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October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

IG Finds HUD Ensured Purchaser Compliance, Needs Improvement

The Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general praised the agency for ensuring purchasers participating in HUD’s single-family note sales program complied with the terms in their purchase agreements. The inspector general noted, however, the need to improve the requirements in the purchase agreements. The IG found those requirements inadequate due to the lack of formal rules for the note sales program. “If a purchaser chose not to comply with its purchase agreement, HUD lacked assurance that the purchaser would offer homeowners foreclosure avoidance, loan-modification options, and other program requirements,” the IG’s audit report stated. Under the agreement, loan buyers must certify their avoidance of final closure for the required period of time, perform loan modification, and submit quarterly reports on their progress, including results of ...

October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Dumps Lender Insight for New Loan Review Summary Report

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is discontinuing its quarterly newsletter, Lender Insight, with the implementation of FHA’s Loan Review System. The change is aimed at improving both FHA’s and lenders’ quality-control and risk-management operations. HUD will be publishing a quarterly Loan Review Summary Report to provide a snapshot of the results of FHA’s quality-control review of mortgage originations over the preceding 12 months. According to HUD, the report will include only underwritten loans that were subject to a post-endorsement technical review. It does not include the results of lenders’ self-reports or any other loans that were reviewed as part of a lender examination, the agency said. The report will show the initial rating of all loans, the updated rating six months from the end of the review period, and a final rating. The “final” rating is subject to change as long as ...

October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Carson Open to Excising HECM From Mortgage Insurance Fund

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson indicated he is open to the idea of moving the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program out of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund to stem future losses. Testifying before the House Financial Services Committee this week, Carson said the changes the department has made recently, as well as those currently under consideration, will eliminate most of the program’s problems although residual issues may still linger. Carson acknowledged that the HECM program’s default rate has been a drain on the MMI Fund even though it is much smaller than the FHA’s forward loan portfolio. The recently revised HECM rules issued on Sept. 19 have “stopped the bleeding” in terms of new reverse mortgages, he added. However, separating the HECM portfolio from the FHA insurance fund and making it a stand-alone program is ...

October 12, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Widespread Defaults Predicted for Vintage HELOCs Didn’t Happen; Performance Helped by Price Gains

Federal regulators and industry analysts raised concerns that defaults would spike once pre-crisis home-equity lines of credit hit their amortization periods. Those fears didn’t come to pass as vintage HELOCs have performed well, thanks to home-price appreciation and low interest rates. Pre-crisis HELOCs typically had interest-only periods for the first 10 years then switch to fully amortizing or required a full payment as part of a balloon feature. According to a 2015 report by the Office of the Currency ...

October 5, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CBO Calculates FHA Subsidy, Risk Based on Fair-Value, Outlines Options for Shrinking Government Exposure

The Congressional Budget Office recently issued a white paper analyzing options to reduce taxpayer exposure to FHA risk while allowing the program to continue providing affordable credit to first-time homebuyers and low-income borrowers. Although FHA continues to write high-quality, newer books of business, the CBO sees more mortgage borrowers with good credit scores, large downpayments or low debt-to-income ratios shifting to the private mortgage market ...

September 29, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Underwriting Loosening Somewhat

Lenders in the non-agency market are loosening underwriting standards to some extent as refinance activity is expected to decline. Some 22 percent of the lenders surveyed by Fannie Mae said they loosened underwriting standards for non-agency mortgages during the third quarter. And 13 percent said they plan to loosen credit standards in the fourth quarter. Only 3 percent of the non-agency lenders surveyed by Fannie said...

September 29, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Servicers Look to Limit MBS and ABS Investors’ Losses From Hurricanes, Specific Practices Differ Across Sectors

Servicers of loans in MBS and ABS responded to recent hurricanes by aiming to limit investors’ losses while also showing consideration to borrowers. Practices vary across asset types, particularly in the MBS market. A number of issuers and servicers at the ABS East conference produced by Information Management Network last week in Miami Beach said they suspend collection-related calls to delinquent borrowers in the days immediately following a hurricane. Servicers also stressed that it’s important to hear from borrowers to better understand whether loss mitigation might be necessary. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and federal government entities involved in the mortgage market issued...

September 28, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

HUD IG Finds Weak Agency Oversight of Servicer Loss Mitigation Activity, HUD Seeks Tweaks on Recommendations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has asked its internal watchdog to make some “minor adjustments” to its recommendations following recent audit findings of inadequate HUD monitoring of servicers’ loss mitigation activities. Commenting on the HUD Inspector General’s report, HUD asked for some minor tweaks so that it can best implement the IG’s recommended changes, which include revisions in the department’s monitoring policies and procedures, development of new policies and procedures for sharing new information, and indemnification and administrative actions. The IG undertook...

September 25, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Cordray Slams Mortgage Industry in Second (Campaign?) Appearance

In remarks that “sure sounded like a campaign speech,” according to one long-time industry compliance attorney, CFPB Director Richard Cordray threw the mortgage industry under the bus, accusing it of causing the financial crisis and the Great Recession that followed. Two weeks ago, Cordray delivered the keynote address at the Ohio Land Bank Conference in Cleveland, the same day the Democrat Party primary debate for the Ohio gubernatorial race was held. Some political observers were watching to see if the director would give his speech, resign and then appear in the debate. They were disappointed. But that doesn’t mean Cordray won’t resign before his term ends in July to pursue a run for the governor’s mansion. He has until 4 p.m. ...

September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Legal Experts Suggest Five ‘Fixes’ To Avoid Unfounded FCA Claims

Compliance attorneys are calling for legislative changes to prevent possible misuse of the False Claims Act that could result in settlements that could be financially devastating to mortgage lenders. Concerns about possible government misuse of FCA provisions are evident in the statutory qualifiers that are already embedded in the existing statute, according to a recent analysis by Krista Cooley and Laurence Platt, attorneys and partners in the Washington, DC, office of Mayer Brown. The qualifiers are in the main provision of the FCA that the Department of Justice has used against mortgage lenders and servicers, the attorneys said. The provision imposes liability on any person who “knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval” or “knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to a false or ...

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

Thriving Market for Securities Backed by Timeshare Loans: Low Delinquencies and Attractive Yields

An affiliate of Interval Leisure Group priced a timeshare securitization last week as the market for such deals keeps humming along. Timeshare securities are backed by vacation ownership interest loans that tend to perform relatively well and carry attractive yields. Some $2.0 billion of timeshare ABS have priced this year, according to S&P Global Ratings. In all of 2016, $2.6 billion of timeshare ABS was issued, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. VSE 2017-A VOI Mortgage from ILG is...

September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Redwood Sourcing ‘Expanded Prime’ Jumbo Mortgages From Hundreds of Correspondents

Redwood Trust has seen strong demand from borrowers and correspondent lenders for its “expanded prime” program that the aggregator introduced last year. The real estate investment trust’s Choice products allow for somewhat looser underwriting than the super-prime mortgages that have dominated the jumbo market after the financial crisis. The Choice program was introduced in April 2016. Volume has increased relatively quickly and could top $1.0 billion this year. Officials say...

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 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Slight Uptick in Delinquencies in 2Q17; Seasoned Home Loans Account for Bulk of Late Payments

The delinquency rate on residential mortgages increased slightly in the second quarter, suggesting that years of improvements could be leveling off. The mortgage delinquency rate increased from 4.32 percent at the end of March to 4.39 percent at June 30, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance Large Servicer Delinquency Index. The delinquency rate reading remained below the 4.99 percent level seen at the midway point in 2016. “Market normalization has slowed...[Includes one data table]


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