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March 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Reverse Market May be Down but There are Still Many Opportunities

The reverse-mortgage industry is in an uncomfortable place in the first quarter of 2018 due to lower volumes, higher costs and lower margins – the same issues that ail the traditional forward-lending business currently, says a new analysis by the Stratmor Group. Applications and counseling requests are down more than expected for this time of the year despite the recent rule changes implemented by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure the long-term viability of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program. Stratmor projects HECM volume at $1.6 billion in 2018, down from approximately $2.0 billion in 2017, due mainly to dwindling refinances. “Given the reduction in the interest-rate floor, it is reasonable to expect that gain-on-sale margins will decline, but just how far, who knows,” said Jim Cameron, a senior partner at Stratmor. “The reduction in unit ...

March 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Failed TBW’s Audit Firm Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Accounting firm Deloitte & Touche has agreed to pay the federal government $149.5 million to settle False Claims Act liabilities arising from its audits of failed FHA lender Taylor, Bean &Whitaker Mortgage Corp. Deloitte was TBW’s independent outside auditor from 2002 through 2008, when the subprime mortgage market unraveled, triggering a financial and housing crisis. The Department of Justice alleged that, during the period in question, TBW had been running a fraudulent scheme involving the purported sale of fictitious or double-pledged mortgages. According to court documents, Lee Bentley Farkas, former chairman of TBW, and six other banking executives engaged in a more than $2.9 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the failures of Colonial Bank and TBW. Farkas and his crew allegedly misappropriated in excess of $1.4 billion from Colonial Bank’s warehouse lending division in Orlando, FL, and approximately $1.5 billion from Ocala Funding, a mortgage-lending facility controlled by TBW.

March 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD, FDIC Announce Auctions of Reverse Loans; HECM RMBS Rated

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. have announced offerings of multiple residential reverse mortgage pools for sale to investors. The HUD pools are comprised of approximately 650 reverse mortgage notes with a total loan balance of about $136 million. The sale consists of due and payable first-lien reverse mortgages secured by single-family, vacant residential properties where all borrowers are deceased and none is survived by a non-borrowing spouse. The reverse-mortgage sale is the third offering of its type. As with past offerings, the sale will be by competitive bidding on April 11, 2018. The loans will be sold without FHA insurance and with servicing released. The loans are expected to be offered in regional pools. Meanwhile, the FDIC will unload in open auction 3,280 FHA-insured reverse-mortgage loans from the ...

March 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Deliveries into Ginnie Pools Down in 2017; CA Leads All States

The volume of FHA and VA loans securitized in Ginnie Mae pools in 2017 declined from the previous year, according to an analysis of agency data. FHA loans delivered into Ginnie mortgage-backed securities last year totaled $250.5 billion, down 8.7 percent from 2016. Purchase loans comprised 69.6 percent of Ginnie MBS issuances backed by FHA loans over the 12- month period, while refinances accounted for 24.8 percent. FHA borrowers had an average FICO score of 675.3, suggesting a more traditional borrower base of first-time homebuyers and borrowers with credit issues. The FHA loans that were securitized had an average loan-to-value ratio of 92.8 percent and a debt-to-income ratio of 41.3 percent. California led all states in FHA mortgage securitization, with $39.0 billion for all of last year. FHA originations, however, dropped 16.6 percent year-over-year. The other top states in terms of ... [ charts ]

March 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Private MI Accounts for Bigger Chunk of Primary MI Market in 4Q

Private MIs seized a bigger share of the market in 2017, even as VA rebounded strongly in the fourth quarter, an Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of the primary MI market found. Private MIs wrote $69.9 billion in new flow business in the fourth quarter, down 9.7 percent from the previous quarter. Private MI business accounted for 39.2 percent of total primary MI written in the quarter while FHA lost ground after business dropped 10.9 percent, leaving it with a reduced 33.3 percent market share for the period. After having a stellar year in 2016, VA lending eased to 24.1 percent of the primary MI market last year – still its third-best year since the financial crisis. The tiger in VA’s tank was refinance, which accounted for 44.1 percent of the agency’s lending, compared to just 9.8 percent of private ...

March 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Mulls Changes to MSR Pacts To Improve Liquidity of Nonbanks

Ginnie Mae is considering changes to the existing pledge agreement that allows mortgage-backed securities issuers to borrow against servicing rights. Revising the acknowledgement agreement between Ginnie, issuers and third-party creditors would ensure that nonbank participants would have sufficient liquidity to make timely payments to investors, said Michael Bright, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ginnie Mae. In remarks at the recent Structured Finance Industry Group conference in Las Vegas, Bright said the change aims to strengthen Ginnie’s ability to oversee its issuer base, which has shifted from large regulated banks to mostly unregulated nonbanks. Nonbanks filled the void after a contingent of large banks exited the FHA market due to concern about the government’s use of the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act in ...

March 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Explores Risk Sharing Between FHA, Private Capital

Ginnie Mae is considering a risk-sharing pilot that would have private capital absorb some of the potential losses on FHA loans securitized through the agency. In remarks at the Structured Finance Industry Group conference in Las Vegas recently, Michael Bright, executive vice president and chief operating officer with Ginnie, said no decision has been made on any credit-enhancement structure, as consultations with stakeholders are still ongoing. “We are actively looking at structures we can put in place where we bring in private capital to provide a [partial] guarantee,” explained Bright, Ginnie’s acting president. “The FHA is going be involved in a lot of them.” A risk-share partnership between FHA and private credit enhancers not only would protect the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund but reduce taxpayer risk as well, observers said. The risk-sharing concept would have private mortgage insurers assuming ...

March 1, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Examines Potential Risk Sharing Between FHA, Private Capital; Pilot Transaction Eyed This Year

Ginnie Mae is exploring the possibility of loan-level credit risk sharing with the private sector on FHA-insured loans securitized through the agency, according to a top Ginnie Mae official.

February 26, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

States Told to Factor Rising Sea Levels in Post-Storm Rebuilding

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has notified states receiving federal funding for recovery efforts from last year’s disastrous hurricanes to take into account the rising sea level when rebuilding in flood-prone areas. The directive appears to follow Obama-era mandates requiring federally funded infrastructure projects to factor climate change and rising sea level when building in areas that could be vulnerable to flooding. However, six months ago, before Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas, President Trump, a non-believer in climate change, rescinded the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard established by President Obama in 2015. There was concern that things would revert to the pre-hurricane days when federal funds were wasted on bad infrastructure, said Rob Moore, a senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “But HUD is doing the ...

February 26, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Offers New Foreclosure Relief Option to Storm, Wildfire Victims

FHA is offering new options to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as California wildfires and subsequent flooding and mudslides to avoid foreclosures. Eligible disaster victims in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, California, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may get FHA foreclosure relief, which would allow them to remain in their homes and, at the same time, reduce losses to the mortgage insurance fund. FHA has instructed servicers to reach out to the victims with the new option, “Disaster Standalone Partial Claim.” The new option allows an interest-free second loan to cover up to 12 months of missed mortgage payments. The loan is payable only when the borrower sells the home or refinances the mortgage. The expanded loss mitigation will also streamline income documentation and other requirements to expedite relief to struggling homeowners while they are ...

February 26, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Study Calls for Servicing, Loss Mit To Stem HECM Foreclosures

A greater focus on reverse-mortgage servicing and loss mitigation would be effective in addressing property-charge foreclosures while also preserving the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program’s core mission of helping cash-strapped senior citizens, says a new study from the National Consumer Law Center. The study by staff attorney Odette Williamson and Sarah Mancini, of counsel to the NCLC, said the government’s mistaken response to surging insurance claims and increasing defaults on property tax and insurance obligations was to change origination policies. Specifically, the Department of Housing and Urban Development reduced the proceeds available through a reverse mortgage and imposed new underwriting guidelines to curb rising reverse-mortgage foreclosures and stem increased losses to the FHA insurance fund. Although the repercussions of the two distinct problems related to ...

February 26, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD 2019 Budget Revives IT Fee, GNMA to Tighten Issuer Oversight

The Trump administration is seeking additional budget allocations in FY 2019 for FHA and Ginnie Mae to pay technology upgrades, additional staffing, and increased issuer oversight. The budget request seeks an additional $20 million above the 2017 enacted level of $130 million for FHA to upgrade its aging information technology – some still based on the antiquated COBOL programming language – and contract support. The additional funding would be offset by charging lenders an IT fee of no more than $25 per loan, according to the proposed budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition, the 2019 HUD budget requests $400 billion in new loan guarantees under the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund for forward single-family mortgages Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, multifamily housing, and manufactured housing. The requested $400 billion would remain available ...

February 26, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

19% of Seniors’ Mortgage-Related Gripes Were About FHA, VA, HECMs

Approximately 19 percent of mortgage-related complaints filed by senior citizens with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the last two years involved FHA forward and reverse mortgages and VA loans, according to the CFPB complaints database. The bureau received 8,323 complaints from the elderly between 2016 and 2017 regarding their experiences with FHA, VA, and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, home-equity loans or lines of credit, conventional mortgages and other home-loan products. Over the two-year period, seniors reported 1,562 problems with their FHA mortgages (702 complaints), reverse mortgages/HECMs (488) and VA-guaranteed loans (372). Conventional mortgages received the highest number of senior citizen complaints (4,240) during the period, while home-equity loan products and other mortgages garnered 780 and 1,741 complaints, respectively. Total complaints overall began trending downward in the first quarter of 2017, from 1,241 to 508 in the ... [Chart]

February 26, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Lose Market Share in 4Q, Jumbos Down, HECMs Improve

FHA and VA single-family originations fell in the fourth quarter of 2017 due to a decline in purchase mortgage originations that was offset somewhat by an increase in refinance business. FHA endorsed $237.3 billion in forward single-family mortgages in 2017 notwithstanding an 11.9 percent drop in the fourth quarter. FHA production also dropped 7.1 percent year-over-year. Market observers attributed the decline in FHA originations to high mortgage insurance premiums, stiffer competition from private lenders’ low-downpayment programs, and a more aggressive conventional-conforming mortgage market. A new analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance also found that government-backed lending and the jumbo market saw the biggest production declines from the prior quarter. In particular, IMF’s research found that FHA, VA and U.S. Department of Agriculture rural-housing originations fell ... [Charts]

February 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

DOJ Memos May Change Approach To FHA Litigation, Attorneys Say

Two recent internal policy memos from the Department of Justice suggest that the agency is reevaluating its approach in two key areas of enforcement, which may significantly affect False Claims Act litigation in FHA cases. Issued last month (one was actually leaked), the memos pertain to the dismissal of frivolous whistleblower cases when the government declines to intervene, and the prohibition of DOJ attorneys relying on an entity’s noncompliance with agency guidance as presumptive or conclusive evidence that the entity violated the law. Written by Michael Granston, director of the DOJ’s Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section, the leaked Jan. 10 memo directs federal prosecutors to consider dismissing meritless FCA complaints by whistleblowers when considering whether DOJ should intervene in the ...

February 9, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

As FHA Delinquencies Rise Sharply in Puerto Rico, Ginnie Mae is Keeping a Close Eye on MBS Issuers

At yearend, 28.8 percent of FHA mortgages in Puerto Rico were in some stage of delinquency, including 15.8 percent that were 90 days or more past due. These ultra-high late-payment readings – courtesy of hurricanes Maria and Irma – have caught the attention of both Ginnie Mae and the FHA. …

February 5, 2018 - Inside the CFPB

Service Member Mortgage Complaints Drifting Higher

Complaints by active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel about their mortgages rose in many categories tracked, both on a quarterly basis and on an annual basis, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside the CFPB. Overall, they are definitely trending up. For instance, complaints by service members about all mortgage products in general rose from 582 incidents in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 739 in the fourth quarter of 2017, but they fell from a total of 741 in the third quarter of last year. The increase was a little more consistent when particular mortgage products were segregated out from the aggregate data. For instance, gripes about conventional mortgages rose from 218 in 4Q16 to 334 [with charts] ...


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He’s done a good job of paring back the agency’s excesses and we’d like to see more.
I hope he totally dismantles the agency and sends those functions back to the agencies hence they came.
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