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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

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 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Regular Issuance Continues for Chase, Redwood

JPMorgan Chase and Redwood Trust are set to continue their regular issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities, with deals scheduled to close on Aug. 30. The planned JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2017-3 is a $1.02 billion deal, while Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-6 is sized at $355.4 million. Both of the MBS are predominantly backed by non-agency jumbo mortgages along with some loans eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises. Rating services ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Origination Volume Increases In 2Q17, Still Off of Pace Set Last Year

Originations of non-agency jumbo mortgages increased in the second quarter of 2017, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. But halfway through 2017, volume is lagging the production seen last year. An estimated $83.0 billion of non-agency jumbos were originated in the second quarter, up 18.6 percent from the previous period. In the first half of 2017, an estimated $153.0 billion of jumbos were originated, down ... [Includes one data chart]


August 11, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Wells Withholding Funds from Vintage Non-Agency MBS Prompts Concerns About the Market for New Loans

The surprise tactic by Wells Fargo to withhold millions of dollars from investors in vintage non-agency MBS spurred Redwood Trust officials to try to protect the reputation of jumbo MBS. “We’re frustrated, not just for us, but for other market participants,” Christopher Abate, Redwood’s president and CFO, said late last week during the real estate investment trust’s earnings call. “For now, we’ll just have to continue updating and educating new-issue investors, and I hope for a quick resolution to this legacy litigation issue.” As of the end of June, Wells Fargo had withheld...


August 11, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Issuers Poised to Enter Non-Agency MBS Market Bringing Deals Backed by Jumbo Loans and Non-QMs

A number of new issuers appear set to come to market with non-agency MBS backed by newly originated jumbo loans and non-qualified mortgages. Officials at Redwood Trust said they see new issuers emerging, which they said will put pressure on loan prices for aggregators while increasing liquidity in the secondary market. Since the third quarter of 2016, the jumbo MBS arena has been dominated...


August 4, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


August 4, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood to Issue ‘Expanded-Prime’ MBS

Redwood Trust is acquiring enough “expanded-prime” mortgages to put together a non-agency securitization, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. Redwood announced this week that it plans to issue a mortgage-backed security collateralized by loans from its “Choice” program as soon as September. The Choice program allows for somewhat looser underwriting standards than what’s typically seen in the jumbo MBS market, such as slightly higher debt-to-income ratios or ...


August 4, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Up in 2Q17 As Banks Report Strong Demand

A handful of banks that provide an early look at jumbo origination activity boosted volume in the second quarter of 2017, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. First Republic Bank funded $3.05 billion in single-family originations in the second quarter, up 21.0 percent from the previous period and a 4.1 percent increase from the second quarter of last year. Jumbos account for a large majority of the bank’s total production. “Overall, loan demand is strong, though ...


July 28, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Flagstar Enters Jumbo MBS Market, Issuance Starting to Look Attractive for Some Big Banks

Flagstar Bank priced its first post-crisis jumbo MBS this week and other big banks could start issuing deals this year, according to industry analysts. Since 2010, the main issuers in the fledgling jumbo MBS market have been nonbanks, with banks content to hold jumbos in portfolio. In recent years, the only bank to issue prime non-agency MBS has been JPMorgan Chase, which has packaged jumbos with some mortgages eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises in its deals. The $443.8 million Flagstar Mortgage Trust 2017-1 follows...


July 21, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


July 21, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Taps First Republic, Quicken for Jumbos

Loans from more than 100 lenders are in the latest jumbo mortgage-backed security from Redwood Trust but most of the lenders contributed such a small volume of loans to the issuance that they weren’t identified by rating services. Only two lenders have consistently provided more than 5.0 percent of the dollar volume in jumbo MBS Redwood has issued this year: First Republic Bank and Quicken Loans. Loans from First Republic account for 19.6 percent of the $485.25 million ...


July 21, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fixed-Rate Loans Dominate Non-Agency MBS

Only fixed-rate mortgages were included in prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities issued in the second quarter of 2017, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. It was the third quarterly interval since the first quarter of 2016 that adjustable-rate mortgages and loans with interest-only features were excluded from prime/jumbo MBS. And in the first quarter of 2017, ARMs accounted for less than 1.0 percent of total prime non-agency ... [Includes two data charts]


July 21, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Sends Mixed Signals on Jumbo IOs

John Shrewsberry, CFO of Wells Fargo, told the bank’s investors last week that Wells is taking some steps to boost mortgage originations, including an emphasis on interest-only loans. “We are making some modest changes to generate new loan originations, including offering interest-only jumbo mortgage loans to high quality borrowers ...,” Shrewsberry said during Wells’ earnings call. However, when asked for further details, Tom Goyda, a spokesperson for Wells, downplayed ...


July 21, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Flagstar to Issue Jumbo MBS, Joining Chase As the Only Active Bank Issuer in the Market

The jumbo mortgage-backed security market is set for a significant boost as Flagstar Bank will issue MBS. Since 2015, only one bank has issued jumbo MBS: JPMorgan Chase. Other issuers have all been nonbanks as banks have largely opted to retain jumbos in portfolio instead of issue non-agency MBS. Some details about the planned Flagstar Mortgage Trust 2017-1 were revealed this week in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ...


July 14, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Despite Slump in Prime-Jumbo Space, Non-agency MBS Production Gained Momentum in Second Quarter

The non-agency MBS market is off to what looks like one of its best years in terms of new issuance since the financial crisis, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. A total of $15.30 billion of non-agency MBS were issued in the second quarter, representing a gain of 13.4 percent from the first three months of 2017. That brought year-to-date production to $28.80 billion, a 32.0 percent increase over the first half of 2016. As has been the case since 2009, most of the new production has been...[Includes three data tables]


July 7, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Provides Additional Guidance For Using New Loan Review System

The latest issue of FHA’s Lender Insight provides additional information to lenders regarding the new Loan Review System that was launched on May 15, 2017. FHA urged lenders to keep their contact information current in FHA Connection and in the Lender Electronic Appraisal Portal so that they receive automated system notifications on time. Also, lenders should review current FHAC user access for appropriate roles, the agency added. Lenders’ in-house FHAC application coordinators are authorized to grant access to, and assign roles within, the LRS. Having the correct roles should enable users to access the system from the FHAC menu, the FHA said. In addition, the lender must take a photo of any error messages that might appear on screen before contacting the FHA Resource Center, the agency advised. Be prepared to provide the date and time of the attempted login, user ID, lender user ID and the ...


July 7, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

DOJ, HUD Expand FCA Scrutiny to FHA Servicing, Reverse Mortgages

Mortgage compliance experts are cautioning FHA servicers to tread carefully around loss mitigation, annual certifications and reverse mortgages, which could be a potential minefield for False Claims Act lawsuits. While FHA lenders’ exposure to FCA risk remains, the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have increased their scrutiny of FHA servicing practices for potential violations, according to Phil Schulman and Krista Cooley, both partners in Mayer Brown’s Washington office. In a recent podcast, Schulman warned of increasing DOJ and HUD scrutiny of FHA servicing practices in the last 18 months, a worrisome shift from the origination side, which has seen an estimated $5 billion in settlements and penalties since 2011 for violations of the FCA and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act. Since 2008, mortgagees participating in ...


July 7, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Issuance Rides Rising Home Sales in 2Q17

Ginnie Mae issuers were moderately busier in the second quarter of 2017 than during the first three months of the year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Issuers produced $112.71 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter, including MBS backed by FHA home-equity conversion mortgages. It was a 5.5 percent increase from the previous period and brought year-to-date issuance to $219.51 billion, down 0.7 percent from the first half of 2016. The quarterly uptick in total issuance may not sound like much, but contrasts sharply with production at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which dropped 13.1 percent from the first to the second quarter. Ginnie volume was up because it had a deeper vein of purchase-money mortgages than there was in the government-sponsored enterprise market. Purchase loans accounted for 63.4 percent of ... [Charts]


July 7, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


July 7, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Moody’s Investors Service increased its assessment of Wells Fargo’s jumbo-mortgage property valuation practices from above average to strong. The rating service said the improvement was due to Wells no longer having an ownership interest in one of the appraisal management companies used by the bank. “During the prior review, Wells had an equity interest in an AMC which received approximately 90 percent of the appraisal orders,” Moody’s said ... [Includes two briefs]


July 7, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prepayments on Wells’ Jumbos Relatively High

The prepayment rate on vintage jumbo mortgages serviced by Wells Fargo is outpacing the industry average by a wide margin, according to an analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. A lower level of loan modifications by Wells appears to be driving the trend. BAML noted that prepayment rates on jumbo mortgages in vintage non-agency mortgage-backed securities have followed a stable trend in the last three years. However, since 2013, Wells-serviced jumbo fixed-rate ...


July 7, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Flagstar Receives Lender/Servicer Ratings

Flagstar Bank recently received assessments by Fitch Ratings of the bank’s origination platform and servicing operations. The ratings could signal increased involvement in the jumbo mortgage-backed security market by Flagstar. Fitch assigned an “average” rating to Flagstar’s origination platform. “Notable strengths of Flagstar’s origination platform include its experienced senior management team and staff, robust loan sourcing strategy, and comprehensive underwriting ...


July 7, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Non-Agency MBS Issuance Down in 2Q

Issuance of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities cooled off somewhat in the second quarter of 2017 after a relatively strong showing in the previous period. Three deals totaling $1.88 billion were issued in the second quarter, a 27.6 percent drop from the first three months of the year, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets. However, activity in the first half of this year outpaced the first half of 2016, as the dollar volume of issuance was ... [Includes one data chart]


July 7, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

After a Significant Lull, Credit Suisse Returns to Non-Agency MBS Market with a Flurry of Deals

Near the end of the second quarter, Credit Suisse resumed its activity in the non-agency MBS market after a lengthy pause. In May, the investment bank unveiled a $91.18 million deal backed by seasoned FHA loans. That was followed by a $393.97 million issuance backed by seasoned mortgages at the end of June. Credit Suisse marked its return to the jumbo MBS market in June – not as an issuer but as a depositor – lending its shelf registration to American International Group for a $511.98 million MBS. The bank faced...


July 7, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Overall MBS/ABS Production Faltered Slightly In 2Q17, But Issuance Was Up in Some Sectors

The MBS and ABS market was a mixed bag in terms of new issuance during the second quarter, as overall production was down slightly from the beginning of the year, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. A total of $430.98 billion of single-family MBS, non-mortgage ABS and commercial-property securitizations was issued in the second quarter, down 2.6 percent from the first three months of the year. That pushed year-to-date issuance to $873.47 billion, up 8.1 percent from the first six months of 2016. Single-family MBS accounted for a hefty 75.1 percent of total issuance so far in 2017, with non-mortgage ABS (13.2 percent) and commercial MBS (11.7 percent) making up the rest. But single-family turned...[Includes three data tables]


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