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September 21, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

DASP Note Sales Result in Lower Losses than Conveyance Claims

Loss rates for notes sold in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s distressed asset sales program are lower than those for notes that pass through the traditional conveyance claim process, according to HUD’s inspector general. An IG audit found that the DASP loss rate was more than 3 percentage points lower than the loss rate of similar conveyance notes. The IG took into account the losses for actual DASP sales and real estate-owned conveyance claims during the same audit period, the IG said. Ultimately, the DASP program saved the FHA insurance fund more money than the conveyance process, the report concluded. The FHA Office of Housing conducts mortgage loan sales under the Single Family Loan Sale Initiative, and most distressed notes are sold through DASP. The initiative aims to maximize recoveries to the ...

September 21, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

September Issuance of FHA Final Condominium Reforms Unlikely

It looks like the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be able meet its September target date for rolling out its long-awaited FHA condominium reform rule. Such is the consensus among stakeholders whose hopes were raised when HUD Secretary Ben Carson told the House Financial Services Committee in June that he would be issuing the rule this month. “HUD and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (within the Office of Management and Budget) want to release the rules with the updated Single Family Handbook and they are still working on that,” said a real estate industry executive. He added that despite what Carson said at the committee hearing, “September is not likely for a release.” As of press time, the final condo reform rule had not yet been delivered for OMB review, a process that in the past has taken months to complete. In contrast, it took about a ...

September 21, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Government Share of Originations Down Slightly in Second Quarter

Originations of government-insured mortgages rose 11.2 percent from the first to the second quarter of 2018, according to Inside Mortgage Finance estimates. That increase was slightly lower than the 17.1 percent gain in total first-lien originations over that period. The big winner for the second quarter was the jumbo sector, where loan volume surged 33.5 percent from the first three months of the year. On a year-to-date basis, government lending was down 12.6 percent from the first half of 2017. This reflects the steep decline in refinance lending in general, which affected FHA/VA production significantly. Jumbo lending was also down, by 6.6 percent, from the first six months of last year, but the conventional-conforming market saw a 4.2 percent gain at the midway point in 2018. FHA/VA loans accounted for 22.8 percent of first-lien originations in the first half of 2018. The government share for all of last year was ... [Chart]

September 21, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Corrective Bill Renders VA Orphan Loans Eligible for Ginnie Guarantee

Ginnie Mae assured the mortgage industry that it would accept so-called VA orphan loans as long as they satisfy the terms of corrective legislation passed by the House Financial Services Committee recently. “As long as the mortgage loan complies with the law, we will accept it and put our guarantee on it,” said an agency spokesperson in response to an Inside FHA/VA Lending inquiry. Ginnie’s assurance provides certainty to a subset of VA loans that have been in limbo since June because they could not be delivered into Ginnie mortgage-backed securities. Lawmakers responded to industry calls for a legislative fix last week by voting overwhelmingly to approve H.R. 6737, the “Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2018.” Introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-NY, the bill would eliminate the seasoning requirements in the recently enacted Dodd-Frank Act reform legislation, which conflicted with ...

September 14, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Stearns Launches ‘Mini’ M&A Partnerships

Stearns Lending this week rolled out a new partnership program to acquire equity stakes in independent retail mortgage banking franchises as it tries to broaden its origination base. Under the company’s “Preferred Partner Platform,” Stearns will offer its lending partners technology and operational support as well as capital markets assistance, said company CEO David Schneider. Participating lenders are able to maintain their brand identity, management and culture. The first acquisition was ...

September 14, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Nonbank Servicers Well Positioned, S&P Suggests

For nonbank servicers, “the future looks good,” according to S&P Global Ratings. Industry analysts note that nonbank servicers have improved their servicing practices and they could be helped by rising interest rates. While servicing volume among nonbanks boomed in the years after the financial crisis, S&P said the firms hadn’t made adequate adjustments to how borrowers are treated. “Many nonbanks previously exhibited, in our view, a more ‘consumer finance’ mentality to servicing ...

September 14, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GSE Seller Buybacks Fall in Second Quarter

Mortgage sellers repurchased just $226.8 million of defective single-family loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. It was one of the lowest quarterly buyback totals involving government-sponsored enterprise loans since Fannie and Freddie began disclosing this activity in early 2012. Repurchases – which include other forms of indemnification ... [Includes two data charts]

September 14, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Correspondents Rebounded Slightly in Jumbo Production During 2Q18

Correspondent-based mortgage production operations lost some ground in the conventional-conforming market during the second quarter of 2018 but made up some of it in an unlikely sector: jumbo originations. Jumbo production by correspondent lenders increased by a huge 63.7 percent from the first to the second quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. The data come from Inside Mortgage Finance surveys from lenders ... [Includes two data charts]

September 7, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Integrated Claims/Conveyance Services Reduce FHA Risks, Costs

The profitability of mortgage servicing is under pressure these days due to factors that keep costs high, but there is a better way to reduce costs and conveyance time, especially for FHA foreclosed loans, according to a white paper from Dimont. Integrated processing of insurance claims and conveyance-related activities can dramatically reduce servicers’ operating costs and penalty risks on FHA and other investor-backed loans, said the Dallas-based technology solution provider. The white paper, “The Power of Integrated Claims & Conveyance Services,” lists factors that could significantly affect a servicer’s profitability, such as low origination volume, declining delinquency rates and other factors, like severe weather patterns. Servicing costs for performing loans peaked in 2015 when the average cost for servicing a single-family loan reached $181 per loan – the highest cost since the ...

September 7, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Deloitte Settles Allegations of Sloppy Audits of TBW Financials

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has paid $149.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations of misconduct in connection with its role as the independent outside auditor of defunct FHA lender Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. The settlement amount includes $115 million in restitution paid to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Aug. 13, 2018, according to the HUD inspector general. The rest of the payment went to the Department of Justice, which brought the charges on behalf of the government. Deloitte admitted neither to any liability nor to wrongdoing. TBW was an FHA direct endorsement lender and a Ginnie Mae-approved mortgage-backed securities issuer and servicer. It originated, underwrote, acquired and sold mortgages to Freddie Mac and other investors, which used the loans to support MBS issuance or held them as investments. In its heyday, TBW was one of the ...

September 7, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM Lenders Take a Beating in 2Q18 as Originations Plummet

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage originations fell dramatically in the second quarter, raising the possibility of a long reverse-mortgage winter in 2018, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of HECM data. HECM production fell a whopping 40.9 percent in the second quarter from the previous period. Total HECM originations stood at $8.6 billion by the six-month mark, down 8.3 percent from the prior year. Traditional HECMs, which exclude purchases and refinances, accounted for 80.5 percent of FHA-insured reverse mortgages originated during the first half of 2018. The amount of funds available at loan origination for the first six months totaled $4.7 billion. Analysts blame the low HECM originations on the new lower Principal Limit Factors (PLFs) for HECMs, which became effective in FY 2018. Under the HECM final rule issued last year by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, principal limits [Chart]

September 7, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

RHS Proposes Various Changes to Loss-Claims, Loss Mit Processes

The Rural Housing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed changes to its single-family housing guaranteed loan program to help certain lenders navigate the loss-claim process. Specifically, the RHS proposes to streamline the loss-claim process for lenders that have acquired title to property through voluntary liquidation or foreclosure. Under current rules, when a lender acquires title to a real estate-owned property, the RHS requires the lender to submit a plan to maintain and market the property. Any change to the plan must be approved by RHS. RHS also provides the lender two opportunities to file a loss claim on an REO property: When the property sells during the permissible marketing period, or after the period (typically from nine to 12 months) if the REO property does not sell. The agency proposes to make changes to the loss-claim payment process when a lender acquires ...

September 7, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA MBS Issuance Nudges Higher in August, Trails 2017

Ginnie Mae issuers produced $36.68 billion of new single-family mortgage-backed securities last month, a modest 5.0 percent gain from July, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis and ranking. Through the first eight months of the year, Ginnie issuance was down 11.0 percent from the same period in 2017. The MBS figures do not include FHA home-equity conversion mortgages, and loan amounts are truncated to the lowest $1,000. Purchase mortgages accounted for 75.6 percent of new issuance in August, although volume was up just 1.9 percent from July’s level. On a year-to-date basis, the purchase-mortgage share rose from 65.7 percent in 2017 to 70.0 percent for the first eight months of this year. Total volume, however, was down 5.1 percent. The refinance market has been more wobbly. As of the end of August, refi volume totaled $65.87 billion, down 26.2 percent from the ... [Chart]

August 31, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Buybacks Decline in 2Q18 But Pipeline of Pending Demands Grew

Mortgage lenders selling loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had to repurchase fewer defective loans in the second quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis. GSE sellers repurchased $226.84 million of home loans during the second quarter or provided some other form of indemnification. That was down 5.8 percent from the first three months of the year and represented the lowest quarterly buyback total since the fourth quarter of 2016. Freddie repurchases were up 5.3 percent from the first quarter, while Fannie’s fell 17.6 percent. On a year-to-date basis, combined GSE buybacks were down 7.2 percent from the first half of 2017. Again, Fannie volume was down, Freddie’s was up.

August 31, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

When Originations Decline, MBA Catches a Cold

As residential lending goes, so goes the fortunes of the Mortgage Bankers Association, the residential finance industry’s largest trade organization. MBA saw its revenues decline by 8.2 percent to $62.0 million in fiscal 2017 as its investment income plunged to $719,773 from $7.9 million the year prior, according to the trade group’s form 990 tax return. MBA’s “profit” (revenue less expenses) declined by 33.5 percent in FY 2017 to $12.7 million, a drop of $6.5 million ...

August 31, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Nonbanks Return to Origination Profitability

After losing an average of $118 per loan originated in the first quarter of 2018, nonbanks made some adjustments and turned profits in the second quarter, according to a survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Some 343 nonbanks reported a net gain of $580 on each loan they originated in 2Q18. After an exceptionally weak start to the year, production profitability improved in the second quarter as volume picked up from the spring home buying season,” said Marina Walsh ...

August 31, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

With IPOs Closed, Some Nonbanks Find a Way

Privately held mortgage firms looking to raise capital by selling stock to the public face a grim reality these days, but alternatives still exist, namely private placement deals. Case in point is RoundPoint Mortgage, Charlotte, NC, the nation’s 15th largest subservicing vendor. Earlier this week, RoundPoint completed a $94 million capital raise accomplished through the sale of convertible preferred stock. The investor in the private placement was not identified. The company ...

August 31, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Mortgage Banking Income Held Steady in 2Q18, Call Reports Show

Commercial banks and savings institutions generated $4.26 billion in mortgage-banking income during the second quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call reports. Second-quarter net income from mortgage production, loan sales and servicing was down 1.0 percent from the first three months of the year. But through the first six months of 2018, the industry’s mortgage banking income was up 18.8 percent from ... [Includes one data chart]

August 24, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Overall FHA Delinquency Rate Down in July; 90 Days Past Due at 4%

Approximately 11.5 percent of FHA single-family mortgages were in some stages of delinquency in July, 26 basis points down from the previous month, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of FHA delinquency rates. At the end of July, FHA servicers were servicing 7,901,090 FHA loans, with top servicer Wells Fargo accounting for 19.2 percent. The share of FHA mortgages that were 30-59 days past due, which is considered early-stage delinquency, was 4.8 percent at the end of July. The share of FHA loans 60-89 days delinquent was 1.6 percent while the share of seriously delinquent loans in July was 4.02 percent. ... [Chart]

August 24, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nothing to Report, Says FHA Even As Lenders Seek Certainty, Clarity

It has been more than three years since FHA introduced a new streamlined process of identifying loan defects and their severity to minimize or avoid enforcement action and hefty penalties under the False Claims Act. Despite calls by the mortgage industry to improve and clarify the process – the Single-Family Loan Quality Assessment methodology or “defect taxonomy” – the FHA has yet to make a move to meet industry demands for more detailed defect taxonomy. Contacted for an update on the defect taxonomy, a Housing and Urban Development spokesperson said simply, “Nothing to report on this.” An outgrowth of lender concern over the government’s indiscriminate use of the FCA to prosecute mortgage fraud and recover FHA losses, the defect taxonomy establishes nine categories of loan defects in loans it endorses. The nine defect categories replaced the 99 loan defect codes that were ...

August 24, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Requests Clarification on DACA Lending, Handbook Issues

The Mortgage Bankers Association is seeking clarification from FHA on a number of issues in the agency’s Single Family Housing Policy Handbook following Brian Montgomery’s swear-in as FHA commissioner. The MBA identified seven priority issues which lenders say need further guidance. The issues include the following: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and employment authorization documents; Third-party underwriting and vendor verification of borrower income, employment, and assets; Student loan debt calculation; Rent below fair market; Minimum decision credit scores; Contract for deed; and Community transfer fees. In September 2017, President Trump rescinded DACA, a special program created by the Obama administration to provide temporary legal status and work permits to underage persons who entered the U.S. illegally until the government decides ...

August 24, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Forward Production Increases, HECM Challenges Remain in 2Q

FHA forward originations increased modestly in the second quarter while Home Equity Conversion Mortgage production hit its lowest three-month volume since late 2012. Forward endorsements totaled $51.6 billion in the second quarter, up 5.4 percent from the previous period. It was a different story, however, at midyear where volume was down 16.6 percent from the previous year. Fixed-rate mortgages accounted for the majority of FHA forwards produced from April through June, ending the quarter with $51.3 billion, up 5.1 percent from the first three months of 2018. FHA adjustable-rate mortgages posted a whopping 88.7 percent increase to end the quarter with $307.4 million. FHA purchase activity rose 19.7 percent, closing the quarter with $41.7 billion, while streamlined refinancing dropped 41.3 percent from the prior period. Conventional-to-FHA refi business also was off ... [Charts]


Who "owns" the mortgage customer that’s brought to a wholesale lender through a loan broker?

The broker. It’s his/her client.
The wholesale/table funder. They’re taking the financial risk.
The broker, but only for the first year. After that, the borrower is fair game.
Hard to answer. It’s a complicated issue.

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