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September 25, 2017 - IMFnews

Another Ginnie Mae MSR Package Hits the Market

Roughly 82 percent of the VA-backed mortgages are interest rate reduction refinance loans or IRRRLs.

September 25, 2017 - IMFnews

GSE Seller Buybacks Edged Higher in 2Q17, but YOY…

All of the uptick in seller buybacks came from Fannie, where repurchases surged 21.5 percent from the first to the second quarter.

September 22, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Seller Buybacks Edged Higher In Second Quarter, Pipeline Shrank

Mortgage lenders that sell loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw a modest increase in the volume of loans they repurchased from the GSEs during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis of disclosure reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. During the second quarter, lenders repurchased or made indemnifications on $244.44 million of single-family loans pooled in Fannie and Freddie mortgage-backed securities. That was up 2.5 percent from the first three months of the year. On a year-to-date basis, seller buybacks totaled $483.01 million, a 14.5 percent drop from the first six months of 2016.

September 22, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: A GSE ‘Black Swan’? / More TBTF, Perhaps / A Dividing Issue: Zero Capital / Will Mnuchin Cut a Deal with Speculators? / Waiting on a Ginnie Mae Nominee (Still) / A New Business Home for Anne Canfield

An impossible scenario, one that keeps Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt up a night? We shall see...

September 22, 2017 - IMFnews

Trade Groups Tell Treasury and FHFA: Legislation for GSE Reform, No Recap and Release

In a research note published Friday, Cowen & Co. notes the letter is an indication these groups believe allowing the GSEs to retain capital will prolong the conservatorships.

September 21, 2017 - IMFnews

15 Groups Tell Treasury and FHFA: Legislation to Reform the GSEs, Not Some Recap Plan

The signors add: “We … believe the debate over recapitalizing a broken system distracts from the critical structural issues that Congress must address to ensure that the federally supported secondary market serves key, bipartisan objectives.”

September 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Minding the Flood Insurance Policy Gap, GSEs Say They Monitor Servicers Annually for Compliance

Although flood insurance is required for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in designated flood areas, the recent hurricane activity in Houston and Florida has revealed that a number of borrowers didn’t have the coverage they were supposed to have. But getting to the root of the disconnect is complicated. Both government-sponsored enterprises said that it’s up to servicers to evaluate whether loans are in compliance with flood insurance requirements. But Fannie and Freddie said they also have their own systems in place to help ensure compliance. “Servicers are required...

September 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Why Should Mortgage Lenders Go Digital? That’s Where the Customers Are, Pros Say

Much of the historical discussion about the mortgage industry going fully digital and adopting e-mortgages has revolved around cost savings, greater efficiencies, validating compliance and other benefits. But at the end of the day, the biggest reason is that lenders’ customer base is increasingly focused on digital technology, and lenders need to go where the borrowers are. “That’s where the consumers are, right? Finally, everybody’s going online to shop for most of their products, and mortgages are starting to happen the same way,” said Tim Anderson, director of eServices for DocMagic, during a webinar last week sponsored by Inside Mortgage Finance. “They’re going out there looking for rates and pricing, they’re looking for real estate. If you want to capture that marketplace, you meet them out there in cyberspace.” Scott Stephen, president of the online division of Guaranteed Rate, noted...

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 21, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Waiting on a Wider Credit Box / A 30 Percent Jump for Nonconforming / 5,000 Active Loan Brokers for UWM / Don’t Count on Another Refi Boom Quite Yet / A New Hire for Altisource

Another refi spurt in the works? It may’ve looked that way a few weeks ago, but...

September 21, 2017 - IMFnews

Underwater Mortgages Steadily Drying Up

The average gain in equity clocked in at $12,987 for homeowners.

September 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Did Wells Dodge a Bullet on its CFPB Fine? / A ‘Recommendation Memorandum’ / No Effect on Wells’ Mortgage Business / Subject the CFPB to Appropriations / Stearns Goes ‘Digital’

Wells Fargo could have been subject to a whopping $10 billion fine...

September 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Walter Gets $300 Million Increase in Financing from Barclays; Stock Spikes

News of the expanded repo line sent Walter's share price soaring...

September 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Depositories Continue to Place First Liens in Portfolio

Trends in portfolio management were somewhat mixed among the top 10 holders of first-lien mortgages…

September 19, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: About Those GSE Dividend Payments… / The Man Wants to be Paid / Record Attendance at ABS East / LendingTree Buys Snap Capital / Webster Gets a New President

In other words, the FHFA will once again order the dividends to be paid to Treasury. Right?

September 19, 2017 - IMFnews

New Poll: Industry Says Let Congress Fix the GSEs

Congress is not expected to produce workable GSE legislation until next year and even then, other issues – tax reform, another run at fixing “Obamacare,” for example – could kick the can down the road.

September 19, 2017 - IMFnews

Mortgage M&A Chatter Continues. Medium-Sized Shops Are Targets

Rick Roque, who runs Menlo, an M&A advisory firm, said he knows several owners who are contemplating a sale…

September 19, 2017 - IMFnews

House FSC to Work on GSE Reform Again. (Hint: It Looks like the PATH Act)

At the ABS East show, Rep. Barr didn’t provide further details about Republican plans for the GSEs…

September 18, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: MBA Wants a Change in HUD Reinspection Policies / Having an FHA Commissioner Might Help / Montgomery Resigns from Radian Board / DBRS Updates Due Diligence Criteria / A New Hire for Mortgage Network

The FHA nominee had been a Radian director since 2012…

September 18, 2017 - IMFnews

Prestwick Selling $1.8 Billion Bulk Fannie/Ginnie MSR Portfolio

The Fannie balance of the pool accounts for $1.33 billion of the receivables.

September 18, 2017 - IMFnews

CFPB Official Tells ABS East Attendees: Show Us Data on How Consumers Have Been Harmed

“We want to know if there are impediments because of our rules,” said CFPB Policy Analyst Patrick Orr…

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

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

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

Credit Rating Agencies Expect Limited RMBS Exposure Will Ease Effects of Losses in Storm Areas

Most rated residential MBS in regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have limited exposure that will mitigate the losses resulting from the devastation, according to rating services. Residential MBS rated by Moody’s Investors Service, including securities backed by single-family rental properties, have minimal exposure to the storm-affected counties of Texas and Louisiana thereby easing the losses due to reduced property values, rising delinquencies and longer foreclosure and liquidation timelines, the rating agency said. The analysis is...

September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Thriving Market for Securities Backed by Timeshare Loans: Low Delinquencies and Attractive Yields

An affiliate of Interval Leisure Group priced a timeshare securitization last week as the market for such deals keeps humming along. Timeshare securities are backed by vacation ownership interest loans that tend to perform relatively well and carry attractive yields. Some $2.0 billion of timeshare ABS have priced this year, according to S&P Global Ratings. In all of 2016, $2.6 billion of timeshare ABS was issued, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. VSE 2017-A VOI Mortgage from ILG is...

September 15, 2017 - IMFnews

CHLA Underscores Importance of Nonbanks

Nonbank lenders rely on their own capital and on warehouse loans to fund loans, rather than federally insured deposits...

September 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Treasury Taking Meetings on GSE Issues, Including Zero Capital and Multiple Guarantors

Rob Zimmer, a former Freddie Mac executive: “Republicans run this town, obviously, and there is no way they want to be identified as the party of taxpayer bailouts for large financial institutions.”

September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Chatter Continues on M&A. Prosperity Mortgage Has a New Parent (Warren Buffett)

Mortgage originators that produce $1 billion to $4 billion a year in loans are continuing to be courted by potential suitors, but not many sale agreements are getting signed these days, according to investment bankers. “Private equity firms are still looking to enter the business, and sellers are listening, but I’m not seeing too many deals being completed,” said Chuck Klein, a managing partner at Mortgage Banking Solutions, Austin, TX. At the beginning of the year, Klein was...

September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Redwood Sourcing ‘Expanded Prime’ Jumbo Mortgages From Hundreds of Correspondents

Redwood Trust has seen strong demand from borrowers and correspondent lenders for its “expanded prime” program that the aggregator introduced last year. The real estate investment trust’s Choice products allow for somewhat looser underwriting than the super-prime mortgages that have dominated the jumbo market after the financial crisis. The Choice program was introduced in April 2016. Volume has increased relatively quickly and could top $1.0 billion this year. Officials say...

September 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Senior Democrats on Senate Banking Committee Implore Treasury, FHFA to Allow GSEs to Build Capital

The correspondence, which includes the signature of ranking minority member Sherrod Brown, D-OH, notes: “We are simply requesting that the GSEs be permitted to build capital...."

September 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: At SoFi, CEO Cagney is Out. As for the IPO… / Stock Options as an Enticement / Patenaude Nomination Could Get a Vote / Flawless TRID Implementation? / Arbolida to Manage LA Branch for Finance of America

It’s possible that the nomination of Pam Patenaude to be the number-two at HUD could get a floor vote this week...

September 13, 2017 - IMFnews

In New White Paper, MBA Takes Aim at the CFPB

MBA believes the CFPB should concede it is bound by the guidance it issues…

September 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Brian Montgomery (Finally) Picked for FHA Chief. Kittle for Ginnie Prez?

If confirmed by the Senate, it would be Montgomery’s second go at the FHA post, a position he held in the administration of George W. Bush.

September 12, 2017 - IMFnews

Credit Unions as ‘Players’ in the MSR Market? Interesting, but…

Second, it’s unclear if a CU wanting to buy receivables from another shop would face “membership” issues…

September 12, 2017 - IMFnews

KBW on PHH: More Value if the Servicer Liquidates ‘Relatively Quickly’

KBW noted: “We think there likely will be more value if the company is able to liquidate relatively quickly…”

September 11, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Other News in Brief/Industry News in Brief

State Regulators Start Work on a Next-Generation Technology Platform. The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has initiated what it characterizes as a major redesign of the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS), which is the core technology platform state bank regulators utilize. According to the CSBS, the redesign will enable the regulators to transform the licensing and supervision of non-bank financial institutions, including financial technology companies, or so-called fintechs. “Technology and data are powerful tools that can create sweeping benefits throughout the financial regulatory system,” said Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions Commissioner John Ducrest. “And that vision drives our efforts with the next-generation NMLS. We are committed to nothing less than modernized state regulation for a modernized financial services industry.” The ...

September 11, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Ocwen Agrees to Pay $1M to Settle Force-Placed Insurance Issue

Ocwen Financial Corp. and Ocwen Loan Servicing recently agreed to pay a $1 million fine to resolve an issue of force-placed insurance (FPI) under the national mortgage settlement that was reached in 2014. At issue was the company’s performance as loan servicer as measured against one particular metric, metric 29, the purpose of which is to test whether Ocwen complied with the servicing standards regarding the timeliness of terminating FPI and refunding premiums to affected borrowers. Under the settlement, Ocwen must terminate FPI within 15 days of obtaining proof that a borrower has an existing insurance policy. As it turned out, Ocwen exceeded the mandated error threshold of 5 percent for Metric 29 during the first quarter of 2017, according ...

September 11, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: More MSR Growth for PennyMac / PHH Ready for Massive Stock Buyback / Former FHLB Dallas Officials Indicted / Former Fannie Mae Exec Hisey Lands at Stewart

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas indicted the former CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, along with two other former bank employees, for fraud.

September 11, 2017 - IMFnews

International Monetary Fund Favors a Fannie-Freddie Merger

The IMF, of course, has no jurisdiction whatsoever over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac…

September 11, 2017 - IMFnews

Hurricane Harvey Puts 300,000 Loans on the Line. Estimates Begin on Irma Damage

Black Knight estimates there are 1.18 million mortgaged properties in FEMA-designated disaster areas influenced by the hurricane...

September 11, 2017 - IMFnews

Large Banks Still Backing Away From Mortgage Servicing

On a combined basis, the three largest bank servicers reported a $45.06 billion reduction in their servicing for others.

September 8, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Large Banks Still Backing Away From Mortgage Servicing, Valuations Steady

A handful of large banks continued to retreat from the business of servicing home loans for other investors during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call reports. Commercial banks and savings institutions reported that they serviced $3.627 trillion of residential mortgages for other investors, typically mortgage-backed securities trusts, as of the end of June. That was down just 0.4 percent from the previous period ... [Includes one data chart]

September 8, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Treasury Mulls Plans for Fannie and Freddie / $200 Billion Should Do It / GSE Hearing Nixed / Milken Ramps Up Its Involvement / How Low Might the 10-Year Fall / Warren Likes Real Estate and Gets a Mortgage Company Too

In case you’re wondering the concept of GSE “recap and release” is not under consideration...

September 8, 2017 - IMFnews

Hurricane Damage: Despite Consumer Moratoriums, MBS Issuers Must Keep Making Payments

Just because consumers might be off the hook for at least 90 days on making their payments, MBS investors will want their money, noted on observer…

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 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Redwood Brings Variety to Jumbo Market with First ‘Expanded Prime’ MBS; Deal Received Favorably

Redwood Trust worked for years to revive the jumbo MBS market by issuing deals with super-prime mortgages. Now, the firm is shifting its focus somewhat to “expanded prime” mortgages that have slightly looser underwriting standards. The $316.49 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-CH-1 is the first MBS from Redwood to deviate from super-prime standards. The deal received preliminary AAA ratings this week from Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. The average combined loan-to-value ratio of the mortgages in the MBS is...

September 7, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Wells Fargo and UWM Weigh In on Hurricane Irma / Non-Agency MBS Not Impacted by Harvey / Clayton Rolls out ‘Readiness Solution’ for Nonprime / A Promotion at LendingTree

Meanwhile, United Wholesale Mortgage CEO Mat Ishbia said the nation’s largest wholesaler is not cancelling any closings because of Irma, at least not yet...

September 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Ninth Circuit Upholds GSE Security Interest, Rules Federal Foreclosure Bar Preempts State HOA Law

Lenders and servicers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages notched a big win in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which found that a federal bar on foreclosure on government-sponsored enterprise loans preempted Nevada’s superiority lien law. As a published decision, the court’s ruling in Berezovsky v. Moniz resolves the dispute in favor of the federal foreclosure bar, according to Marc James Ayers and R. Aaron Chastain, attorneys with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. It serves as a binding precedent in the Ninth Circuit and should guide other circuits in deciding cases involving homeowners associations’ super-priority liens, they said. In Berezovsky, the panel affirmed...

September 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Some Banks Expected to Benefit From Proposed Delay In Tougher Capital Rule for Mortgage Servicing Assets

A proposal by federal regulators to delay tougher capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets will have a “marginally positive impact” on banks subject to the proposal, according to banking regulators. Near the end of August, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued a proposed rule that would extend the current treatment on mortgage servicing rights and related assets, delaying tougher standards established by Basel III. The proposal would apply to banks that aren’t subject to the “advanced approaches” capital rules – generally banks with less than $250 billion in total assets. “For small banking organizations that have significant amounts of MSAs ... the proposal could...


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