Mortgage Insurance

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April 13, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Data: Primary Mortgage Insurance for Purchase Mortgage by State: 1Q18

A ranking of primary mortgage insurance for purchase mortgages by state in the first quarter of 2018. Includes private mortgage insurance, FHA, VA and USDA Rural Housing.


April 12, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Private MI Loan Volume Down Sharply in 1Q18, FHA Saw Slightly Smaller Decline

Along with nearly all mortgage indicators, the flow of insured home loans into agency mortgage-backed securities slowed significantly during the first quarter of 2018, but early indicators suggest the FHA market may have been somewhat more resilient. [Includes three data charts.]


April 6, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD’s Pre-Foreclosure Rule Could Create Challenges for Servicers

A Department of Housing and Urban Development requirement for a face-to-face meeting has become quite a compliance challenge for lenders seeking mortgage foreclosure, according to legal experts. In Dan-Harry v. PNC Bank, a federal court in Rhode Island concluded that a borrower may bring a claim for damages and other remedies against a lender for failure to conduct a pre-foreclosure face-to-face meeting with the borrower – a requirement for breach of an FHA-insured mortgage. In an analysis of the court’s ruling, attorneys at the Chicago law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson said the decision is significant because the HUD regulation provides no private right of action. In addition, Rhode Island law does not recognize a cause of action for breach of good faith and reasonable diligence in foreclosure, they noted. Nevertheless, the legal experts pointed out that Rhode Island federal courts effectively ...


April 6, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Streamline Refi Business Plunges in 2017; California Leads

FHA streamline refinancing fell significantly in 2017 from the previous year, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Lenders closed 2017 with $37.4 billion of FHA streamline refi loans, buoyed by a 12.2 percent increase in origination in the fourth quarter. However, business was down a whopping 34.5 percent year-over-year. The segment ended the first quarter strongly with, $13.05 billion, but faltered over the next nine months. Streamline refinancing accounted for 15.8 percent of total FHA originations in 2017. Twelve states, led by California, each reported FHA streamline refi originations in excess of $1 billion last year. The Golden State closed the year with $8.05 billion of FHA-to-FHA refis, which accounted for 21 percent of all FHA loans in the state last year. The highest FHA streamline refi-producers after California were, in sequential order, ... [Charts]


April 6, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Production Tumbled To Three-Year Low in Early 2018

Issuance of new single-family Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities fell sharply in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending ranking and analysis. The agency issued $92.58 billion in MBS backed by forward mortgages during the first three months of 2018. That was down 14.8 percent from the previous three-month period and represented the lowest quarterly total since early 2015. The 1Q figure is based on truncated loan amounts reported in Ginnie’s loan-level MBS disclosures. Reports with unrounded single-family loan amounts show a total of $95.75 billion in first-quarter MBS issuance, including FHA reverse mortgages. The loan-level data reveal that production fell 6.9 percent from February to March, when just $28.21 billion of Ginnie single-family securities were issued. That was the lowest monthly volume since February 2015. Both the FHA and VA programs saw significant ... [Charts]


March 30, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Private MIs Respond to Spike in High-DTI Loans in Late 2017

There was a significant increase in deliveries to the GSEs of home loans with high debt-to-income ratios during the second half of 2017, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac single-family mortgage-backed securities.The two GSEs securitized $52.90 billion of mortgages with DTI ratios ranging from 46 percent to 50 percent over the last six months of the year. That was up 72.6 percent from the first half of 2017, and the annual total was up 37.6 percent from 2016.


March 23, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CitiMortgage Improperly Filed for FHA-HAMP Partial Claims, Says IG

Lacking sufficient guidance, CitiMortgage improperly filed for 66 partial claims before completing loan modifications and reinstating the loans, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general. The finding arose from an IG audit of CitiMortgage’s processing of partial claims under the FHA-Home Affordable Modification Program. The audit was based on the financial institution’s volume of partial claims among lenders in the St. Louis, MO, metropolitan area. FHA-HAMP is a loss mitigation option, which uses a partial insurance claim, combined or separate from a loan modification, to reinstate a mortgage. Under a partial claim, FHA reimburses a lender’s advance of funds on behalf of the borrower in order to reinstate a delinquent mortgage. The IG said CitiMortgage did not have adequate policies and procedures to ensure the FHA-HAMP partial claims, combined with ...


March 23, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Senate Banking Bill Imposes New Terms on VA Non-Cash-Out Refis

Legislation that would protect veterans from predatory lending that was passed by the Senate recently could have lasting impacts on the VA home-loan guaranty program, according to legal experts. S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, passed on March 14 by a vote of 67-31. Sixteen Democrats and one Independent joined all 50 Republicans in passing the bill. Primarily, the bill would loosen stringent rules in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act designed to prevent the bad business practices that led to the 2008 financial crisis. A stand-alone bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-NC, and Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, in January was added to S. 2155 shortly before the Senate vote. The Tillis-Warren bill, Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018, addresses the issue of serial refinancing, or loan churning, in which the victims are veterans. Churning refers to the ...


March 23, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Strong 4Q Pick-Up Helped Boost HECM Originations in 2017

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage lenders ended 2017 on a positive note, thanks to a relatively strong fourth quarter, according to an analysis of FHA data. Total reverse mortgage originations rose 3.0 percent from the third quarter to end the year with $18.4 billion in overall HECM production. This was up 23.2 percent year-over-year. Purchase HECMs accounted for 76.2 percent of reverse mortgage originations in 2017. Adjustable-rate HECMs comprised 89.3 percent of loans made. Meanwhile, HECM mortgage-backed securities issuance totaled $2.25 billion in the fourth quarter, buoyed by $1.35 billion of HMBS issued in December, Ginnie Mae data show. The top five HMBS issuers accounted for $5.72 billion or 31.1 percent of all HMBS issued in 2017. American Advisors Group remained the dominant HECM lender in 2017, producing $2.8 billion over the 12-month period, which represented a ... [ Chart ]


March 23, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Government-Insured Conduits Report Production Drop in 4Q17

Overall production of government-insured loans fell in all three origination channels in the fourth quarter as refinancing continued to decline in 2017. A survey of FHA, VA and rural housing lenders showed originations in retail, correspondent and broker conduits totaled $248.9 billion, down 11.8 percent from 2016. Correspondent production suffered the biggest quarterly decline, 14.9 percent from the third to the fourth quarter. Production in this channel also declined 4.8 percent for the full year. Approximately $139.3 billion of FHA and VA loans came through this channel last year. Notwithstanding the decline, the correspondent share of government-insured lending grew to 56.0 percent in 2017, up from 51.9 percent in 2016. Brokers saw their share of the government-insured market rise to 10.0 percent, even as quarterly and year-over-year originations declined by 2.0 percent and 10.7 percent ,,, [ Charts ]


March 23, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSEs See Rapid Growth of High-DTI Loans Following Automated Underwriting Tweak in 2017; MIs Balk

Fannie Mae adjusted its automated underwriting services last summer to make more loans with higher debt-to-income ratios eligible for approval without lenders needing to provide compensating factors.


March 15, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Freddie Rolls out New Risk-Transfer Pilot with Arch but Not Without Controversy. USMI Trade Group Tried to Kill It

Freddie Mac this week rolled out a new pilot program with the help of Arch Capital Group, the parent company of the nation’s largest mortgage insurance firm. But the pilot – dubbed IMAGIN for “integrated mortgage insurance” – is already stirring controversy.


Poll

What’s your opinion on how Mick Mulvaney has managed the CFPB since he took over three months ago?

He’s done a good job of paring back the agency’s excesses and we’d like to see more.

35%

I hope he totally dismantles the agency and sends those functions back to the agencies hence they came.

14%

Not bad, but he needs to take his time making additional changes.

12%

We’re totally aghast. He’s gone way too far in protecting the rights of companies not consumers!

39%