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September 21, 2017 - IMFnews

15 Groups Tell Treasury and FHFA: Legislation to Reform the GSEs, Not Some Recap Plan

The signors add: “We … believe the debate over recapitalizing a broken system distracts from the critical structural issues that Congress must address to ensure that the federally supported secondary market serves key, bipartisan objectives.”


September 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Minding the Flood Insurance Policy Gap, GSEs Say They Monitor Servicers Annually for Compliance

Although flood insurance is required for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in designated flood areas, the recent hurricane activity in Houston and Florida has revealed that a number of borrowers didn’t have the coverage they were supposed to have. But getting to the root of the disconnect is complicated. Both government-sponsored enterprises said that it’s up to servicers to evaluate whether loans are in compliance with flood insurance requirements. But Fannie and Freddie said they also have their own systems in place to help ensure compliance. “Servicers are required...


September 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

With GSE ‘Zero Capital Day’ About Three Months Away, Possible Credit Reserves Become a Factor

Unless the Federal Housing Finance Agency acts soon, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will see their capital buffers fall to zero on Jan. 1, 2018. Having zero capital may not be a big deal, initially – but a new complication has arrived in the form of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. According to Tim Rood, chairman of The Collingwood Group, the government-sponsored enterprises are not looking at losses “that will cost tens of billions of dollars – but they don’t need to be. The capital buffer is small as it is. And if a credit event happens, it could wipe out the thin layer of capital they have in a hurry.” If Rood – a former Fannie executive – is correct, the GSEs might have...


September 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Listening to Mortgage Rule Concerns, Data On Impact to Consumers Could Lead to Changes

Lenders and investors at the ABS East conference this week hit officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a number of complaints about the agency’s mortgage rules. The bureau officials suggested that data will have more of an impact on policy changes than general complaints. Patrick Orr, a policy analyst at the CFPB, reiterated that the bureau is accepting feedback and considering changes or guidance for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, special qualified-mortgage standards that apply to loans eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises and aspects of the ability-to-repay rule, among other issues. A representative from one lender said...


September 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Subservicing Contracts Continued to Grow Slowly In a Crowded Field That Could Lead to a Shakeout

Subservicing contracts topped $1.97 trillion at June 30, a 4.3 percent gain from March and a 28.2 percent jump over the past year, according to an exclusive Inside Mortgage Finance survey. Overall, roughly 19.9 percent of all residential loans are now being processed by these “outsourcing” vendors, who do not own the underlying strip of receivables and instead receive a portion of the servicing fee for doing all the grunt work. The subservicing sector continues...[Includes one data table]


September 21, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Waiting on a Wider Credit Box / A 30 Percent Jump for Nonconforming / 5,000 Active Loan Brokers for UWM / Don’t Count on Another Refi Boom Quite Yet / A New Hire for Altisource

Another refi spurt in the works? It may’ve looked that way a few weeks ago, but...


September 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Did Wells Dodge a Bullet on its CFPB Fine? / A ‘Recommendation Memorandum’ / No Effect on Wells’ Mortgage Business / Subject the CFPB to Appropriations / Stearns Goes ‘Digital’

Wells Fargo could have been subject to a whopping $10 billion fine...


September 19, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: About Those GSE Dividend Payments… / The Man Wants to be Paid / Record Attendance at ABS East / LendingTree Buys Snap Capital / Webster Gets a New President

In other words, the FHFA will once again order the dividends to be paid to Treasury. Right?


September 19, 2017 - IMFnews

New Poll: Industry Says Let Congress Fix the GSEs

Congress is not expected to produce workable GSE legislation until next year and even then, other issues – tax reform, another run at fixing “Obamacare,” for example – could kick the can down the road.


September 19, 2017 - IMFnews

House FSC to Work on GSE Reform Again. (Hint: It Looks like the PATH Act)

At the ABS East show, Rep. Barr didn’t provide further details about Republican plans for the GSEs…


September 18, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: MBA Wants a Change in HUD Reinspection Policies / Having an FHA Commissioner Might Help / Montgomery Resigns from Radian Board / DBRS Updates Due Diligence Criteria / A New Hire for Mortgage Network

The FHA nominee had been a Radian director since 2012…


September 18, 2017 - IMFnews

Prestwick Selling $1.8 Billion Bulk Fannie/Ginnie MSR Portfolio

The Fannie balance of the pool accounts for $1.33 billion of the receivables.


September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae to Take Action Against Illicit Refinancing of VA Mortgages

Rapid, aggressive refinancing of VA loans has made a comeback with some issuers using strategies to mask the practice and avoid possible penalties, including expulsion from the Ginnie Mae program, according to a top agency official. Responding to concerns raised by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, Michael Bright, acting Ginnie Mae president and chief operations officer, said a joint Ginnie Mae/VA lender-abuse task force is analyzing monthly data and developing additional policy measures to deal with the problem. Bright confirmed the resurgence of inappropriate streamline refinancing in Ginnie securitization pools in recent weeks and has promised to crack down on the questionable practice. The problem surfaced last year when Ginnie Mae noticed unusually fast prepayment speeds in its mortgage-backed securities, particularly MBS backed by VA loans. Ginnie found that certain lenders and ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Rating Agencies Expect Limited RMBS Exposure Will Ease Effects of Losses in Storm Areas

Most rated residential MBS in regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have limited exposure that will mitigate the losses resulting from the devastation, according to rating services. Residential MBS rated by Moody’s Investors Service, including securities backed by single-family rental properties, have minimal exposure to the storm-affected counties of Texas and Louisiana thereby easing the losses due to reduced property values, rising delinquencies and longer foreclosure and liquidation timelines, the rating agency said. The analysis is...


September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie Mac G-fee Pricing Taking Cues from Credit-Risk Transfers and the Private Market

Credit-risk transfers can be used to calculate guarantee fees because they’re indicative of what the private market would charge for the risk taken on by a government-sponsored enterprise, according to Freddie Mac. But the mortgage giant explained that g-fees are likely more stable than a system that relies exclusively on credit-risk transfers. Kevin Palmer, Freddie’s senior vice president of single-family credit risk transfers, said in a white paper the significant amount of credit risk being transferred to the private capital markets provides a way to calculate a market-implied g-fee. Since 2013, the GSE has transferred much of the credit risk on $760 billion of MBS it guarantees. Based on the pricing of Freddie’s Structured Agency Credit Risk transactions over the past year, the market-implied g-fee has been...


September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Sinks in 2Q17 as Primary Market Races Ahead of MBS Platforms

The seasonal surge in primary market mortgage originations stood in stark contrast to a slump in new residential MBS issuance during the second quarter of 2017. Mortgage lenders originated an estimated $455.0 billion of new first-lien loans during the April-June cycle, an 18.2 percent increase from the first three months of the year, according to estimates by Inside Mortgage Finance. But the secondary market generated just $294.7 billion in MBS backed by purchase and refinance loans – a 5.3 percent decline. The result was...[Includes one data table]


September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Treasury Discussing GSE Issues with Trade Groups; Multiple Guarantors, Capital Are on the Table

Over the past several weeks, the Treasury Department has been meeting with several industry trade groups about the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, discussing – among other things – what to do about the impending “zero capital” problem as well as the topic of multiple guarantors. Treasury’s goal, these officials said, is to come up with a workable blueprint on the future of the government-sponsored enterprises and the nation’s housing finance system – changes that might touch Ginnie Mae as well. Late this week there was...


September 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Mortgage Securitization Rate Sinks in 2Q17

Roughly 27.3 percent of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae loans pooled in securities in the first half of 2017 were a month old at issuance, and 6.4 percent were two or three months old.


September 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Treasury Taking Meetings on GSE Issues, Including Zero Capital and Multiple Guarantors

Rob Zimmer, a former Freddie Mac executive: “Republicans run this town, obviously, and there is no way they want to be identified as the party of taxpayer bailouts for large financial institutions.”


September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbanks Continue Market Takeover in 2017, Could Pose Risk to GSEs, FHA and Ginnie

The growing reliance on nonbanks could pose a risk to the government housing agencies, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute’s Housing Policy Center. Just four years ago, banks originated 70 percent of new mortgages, the researchers noted. But in 2017 nonbanks are originating 60 percent of all new mortgages and 76 percent of loans destined to be securitized by Ginnie Mae. UI called...


September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Input on Proposed GSE Housing Goals Mixed, Housing Groups Want to See More Impact

The Mortgage Bankers Association, along with other housing trade groups, wants to make sure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac housing goals work in tandem with pending duty-to-serve requirements and multifamily volume caps to promote affordable housing. The MBA was one of about 10 groups that offered commentary on the proposed new housing goals for the government-sponsored enterprises for 2018 through 2020. The current goals expire at the end of the year. The Federal Housing Finance Agency released the proposed goals in June. The MBA said...


September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Chatter Continues on M&A. Prosperity Mortgage Has a New Parent (Warren Buffett)

Mortgage originators that produce $1 billion to $4 billion a year in loans are continuing to be courted by potential suitors, but not many sale agreements are getting signed these days, according to investment bankers. “Private equity firms are still looking to enter the business, and sellers are listening, but I’m not seeing too many deals being completed,” said Chuck Klein, a managing partner at Mortgage Banking Solutions, Austin, TX. At the beginning of the year, Klein was...


September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Agency-Jumbo Production Sagged in 2Q17 While Non-Agency Sector Kept Growing

Deliveries of conforming-jumbo loans into mortgage-backed securities slowed during the second quarter of 2017, despite the solid increase in originations of non-agency jumbo loans, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. During the second quarter, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae securitized $27.62 billion of single-unit mortgages that had loan amounts exceeding the $424,100 conforming loan limit. That was down 4.6 percent from the first three months of the year, a smaller drop than the 6.9 percent decline in total Fannie, Freddie, FHA and VA activity. But the non-agency jumbo market saw...[Includes three data tables]


September 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Senior Democrats on Senate Banking Committee Implore Treasury, FHFA to Allow GSEs to Build Capital

The correspondence, which includes the signature of ranking minority member Sherrod Brown, D-OH, notes: “We are simply requesting that the GSEs be permitted to build capital...."


September 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Agency-Jumbo Production Sagged in 2Q17 While Non-Agency Sector Kept Growing

But the non-agency jumbo market saw a healthy 18.6 percent increase in originations…


September 12, 2017 - IMFnews

On a Roll: Fourth Consecutive Monthly Gain for GSE MBS Issuance

Fannie and Freddie lost some market share during the second quarter, according to preliminary figures compiled by Inside The GSEs.


September 11, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: More MSR Growth for PennyMac / PHH Ready for Massive Stock Buyback / Former FHLB Dallas Officials Indicted / Former Fannie Mae Exec Hisey Lands at Stewart

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas indicted the former CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, along with two other former bank employees, for fraud.


September 11, 2017 - IMFnews

International Monetary Fund Favors a Fannie-Freddie Merger

The IMF, of course, has no jurisdiction whatsoever over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac…


September 11, 2017 - IMFnews

Hurricane Harvey Puts 300,000 Loans on the Line. Estimates Begin on Irma Damage

Black Knight estimates there are 1.18 million mortgaged properties in FEMA-designated disaster areas influenced by the hurricane...


September 11, 2017 - IMFnews

Appraisal Groups Tell Congress to Make GSEs Do Away with Waivers

As a result, they urge the GSEs to do away with the appraisal waiver program for now…


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

GSE Conservatorship Hits Nine Year Mark. It’s been nine years since the government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship on Sept. 6, 2008. No one knew it would last this long. Industry groups, along with some lawmakers, are working hard to put the wheels in motion to come up with a more sustainable solution for the mortgage giants. GSE shareholders group Investors Unite suggested, “If Fannie and Freddie could start retaining their profits and rebuild adequate reserves, the Trump administration could lock in reforms already in place and implement others, creating a federal role in housing finance that protects taxpayers.” GSE Hearing Postponed


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Groups Suggest FHFA Study Language Choice Question More

Trade groups continue to rally to prevent the Federal Housing Finance Agency from adding a language-preference question to loan applications. They said the suggestions, designed to assist borrowers with limited English proficiency, require more examination, but they don’t want it to delay implementation of the new Uniform Residential Loan Application.The FHFA extended the deadline for the comment period several times. It closed on Sept. 1. When the input period was extended in August, the FHFA updated the request for input with a presentation that describes the results of testing various language questions on the Uniform Residential...


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Discusses Considerations For Proposed REMIC Structure

In anticipating a green light for the proposal to restructure its credit-risk transfer offerings as real estate mortgage investment conduits, Fannie details additional considerations ahead of the change. The GSE said that there have been no significant concerns raised, so far, and expects to close the feedback period soon. To help expand the CRT investor base, several months ago both GSEs announced a proposal to restructure Fannie’s Connecticut Avenue Securities and Freddie’s Structured Agency Credit Risk programs. This would also help attract a different kind of investor base that includes real estate investment trusts and help boost liquidity. The REMIC structure will help...


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

International Monetary Fund Calls For a Fannie, Freddie Merger

The International Monetary Fund proposed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac merge into a single enterprise. The IMF discussed ideas that it said could help stabilize the mortgage finance system in a working paper published late last month. The global Washington, DC-based organization said the GSEs should combine forces “as quickly as possible.” And, “Until this happens they should be forbidden to compete for business on the basis of price.” “The GSE regulator should be tasked with monitoring the enterprises to ensure consistency on this basis,” said the author of the paper, Richard Koss. He believes that the housing finance system is unnecessarily complicated, with Fannie and Freddie having selling guides of 1,408 and 2,303 pages, respectively.


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

ICBA Says Government Seizure of GSEs was ‘Questionable at Best’

The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement midweek questioning – nine years after the fact – the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying it was the government’s way of putting the two mortgage giants in a “time out.” ICBA said the move by the Bush administration on Sept. 6, 2008, was made to “help calm the fears of global investors of GSE mortgage-backed securities.” MBS issued by Fannie and Freddie have an “implicit” government guarantee, not an explicit one. However, before and since the takeover, the GSEs have never missed a bond payment to MBS investors. ICBA said, “After being put into conservatorship – an action that has since been proven to be...


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie, Freddie Issue Alerts for Back-to-Back Hurricanes

On the heels of making concessions for Houston area homeowners with property damaged by Hurricane Harvey, another storm threatens the housing industry this weekend. As Inside The GSEs went to press, Hurricane Irma was approaching the U.S., potentially hitting Florida and several southern states and prompting the GSEs to remind lenders and homeowners about their disaster-relief options for affected areas. Freddie Mac said it is monitoring the approach of Irma. “We stand ready to work with the nation’s servicers to ensure that mortgage relief is made available to homeowners who may be affected,” said Yvette Gilmore, Freddie’s vice president of single-family servicer performance management.


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Appraisal Groups Tell Congress to Make GSEs Do Away With Waivers

Some three dozen appraisal trade groups are fighting to keep Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from issuing waivers that eliminate the need for traditional home valuations. Earlier this year, the GSEs announced they would offer appraisal waivers on some refinance loans to borrowers who have at least 20 percent equity in their homes. And more recently Fannie and Freddie said that they will extend the waiver to include certain purchase loans as well. But the groups said first purchase transactions carry higher risk from a property information standpoint and, to make matters worse, the change comes at a time when markets are at all-time highs and risk mitigation should be tantamount.


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie/Freddie 1-Family MBS Business Up Again in August

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac produced a total of $77.42 billion of new single-family mortgage-backed securities in August, their fourth consecutive monthly gain. August single-family MBS issuance was up 8.8 percent from the previous month at Fannie, and up 6.1 percent at Freddie. Their combined production represented a 7.8 percent increase from July. Although the two GSEs have seen steady growth in MBS issuance in recent months, production through the first eight months of 2017 was down 1.6 percent from a year ago. And other than January and February, every month in 2017 has yielded less new business than it did last year.


September 8, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Lenders Focus on Improving Borrower Experience

The latest mortgage lender sentiment survey from Fannie Mae finds that industry leaders are paying increasing attention to enhancing the borrower experience, thanks to competitive market pressures. To what degree they can actually pull that off remains to be seen. Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist for the government-sponsored enterprise, noted in an online post that the company’s previous survey found that senior mortgage executives were worried ...


September 8, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Treasury Mulls Plans for Fannie and Freddie / $200 Billion Should Do It / GSE Hearing Nixed / Milken Ramps Up Its Involvement / How Low Might the 10-Year Fall / Warren Likes Real Estate and Gets a Mortgage Company Too

In case you’re wondering the concept of GSE “recap and release” is not under consideration...


September 8, 2017 - IMFnews

Hurricane Damage: Despite Consumer Moratoriums, MBS Issuers Must Keep Making Payments

Just because consumers might be off the hook for at least 90 days on making their payments, MBS investors will want their money, noted on observer…


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Once Banks Got LCR Compliant, They Opted For More GSE MBS, Fed Researchers Find

Partly to comply with liquidity cover ratio requirements imposed in the wake of the financial crisis, U.S. banks ramped up their holdings of high-quality liquid assets. But once they got compliant, many of them shifted their asset allocations more to agency MBS and U.S. Treasuries, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve. This could have implications for the U.S. central bank’s massive balance sheet over the long haul, they added. As of Jan. 1, 2015, large banks in the U.S. have needed...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie Details Additional Considerations for Proposed REMIC Structure for CRT Deals

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac appear poised to go ahead with their plans to structure future credit-risk transfer debt offerings as real estate mortgage investment conduits to expand the investor base. “No significant concerns have been raised to date, and, provided that the market continues to respond favorably, we expect to conclude our feedback period soon,” said Fannie. Back in May, the government-sponsored enterprises announced...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Hurricane Damage: Despite Moratoriums on Default Loan Processing, MBS Issuers Must Keep Making Payments

Although Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae have all granted consumer forbearance on homes damaged by this season’s hurricanes, servicers must continue to make payments to MBS investors in most circumstances, a situation that could affect thinly capitalized nonbanks. In particular, smaller privately held nondepositories that became Ginnie issuers this decade could face some financial headwinds, depending on how heavily concentrated their business has been in the Texas Gulf region and south Florida. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press late this week, it was...


September 8, 2017 - IMFnews

Agency MBS Issuance Up Again in August as Refi Business Shows Renewed Strength

The agencies saw an 8.6 percent increase in refi volume from July to August, roughly triple the growth rate of the purchase-money business…


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Issuance Up Again in August as Refinance Business Shows Renewed Strength

New issuance of agency single-family MBS rose for the fifth straight month in August, including an unexpected boost from refinance activity, according to an Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae issued $120.10 billion of single-family MBS last month, a 6.9 percent climb from July’s total. August represented the second biggest month of 2017 but fell short of the $134.21 billion issued back in January. At that point, the MBS market was digesting a strong wave of refinance loans that quickly deteriorated over the following months. But the agencies saw...[Includes two data tables]


September 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Ninth Circuit Upholds GSE Security Interest, Rules Federal Foreclosure Bar Preempts State HOA Law

Lenders and servicers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages notched a big win in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which found that a federal bar on foreclosure on government-sponsored enterprise loans preempted Nevada’s superiority lien law. As a published decision, the court’s ruling in Berezovsky v. Moniz resolves the dispute in favor of the federal foreclosure bar, according to Marc James Ayers and R. Aaron Chastain, attorneys with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. It serves as a binding precedent in the Ninth Circuit and should guide other circuits in deciding cases involving homeowners associations’ super-priority liens, they said. In Berezovsky, the panel affirmed...


September 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Purchase-Mortgage Lending Soared to Record Volume in 2Q17, But May Be Slowing Down

Mortgage lenders harvested a landmark crop of purchase-money mortgages during the second quarter, fueled partly by continuing growth in the first-time buyer segment, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. An estimated $307.0 billion of purchase loans were originated in the second quarter, up a stunning 49.8 percent from the first three months of the year. That was the highest quarterly volume for purchase-mortgage lending since the third quarter of 2006. Purchase loans accounted for 67.5 percent of the estimated $455.0 billion in first-lien mortgage originations during the April-June cycle, the highest such share since at least 2003. First-time buyers contributed...[Includes three data tables]


September 7, 2017 - IMFnews

ICBA Says Government Seizure of Fannie and Freddie was ‘Questionable at Best’

ICBA’s comment marks the first time that a major industry trade group has questioned putting Fannie and Freddie into conservatorship…


September 7, 2017 - IMFnews

Purchase-Mortgage Blowout: 2Q17 Highest Volume Since 3Q06

Purchase loans accounted for 67.5 percent of the estimated $455.0 billion in first-lien mortgage originations during the April-June cycle...


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