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September 22, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae-VA Task Force to Crack Down on Serial Refinance Abusers, Will Expel Program Violators

Ginnie Mae and the Department of Veterans Affairs have created a joint task force to deal with improper early refinancing of VA loans – a practice the agencies thought they had eliminated but which has reemerged in the last couple of weeks. The task force will be monitoring closely monthly VA refinancing data and will develop additional policies to augment the current policy, which Ginnie, in consultation with the VA, issued last year to curb churning of VA loans in its MBS. Responding to concerns raised by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, acting Ginnie President and Chief Operations Officer Michael Bright acknowledged...


September 22, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Constrained by a Lack Of Supply, Some Investors Move on to Other Products

Issuance of non-agency MBS backed by newly originated home loans remains well below levels seen before the financial crisis. While new regulations have stopped some pre-crisis loan types from being originated, industry participants suggest that other major factors are also limiting the supply of loans available for MBS. Chris Helwig, a managing director at Amherst Pierpont, noted that banks are competing for prime jumbos and holding them in portfolio, and many borrowers who previously might have received subprime mortgages opt for FHA loans. “All that is left for non-agency MBS is...


September 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Subservicing Contracts Continued to Grow Slowly In a Crowded Field That Could Lead to a Shakeout

Subservicing contracts topped $1.97 trillion at June 30, a 4.3 percent gain from March and a 28.2 percent jump over the past year, according to an exclusive Inside Mortgage Finance survey. Overall, roughly 19.9 percent of all residential loans are now being processed by these “outsourcing” vendors, who do not own the underlying strip of receivables and instead receive a portion of the servicing fee for doing all the grunt work. The subservicing sector continues...[Includes one data table]


September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

DOL’s Overtime Rule Dead – For Now. A federal district court in Texas recently struck down an Obama administration proposal that would have made millions of people eligible for overtime pay. Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Aug. 31 invalidated the DOL’s pending overtime regulations, which would have raised the salary threshold exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Obama administration finalized the proposed regulations in May last year but was unable to implement them after Mazzant granted a request for injunction filed by the Plano Chamber of Commerce and 55 other business groups last November. The business entities opposed the proposed rule, which would have raised the minimum salary threshold necessary to qualify for the FLSA’s overtime exemption. The salary threshold would have increased from ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Announces Changes to HECM Counseling Certificates

The FHA will provide lenders that originate Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans the option to view and print unsigned HECM counseling certificates in FHA Connection starting Sept. 18, 2017. While the lender may still take the initial loan application, the lender can only begin to process it once the counseling is complete, as evidenced by a completed HECM counseling certificate that contains signatures of both the counselor and borrower. Lenders that chose to use this option will be required to establish procedures to obtain and document authorization from the HECM borrower to access the counseling certificate in FHA Connection. In addition, lenders must certify that a borrower authorization to view the counseling certificate was obtained. Lenders must follow the guidance on processing HECM loans contained in the HUD Handbook, the FHA said. To access HECM counseling certificates, lenders will ...


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 FHA/VA Lending

VA Finalizes Rule for Establishing Fees, Charges for Vendee Financing

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a final rule that will allow it to establish reasonable fees to cover the costs of originating and servicing a VA-backed vendee loan. A vendee loan enables a borrower to purchase a VA real estate-owned property. Vendee financing is not a veteran benefit but is available to any purchaser, including veterans and servicemembers. In addition, vendee financing is available for non-owner and owner-occupied residential properties. An owner-occupied purchase can be financed with as little as zero percent downpayment while a non-owner-occupied purchase requires a minimum 5 percent downpayment. In addition, for non-owner-occupied purchases, investors may use 75 percent of anticipated rent, based on an appraiser’s estimate, to offset the subject property monthly payment. Furthermore, investors must have experience in ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lenders Seeking to Maintain Profit Margins Boost HECM Production

Reverse mortgage originations with FHA insurance increased both on quarterly and year-over-year bases as lenders, led by nonbanks, moved into the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage market to boost their bottom lines. HECM originations were up 5.5 percent from the first to the second quarter, closing out the first six months with $9.3 billion in total originations. Production was up 25.8 percent at the halfway mark compared to last year. Purchase loans comprised approximately 82.9 percent of HECM volume during the first half of the year. Adjustable-rate HECMs remained the preferred reverse-mortgage product for the majority of borrowers. Despite increased originations, FHA data show HECM production in gradual decline since endorsements peaked at $114.7 billion in FY 2009. The top five HECM producers in the first quarter continued to hold on to their spots. American Advisors Group maintained its rank as ... [Charts]


September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Offers Measures to Deal With VA Appraisal Issues, Delays

The Mortgage Bankers Association has recommended steps to address the VA appraiser shortage and increased appraisal turn times. The industry group made its recommendations in a recent letter to Jeffrey London, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Loan Guaranty Service, based on a roundtable discussion between MBA and other industry stakeholders in March. Stakeholders expressed their concern for the lack of VA appraisers and longer waiting periods for appraisal reports. Appraiser shortage is an ongoing problem for the VA, and has resulted in delayed loan closings, particularly in highly rural areas. Some states, like Oregon, have very few appraisers, the MBA pointed out. “This delay may force veterans to choose other loan programs to meet certain deadlines or face other adverse outcomes,” the MBA letter warned. On the other hand, the ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Trump Nominates Industry Veteran To Be the Next FHA Commissioner

The White House this week officially nominated industry veteran Brian Montgomery to be the next FHA commissioner and assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a related development, the Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Pamela Pantenaude as HUD deputy secretary, three months to the day the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs approved her nomination. Montgomery, currently vice chairman of the Washington-based business-consulting firm The Collingwood Group, is no stranger to the job. He previously served as FHA commissioner/HUD assistant secretary during the second Bush administration and as acting HUD secretary in January 2009. As FHA commissioner, Montgomery lead legislative efforts to preserve the nation’s affordable rental housing stock while reducing rental-assistance costs and the cost of ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae to Take Action Against Illicit Refinancing of VA Mortgages

Rapid, aggressive refinancing of VA loans has made a comeback with some issuers using strategies to mask the practice and avoid possible penalties, including expulsion from the Ginnie Mae program, according to a top agency official. Responding to concerns raised by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, Michael Bright, acting Ginnie Mae president and chief operations officer, said a joint Ginnie Mae/VA lender-abuse task force is analyzing monthly data and developing additional policy measures to deal with the problem. Bright confirmed the resurgence of inappropriate streamline refinancing in Ginnie securitization pools in recent weeks and has promised to crack down on the questionable practice. The problem surfaced last year when Ginnie Mae noticed unusually fast prepayment speeds in its mortgage-backed securities, particularly MBS backed by VA loans. Ginnie found that certain lenders and ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Sinks in 2Q17 as Primary Market Races Ahead of MBS Platforms

The seasonal surge in primary market mortgage originations stood in stark contrast to a slump in new residential MBS issuance during the second quarter of 2017. Mortgage lenders originated an estimated $455.0 billion of new first-lien loans during the April-June cycle, an 18.2 percent increase from the first three months of the year, according to estimates by Inside Mortgage Finance. But the secondary market generated just $294.7 billion in MBS backed by purchase and refinance loans – a 5.3 percent decline. The result was...[Includes one data table]


September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbanks Continue Market Takeover in 2017, Could Pose Risk to GSEs, FHA and Ginnie

The growing reliance on nonbanks could pose a risk to the government housing agencies, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute’s Housing Policy Center. Just four years ago, banks originated 70 percent of new mortgages, the researchers noted. But in 2017 nonbanks are originating 60 percent of all new mortgages and 76 percent of loans destined to be securitized by Ginnie Mae. UI called...


September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Agency-Jumbo Production Sagged in 2Q17 While Non-Agency Sector Kept Growing

Deliveries of conforming-jumbo loans into mortgage-backed securities slowed during the second quarter of 2017, despite the solid increase in originations of non-agency jumbo loans, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. During the second quarter, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae securitized $27.62 billion of single-unit mortgages that had loan amounts exceeding the $424,100 conforming loan limit. That was down 4.6 percent from the first three months of the year, a smaller drop than the 6.9 percent decline in total Fannie, Freddie, FHA and VA activity. But the non-agency jumbo market saw...[Includes three data tables]


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Hurricane Damage: Despite Moratoriums on Default Loan Processing, MBS Issuers Must Keep Making Payments

Although Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae have all granted consumer forbearance on homes damaged by this season’s hurricanes, servicers must continue to make payments to MBS investors in most circumstances, a situation that could affect thinly capitalized nonbanks. In particular, smaller privately held nondepositories that became Ginnie issuers this decade could face some financial headwinds, depending on how heavily concentrated their business has been in the Texas Gulf region and south Florida. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press late this week, it was...


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]


September 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Purchase-Mortgage Lending Soared to Record Volume in 2Q17, But May Be Slowing Down

Mortgage lenders harvested a landmark crop of purchase-money mortgages during the second quarter, fueled partly by continuing growth in the first-time buyer segment, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. An estimated $307.0 billion of purchase loans were originated in the second quarter, up a stunning 49.8 percent from the first three months of the year. That was the highest quarterly volume for purchase-mortgage lending since the third quarter of 2006. Purchase loans accounted for 67.5 percent of the estimated $455.0 billion in first-lien mortgage originations during the April-June cycle, the highest such share since at least 2003. First-time buyers contributed...[Includes three data tables]


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Ginnie Mae Spokesperson Leaves Agency. Cynthia Adcock, director of communications and congressional relations at Ginnie Mae, will no longer be with the agency effective Sept. 4, 2017. Adcock will assume similar duties and responsibilities as a director with the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Michael Huff will handle media inquiries related to Ginnie Mae and congressional matters. FHA Lenders Settle Alleged Violations of FCA, FHA Requirements. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General recently announced receipt of $44.3 million from separate settlements with two FHA lenders. The settlements resolve allegations of fraudulent claims and violation of FHA requirements against Financial Freedom of Austin, TX, and Prospect Mortgage of Sherman, Oaks, CA. On May 16, 2017, Financial Freedom, an FHA servicer, agreed to pay the ...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Provides Info Sheet to Help Lenders in Their Use of the LRS

The FHA has posted a quick-reference sheet on its website to help lenders navigate the agency’s new Loan Review System. The quick-reference sheet summarizes the most important information in the LRS user manual. The LRS is an electronic platform for single-family, quality-control processes that includes post-endorsement loan reviews, direct endorsement authority test cases, lender-monitoring reviews, and lender-self-reporting of fraud and other material findings. Defect taxonomy, a key LRS component, provides a streamlined method of identifying and capturing information about loan defects uncovered through individual loan reviews. Lenders have four opportunities to respond to FHA reviews. They may access the LRS to view the results of the review in detail but they may not edit or submit responses, upload documents, manage binder requests or create self-reports. When FHA requests a ...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Agencies Issue Special Assistance Guidance for Lenders, MBS Issuers

As Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters recede, federal agencies that provide guarantees on mortgages are faced with the daunting task of identifying and assisting borrowers with government-backed mortgages in disaster-stricken areas of Texas. FHA, VA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service and Ginnie Mae have issued special relief guidance for approved lenders following Hurricane Harvey. The FHA has issued guidance to remind lenders and servicers that FHA-insured mortgages secured by properties in a presidentially-declared major disaster area are subject to a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures following a natural disaster. FHA also provides lenders an automatic 90-day extension upon expiration of the moratorium to begin or re-start foreclosure action or evaluate the borrower’s need for loss mitigation. In addition, FHA urged servicers to brush up on the 203(h) and the ...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Extends Indefinitely Interim Rules for Condo Project Approval

The FHA this week extended temporary rules for approving condominium projects for FHA financing indefinitely. The extension will remain in place until the condominium rulemaking process is completed, the agency said in a mortgagee letter. Temporary approval requirements were first issued in 2012 and later modified in 2015. The current temporary provisions expired on Aug. 31, 2017. Under a proposed rule issued for comment on Sept. 27, 2016, elderly condominium owners would find it easier to obtain a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. FHA proposes to reinstate “spot condo” approvals whereby individual units are approved by FHA rather than the entire condominium project as required under current rules. Spot-condo approvals would require property recertification every three years rather than the current two-year requirements. Processing recertifications would be streamlined under the ...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Reach Lowest Delinquency Levels in 2Q17, MBA Survey Finds

The FHA and VA reached a milestone of sorts in the second quarter of 2017 when both agencies hit their lowest delinquency levels in as many years, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s quarterly survey of mortgage delinquencies nationwide. The FHA delinquency rate fell to 7.94 percent from 8.09 percent in the first quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis, reaching its lowest level since 1996. Also on a seasonally adjusted basis, the VA delinquency rate declined to 3.72 percent from 3.90 percent in the previous quarter, the lowest it has been since 1979. Mortgage delinquencies also decreased for conventional loans on a seasonally adjusted basis. It dropped to 3.47 percent from 4.04 percent in the first quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis. Overall, the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on single-family residential homes fell to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.24 percent of all ...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Operations, Enforcement at a Crawl as Staff Confirmations Stall

Several mortgagee letters issued this week may have lifted the Department of Housing and Urban Development out of the doldrums, though that can quickly change if key staff positions remain vacant for a longer period, according to industry observers. Observers say problems might arise, as two key staff positions that are crucial to the implementation and enforcement of any HUD rule remain vacant. The Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts to HUD’s FY 2018 spending bill and Republican opposition to HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule reportedly have put a crimp on the nominations for the department’s top staff positions, observers said. Confirmations of Pamela Pantenaude as HUD deputy secretary and J. Paul Compton as HUD general counsel appear stalled on the Senate floor. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs approved ...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Further Clarifies New Servicing Requirements in HECM Final Rule

The FHA has issued guidance to clarify new servicing requirements in the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage final rule that will take effect on Sept. 17, 2017. The HECM final rule codifies previously issued policies as well as new policies contained in the HECM proposed rule published on May 19, 2016. The guidance provides more detail on three servicing policies contained in the HECM final rule that HUD published in the Federal Register on Jan. 19. These policy areas include default for unpaid property charges, sale of property securing a due and payable HECM, and cash-for-keys and relocation incentives. The comment period ends on Sept. 24. Specifically, the guidance clarifies when a lender must submit a due-and-payable request if a borrower is unable or unwilling to repay funds advanced by the lender to pay property charges. In addition, the guidance updates the ...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Borrowers Warned on Use of HECMs to Delay SS Benefits

Working past age 62 is usually a less costly way to increase a senior’s Social Security benefit than borrowing a reverse mortgage, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In a report published last week, the CFPB warned that a strategy touted by financial consultants to seniors – borrowing a reverse mortgage loan to get more SS benefits later – could result in significant costs that may erase gains from delaying SS benefits. The strategy would require older homeowners to borrow a reverse mortgage at age 62, the minimum age a person can begin collecting SS benefits, in order to delay claiming such benefits. This means retirees would use the proceeds from a reverse mortgage to replace the money they would otherwise receive from SS in the years between 62 up to their full benefit age of 66 (for those born before 1960) and 67 (for those born after 1960), or their maximum ...


September 1, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Fewer HECM Borrowers Expected As Program Changes Take Effect

The Department of Housing and Urban Development this week announced changes to the FHA-insured reverse mortgage program, including a 200 basis point adjustment in the upfront mortgage insurance premium that may shut out some potential borrowers. HUD officials acknowledged during a press call that changes in both the upfront MIP and the HECM principal limit factors could reduce the number of borrowers initially by as much as 20 percent. Officials estimated that there are approximately 24 million seniors with untapped equity in their homes. “Overall, it is still a very large potential market,” said one official who spoke on background. “In the last few years, we did about 45,000 to 50,000 reverse mortgages annually. The net effect of all these changes is a better and safe HECM program for seniors. We’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out.” The revisions would help stabilize the ...


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]


August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Ginnie Mae’s Fiscal YTD MBS Issuances Surpass $400 Billion. A modest volume increase in monthly securitizations in July pushed Ginnie Mae’s FY 2017 overall volume past $400 billion. Ginnie reported that $1.86 trillion of its mortgage-backed securities were outstanding as of July 1, up from $1.84 trillion in June and from $1.70 trillion from the same date last year. Last month, mortgage lenders pumped a hefty $112.4 billion of single-family home loans into the MBS platforms of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, according to an analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Circuit Courts Split on DOL Overtime Rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that mortgage underwriters are not “administrative employees” and, therefore, not exempt from the overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The court’s ruling in McKeen-Chaplin v. Provident Savings Bank overturned a ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

WIMC Rethinks Reverse Mortgage Strategy, Mulling Sale of Assets

Walter Investment Management Corp. is evaluating options for its reverse mortgage business, including the possibility of selling some or all of its assets or collaborating with third parties. WIMC’s reverse-mortgage segment has been adversely affected by the Department of Housing and Urban Developments new requirements, raising the need for additional working capital to finance Ginnie Mae buyouts, according to the company’s 10-Q disclosures. The company reported pre-tax losses of $93 million in the second quarter of 2017. The reverse-mortgage segment reported $16.5 million of pre-tax loss for the same period, following a pre-tax loss of $26.9 million in the prior year quarter. During the second quarter, WIMC’s reverse-mortgage business generated $15.4 million in revenue, down $0.7 million year-over-year. Cash generated by the origination, purchase and securitization of Home ...


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 FHA/VA Lending

Private MI Trade Group Urges CFPB To Establish Single QM Rule for All

The private mortgage insurance industry has called for harmonized qualified-mortgage standards to discourage potential arbitrage that might adversely affect consumers. In a comment letter, the U.S. Mortgage Insurers urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to assess whether the various QM standards established under the Dodd-Frank Act have created arbitrage opportunities to the detriment of consumers. The CFPB is about to begin a reevaluation of its ability-to-repay rule/QM rule. QM standards are different for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks than for FHA, VA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USMI said analysis should focus on the different treatment of points and fees and maximum borrower debt-to-income ratio among the various QM standards. The CFPB can address the calculation of points and fees under its ATR/QM rule by ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

NYDFS Accuses Veterans United of Overcharging Vets on VA Loans

The Mortgage Research Center, which does business as Veterans United Home Loans and/or VA Mortgage Center, has agreed to pay $1.1 million to New York regulators to resolve allegations of overcharging veterans on loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans United was the second largest VA lender in the country in the second quarter, with a 5.4 percent share of the VA market, according to the Inside FHA/VA Lending database. The settlement agreement is part of a consent order entered into recently by Veterans United with the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). The settlement stemmed from an investigation which found that the Columbia, MO-based company did not refund “surplus lender credits” on 322 VA loans originated from Jan. 1, 2011, to June 30, 2014. According to the consent order, borrowers obtained a credit from ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Wells Fargo, PHH Reach Separate Settlements to Resolve FCA Suits

Wells Fargo and PHH Mortgage have reached separate settlements with the Department of Justice and three other federal agencies to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act. The DOJ, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Housing Finance Agency will rake in $182 million from the settlement of lawsuits involving FHA and VA loans, as well as loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Wells Fargo denied the allegations in the whistleblower lawsuit but agreed to pay $108 million to resolve the claims. It admitted to no fault or liability. Filed in 2006 and unsealed in 2011, the lawsuit alleged that the bank overcharged veteran borrowers by masking ineligible fees in order to obtain VA guarantees on certain Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loans, or streamlined refi mortgages. At the same time, Wells allegedly falsely certified to the VA that it ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Clarity Sought on HUD Preemption Of State Statutes of Limitation

Reverse mortgage lenders are asking FHA to clarify the applicability of state statutes of limitations on collections and foreclosures involving Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans. In a comment letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association sought clarification to avoid any potential risk to the department and reverse mortgage lenders. Since federal agencies are not subject to state statutes of limitations, the NRMLA asked the FHA to confirm that HECM loans assigned to HUD are not covered by state statutes of limitations on collections and foreclosure. The trade group also requested FHA to clarify whether HECM regulations and program guidelines preempt any such state law. “Requiring mortgagees to assign loans to HUD and make certifications that such loans are and will be ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Originations Up, VA Down, Quicken, USAA Lead Production

FHA production increased slightly even as VA originations fell by a larger percentage in the second quarter of 2017, an analysis of the agencies’ lending activities found. FHA ended the quarter with $60.8 billion in forward mortgage endorsements, up 1.8 percent from the previous quarter. In contrast, VA originations declined by 4.9 percent over the same period, closing the second quarter with $40.8 billion. FHA and VA production typically gain share when the purchase-mortgage lending increases. For example, Inside Mortgage Finance reported that purchase mortgages comprised 71.3 percent of loans securitized in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities in 2Q17, compared to 59.9 percent in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS. FHA endorsements over the first half of 2017 totaled $120.6 billion, of which $86.0 billion were purchase loans. This was up 4.8 percent from the same six-month period ... [Charts]


August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Industry Experts Favor Unified GSE, FHA/VA Servicing Policies

Simplifying and aligning the default servicing policies of the conventional conforming and the government-backed mortgage markets would better serve the mortgage industry and homeowners, according to industry experts. In a recent discussion on how regulatory burden and high servicing costs might impede lending, members of the Mortgage Servicing Collaborative agreed on the need for streamlined and harmonized federal, state and agency policies and rules on servicing. Increased regulatory requirements have caused mortgage-servicing costs to skyrocket in recent years, experts said. Even though the quality of servicing has improved, the new regulations are complex and costly, they noted. Multiple pressures placed upon servicers have suppressed mortgage lending, making it harder for borrowers with tainted credit to obtain a mortgage, according to the ...


August 17, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Demographic Twists: Millennials Turning Away From FHA; Gen X Borrowers Like Working With Brokers

A new report found that fewer millennials have taken out FHA loans in the past couple of months and more choosing conventional loans. Separately, mortgage brokers are getting most of their business from Generation X. According to June data from the Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker, approximately 63 percent of all closed loans made to millennial borrowers were conventional mortgage loans with an average amount of $205,066, while 36 percent were FHA loans with an average amount of $173,381. Conventional and FHA loans, which tend to track in cycles, make up...


August 17, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Reps Use Congressional Recess to Gear Up For Second-Half Push of Mortgage Legislation

Members of Congress have left Washington, DC, for their summer recess, and mortgage industry representatives are using the time to plan strategy and educate lawmakers on key issues to help propel a number of measures across the finish line before the year ends. The most time-sensitive issues are reauthorizing the national flood insurance program and setting budgets for FHA and Ginnie Mae activity in fiscal 2018, which begins Oct. 1, 2017. Lawmakers will be looking to deal with these in September. Authority for the National Flood Insurance Program expires...


August 17, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

‘Excess’ Servicing Up for Grabs on $11 Billion Ginnie Portfolio; Other Deals Percolating as Rates Stay Low

A California nonbank is in the market with an excess servicing deal tied to an $11 billion Ginnie Mae portfolio, according to investment bankers familiar with the auction process. Sources contend the sale is being managed in part by Andrew Platt, a former managing director at MountainView Capital Group, Denver, a firm that’s an active broker of servicing rights. Platt now serves as vice chairman of Sprout Mortgage, a nonprime lender based in Henderson, NV. The deal is...


August 17, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Government-Insured Sector Regains Market Share In 2Q17 as Purchase-Mortgage Lending Lifts Off

Mortgage origination volume was up substantially in all product categories during the second quarter, but the government-insured market posted the biggest gain, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. Mortgage lenders produced an estimated $125.0 billion of government-insured home loans during the second quarter, up 19.0 percent from the first three months of the year. That nudged the government-insured share of the market up to 27.5 percent, the highest it’s been since early 2010. In the immediate aftermath of the housing-market meltdown, jumbo and nonprime production was depressed significantly, boosting the shares of government and conventional-conforming production. FHA and VA production typically gains...[Includes two data tables]


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