Non-Agency MBS

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September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Milken Institute – a nonpartisan think tank – established a new policy team last week to work on issues involving housing finance reform. Eric Kaplan was named director of Milken’s Housing Finance Program. He was a managing partner at Ranieri Strategies and continues to chair the Structured Finance Industry Group’s RMBS 3.0 effort. Michael Milken and Lewis Ranieri will co-chair a new Housing Advisory Council, which will inform the work of the team led by Kaplan ... [Includes two briefs]


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Blackstone to Issue Reverse Mortgage Jumbo MBS

An affiliate of Blackstone is preparing to issue a rare non-agency mortgage-backed security backed by jumbo reverse mortgages, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A handful of non-agency MBS backed by jumbo reverse mortgages were issued before the financial crisis and none appear to have been issued in recent years. Blackstone’s Podium Mortgage Capital hired Clayton to perform due diligence on 280 jumbo reverse mortgages. The loans were ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency MBS Issuers Address Hurricane Risk

Three non-agency mortgage-backed securities issuers were preparing to issue deals around the time that Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida. Deals from the issuers include mortgages on properties in the disaster areas, prompting inspections and an emphasis on the representations and warranties included with the MBS. An affiliate of Shellpoint Partners is set to issue a $323.38 million deal on Sept. 29. According to Kroll Bond Rating Agency ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Shellpoint Packages More BofA Jumbos into MBS

An affiliate of Shellpoint Partners is preparing to issue another jumbo mortgage-backed security backed largely by mortgages aggregated by Bank of America. The planned Shellpoint Co-Originator Trust 2017-2 is a $323.38 million deal that received preliminary AAA ratings this week. Nearly all of the mortgages were aggregated by BofA through its jumbo whole-loan purchase program and sold to Shellpoint in bulk deals. Loans from 17 lenders will be included in the pool, led by ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Caliber Ramps Up Non-QM Originations, MBS

Caliber Home Loans is on track to nearly double its originations of non-qualified mortgages this year and will supply the collateral for a forthcoming mortgage-backed security, the largest in the post-crisis era.Caliber plans to originate $1.00 billion of non-QMs this year, up from $539.0 million in 2016, according to DBRS. The nonbank lender has boosted its non-QM production across lending channels, led by wholesale. Caliber had $247.0 million in wholesale non-QM originations ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Brings its First ‘Expanded Prime’ MBS With Higher Credit Enhancement

Redwood Trust is set to issue its first jumbo mortgage-backed security backed predominantly by loans with looser underwriting standards than the super-prime jumbos that have dominated the market. The planned $316.49 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-CH-1 includes many non-qualified mortgages and other loans that fall outside of Redwood’s traditional Select program. Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service assigned preliminary AAA ratings to the MBS last week ...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Firm Looks to Help PLS Lenders, Aggregators Prepare For New Regulation and Requirement Landscape

Private-label issuance all but disappeared since the recession and is finally expected to make a comeback, but lenders and aggregators will have a host of new requirements to meet. One firm is planning to help the industry navigate today’s landscape by offering a solution aimed at non-agency MBS readiness for new and old issuers. Clayton Holdings announced last week that it designed a program to help lenders and aggregators with their due diligence by understanding and preparing to comply with the new rules surrounding securitizing these non-agency assets. The firm hopes...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Ratings on Hundreds of Vintage Non-Agency MBS Incorrect, Prompting Upgrades, Downgrades and Uncertainty

Moody’s Investors Service is working to correct errors it made when rating a significant number of interest-only tranches on non-agency MBS dating back to at least 2015. At the end of August, Moody’s placed ratings of IO tranches from 953 MBS on review. While such reviews generally indicate whether an upgrade or downgrade is possible, the rating service said it wasn’t sure which direction ratings would go for many deals included in the review. The effort covers...


September 1, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Redwood Trust is preparing to issue its first non-agency mortgage-backed security backed by “expanded prime” mortgages. In the second quarter, Redwood acquired approximately $240.0 million of such mortgages, which have somewhat looser underwriting standards than what’s typically seen in the jumbo MBS market. Clayton Holdings reviewed 417 mortgages for the planned issuance, according to documents filed Aug. 30 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The total unpaid principal balance of the loans wasn’t disclosed. The deal will include...


September 1, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bayview Putting Some Non-QMs in MBS

An affiliate of Bayview Asset Management issued a $230.0 million non-agency mortgage-backed security this week largely stocked with seasoned mortgages, including one non-qualified mortgage. DBRS and Fitch Ratings placed AAA ratings on Bayview Mortgage Fund IVc Trust 2017-RT3, without putting much emphasis on the non-QM. Non-QMs had accounted for 2.1 percent of a $125.82 million MBS from Bayview that priced in July and 1.0 percent of a $208.13 million deal it priced in April. The sponsor of the deal will retain...


September 1, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Servicing Continues to Increase for Most Top Servicers, Performance Pristine

The volume of jumbo mortgages handled by the top servicers continued to increase in the second quarter of 2017, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A group of 30 companies serviced an estimated $957.50 billion of jumbos at the end of June, up 2.3 percent from the previous quarter and up 8.7 percent from the second quarter of 2016. The servicers outpaced...[Includes one data table]


August 25, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch to Allow AAA Ratings for Scratch-and- Dent MBS with Shifting-Interest Structure

Fitch Ratings announced last week that non-agency MBS with a unique structure will be eligible to receive AAA ratings. The rating service said deals with a shifting-interest structure are now eligible for the top ratings after previously limiting ratings on such deals to single-A. Both DBRS and S&P Global Ratings have assigned AAA ratings to some MBS backed by re-performing mortgages where the deals had shifting-interest structures. MBS with such structures distribute...


August 25, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Calls for Greater Transparency from Non-Agency MBS Trustees in Wake of Wells Withholding Funds

The Structured Finance Industry Group pushed for trustees of non-agency MBS to increase disclosures to investors as the industry continues to deal with the aftermath of Wells Fargo withholding millions of dollars of funds in vintage deals. In a statement released late last week, the industry group said it has a policy of not engaging in issues involving legacy transactions that may be associated with litigation, especially where such litigation is between various members of SFIG. The Wall Street group issued...


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ellington, Impac Hungry for More Non-QMs

Two nonbanks involved in originating and acquiring non-qualified mortgages aren’t satisfied with the amount of volume they have taken in thus far. “We like our portfolio, but we wish it would ramp faster,” Mark Tecotzky, co-chief investment officer at Ellington Financial, said during the company’s earnings call for the second quarter. Ellington has made an equity investment in an unidentified lender and as of the end of the second quarter was holding non-QMs with an unpaid principal balance of ...


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 MBS & ABS

Portfolios Shrink at Fannie and Freddie as GSE Share of MBS Market Hits 3 Percent in 9th Year of Conservatorship

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still titans in the residential MBS market when it comes to making new securities, but they have been forced to the sidelines as investors over nine years in conservatorship. The two government-sponsored enterprises held a combined $221.48 billion of residential MBS at the end of June. Firm numbers on the total volume of MBS outstanding at that point aren’t available yet, but it’s unlikely that Fannie and Freddie held more than 3.5 percent of the market. The two GSEs reduced...[Includes one data table]


August 18, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Add to Residential MBS Holdings During Second Quarter, More Interest in GSE Securities

Commercial banks and savings institutions continued to stockpile agency MBS during the second quarter of 2017 with a strong appetite for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pass-through securities. Total bank investment in residential MBS rose by $36.28 billion during the second quarter, lifting the industry’s aggregate portfolio to a record $1.799 trillion. Bank MBS holdings have risen steadily since the third quarter of 2014, growing by $264.07 billion over that period. In addition to those held-to-maturity and available-for-sale accounts, about a dozen banks held $16.34 billion of residential MBS in trading accounts. All of the growth has been...[Includes two data tables]


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 11, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REITs Boost Holdings During 2Q17 and Show Healthy Appetite for Risk-Transfer Deals

Real estate investment trusts that focus on the residential MBS market reported a modest increase in their portfolios during the second quarter of 2017. The 15 mortgage REITs tracked by Inside MBS & ABS held a combined $233.34 billion of residential MBS at the end of June. That was up 1.4 percent from the end of the first quarter, though down 2.9 percent from the midway point in 2016. Ten of the REITs reported...[Includes one data table]


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