July 20, 2017

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Total agency servicing rose by 0.5 percent from the previous quarter according to estimates from Inside Mortgage Finance

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Ginnie Continues Leading Growth in Agency Servicing Market, Nonbanks Picking Up the Slack

The supply of single-family mortgage-backed securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae grew by 0.5 percent during the second quarter, according to an exclusive analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. Total agency MBS outstanding rose to $6.258 trillion at the end of June, which does not include whole loans held in Fannie and Freddie portfolios or government-insured loans repurchased from Ginnie pools. The market was 4.2 percent bigger than it was at the midway point in 2016. Ginnie continues...[Includes two data tables]

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Early Look at 2Q17 Lending: A Mixed Bag at Big Banks; Nonbanks like UWM are Bullish

The nation’s megabanks have started reporting second-quarter results, revealing a mixed bag when it comes to residential originations, according to a new analysis from Inside Mortgage Finance. The nation’s largest home lender, Wells Fargo, so far, has turned in the strongest performance of the group, funding $56.0 billion of product, a handsome 27.3 percent improvement from the first quarter of the year. Bank of America held its own with a 15.8 percent sequential improvement and U.S. Bank hiked its production game by a more modest 10.2 percent. And then there are...[Includes one data table]

More Shoes Drop at Walter: Delisting of Stock Possible, Layoffs and Concerns About Its Debt Restructuring

It hasn’t been a pretty month for Walter Investment Management, the publicly traded parent company of the nation’s eighth largest servicer. And it could get even uglier by the time summer is out. Not only is Walter in danger of being kicked off the New York Stock Exchange – for having a share price of less than $1.00 for too many days – but investors appear to have given up on the company and the idea that a restructuring, now in progress, will yield positive results. If Walter is...

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Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Still Gaining Ground in Growing Ginnie MBS Servicing Portfolio

The VA home loan guaranty program continued to grow faster than the FHA program during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new analysis and servicer ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. At the end of June, Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities pools included $548.04 billion of VA loans, a 3.3 percent increase over the previous quarter. Compared to a year ago, the volume of VA loans was up a hefty 15.6 percent. The $1.055 trillion of FHA loans in outstanding Ginnie MBS was still nearly twice the volume of VA loans. But the FHA total was up a more subdued 1.8 percent from March and by 5.4 percent from a year ago. One reason the VA market grows somewhat faster than the FHA is that it loses fewer loans to default. For starters, the VA delinquency rate is lower – 3.03 percent in the second quarter of 2017 vs. 5.52 percent for FHA. Over the past three and a half years, the ... [ Charts]

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Flagstar to Issue Jumbo MBS, Joining Chase As the Only Active Bank Issuer in the Market

The jumbo mortgage-backed security market is set for a significant boost as Flagstar Bank will issue MBS. Since 2015, only one bank has issued jumbo MBS: JPMorgan Chase. Other issuers have all been nonbanks as banks have largely opted to retain jumbos in portfolio instead of issue non-agency MBS. Some details about the planned Flagstar Mortgage Trust 2017-1 were revealed this week in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ...

Inside MBS & ABS

Surge in Business-Finance Sector Boosts Non-Mortgage ABS Issuance in 2Q17

A sharp increase in business-finance ABS issuance offset declines in other sectors to lift overall ABS production during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. The market produced $59.31 billion of new non-mortgage ABS during the second quarter, an 11.1 percent increase over the first three months of the year. That brought year-to-date issuance up to $112.68 billion, a 30.4 percent gain over the first six months of 2016. The star performer was...[Includes two data tables]

Inside the CFPB

CFPB Codifies Final Changes to TRID, Permits Sharing of the CD

The CFPB recently published long-awaited updates to its “Know Before You Owe” integrated disclosure mortgage rule, finalizing, among other things, amendments on finance charge disclosures, disclosures tied to housing assistance that a borrower receives, and when information can be shared with third parties, including real estate agents. The KBYO rule took effect in early October 2015 as part of an effort to simplify disclosures under two laws: the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The lending industry commonly refers to the combined disclosures as TRID, short for TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule. In a statement on the amendments, the CFPB noted that TRID “changed the total of payments calculation so that it did not make specific...

Inside Mortgage Trends

Retail Losing Steam in 2017 Agency Mortgage Business, Brokers Rising

With refinance activity tapering off, the retail production channel lost some of its edge during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of agency mortgage-backed securities. Retail production accounted for 50.6 percent of the $290.63 billion of single-family mortgages securitized by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae in the second quarter. Including modified loans and those with no channel identification ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside The GSEs

Fannie/Freddie 1-Family MBS Business Slumped in 2Q17

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued $189.70 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter of 2017, a 13.1 percent drop from the first three months of the year. A new ranking and analysis by Inside The GSEs reveals that much of the decline resulted from a slowdown among large banks and thrifts. The four banks with over $1 trillion in assets delivered just $43.23 billion of home loans into Fannie/Freddie MBS during the second quarter. That was down 29.1 percent from the previous period, knocking the group’s combined market share down from 27.9 percent in the first quarter to 22.8 percent.

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