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December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Rural Purchase Loans Up, Denial Rates High for Rural Minorities

Rural home purchase lending rose for the fifth straight year in 2016 although volume remains below pre-recession levels, according to new research by the Housing Assistance Council based on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data. HAC, a nonprofit organization that supports and tracks affordable housing efforts in rural areas, estimated that 55 percent of the 1.05 million rural home loans originated last year were first-lien purchase mortgages. The increase was substantial compared to 2012 and 2013, when two-thirds of rural originations involved refinance, the group noted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture guaranteed 9 to 12 percent of all rural home purchase loans originated in each of the last three years, the study found. Of the 16.3 million HMDA submissions by covered institutions, an estimated 2.0 million involved funding for homes in rural or small-town communities, researchers found. While mortgage activity ...


December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA to Cease Insuring Loans on Properties with PACE Assessments

FHA this week announced it will stop insuring new mortgages on properties encumbered with a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) lien as part of a larger effort to protect borrowers and the FHA mortgage insurance fund. “FHA can no longer tolerate putting taxpayers at risk by allowing [PACE] obligations to be placed ahead of the mortgage itself in the event of a default,” said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Carson said PACE assessments are potentially dangerous for the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and could adversely affect a borrower’s ability to repay or refinance their mortgage or sell their home. FHA also expressed concern about PACE obligations having seniority over pre-existing FHA loans that are already outstanding. The post-endorsement placement of PACE assessments on an FHA-insured mortgage creates a lack of transparency, making it difficult for ...


December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Expands Seasoning Requirement for VA Refi Loans

Ginnie Mae has issued expanded guidelines to protect veterans and investors from harmful loan churning and rapid prepayments in mortgage-backed securities. The changes, along with additional measures under consideration by a joint Ginnie Mae/VA refinance task force, are aimed at ensuring continued strength and liquidity of the Ginnie Mae MBS program, said Michael Bright, the agency’s acting president. The latest guidelines expand on an initial measure Ginnie implemented requiring six-months of seasoning of VA loans before they can be refinanced and delivered into Ginnie MBS pools. However, some lenders have found ways around the measure and have continued their questionable lending practices, said Bright during recent testimony before a House Financial Services subcommittee. Churning is both illegal and unethical because it preys on unsuspecting borrowers, who are pressured by ...


November 22, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ex-FHA Chief Suggests Raising FHA Capital Ratio, Other Reforms

A former FHA commissioner has recommended raising the agency’s capital reserve ratio to 3 percent, to make FHA stronger and more resilient. Carol Galante, who served two years as FHA commissioner and assistant secretary for housing in the second term of the Obama administration, laid out her proposal along with other recommendations in a paper that she co-authored. Housing-finance reform without a retooled FHA could threaten families’ access to homeownership and increase risk to taxpayers, contrary to the goals of reform, said Galante, currently the faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at University of California Berkeley. In her paper, Mission Critical: Retooling FHA to Meet America’s Housing Needs, Galante spelled out the changes necessary to help FHA perform its complementary and countercyclical role in the nation’s housing markets. Galante called for ...


November 22, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Alert Out on Unwanted Refi Offers; CFPB, VA Warn of Misleading Ads

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have issued a joint warning to servicemembers and veterans about VA refinancing offers that sound too good to be true. There is a good chance that borrowers with a VA loan have already received unsolicited offers to refinance their mortgages even just months after closing, the agencies said in their first “warning order” (WARNO). Many of these refi solicitations promise extremely low rates, thousands of dollars in cash back, skipped mortgage payments, no out-of-pocket costs and no waiting period, the agencies noted. The VA and the CFPB said lenders offering VA refinances may use aggressive and potentially misleading advertising and sales tactics. “Lenders may advertise a rate just to get you to respond or you may receive a VA mortgage refi offer that provides limited benefit to you while adding thousands of dollars to your loan balance,” the agencies warned. Even though the VA prohibits a lender from advertising skip payments on ...


November 22, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Endorsements Rise in 3Q17, Nonbanks Remain Dominant

FHA single-family endorsements rose 2.0 percent in the third quarter from the prior quarter as more borrowers took out purchase loans and nonbanks remained in control of the market during the period. The FHA endorsed $62.1 billion of forward mortgages during the third quarter, which brought total production over the first nine months of 2017 to $182.7 billion (excluding reverse mortgages), a 2.5 percent decline from 2016. Fixed-rate loans continued to comprise nearly all of FHA’s business. Adjustable-rate endorsements totaled $935.3 million for the first nine months of 2017, up from $701.7 million a year ago. FHA purchase activity was up 4.4 percent to $48.5 billion in the third quarter while annual volume increased 2.6 percent from 2016. Purchase loans accounted for 73.6 percent of total FHA endorsements for the nine-month period. Of the $182.7 billion of FHA loans endorsed during the ... [Charts]


November 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

MMIF Value, Capital Ratio Decline in FY 2017 Due to Rising HECM Claims; Calls to Remove Program from Fund Increase

The Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund’s economic net worth and capital reserve ratio declined in fiscal year 2017 due to losses in the FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage portfolio caused by rising claims, according to the agency’s annual report to Congress released this week. While the fund remains above its minimum capital level, both the economic net worth and the capital ratio fell from levels at the end of fiscal 2016, the report said. Specifically, the fund’s…


November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Chief Calls for ‘Targeted’ FHA Reforms to Broaden Credit Access

Targeted reform of the FHA housing program, not broad structural changes, can potentially improve borrowers’ access to credit while clarifying the rules for lenders and protecting taxpayers, a top industry executive told Congress earlier this month. Testifying before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, David Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, said FHA reforms do not entail changes to the program’s scope, such as FHA market share or its customer base. Stevens noted that first time or low- to moderate-income borrowers are typical FHA borrowers. “The structure and coverage of FHA insurance has served borrowers and lenders well,” he said. “It should not be reduced or otherwise altered.” The Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund capital ratios and thresholds are likewise appropriate, though options to improve the fund’s long-term solvency should ...


November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Calls for Changes to LRS, Remedies for Lender Complaints

FHA lenders think the new Loan Review System is a “modern and streamlined system” that is less user-friendly than Neighborhood Watch, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. In a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the MBA called on the FHA to continue its ongoing discussion with lenders and other industry stakeholders on how the improve the LRS and its response timelines. Implemented last May, the LRS is an electronic platform for monitoring and reviewing the quality of single-family mortgages that FHA has insured. It replaced the post-endorsement technical review performed by the FHA Connection/Underwriting Review System (URS), review functions for post-closing test cases submitted by direct endorsement lenders, and lender self-reporting functions in Neighborhood Watch. The LRS also includes a defect taxonomy, which features a list of ...


November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Analysts Expect Positive Actuarial Results for FHA Insurance Fund

Analysts are predicting continued positive results in the forthcoming actuarial report to Congress on the status of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. The FY 2017 annual report is expected to show stable FHA financials, which could prompt renewed industry calls for a cut to the annual mortgage insurance premium, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysis. Rising home prices and loan-to-value curing are likely to suppress forecasted losses in the MMIF’s single-family forward portfolio, enabling the fund to stay above its mandated 2.0 percent capital reserve ratio, analysts said. However, the BAML analysts see a “low likelihood of an actual cut in MIPs.” Although Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment Secretary Ben Carson said he would study MIP reduction once a new FHA commissioner is confirmed, the Trump administration is less likely to ...


November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Platforms Feast on FHA, VA Securitization Market

Correspondent-based lending operations are accounting for a growing share of the FHA and VA home loans pooled in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. In fact, correspondent originations are the only production channel to see year-over-year growth in FHA and VA business through the first nine months of 2017. Retail and wholesale-broker production is down for both FHA and VA loans. Correspondent programs are most dominant in the FHA market, perhaps reflecting a preference among large producers to have recourse to a primary-market lender if the government later finds defects in how the loan was originated. Correspondents accounted for 48.7 percent of FHA loans pooled in Ginnie MBS during the first nine months of the year, up from 43.1 percent in all of 2016. Volume was up 1.7 percent from the ... [Charts]


November 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA Market Share Drifting Lower as Private MIs And VA Post Bigger Gains During Third Quarter

Private mortgage insurers remained busy during the third quarter of 2017, but the VA loan guar-anty sector saw the biggest growth in primary MI business, a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis reveals.


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With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

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Maybe. It’s under consideration.
Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.

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