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Volume 2017 - Number 28

July 20, 2017

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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]

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...

CFPB Suffers Another RESPA Blow as Law Firm’s Affiliated Business Arrangement Validated by Court

Affiliated business arrangements may not be dead after all. Late last week, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled that such a network at the heart of a lawsuit brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was in fact legitimate as constituted under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. In this case, which the bureau brought four years ago, the agency accused the Borders & Borders law firm of Louisville, KY, and its principals, Harry Borders, John Borders Jr. and J. David Borders, of illegally paying kickbacks for real estate settlement referrals through a network of shell companies. According to the CFPB’s complaint, the law firm operated...

Looking to Boost Originations, Wells Will Amp Up Interest-Only Mortgages for Jumbo Borrowers

Wells Fargo plans to increase originations by putting an emphasis on interest-only mortgages, according to John Shrewsberry, the bank’s CFO. “We are making some modest changes to generate new loan originations, including offering interest-only jumbo mortgage loans to high quality borrowers,” Shrewsberry said late last week during Wells’ earnings call for the second quarter. Wells had...

‘Cautious’ Appraisals and Tight Underwriting Seen as Limiting Home Price Appreciation

Home prices aren’t increasing nearly as much as they have in other times when the inventory of homes for sale was low, according to analysts at Capital Economics. They suggest that “cautious” appraised values and tight underwriting by lenders have limited home price appreciation. Home prices are currently rising at an annual rate of around 6.0 percent. According to Capital Economics, current inventory levels and the measure of buyer and seller traffic separately suggest that annual house price growth should currently exceed 10.0 percent. “Although there is no hard data on the subject, we suspect one factor is that cautious home appraisers are preventing larger price gains,” the analysts said. Since early 2015, appraised home values have...

As New HMDA Regime Approaches, CFPB Cuts Some Limited Slack, While Calls Continue for Delay

With the new data collection and reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act now less than six months away, anxious industry calls for regulatory relief met with some limited success recently, while others continue to urge a broader extension of the implementation period. Late last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau relented somewhat, proposing to temporarily ease HMDA reporting requirements for lenders that make a small number of home equity lines of credit. The agency proposed raising the threshold for HELOC reporting from 100 loans to 500 loans, starting in January 2018. Officials acknowledged they may have...

House Appropriators Reject Administration’s Proposed FHA Lender Fee. A $135 Million Set Aside for IT Upgrades

The House Appropriations Committee this week approved a fiscal year 2018 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development with a $135 million allocation for systems enhancements, quality control and risk management improvements in lieu of a proposed lender fee. Approved by a vote of 31 to 20, the bill provides HUD with $38.3 billion in discretionary funding for FY 2018, down $487 million from the current level. The House measure authorizes...

Nevada Supreme Court Gives Fannie, Freddie A Win in HOA Super-Priority Lien Case

In a recent ruling, the Nevada Supreme Court decided that in the case of Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC, a homeowner’s association priority lien cannot extinguish a first deed of trust in an HOA foreclosure sale. This is a win for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Twenty-two states have super-lien laws that allow HOAs to take priority over first mortgages and foreclose the property to collect unpaid fees of up to six months’ worth. In 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that an HOA could indeed extinguish a senior mortgage. But Nationstar Mortgage argued...

Mortgage Market at a Glance

Weekly mortgage rates and application survey data as well as indexes for ARMs.


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