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July 27, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Small Banks and Community Lenders Support Reform Without Creating Numerous Guarantors

Getting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of limbo should not result in the creation of multiple guarantors, according to community lenders testifying at a housing-finance reform hearing in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee last week. “The worst outcome in … reform would be to allow a small number of mega-firms to assume the size and scale of Fannie and Freddie under the pretense of creating a private sector solution strong enough to assure the markets in all economic conditions,” said Jack Hopkins, president and CEO of CorTrust Bank, on behalf of the Independent Community Bankers Association. Any plan that promotes consolidation is...


July 21, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Millennials Seeking to Buy Homes In Affordable Markets, Data Show

Affordability and job availability are driving millennials to seek homes in more affordable markets, particularly in the upper Midwest, according to Ellie Mae data for the month of May. Ellie Mae’s Millennial Tracker, which monitors millennial mortgage applications during specific times, found that the higher percentages of loans made to millennial borrowers are in Hutchinson and Austin, MN, and Wahpeton and Williston, ND. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL, rounded out the top-five markets. Ellie Mae defines millennials as applicants born between 1980 and 1999. Data showed that 48 percent of millennial borrowers who closed loans in May were single. In Hutchinson, for example, the majority of borrowers were single men. “This suggests millennials may be embracing homeownership in these areas for reasons other than what we have historically seen, which was family formation,” explained ...


July 21, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

House Appropriators Pass HUD Funding Bill, Reject Proposed Fee

The House Appropriations Committee this week approved a FY 2018 spending bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development with a $135 million allocation for information technology upgrades in lieu of a proposed lender fee. The set-aside also covers quality control and risk management improvements as well as other administrative costs. The recommended funding is $5 million more than the FY 2017 enacted level for administrative contract expenses and $25 million below the budget request. Approved by a vote of 31 to 20, the bill provides HUD with $38.3 billion in discretionary spending for FY 2018, down $487 million from the current level. The House bill authorizes $400 billion for loan guarantees under the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, including the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, and $500 billion for Ginnie Mae. Ginnie will also receive $25.4 million for agency staffing, which is ...


July 20, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

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]


July 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Mortgage Repurchases Trend Lower

Commercial banks and thrifts reported a decline in the volume of home mortgages they repurchased in the first quarter of 2017, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. The industry repurchased, or provided other indemnification, related to $801.3 million of home mortgages during the first three months of the year. That was down 1.5 percent from the previous period. First-quarter repurchases were actually up 4.9 percent from ... [Includes one data chart]


June 30, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Mortgage Banking Activity Slowed in 1Q17

Mortgage-banking activity slowed significantly at commercial banks and savings institutions in the first quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. Banks reported a total of $71.99 billion in retail 1-4 family originations in their mortgage-banking operations during the first three months of 2017, down 40.1 percent from the fourth quarter of last year. Loan sales volume also fell off sharply, dropping 29.1 percent to $163.75 billion during ... [Includes one data chart]


June 29, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Little Change in Demographics of Mortgage Production in Early 2017 Despite Product Tilt

Nearly every cross-section of the mortgage production business saw sharp declines in lending volume during the first three months of 2017, leaving the distribution of new originations virtually the same as last year. Banks, thrifts and credit unions accounted for 50.5 percent of first-lien mortgage production by the top 100 lenders in the first quarter. Their combined volume was down 32.2 percent from the fourth quarter, while the 54 nonbanks in the top 100 had an aggregate decline of 32.6 percent. There was...[Includes two data tables]


June 23, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Explains How Condo Financing Could be Difficult for Vets, Lenders

The VA condominium-financing process can be difficult for both veteran borrowers and lenders, according to experts at a recent VA lender conference. The big issue for borrowers is finding a condo development that has VA approval or one that can obtain approval quickly enough to complete the loan process in the shortest time possible. A development that has a high number of foreclosures, a significant number of condo owners that are behind on their association dues, or pending litigation against the homeowner association is unlikely to win VA approval, experts said. Such factors could put the VA and the lender at risk. As such, securing VA approval for a development is crucial. In 2009, VA stopped accepting HUD/FHA condo project approvals in lieu of a VA project review, said Phyllis Chilton, valuation officer at VA’s Phoenix regional loan center. Condo projects that were accepted previously by ...


June 23, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Urges DOJ, HUD to Suspend Future FCA Enforcement Actions

The Mortgage Bankers Association is calling for a moratorium on future claims against FHA lenders under the False Claims Act to give the Department of Housing and Urban Development sufficient time to streamline its defect taxonomy and revise its loan-level certification requirements. In letters to HUD and the Department of Justice, the MBA said the FHA has yet to issue clear standards identifying specific errors that could trigger an FCA claim and those that do not. FCA enforcement actions can result in very significant damage to a lender’s reputation and bottom line, warned Dave Stevens, MBA president and chief executive officer. Although FHA lenders work hard to ensure compliance with strict underwriting and documentation standards, origination, insurance and servicing depend heavily on human efforts, which could easily result in technical errors, he added. While lenders process ...


June 23, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

ARMs Gain Market Share in First Quarter

The adjustable-rate mortgage share of total originations increased in the first quarter of 2017 as some borrowers shifted to the product with interest rates projected to increase. An estimated $42.0 billion of ARMs were originated in the first quarter of 2017, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. While production was down by 23.6 percent from the previous quarter, total first-lien originations declined by 33.6 percent during that time ... [Includes one data chart]


June 23, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Portfolio Holdings Decline in 1Q17 as Jumbo Originations Fall

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages took a relatively rare decline in the first quarter of 2017 as jumbo production stalled during the period, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held a total of $1.93 trillion of first-lien residential mortgages in portfolio as of the end of March, down 0.1 percent from December 2016. The holdings have increased relatively steadily in recent years ... [Includes one data chart]


June 23, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Liquidity in MBS and ABS Markets Seen as ‘Adequate,’ Although Lagging Activity in the Corporate Bond Market

Issuance volumes in various MBS and ABS sectors are generally below pre-crisis levels and liquidity in the markets is adequate, according to an analysis by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. But the structured finance sector hasn’t flourished as the corporate bond market has in recent years, according to FINRA. The non-governmental regulator of broker-dealers based its analysis in part on data collected by its Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine, which tracks trades in a variety of asset classes. The analysis was completed by FINRA’s Office of the Chief Economist. “Market liquidity [for MBS and ABS] seems...[Includes one data table]


June 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Some Lenders Keep Hiring; Others Are Cautious

The spring and summer home-buying season is in full throttle and with rates falling to yearly lows, mortgage bankers should be hiring in droves. Right? Not necessarily. Top-ranked lenders such as Quicken Loans and Movement Mortgage report they continue to search for new talent, but others are being careful about their hiring plans. Employment in the mortgage brokerage sector has been...


June 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Banking Profits Squeezed in 1Q17

Profit margins and net income fell sharply in the mortgage banking business during early 2017, according to new data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. On average, firms participating in the MBA’s quarterly performance report earned just $886,000 in pretax income during the first quarter, a hefty 74.8 percent drop from the previous period. Only about two firms in three (67.0 percent) managed to report net pretax income for the first three months of the year. The industry funded...


June 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks and Thrifts Continue to Backpedal From Mortgage Servicing Market in 1Q17

The banking industry retreated a little further from the business of servicing mortgages for other investors during the first quarter of 2017, although a change in reporting requirements made the change look a little bigger than it really was. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of bank call reports shows that commercial banks and savings institutions serviced a total of $3.640 trillion of home mortgages for other investors, typically mortgage-backed securities trusts. These are mortgage servicing rights that the bank owns; in some cases a third party may perform the actual servicing and in others the bank may provide subservicing on MSR it doesn’t own. The March servicing-for-others figure was...[Includes one data table]


June 15, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Summer’s Here and Mortgage M&A Market Is Heating Up; Stearns Pounces; Caliber and Flagstar Looking

The market for mortgage mergers and acquisitions is beginning to heat up with talk about who’s in – and who might be out. According to investment banking officials speaking under the condition they not be identified, Caliber Home Loans and Flagstar Bancorp continue to make their intentions known as buyers. “Caliber is looking to make a big splash,” noted one advisor who said he’s been contacted by the privately held lender. “And they have money behind them too.” That “money” would be...


June 15, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Treasury Seeks End to CFPB Oversight of Banks, Nonbanks, More Clarity to TRID Rules, Freeze on New Servicing Rules

The Department of the Treasury this week issued a report calling for stripping the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of its supervisory powers over federally insured banks and state-supervised nonbanks, clarifying and modifying the TILA-RESPA integrated disclosure rule, and freezing additional rulemaking in mortgage servicing. The report recommends actions and changes that can be immediately undertaken to reduce regulatory overlap, fragmentation and duplication. While some of the changes could be implemented administratively, many would require congressional action. Treasury called...


June 15, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Servicing Market Continued to Grow in Early 2017, Banks Continued to Back Away From It

The agency servicing market grew steadily in the first quarter of 2017, as the business continued to slide toward nonbanks, a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis reveals. The Federal Reserve late last week reported that total residential mortgage debt outstanding rose 0.7 percent during the first quarter, hitting $10.330 trillion. It marked the eighth consecutive quarterly increase since the sector hit its post-crash low in March 2015 at $9.912 trillion. Most of the growth came from the agency market, although portfolio holdings – including nonbanks – were...[Includes two data tables]


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