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May 26, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Production Drops in 1Q17 as Refinancing Train Loses Steam

VA originations saw a significant drop during the first three months of 2017 as refinancing continued to slow, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Lenders closed $42.9 billion of VA loans in the first quarter, down 28.1 percent from the previous quarter The numbers show purchase mortgages continued to drive VA originations. A slowdown in VA refinancing appears to be the key factor in the decline. Refis accounted for 27.7 percent of total VA production, down from the fourth quarter of 2016. A change in Ginnie Mae’s pooling rules aimed at discouraging churning has taken much of the steam out of the once-booming VA refi segment. The steep drop in volume ended an upward quarter-to-quarter trend in VA originations last year. Eight of the top 10 VA lenders saw huge quarter-over-quarter declines in their VA lending, with top-ranked Freedom Mortgage posting the largest ... [ Charts ]


May 26, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Fargo Plans to Issue Non-Agency MBS, Likely Backed by New Jumbos

Wells Fargo is planning to issue non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by new originations this year, according to an official at the bank. The company was one of the top issuers of non-agency MBS before the financial crisis, but like most big banks, Wells has opted to retain its jumbo production in portfolio. “This year, one of our aspirations is to come back to the market with a couple of deals,” said Franklin Codel, senior executive vice president of consumer lending ...


May 25, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Warehouse Commitment Levels Declined Slightly In 1Q17; Is Profitability of Nonbanks a Concern?

Warehouse lenders ended the first quarter of 2017 with an estimated $59.0 billion of commitments on their books, a 4.8 percent sequential decline, according to exclusive survey figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance. Compared to a year ago, commitments were up 13.5 percent. However, many nonbanks sign commitment deals but don’t always draw on the lines very heavily. A case in point was the first quarter: the drop in commitments was benign compared to the overall decline in originations. Industrywide, residential lending fell by 33.6 percent from the fourth quarter. The good news for the warehouse sector is...[Includes one data table]


May 18, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Trump Administration Needs to Press For Multiple Reforms to FHA Lending, FSR Suggests

The Financial Services Roundtable recently called for enacting comprehensive housing finance reform, including reform of the FHA’s single-family mortgage insurance program while focusing the agency’s mission on first-time and low- and moderate-income borrowers. The FSR’s call came in a detailed response to President Trump’s executive order earlier this year directing the Treasury Department to conduct an assessment of financial regulations. For starters, the trade group urged...


May 18, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Benefits and Risks Seen in Shifts of Servicing from Large Firms to Smaller Servicers and Subservicers

Transfers of servicing from large servicers to smaller firms can help improve loss mitigation performance while introducing new risks to the system, according to industry analysts. Smaller servicers tend to be more “nimble” than large servicers and are better suited to handle distressed mortgages, according to analysts at Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service published a report recently highlighting changes in the servicing industry. Many large servicers, predominantly banks, have reduced...


May 12, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nonbanks Dominate FHA Primary Market; Volume Slowed in 1Q17

Nonbank lenders far out-produced depository institutions in originating FHA mortgages during the first quarter of 2017. A new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis reveals that nonbank lenders produced over 83 percent of FHA forward loans endorsed during the first quarter. With over 8,000 entities listed as originators and sponsors in FHA loan-level data, the overwhelming majority of them were independent mortgage banks, mortgage brokers and other nonbank lenders. The 14 largest FHA originators were all nonbanks, led by Quicken Loans, Freedom Mortgage and loanDepot. One sign of the overwhelming fragmentation in the FHA primary market is the fact that these three lenders accounted for just 11.3 percent of first-quarter endorsements. The largest depository originator of FHA loans was PrimeLending, an affiliate of PlainsCapital Bank. It ranked 15th in production with a ... [charts ]


May 5, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Higher Rates Chill HELOC Appetite

Lack of basic information and knowledge about the application process and concern about rising interest rates are reasons why most homeowners are reluctant to take out home-equity lines of credit to meet their financial needs, according to a study by mortgage solutions provider Digital Risk. A company survey of 1,038 homeowners found that 21 percent have no clue what a HELOC is, while 45 percent did not even know how to apply for one. Sixty-five percent said they ...


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Holdings of Non-Agency MBS Dwindle

Holdings of non-agency mortgage-backed securities by most banks and thrifts are declining, according to a ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $63.00 billion of non-agency MBS as of the end of 2016, down 23.9 percent from the end of 2015. The holdings are concentrated among five banks, which accounted for 64.9 percent of all non-agency MBS held by the industry as of the end of 2016. JPMorgan Chase held ... [Includes one data chart]


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

BofA Retaining More GSE-Eligible Loans

Bank of America has made a break from most of the other big banks in terms of sending conforming mortgages to the government-sponsored enterprises. Officials at the bank said BofA is retaining more of its GSE-eligible loans, though the strategy can result in short-term decreases to mortgage-banking income. “We believe retaining these mortgages will provide better economics over time, plus retention deepens our relationship with these customers,” Paul Donofrio, BofA’s chief financial officer ...


April 20, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Early Read: Bank Mortgage Lending Down in 1Q17, Nonbanks Fare a Little Better

Based on mortgage results reported thus far, the first quarter was a nasty time for new originations for both the megabanks and some of the regionals, with non-depositories reporting slightly more benign production figures. Market leader Wells Fargo posted a hefty 38.9 percent one-quarter drop in mortgage originations. Second-ranked JPMorgan Chase reported a slightly less severe 23.0 percent drop in home loan funding. Citigroup, which a few months back made a strategic decision to deemphasize its role in home lending, suffered a 32.1 percent drop. Then there’s...


April 20, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Agency Servicing Market Continued Growing In 1Q17 as Nonbank Appetite Remained Robust

The outstanding supply of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae servicing continued to grow during the first quarter of 2017 despite a downturn in new mortgage-backed securities issuance by the three agencies, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. A total of $6.225 trillion of agency single-family MBS was outstanding at the end of March, up 1.4 percent from December 2016. That number does not include agency servicing of whole loans held on the books of Fannie and Freddie, or a smattering of adjustable-rate mortgages in seasoned Freddie securities. Freddie posted...[Includes two data tables]


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Views on Non-QM Lending

Small banks reduced the share of non-qualified mortgages they originated in 2016, but some nonbanks are expected to significantly increase their activity in the sector. Non-QMs accounted for 9.0 percent of the mortgages originated by participants in the American Bankers Association’s annual real-estate lending survey. Some 159 banks were surveyed by the trade group and about 76.0 percent of the participating institutions had assets of less than $1.0 billion. In 2015 ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Pushes for More Non-Agency Lending

Private capital needs to return to the mortgage market to make the market less dependent on taxpayers, according to JPMorgan Chase. The company dedicated portions of its latest annual report to call for a number of changes that could increase non-agency lending. According to Chase, a “healthy” non-agency mortgage-backed security market hasn’t resumed eight years after the financial crisis because housing finance reform and other securitization standards ...


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