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November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

Fannie Prices $1.2B CAS Deal. Fannie priced its seventh credit risk-sharing transaction of 2017 under its Connecticut Avenue Securities program. CAS Series 2017-C07, a $1.161 billion note offering, is scheduled to settle on Nov. 21, 2017, and is the final deal of the year. It was met with strong investor demand, including new investors, according to Laurel Davis, Fannie’s vice president of credit risk transfer. “Investors continue to provide us with positive feedback on the transparency we provide as part of our CAS program, including our response to recent hurricane events and the information we make available in Data Dynamics, our analytical tool for investors. We expect to continue regular benchmark issuance of CAS notes in 2018, subject as always to market conditions.”

November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fed Reserve Council Suggests GSE Reform Include Home Counseling

The Federal Reserve Board’s Community Advisory Council and the Board of Governors said the current mortgage finance system doesn’t provide fair access to large segments of the population. They also noted that there’s a critical need to resolve the ongoing conservatorship. Members of the two groups held their semiannual joint meeting earlier this month and discussed the need to reform the housing finance market so that low to -moderate income borrowers aren’t left out. The council talked about the need to disaggregate economic data to understand the disparities that exist in mortgage lending, especially among minority groups.

November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

OIG Lists 2018 Management, Performance Challenges for FHFA

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of the Inspector General said the FHFA needs to focus on improving its oversight of the GSEs and Federal Home Loan Banks in several key areas. In fact, the FHFA faces four “serious” management and performance challenges that carried over from prior years, according to a recently published OIG memo to FHFA Director Mel Watt. The OIG is troubled by the agency’s supervision of the GSEs and said it needs to improve oversight of matters delegated to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as make its internal review process for non-delegated matters stronger.

November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie’s Servicing Marketplace Set to Open in December

Fannie Mae’s Servicing Marketplace that connects servicers and sellers during transfers, is expected to be up and running shortly after Thanksgiving. In a recent servicing guide update, the GSE noted that certain loans delivered under whole loan servicing released commitments taken on or after Dec. 4, 2017, will be bifurcated if sellers participate in its servicing execution tool or the Servicing Marketplace.The mortgage giant designed the application to simplify and bring new concurrent transfers of servicing options to customers. Fannie noted that it also hopes to provide certainty of sale, execution, and process efficiency. Lenders must be approved to participate in the servicing marketplace.

November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie, Freddie Make Strides to Strengthen eMortgage Adoption

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac released a report this week on efforts to improve the origination of eMortgage transactions including more education and policy alignment on the topic. Those efforts have resulted in the growth of the number of warehouse banks that fund eNotes. The report was a follow-up to a joint industry outreach survey the GSEs conducted last year on perceived barriers to the industry adopting eMortgages. Stakeholder readiness and process complexity were found to be the most common barriers among the lenders, IT companies, warehouse banks, servicers and title/settlement providers surveyed. Survey participants said there was a lack of support for funding eNotes by warehouse banks, a source many mortgage lenders rely on.

November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Exploring Construction Lending to Help Affordability

Fannie Mae is looking to give homebuyers access to easier and more affordable construction loans through a potential new pilot program. As the housing supply shortage continues and affordability remains a critical barrier for first-time homebuyers, Fannie envisions the program as a path for homebuyers to get affordable housing. Not many details have been released and there’s no set timeframe because the program is just in the beginning stages of consideration. But if the GSE gets the green light from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie will be able to buy the loans as soon as construction begins instead of before the house is finished.

November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

HFSC Hearings Offer Hope that GSE Reform Is a Priority

With several recent hearings on sustainable housing finance under its belt, the House Financial Services Committee appears to be exploring GSE reform in depth, but no word yet on when and what that may look like. The HFSC’s Subcommittee on Insurance and Housing held three hearings over a three-week period with the latest taking place last week. A financial services committee staffer wouldn’t confirm whether a piece of legislation is being worked on, but she said that committee Chair Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, believes housing finance reform is a priority for the committee this Congress.

November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Tax Reform Plan Puts GSEs a Step Closer to Potential Treasury Draw

With the Senate and the House having both recently released their tax proposals, it’s the House plan to cut corporate taxes in 2018 that would impact the GSEs by threatening their deferred tax assets. A corporate tax cut would likely force Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to take draws from the U.S. Treasury. This is especially true in light of the fact that by Jan. 1, 2018, neither GSE will be allowed to hold a capital buffer to absorb any losses. A cut to corporate taxes means a write down of some Fannie/Freddie DTAs, including mortgage-related assets, allowances for bad loans, derivatives-related basis differences and deferred fees, which are all currently held at a higher tax rate.

November 17, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Approves GSE Re-Entry into LIHTC Market, With Limitations

After being absent for about 10 years, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will re-enter the low-income housing tax credit market to support affordable rental housing, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced late this week. But the GSEs’ market share will be capped so they’re not in direct competition with the private market, and their investments must meet certain requirements. Fannie and Freddie will have an annual investment limit of $500 million, which translates to less than a 5 percent market share for each, according to the FHFA. Moreover, any investments more than $300 million during any year must be in areas that have been identified by the FHFA as markets that have difficulty attracting investors.

November 17, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: A Mystery (for Now): Franklin Codel’s Dismissal at Wells / A Major Changing of the Guard is Afoot / Rick Glass: Only the Strong Will Survive / Mick, Tell us How You Really Feel About the CFPB / Fannie & Freddie CEOs Seem Content…

A major changing of the guard is now afoot in the mortgage industry...

November 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Fannie and Freddie Approved to Re-Enter LIHTC Market for First Time in 10 Years

Freddie said it plans to close its first investment in January 2018.

November 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie Planning to Test Construction Loan Program to Help Spur Affordable Housing

Fannie Mae is considering a pilot program to help consumers more easily get construction loans. While the program is just in the early stages of consideration, the government-sponsored enterprise sees the program as a way to increase affordable housing options for homebuyers.

November 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Pending Tax Reform has MBS Between ‘A Rock and a Hard Place’

If substantial tax reform is enacted, it would likely lead to rising expectations about growth and inflation, leading to a selloff in rates…

November 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Watt Likely Won’t Act on Zero Capital Buffer This Year, but Consensus Forming on a GSE Bill?

Republicans are reportedly on board with the federal MBS guarantee but reluctant to backstop future guarantor entities…

November 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Mortgage REITs Boost Residential MBS Holdings in 3Q17

MBS-investing REITs boosted their holdings by 10.1 percent on a sequential basis…

November 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Conventional-Conforming Market Tapped into Surging Refi Business in 3Q17

Roughly $269 billion of conventional-conforming loans were originated from July through September, according to Inside Mortgage Finance...

November 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: FHA MMIF Results Due Wednesday / Fannie’s Foray into Construction-to-Perm? / Production Chief Departs / Drones Being Used by Some Mortgage Servicers / A Loss for Invitation Homes

However, a source familiar with the matter stressed that the GSE is merely considering a construction-to-perm product and nothing more.

November 13, 2017 - IMFnews

KBW: A Change to the GSE Dividend Sweep ‘Unlikely’

KBW estimates that if the corporate tax rate falls, Fannie and Freddie, combined, would have to fork over to Treasury an estimated $13 billion to $19 billion…

November 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie and Freddie QM Patch Under Attack By GOP Lawmakers, Trump Administration

The special qualified-mortgage treatment for home loans eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises is getting more attention lately as some say that it gives Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac an unfair advantage.

November 10, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Freddie’s Nonprime MBS Holdings Down Sharply

Freddie Mac significantly reduced its holdings of nonprime mortgage-backed securities in the third quarter, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Freddie held $5.14 billion of nonprime MBS as of the end of September, down 52.2 percent from June. The government-sponsored enterprise sold approximately $5.00 billion of its non-agency MBS holdings during the quarter, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ... [Includes one data chart]

November 10, 2017 - IMFnews

As Promised: If the GOP Lowers the Corporate Tax Rate, the GSEs are in Deep Trouble

“A significant reduction in the corporate tax rate would result in a significant net loss, and that could result in a loss for the year,” said Fannie CEO Timothy Mayopoulos…

November 10, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: The Wilbur Ross Story / Tapping Mortgage Expertise / Enter the Phrase ‘Legal Proceedings’ and See What You Find / David Kittle and the Ginnie Mae Job / Reverse Lender has Record Month / A New Hire for Better Mortgage

You might say that Wilbur Ross got out of Ocwen while the getting was good...

November 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSEs at Risk for Treasury Draw If Congress Lowers Corporate Tax Rate

A corporate tax cut, now being debated on Capitol Hill, could wreak havoc on the government-sponsored enterprises’ deferred tax assets and result in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac having to take draws from the U.S. Treasury.

November 9, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: $250K a Year in Severance for Impac President / Capital One will Remain in Multifamily / Goldman Wins Fannie Mae Bid / Quicken Gets Some Company at the Top / A New Hire for AmeriFirst

Although Capital One is exiting single-family lending, the bank will continue to provide “specialized" multifamily financing...

November 8, 2017 - IMFnews

Treasury’s GSE Plan Still a ‘Work in Progress.' No Balance Sheet Allowed?

A guarantee fund would be developed to cover losses.

November 7, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: The ‘Think-Tank’ GSE Hearing / More Red Ink for AAMC / AmeriSave’s New President / A Servicing Milestone for Flagstar / Equity Prime Hires New CFO

Tuesday’s panel discussion has been dubbed the “think tank” hearing because it includes representatives from the Urban Institute, the Milken Institute and American Enterprise Institute…

November 7, 2017 - IMFnews

Long-Time GSE Critic Peter Wallison Doesn’t Disappoint: Kill Fannie and Freddie, He Urges

According to Wallison: “There is nothing about the way the government has managed the housing finance system for the last 50 years that would remotely recommend a continuing government role.”

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Briefs

Hensarling to Retire After Term Ends. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, announced that he will not run for re-election and is retiring to spend more time with his family. Some think Hensarling’s departure could speed up Congressional efforts to enact housing finance reform. However, Cowen and Company said this is ultimately negative for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as Hensarling now becomes the top contender to replace Mel Watt as FHFA director in January 2019. “Hensarling has previously proposed liquidating the enterprises. At the least, we would expect him to shrink the GSE share of the market,” said analyst Jaret Seiberg. MBA President to Retire. Mortgage Bankers Association President and CEO David Stevens...

November 3, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Retail Still Largest Source of Agency Loans

Nearly half of the loans securitized by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae during the third quarter came from lenders’ retail platforms, a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis shows. Correspondents generated 38.8 percent of the market and posted the highest purchase-mortgage concentration, 77.8 percent. Mortgage brokers were involved in 11.6 percent of agency business, with a relatively high 35.9 percent refinance distribution ... [Includes one data chart]

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Mull Alternative Credit Score, VantageScore Makes Its Case

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt said the agency is reviewing the possibility of having Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac update their credit score model requirements. But first he has questions. Although it wouldn’t be implemented until late 2019, Watt, while speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual conference last week, reminded that it’s not an easy decision. The FHFA plans to issue a request for input sometime this month to get stakeholder feedback on the issue and make an informed decision about the GSEs’ future credit score model requirements in 2018 as soon as it completes reviewing responses to the RFI.

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Oral Arguments and Supreme Court Requests Are Latest in GSE Cases

There have been a number of moving parts in GSE shareholder cases recently, including oral arguments heard this week in one case and three separate lawsuits asking the Supreme Court of the United States to review the constitutionality of the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Attorney and managing partner David Thompson with Cooper & Kirk in Washington, D.C., who represents the shareholders in Christopher Roberts vs. FHFA, participated in this week’s oral arguments in the Seventh Circuit Court. He called the net-worth sweep unlawful because it imposed a “mandatory zero-capital regime and violated its own statutory commands to preserve and conserve assets and restore them to soundness.”

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Adds URLA Language Question, Makes Several Changes

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, despite opposition, will go ahead with its plan to add a language-preference question to the redesigned loan application for GSE loans. Although use of the form won’t be required by lenders until February 2020, one law firm is weighing in on its possible impact.The FHFA announced late last month that the question will be added to the loan application to enable borrowers who prefer to communicate in a language other than English to identify that language. The Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regulator also said the revision is part of a broader, multi-year effort to improve language access for limited English proficiency (LEP) borrowers.

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Falls Short of SF AH Goals, Both GSEs Surpass Multifam Goals

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s annual report on housing showed that Fannie Mae fell short of meeting two of its affordable housing goals for 2016. The GSE came close at 5.2 percent but did not meet the 5.4 percent benchmark goal for very-low income buyers purchasing single-family homes. Fannie also did not meet the goal for low-income buyers refinancing their mortgages. The goal was 19.8 percent and Fannie topped out at 19.5 percent. However, Fannie did meet the 22.9 percent low-income home-purchase goal and surpassed its low-income area home-purchase goal of 19.7 percent by 0.5 percent.

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Say Technological Innovations Here to Stay

Fannie Mae announced several new technologies last week, including one that will let lenders validate a borrower’s primary information in one step. Single Source Validation is currently in the pilot testing phase and will be incorporated into the GSE’s Desktop Underwriter tool in 2018. Through the program, lenders can validate a borrower’s income, assets and employment using a single asset report as the source data instead of scanning through a multitude of paper documents. Fannie said that this not only makes it easier to originate loans but it also helps curb costs. Speaking at the annual Mortgage Bankers Association convention in Denver last week, Fannie CEO Timothy Mayopoulos said...

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

MBA: Don’t Blur Lines Between Primary/Secondary Markets

The Mortgage Bankers Association is worried about blurred lines between primary and secondary market activities when it comes to Federal Housing Finance Agency objectives, especially in the wake of new technologies. The trade group said there should be a clear separation of the two market activities. In response to the FHFA’s strategic plan for 2018 through 2022, the MBA said it will be important for the agency to make sure the GSEs only undertake activities that support secondary market liquidity, and not displace lenders and vendors operating in the primary single-family and multifamily finance markets.

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Watt Said FHFA Evaluating, Exploring New CRT Options

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt touted the evolution of the GSEs’ credit-risk transfer programs and said they continue to make progress on exploring new types of ways to transfer risk to the private sector. During remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual conference in Denver last week, Watt said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now transfer a significant amount of credit risk on at least 90 percent of their targeted single-family loans. “The enterprises’ credit-risk transfer programs have leveraged a receptive private sector market and have made an incredible amount of progress in a really short period of time,” he said. Since 2013, they have transferred a portion of credit risk on $1.6 trillion of mortgages.

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Calabria Talks GSE Reform, QM Patch at Urban Institute Forum

Mark Calabria, chief economist to Vice President Mike Pence, said the administration is in the early stages of looking at ways to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He also explained why he’s not a fan of the qualified mortgage “patch” during comments this week at a housing finance discussion hosted by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic. He said the Trump administration is committed to not handing Fannie and Freddie over in conservatorship to the next administration and that finding a path forward is just the beginning. “We will do a number of listening sessions to ask questions about what is the best way out of...

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Congress Taking Heat for Not Acting on Housing Finance Reform

In round two of a House Financial Services subcommittee on Housing and Insurance hearing this week, housing finance reform talks shifted from small lender access to getting the GSEs out of conservatorship. During his testimony, Mortgage Bankers Association President and CEO David Stevens called the extended conservatorship, which is fast approaching a decade, economically and politically unsustainable. “The time to act on comprehensive legislative reform is now,” he said. While Stevens acknowledged that the Federal Housing Finance Agency has taken positive steps as conservator, he reiterated his view that only Congress can provide the “legitimacy and public confidence needed for long-term stability in both the primary and secondary markets.”

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Combined Net Income $7.7B IN 3Q, Hurricane Impact Felt

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earnings remained strong in the third quarter as the GSEs posted a combined $7.7 billion in net income. Fannie reported $3.02 billion, a 5.5 percent decline from the prior quarter. Freddie posted $4.67 billion, more than double the $1.66 billion reported in the second quarter. While the combined number is well above the $4.86 billion total booked in the previous quarter, the bulk of it is attributed to a legal settlement windfall with the Royal Bank of Scotland over non-agency mortgage-backed securities sold to the GSEs. Freddie received the lion’s share of the taxable settlement with $4.5 billion and Fannie received $975 million.

November 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSEs Report $7.6 Billion in Earnings for 3Q, Reduced Portfolios Mean More Income Generated by G-Fees

This week, the government-sponsored enterprises reported combined earnings of $7.69 billion in the third quarter of 2017, which was up almost $3 billion from the previous period. As the end of the year approaches, they also continue to reduce their retained investment portfolios as mandated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earnings were boosted by a legal settlement with the Royal Bank of Scotland over non-agency MBS ... [Includes one data chart]

November 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Unexpected Surge in Freddie Production Helped To Steady Agency MBS Issuance in October

New issuance of agency single-family MBS in October was almost even with the previous month, but there was a sharp swing of market share between the two government-sponsored enterprises, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. Total new MBS issuance by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae came to $113.99 billion last month, a modest 0.5 percent decline from September. But while Fannie production slumped 11.5 percent, Freddie ... [Includes two data charts]

November 3, 2017 - IMFnews

A Spike in Freddie MBS Issuance Helped Steady Volumes for October

But while Fannie production slumped 11.5 percent, Freddie saw a robust 23.9 percent jump in new issuance in October…

November 2, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie, Freddie Combined Earnings Reach $7.7 Billion In Third Quarter, G-Fee Income Continues to Grow

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac generated a combined $7.69 billion in net income during the third quarter of 2017, up significantly from the $4.86 billion in the second quarter, according to an Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of earnings reports released this week. Freddie’s earnings were unusually high at $4.67 billion thanks to a legal settlement with the Royal Bank of Scotland over non-agency mortgage-backed securities sold by the investment firm to the government-sponsored ...

November 2, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie ‘Servicing Marketplace’ Program Isn’t Operational Yet but It’s Causing Consternation in Certain Circles

In an attempt to help its smaller seller/servicers achieve better pricing on coissuance transactions, Fannie Mae will launch a new “Servicing Marketplace” designed as an upgrade to an existing program that some say was seldom used. The new platform allows sellers to choose a Fannie-approved coissuance servicer and commit to sell servicing rights at the same time they sell the loan into a Fannie mortgage-backed security. All transactions are on a bifurcated basis; that is, the seller is still ...

November 2, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: GSE Reform? What’s the Rush? / Calabria, an FHFA Director Candidate? / Capping the Mortgage Interest Deduction at $500,000 / TCF to Buy Nonbank Mortgage Firm

Mark Calabria is not exactly a fan of the GSEs...

November 2, 2017 - IMFnews

Fannie Mae Reports Strong Earnings for 3Q17; Hurricanes Hurt but RBS Settlement Helped

Through the first nine months of the year, Fannie has posted impressive net earnings of $9.02 billion.

November 1, 2017 - IMFnews

Fannie Mae Reports Strong Earnings for 3Q17, but $1B in Hurricane-Related Charges; Large Exposure to ‘Maria’

Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos added: “Damage from the storms will be with us for a long time.”

November 1, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Fannie Mae Readies 3Q17 Results / Should be a Good Quarter / Another Reverse Lender Hits the Auction Block? / Rejection Rates for FHA, VA Loans / A New Hire for Stearns

Look for another reverse mortgage lender to hit the auction block...

November 1, 2017 - IMFnews

Rep. Hensarling to Retire. Speculation Immediately Begins on FHFA, CFPB Jobs

“The other natural job would be as CFPB director,” the Cowen analyst continued. “That said, Hensarling has shown much greater interest in housing finance…”

November 1, 2017 - IMFnews

As Year Draws to a Close, a Rush to Get Servicing Packages Sold

There continues to be some nervousness about VA receivables because of streamlined refinancings, although regulators are trying to curb abuses in the program.


With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.
No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.
Maybe. It’s under consideration.
Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.

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