past week or so, at least two institutional investors have filed notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission that they no longer own large positions in PHH Corp., the publicly traded nonbank that’s trying to reinvent itself as a subservicing specialist. The two filers are investment banking powerhouse Morgan Stanley – which at one time owned 5.2 percent of PHH – and Hotchkis and Wiley Capital Management, whose stake totaled 8.8 percent. Today, Morgan’s position ...

Industry Groups Generally Support CFPB’s Fix To TRID ‘Black Hole,’ Suggest Various Tweaks

Organizations representing different segments of the mortgage industry broadly support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s plan to address the so-called black hole in the integrated disclosure rule under the Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, or TRID. The black hole refers to situations in which a lender may not use a closing disclosure to reset fee tolerances. This causes closing delays due to fee changes that arise in the origination process ...

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Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Issuance Rolled To Year’s High Mark in 3Q17

Ginnie Mae issuers rode a wave of purchase-mortgage lending to deliver $120.46 billion of forward mortgages during the third quarter of 2017, the highest three-month volume for the year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Third-quarter volume was up 9.6 percent from the April-June cycle. The data excluded FHA reverse mortgages and loan amounts are truncated in Ginnie’s mortgage-backed securities disclosures. Without those limitations, total Ginnie MBS issuance rose 9.5 percent to $123.37 billion in the third quarter. Purchase mortgages were the engine behind the growth. Ginnie issuers securitized $85.35 billion of purchase loans in the third quarter, falling just short of the record $85.41 billion set in the third quarter of last year. Although most Ginnie purchase loans (58.7 percent) were FHA loans, the biggest increase was in such loans guaranteed by the ... [Charts]

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Jumbo MBS Issuance Surged In 3Q17, Nonprime Market Slowed

Issuance of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities increased by more than 50.0 percent from the second quarter to the third, while activity in the nonprime MBS market slowed, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some $2.97 billion of prime non-agency MBS was issued in the third quarter, up 58.1 percent from the previous period. The deals were largely backed by jumbo mortgages, along with some loans ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Weakened in 3Q17 Despite an Upswing in Prime Jumbo Issuance

A slowdown in new scratch-and-dent deals proved to be a drag on non-agency MBS issuance during the third quarter, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. Total non-agency MBS production fell to $10.99 billion in the third quarter of 2017, a 29.9 percent decline from the previous period. It was the slowest quarter of 2017, although year-to-date production was still up 14.1 percent from the first nine months of 2016. The major factor was ... [Includes two data charts]

Inside the CFPB

CFPB Gives Servicers More Flexibility to Deal With Foreclosure

The CFPB last week issued an interim final rule to give mortgage servicers more flexibility to communicate with homeowners at risk of foreclosure. “Today’s action should make it easier for mortgage borrowers to receive timely information from their mortgage servicers about available options for saving their home, even if they have submitted a request to cease communication,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. In 2016, the bureau made changes to its rules to require servicers to send modified early intervention notices to certain borrowers at risk of foreclosure who asked for an end to communication under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Under the FDCPA, borrowers can tell their servicers to stop contacting them, with some limited exceptions. Once such borrowers ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

Surging Purchase-Loan Sector in GSE Market Lifts Correspondents in 3Q17

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw a huge jump in deliveries of purchase-money mortgages during the third quarter, although the first-timer share of the market fell slightly. The two government-sponsored enterprises securitized $140.75 billion of purchase mortgages during the third quarter, an increase of 26.4 percent from the previous three-month period. Purchase loans accounted for 62.9 percent of loans sold into GSE mortgage-backed securities during ... [Includes two data charts]

Inside The GSEs

GSEs See Surge in Purchase-Mortgage Business in 3Q17

Heavy purchase-mortgage business boosted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac production of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the third quarter of 2017, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis and ranking. The two GSEs issued a total of $223.61 billion of MBS during the three-month period ending in September, a solid 17.9 percent gain from the previous quarter. It was the strongest quarter of 2017, but production during the first nine months of the year remained 6.4 percent below the same period in 2016. Most of the gain came from the seasonal purchase-mortgage side of the business. Fannie and Freddie securitized $140.75 billion of loans used to acquire a new home, a huge 26.4 percent increase from the second quarter.

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