August 10, 2017

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Total primary MI volume rose by 11.7 percent from the previous quarter according to estimates from Inside Mortgage Finance

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Private MI Industry on a Roll: Market Share Surging and Profits Still Climbing (Updated 8/16/2017)

The private mortgage insurance business saw a jump in its share of the primary MI market during the second quarter, and all six active firms racked up solid gains in earnings, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. Private MIs reported $70.65 billion in new primary MI written through traditional flow business activity during the second quarter. That was up 38.4 percent from the first three months of the year, though still slightly below the pace set in late 2016. Meanwhile, the government-insurance market faltered...[Includes two data tables]

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A New Player in Mortgages, CapLoc Gets Stung In Tangle with Former MBA President’s Firm

Not only has the proposed sale of First Mortgage Co. fallen apart, but a recent lawsuit filed against the company by a new warehouse lending firm raises serious questions about FMC’s recent profitability and its future. As Inside Mortgage Finance went to press this week, FMC was no longer making new loans, but was still servicing its past production, estimated at $1.67 billion. Company owner and CEO Ron McCord – one of six defendants sued by warehouse provider CapLoc – said...

With Refi Activity Declining, Some Nonbanks Turn to Non-QM Lending to Boost Originations

Non-qualified mortgages are starting to look attractive to some nonbanks with refinance activity declining and interest rates projected to increase. Officials at Nationstar Mortgage revealed late last week that they plan to launch a non-QM offering later this year or in early 2018. “You’re starting to see some activity there,” Jay Bray, Nationstar’s president, chairman and CEO, said during the nonbank’s recent earnings call. “And when we look at our portfolio, we may be in the best position in the industry, frankly, to offer some of those products.” Nationstar serviced...

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Inside the CFPB

Trump DOJ Expected to Enter Ocwen’s Dispute With CFPB

Given the Trump administration’s expressed interest in scaling back federal regulation and giving corporate interests greater freedom to conduct their business as they see fit, political and legal observers expect the Department of Justice to respond in the affirmative to a recent judicial invitation to formally opine on Ocwen Financial’s dispute with the CFPB. The nonbank mortgage servicer recently asked Judge Kenneth Marra with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to invite the U.S. attorney general to appear and to participate in the company’s challenge to the constitutionality of the bureau. “There are at least two clear reasons to invite the attorney general to participate here,” said the company. “First, inviting the views of the attorney ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

2Q17 a Rocky Road for Publicly Traded Nonbanks; Several Firms on the Ropes

The second quarter of 2017 was not easy for publicly held nonbank mortgage lenders and servicers, but the beleaguered sector fared better than it did a year ago. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of second-quarter earnings reports found the eight companies in the roundup managed to generate just $24.37 million in mortgage-banking income. That was down 80.1 percent from the group’s first-quarter earnings. One public nonbank, Stonegate Mortgage ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REITs Boost Holdings During 2Q17 and Show Healthy Appetite for Risk-Transfer Deals

Real estate investment trusts that focus on the residential MBS market reported a modest increase in their portfolios during the second quarter of 2017. The 15 mortgage REITs tracked by Inside MBS & ABS held a combined $233.34 billion of residential MBS at the end of June. That was up 1.4 percent from the end of the first quarter, though down 2.9 percent from the midway point in 2016. Ten of the REITs reported...[Includes one data table]

Inside The GSEs

GSE Combined Net Income $4.86B, Capital Buffer Concerns Grow

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earnings remained strong in the second quarter with the GSEs posting a combined $4.86 billion in net income, but concerns about the soon to be non-existent capital buffer also remain. The GSEs’ $9.85 billion in net income for the first half of the year more than doubled their combined earnings from the same time period in 2016, according to their second quarter earnings statements released last week. While Fannie posted a net income of $3.20 billion, a 15.4 percent quarterly improvement, Freddie witnessed a 24.7 percent decline to $1.66 billion in the second quarter.

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Up in 2Q17 As Banks Report Strong Demand

A handful of banks that provide an early look at jumbo origination activity boosted volume in the second quarter of 2017, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. First Republic Bank funded $3.05 billion in single-family originations in the second quarter, up 21.0 percent from the previous period and a 4.1 percent increase from the second quarter of last year. Jumbos account for a large majority of the bank’s total production. “Overall, loan demand is strong, though ...

Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Channel Held Up In Shifting 2Q17 FHA/VA Market

Correspondent-originated mortgages were the only segment of the VA market that saw an increase in activity during the second quarter, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Overall, VA loan securitization declined by 1.8 percent from the first to the second quarter of this year. But delivery of correspondent-originated VA loans was up 4.9 percent, while both the retail and wholesale-broker channels saw declines. It was a slightly different picture in the FHA segment of the Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities market. Overall volume was up 9.8 percent from the first quarter, with all three channels posting gains. Brokers saw the biggest increase in FHA business, with volume up 14.5 percent, although the correspondent channel also posted a 12.7 percent increase and remained the most active of the three production venues. Loan characteristics held steady in both ... [Charts]

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