The independent foreclosure review process established by federal regulators for 14 servicers was deeply flawed, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, said on Thursday in response to a report on the reviews by the Government Accountability Office. Waters said she will introduce legislation next week to address problems relating to use of outside contractors for enforcement actions.
Nationstar Mortgage clarified that the non-agency MBS it plans to issue in the second quarter of 2013 is an asset-backed security with servicing advances from non-agency mortgages. Genworth U.S. Mortgage Insurance, a unit of Genworth Financial, Inc., announced on Friday that it will offer 24 training classes in April to help mortgage lenders and servicers improve their efficiency and build their business. Fannie Mae President and CEO Tim Mayopoulos said this week that it would be a mistake for official Washington to allow the prospect of the newly profitable GSEs to continue to slow walk efforts on housing finance reform.
Profits on originations by independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks declined in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the previous quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac suffered lower losses on their nonprime mortgage holdings in 2012 compared with previous years as mortgage performance has stabilized and investor demand for vintage non-agency mortgage-backed securities has increased.
Twenty state regulators adopted uniform tests for mortgage loan originators on Monday, easing compliance for MLOs doing business in multiple states. State testing has been required since 2009 due to the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act.
The outstanding carrying value advances for the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks increased during 2012 as the demand for advances showed signs of regional stabilization and certain FHLBank members increased their use of advances, according to the recent annual report by the FHLBank Office of Finance.