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September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Milken Institute – a nonpartisan think tank – established a new policy team last week to work on issues involving housing finance reform. Eric Kaplan was named director of Milken’s Housing Finance Program. He was a managing partner at Ranieri Strategies and continues to chair the Structured Finance Industry Group’s RMBS 3.0 effort. Michael Milken and Lewis Ranieri will co-chair a new Housing Advisory Council, which will inform the work of the team led by Kaplan ... [Includes two briefs]


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 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Former S&P Rating Manager Beats Fraud Charges In CMBS Case but Fails to Avoid Negligence Finding

A former employee of Standard & Poor’s Rating Services beat fraud charges alleging she loosened S&P’s rating methodology for commercial MBS to generate business for her employer. However, she was found liable of the lesser charge of negligence for failing to disclose the change. In his initial Aug. 29 decision, Administrative Law Judge James Grimes of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative court said that while Barbara Duka did change the firm’s rating methodology for CMBS, he found no evidence that she intended to manipulate, deceive or defraud investors. Rather, Duka, manager of S&P’s CMBS rating group, did...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Ratings on Hundreds of Vintage Non-Agency MBS Incorrect, Prompting Upgrades, Downgrades and Uncertainty

Moody’s Investors Service is working to correct errors it made when rating a significant number of interest-only tranches on non-agency MBS dating back to at least 2015. At the end of August, Moody’s placed ratings of IO tranches from 953 MBS on review. While such reviews generally indicate whether an upgrade or downgrade is possible, the rating service said it wasn’t sure which direction ratings would go for many deals included in the review. The effort covers...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Redwood Brings Variety to Jumbo Market with First ‘Expanded Prime’ MBS; Deal Received Favorably

Redwood Trust worked for years to revive the jumbo MBS market by issuing deals with super-prime mortgages. Now, the firm is shifting its focus somewhat to “expanded prime” mortgages that have slightly looser underwriting standards. The $316.49 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-CH-1 is the first MBS from Redwood to deviate from super-prime standards. The deal received preliminary AAA ratings this week from Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. The average combined loan-to-value ratio of the mortgages in the MBS is...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FTHB Purchase Securitization Up in First Half of 2017, FHA Leads Pack

First-time homebuyers accounted for $170.3 billion of securitized purchase mortgages during the first half of 2017, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of loan-level data for mortgage-backed securities issued by Ginnie mae, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Purchase-mortgage origination to first-time homebuyers was up 15.7 percent year-over-year and comprised 50.3 percent of total purchase-mortgage loans securitized during the six-month period. FHA accounted for 36.8 percent ($61.4 billion) of first-time homebuyer purchase mortgages delivered into agency pools from beginning to midyear, while conventional purchase mortgages with private mortgage insurance accounted for 28.3 percent ($48.3 billion) over the same period. FHA and private MI are the two leading mortgage insurers for first-time homebuyers. Together, they have provided mortgage insurance for nearly ... [Charts]


September 1, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bayview Putting Some Non-QMs in MBS

An affiliate of Bayview Asset Management issued a $230.0 million non-agency mortgage-backed security this week largely stocked with seasoned mortgages, including one non-qualified mortgage. DBRS and Fitch Ratings placed AAA ratings on Bayview Mortgage Fund IVc Trust 2017-RT3, without putting much emphasis on the non-QM. Non-QMs had accounted for 2.1 percent of a $125.82 million MBS from Bayview that priced in July and 1.0 percent of a $208.13 million deal it priced in April. The sponsor of the deal will retain...


August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

No Ginnie Mae Summit in 2017, Event Moved to January 2018

Ginnie Mae will not have an annual summit this year but has rescheduled it for January 2018, according to Ginnie Mae’s new spokesperson. Michael Huff, senior advisor, congressional and stakeholder relations, said a new administration and staff departures have caused organizers to reconsider having the annual Ginnie Mae Summit this year, usually held in October. The Trump administration has yet to announce a nominee for the top job at Ginnie Mae since former president Ted Tozer left in January. David Kittle is reportedly a leading contender, but there has been no official announcement or confirmation. So far, Kittle has declined to comment. Kittle is a mortgage industry veteran who began as a loan officer and now heads his own company. He also was a top executive with the Mortgage Bankers Association and managed, among other things, the group’s political action committee. In addition, Kittle co-founded the ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Tricon American Brings First Rated Single-Family Rental Security with a Lifetime Property-Substitution Option

Tricon American Homes is set to issue the first rated single-family rental securitization to include a voluntary property-substitution provision for the life of the transaction. The provision provides the issuer with flexibility to manage its overall portfolio, but rating services cautioned that the feature could have negative implications for investors. The planned Tricon American Homes 2017-SFR1 is collateralized by a $498.60 million fixed-rate loan secured by mortgages on 3,480 single-family rentals. The deal received preliminary AAA ratings from Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Moody’s Investors Service and Morningstar Credit Ratings. KBRA noted...


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