Nonconforming Securitization

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August 10, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Urges Congress to Fix Problem of ‘Orphaned’ VA Mortgage Loans

The Mortgage Bankers Association called upon Congress to pass legislation to restore Ginnie Mae eligibility for so-called orphaned VA loans, which have caused a temporary disruption in the government-backed secondary market. In written testimony to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs last week, the MBA urged lawmakers to make technical corrections to restore the eligibility of certain Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans for pooling. The MBA estimated the VA orphan loan mess at roughly $500 million. Due to new loan seasoning requirements in the recently enacted Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, sime IRRRLs were rendered ineligible for Ginnie MBS pools. The loans were in transit when legislation addressing the problem of VA loan churning and serial refinancing became law in May. The new law’s seasoning provisions turned out to be ...

August 10, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

loanDepot Receives ‘Average’ Assessment

loanDepot is an “average” originator of prime jumbo mortgages and loans eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

August 10, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Another Strong Non-QM Quarter for Citadel

Citadel Servicing Corp., Irvine, CA, originated $389.3 million of non-qualified mortgages during the second quarter, a 32.3 percent sequential gain, according to figures the company provided to Inside Nonconforming Markets this week.

August 10, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lenders Roll Out New Non-Agency Products

A number of lenders have introduced new non-agency products in recent weeks, with an emphasis on expanded-credit jumbo mortgages.

August 10, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

New Players Enter Non-QM Market by Aggregating Loans and Issuing MBS

More competition is coming into the nascent business of aggregating non-qualified mortgages and issuing mortgage-backed securities drawn by the market’s potential for profitable growth.

August 10, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

ARMs More Prevalent in Expanded-Credit MBS

The majority of loans in expanded-credit mortgage-backed securities are adjustable-rate mortgages, while such loans are few and far between in prime non-agency MBS, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. [Includes one data chart.]

August 10, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Expanded-Credit Mortgage Securitization Faltered Slightly in Second Quarter Despite Nonprime Gain

Securitization of newly-originated expanded-credit mortgages declined slightly in the second quarter despite a strong showing in the nonprime sector. [Includes one data chart.]

July 27, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.

July 27, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Moves by three issuers of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities to allow for third-party due diligence reviews to be completed on fewer than 100 percent of the loans in an MBS could increase the risk of losses for MBS investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. In a report released this week, Moody’s said narrower due diligence reviews increase the likelihood of defective loans appearing in non-agency MBS. The rating service added that representations ... [Includes five briefs]

July 27, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood to Raise $103.13 Million with Stock Sale

Redwood Trust plans to raise $103.13 million with the sale of 6.25 million shares of common stock. The sale closed this week, though the underwriters of the transaction have 30 days to purchase up to an additional 937,500 shares of Redwood’s common stock, which could provide the real estate investment trust with up to $116.9 million in net proceeds after transaction expenses. The sale follows an offering of convertible senior notes in Redwood in June with a principal amount of $200.0 million ...

July 27, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Annaly Packs More Non-QMs into Latest MBS

Annaly Capital Management plans to include a much higher share of non-qualified mortgages in its latest non-agency mortgage-backed security than the first deal issued by the real estate investment trust this year. Non-QMs will account for 45.4 percent of the $383.5 million issuance, according to presale reports by Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Annaly’s first MBS was largely stocked with loans that had seasoned for at least 10 years – well before the QM rule came along ...

July 27, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Angel Oak Units Hit Record Volumes in 2Q

Lending units affiliated with Angel Oak Companies reported a record $512.0 million in originations of non-qualified mortgages for the second quarter of 2018, putting the nonbank on pace to top $1.0 billion in production this year. Angel Oak’s non-QM production increased by 52.0 percent from the previous quarter and nearly doubled its originations of a year ago. Angel Oak’s various production entities added 104 employees during the second quarter for a total of 527 staff members ...

July 27, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lenders Divided on Potential for Non-QMs

There’s a sharp divide in the mortgage industry regarding the prospects for originations of non-qualified mortgages. Smaller nonbanks that focus on such products have high hopes for the non-QM sector while larger lenders have low expectations. Justin Mahoney, a senior portfolio manager at SG Capital Partners, a non-QM lender, noted that the nonprime mortgage originations market is the only lending sector that hasn’t recovered since the financial crisis. “It represents a real growth opportunity ...

July 27, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Set to Contribute Loans to Non-Agency MBS

In a potentially significant shift, Wells Fargo has set aside $507.0 million in mortgages for inclusion in a non-agency mortgage-backed security. Wells is the top jumbo lender and some industry analysts suggest that the jumbo MBS market won’t rebound until banks like Wells stop retaining production in portfolio. Wells said loans designated as held-for-sale for a future MBS are nonconforming mortgages that would have otherwise been stored in its portfolio. Although no other details about ...

July 27, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Among Top Sellers of Jumbo Loans in Non-Agency Securitizations

A handful of banks account for a large share of the loans in prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities issued since the start of 2017, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks were four of the top five originators of securitized prime mortgages between January 2017 and June 2018. More precisely, these banks ranked among the top known sources of collateral for these deals. In fact, the name of the originator was ... [Includes two data charts]

July 27, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Raises Concerns About Reduced Due Diligence in Prime MBS from Some Issuers

Three issuers of prime non-agency MBS have bucked industry standards and closed deals where some of the loans weren’t subject to pre-securitization reviews by third-party due diligence firms. The trend could cause problems for MBS investors, Moody’s Investors Service warned this week.

July 20, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Up Smartly in 2Q18 as Deals Backed by New Loans Hit Post-Crisis High

The non-agency MBS market had arguably its best quarter since the financial crisis during the April-May production cycle, generating $20.72 billion of new securities, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. [Includes three data charts.]

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Borrower complaints about nontraditional mortgage products from nonbanks in California decreased in 2017, according to the state’s Department of Business Oversight. The California DBO said nonbank lenders and servicers received 12,963 complaints about nontraditional mortgages, down 11.1 percent from 2016. However, officials at the DBO cautioned against making comparisons between data for 2016 and 2017 because the number of ... [Includes two briefs]

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Reg Relief to Cause a Cascade of Looser Standards?

A provision involving community banks and qualified mortgages in recently enacted regulatory relief legislation could prompt community banks and nonbanks to loosen underwriting standards for non-agency mortgages, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Banks with less than $10.0 billion in assets can receive QM treatment for certain loans that would otherwise be non-QMs if the banks hold the mortgages in portfolio acording to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and ...

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

MBA Pushes CFPB for Non-Agency Help

In a recent comment letter submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Mortgage Bankers Association argued for changes to regulations in an effort to boost originations of non-agency mortgages. The trade group cited problems with Appendix Q of the ability-to-repay rule and called for the government-sponsored enterprise “patch” for qualified mortgages to be extended to jumbo mortgages. Appendix Q sets QM standards for non-agency mortgages that aren’t eligible for sale to the GSEs or government-insured

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Higher-Priced Lending Up by 20.1 Percent in 2017

Originations of higher-priced conventional mortgages increased by 20.1 percent on an annual basis to $36.01 billion in 2017, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Higher-priced mortgages are loans that have an annual percentage rate higher than a threshold for the “average prime offer rate” on a comparable mortgage. First-lien mortgages with an APR ... [Includes two data charts]

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Brings Smaller Expanded-Prime MBS

Redwood Trust is preparing to issue an expanded-prime mortgage-backed security that will be somewhat smaller than others issued by the real estate investment trust. Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2018-CH3 will be a $417.0 million issuance, according to a presale report by Kroll Bond Rating Agency. In May, Redwood issued a $520.5 million expanded-prime deal and the firm issued a $444.3 million MBS in February. Mortgages in the deals are largely similar and the pending issuance has ...

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Verus Goes Big with Nonprime MBS

An affiliate of Verus Mortgage Capital is set to issue what will be the largest post-crisis nonprime MBS to date. The planned $489.6 million issuance will top a $426.2 million deal issued by Lone Star Funds in September. The types of mortgages in the latest Verus MBS are similar to those in a $249.0 million deal the firm issued in January, though the average loan balance in the new MBS is somewhat larger. Mortgages in the new deal have an average unpaid principal balance of ...

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fitch Flags R&W from Issuers It Doesn’t Rate

A handful of issuers of non-agency mortgage-backed securities not rated by Fitch Ratings were called out in a report by the rating service regarding representations and warranties. The report released at the end of June detailed how reps, warrants and enforcement provisions for various issuers compare with a “full” rep-and-warrant framework established by Fitch. The rating service includes an assessment of reps and warrants for all of the non-agency MBS the firm rates but the report also ...

July 13, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Backed by New Production Hits Another Quarterly Record

Issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities reached a third straight post-crisis quarterly record during the recently completed April-June cycle, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A total of $10.03 billion of non-agency MBS backed by new jumbo and expanded-credt originations was issued in the second quarter. The previous quarterly record was $6.28 billion in the first quarter of 2018. And in ... [Includes one data chart]

July 12, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Warns of Differences in ‘Full’ Representations and Warranties from Various Issuers of Non-Agency MBS

Non-agency MBS investors might not be aware of the differences in representations and warranties provided by issuers of new non-agency MBS, according to Fitch Ratings. In a recent report, the rating service noted that issuers are diverging from standard practices in terms of “full” rep-and-warrant frameworks.

July 6, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Non-Agency Shows Promise. But How Much?

A spike in non-agency mortgage-backed security issuance has helped make 2018 the strongest year for securitizations in this niche market since the financial crisis, but the sector still has a long way to go, according to Grant Bailey, a top analyst at Fitch Ratings.


With mortgage production down noticeably this year from 2017, how many lenders might disappear via M&A or failure during the next 12 months?

10% or less. It’s not that bad out there.


11% to 25%. It’s a challenging market.


25% to 40%. It’s going to be very ugly.


No opinion.