Nonconforming Securitization

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May 26, 2017 - 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.


May 26, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Credit Suisse is preparing to issue a $91.18 million non-agency mortgage-backed security backed by seasoned FHA mortgages, according to a presale report by Moody’s Investors Service. CSMC Trust, Series 2017-FHA1 received a preliminary A1 rating. Credit Suisse was a major issuer of post-crisis jumbo MBS but hasn’t issued a jumbo MBS since the fourth quarter of 2015. Fitch Ratings completed a review this week of 63 non-agency MBS backed by post-crisis originations ...


May 26, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wall Street, Banks Differ on QM Standard

Participants in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market and banks have proposed different ways of how to address debt-to-income ratio standards for qualified mortgages. The Structured Finance Industry Group wants the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to consider speeding the timeline for ending the so-called QM patch, while the American Bankers Association seeks a permanent fix for the DTI issue. The debate centers on the 43.0 percent DTI ratio standard for QMs ...


May 26, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Five Oaks Providing Rep Backstop on Jumbos

Five Oaks Investment shut down its jumbo conduit operations but is still involved in the sector by providing a backstop to representations and warranties on jumbos originated by other lenders. The real estate investment trust is backstopping reps and warrants for mortgages sold on a loan exchange operated by MAXEX. “In July 2016, the company announced that it would no longer aggregate and securitize residential mortgage loans; however, given Five Oaks Acquisition ...


May 26, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Set to Issue Another Large Non-Agency MBS

JPMorgan Chase is preparing to issue a $1.02 billion non-agency mortgage-backed security with jumbo mortgages along with loans eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises. JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2017-2 received preliminary AAA ratings last week from Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. The deal will be the second-largest non-agency MBS backed by post-crisis originations, topped only by the $1.03 billion security Chase issued in ...


May 26, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Servicing Increases, Delinquencies Down

Large servicers of jumbo mortgages continued to increase their holdings in the first quarter of 2017, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. And delinquency performance improved on already low levels. The unpaid principal balance of jumbo mortgages serviced by a group of 30 companies hit $935.70 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2017, up 1.6 percent from the previous quarter and up 8.4 percent ... [Includes one data chart]


May 26, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Fargo Plans to Issue Non-Agency MBS, Likely Backed by New Jumbos

Wells Fargo is planning to issue non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by new originations this year, according to an official at the bank. The company was one of the top issuers of non-agency MBS before the financial crisis, but like most big banks, Wells has opted to retain its jumbo production in portfolio. “This year, one of our aspirations is to come back to the market with a couple of deals,” said Franklin Codel, senior executive vice president of consumer lending ...


May 26, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

NY Court Requires Higher Burden of Proof in Ambac MBS Case; Deutsche Bank Holds Former Execs Liable

A Manhattan appeals court raised the burden of proof for Ambac Assurance, which seeks to recover monetary damages from Bank of America in an insurance case involving $1.68 billion in securities backed by high-risk mortgages from now-defunct Countrywide Home Loans. Attorneys with Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas said a panel of the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, ruled that Ambac may not use New York insurance law as the sole basis for arguing that it does not have to prove certain elements of fraud in its claims against BofA. The court also barred Ambac from using the statute to recover damages. The court held...


May 26, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors Cool to Commercial MBS Market Because Of Lack of Clarity on Risk-Retention Requirements

Issuers of commercial MBS are facing significant problems with risk-retention requirements five months after the rule took effect, according to an industry attorney. Industry participants continue to push for guidance from federal regulators, but the response so far has been limited. “The rule is woefully inadequate as a guidebook for compliance, with massive white space, periodically interrupted by obscure bubbles of facial clarity,” according to Rick Jones, a partner at the Dechert law firm. “Unclear rules and potentially existential liability are not the stuff of a deal easily made.” In a recent commentary, Jones said...


May 26, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Aims for Trump Administration Support on Plans To Lessen Regulatory Burdens on MBS and ABS Market

Recent remarks by Craig Phillips, counselor to the secretary of the Treasury Department, suggest that the Trump administration supports proposals to reduce regulatory burdens in the MBS and ABS markets. The agency is in the process of finding regulations that can be “clarified, modified or tailored” to help boost the housing market. “We believe it’s time to assess whether regulatory requirements have unnecessarily tightened the credit box for new originations,” Phillips said at a credit-risk transfer symposium in New York City. “Regulatory requirements have also contributed to increased cost in servicing. Capital and liquidity standards have put private-label securitization at a disadvantage.” The Structured Finance Industry Group noted...


May 19, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Wells Fargo Planning to Return to the Non-Agency MBS Market This Year; Chase Readies New Deal

The non-agency MBS market is set to receive a jolt as Wells Fargo plans to return to the space. “This year, one of our aspirations is to come back to the market with a couple of deals,” said Franklin Codel, a senior executive vice president of consumer lending at Wells. “We’re taking a look to make sure we can structure those properly … to try to test the market and see what we can do to bring some confidence back to the private-label market.” The official mentioned the plans late last week during an investor event hosted by Wells. Back in 2007, Wells ranked...


May 19, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

REIT MBS Holdings Grew Slightly in 1Q17, and Change in CRT Programs Could Boost It Further

Real estate investment trusts that focus on the MBS market recorded a modest increase in their MBS holdings during the first quarter of 2017, according to an Inside MBS & ABS analysis. And observers say a pending change in how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac structure their credit-risk transfer programs may boost REIT participation further. The 15 mortgage REITs tracked by Inside MBS & ABS reported a combined $230.82 billion of MBS investment at the end of March, including assets held in the to-be-announced market. That was up 1.6 percent from the end of 2016, though it was still off from year-ago levels. Some 91.8 percent of REIT MBS holdings are...[Includes one data table]


May 18, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Benefits and Risks Seen in Shifts of Servicing from Large Firms to Smaller Servicers and Subservicers

Transfers of servicing from large servicers to smaller firms can help improve loss mitigation performance while introducing new risks to the system, according to industry analysts. Smaller servicers tend to be more “nimble” than large servicers and are better suited to handle distressed mortgages, according to analysts at Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service published a report recently highlighting changes in the servicing industry. Many large servicers, predominantly banks, have reduced...


May 12, 2017 - 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.


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Wells Fargo is planning to issue non-agency mortgage-backed securities this year, Franklin Codel, a senior executive vice president of consumer lending at the bank, said during an investor presentation this week. It will be the first post-crisis non-agency MBS from Wells. He said the deals will help test whether Wells can improve investor confidence in non-agency MBS. Ellington Financial plans to issue a non-agency mortgage-backed security backed by ... [Includes four briefs]


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

House Committee Approves CHOICE Act

The Republican effort to reform many aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act was approved by the House Financial Services Committee last week on a party-line vote. The Financial CHOICE Act will likely be approved by the full House at some point, but DFA reform doesn’t appear to be a priority in the Senate. The House panel approved H.R. 10, the Financial Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs Act, on a 34-26 vote after a three-day markup ...


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

GSEs’ Nonprime Holdings Gradually Decline

Nonprime mortgages held by the government-sponsored enterprises continued a gradual decline in the first quarter of 2017, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac held nonprime mortgages with a total unpaid principal balance of $133.89 billion at the end of the quarter, down 5.3 percent from the end of 2016 and down 22.1 percent from the first quarter of last year. The holdings are largely ... [Includes one data chart]


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Turns to New Residential for Stability

Ocwen Financial announced last week that it’s negotiating an agreement with New Residential Investment involving mortgage servicing rights for non-agency mortgages. The agreement would reduce the servicing fee Ocwen receives but provide the company some stability and an equity investment. Before the agreement, New Residential owned rights to MSR on mortgages serviced by Ocwen with an unpaid principal balance of $117.0 billion. The loans are in non-agency ...


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-QM, S&D Markets Strengthening

More buyers and sellers are getting into the whole-loan market for non-jumbo loans, especially nonprime mortgages, industry experts said. That’s especially true for loans that don’t meet the qualified-mortgage standard, said Matthew Nichols, CEO and founder, Deephaven Mortgage, during a panel session at last week’s secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Three keys spurred the market last year, he explained. First, performance of ...


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Strong Demand for Large Nonprime MBS

Investors showed strong appetite for the largest non-agency mortgage-backed security backed by post-crisis nonprime originations. The $402.65 million COLT 2017-1 priced at tighter yields than any other post-crisis rated nonprime MBS amid stronger demand for mortgage credit, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank Securities. The deal from an affiliate of Lone Star Funds priced near the end of April and closed last week. “The transaction was priced at the tightest level ...


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Impac Putting Emphasis on Non-QMs, MBS

Impac Mortgage Holdings has significantly increased its originations of non-qualified mortgages and plans to package the loans into non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The nonbank originated $184.3 million of non-QMs in the first quarter of 2017, up from $86.3 million in the previous period. In all of 2016, Impac originated $289.6 million in non-QMs. The product accounted for 11.6 percent of Impac’s originations in the first quarter, up from a 2.8 percent share the previous period ...


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood’s Profit Up on Strong Demand for Jumbos

Redwood Trust posted $37.0 million of net income in the first quarter of 2017, up 45.8 percent from the previous quarter and more than double the net income the real estate investment trust reported for the first quarter of 2016. Income from Redwood’s mortgage-banking activities was boosted by higher loan purchase volume and strong demand in the secondary market for jumbo mortgages. Redwood purchased jumbo mortgages with a total unpaid principal balance of ...


May 12, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Lending Fell 29% in Early 2017, Refinance Slowdown a Factor

Originations of non-agency jumbo mortgages in the first quarter of 2017 were down by 29.0 percent from the previous quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A decline in refinance activity contributed to the sharp drop in jumbo funding. An estimated $71.00 billion of non-agency jumbos were originated during the quarter. Not only did volume fall significantly from the fourth quarter of 2016, production was ... [Includes one data chart]


May 12, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Investor Demand for Non-Agency MBS Backed By Seasoned Mortgages, Jumbos and Nonprime Loans

Investors had a strong appetite for new non-agency MBS in the first quarter of 2017, according to issuers. “I am continuously amazed by how quickly we bring a deal out and how quickly the senior bonds gets sold,” Matthew Lambiase, president and CEO of Chimera Investment, said during the real estate investment trust’s earnings call for the first quarter. Chimera issued...


May 12, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial MBS Off to Slow Start in Early 2017, Agency Programs Gaining Ground

The securitization of income-property mortgages nosedived in the first quarter of 2017, with most of the downturn in the volatile non-agency sector, according to an Inside MBS & ABS analysis. A total of $48.29 billion of MBS backed by commercial properties was issued in the first quarter, down 27.7 percent from the previous period. Although production was down 6.1 percent from the same period in 2016, it was close to the average quarterly volume of $49.35 billion that the market has produced since the beginning of 2014. The average for the 2011-2013 period was just $32.00 billion. Average volume is...[Includes one data table]


May 5, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Former Rating Service Official Proposes Materiality Standards for Reps and Warrants on Non-Agency MBS

As industry participants continue to work on revamping standards and practices in the non-agency MBS market, Mark Adelson proposed a number of materiality standards for representations and warranties on new issuance. Adelson is an independent consultant and was S&P Global Ratings’ chief credit officer from May 2008 until December 2011. Adelson published his proposal in the latest issue of The Journal of Structured Finance, which he edits. Adelson focused...


April 28, 2017 - 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.


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Ventana Home Mortgage recently launched mortgage conduit operations based in part on rights that were acquired from WinWater Home Mortgage. The lender said it is focusing on acquiring non-qualified mortgages from correspondent lenders, with plans for issuing non-agency mortgage-backed securities. Ventana is a subsidiary of Window Rock Capital Partners. Neat Capital recently launched its mortgage lending platform, with a focus on ... [Includes six briefs]


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Financial CHOICE Act Re-Proposed in House

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, introduced a revised version of the Financial CHOICE Act this week. The bill would impact many regulatory reforms included in the Dodd-Frank Act, which was signed into law in 2010. Perhaps most significant for the non-agency market, the CHOICE Act would apply qualified-mortgage protections to home loans held in portfolio. Banks offering mortgages with interest-only features, balloon payments or high debt-to-income ratios that don’t currently ...


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Holdings of Non-Agency MBS Dwindle

Holdings of non-agency mortgage-backed securities by most banks and thrifts are declining, according to a ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $63.00 billion of non-agency MBS as of the end of 2016, down 23.9 percent from the end of 2015. The holdings are concentrated among five banks, which accounted for 64.9 percent of all non-agency MBS held by the industry as of the end of 2016. JPMorgan Chase held ... [Includes one data chart]


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

CFPB Warns of ATR Issue with Non-QMs

Lenders offering non-qualified mortgages that rely solely on a borrower’s assets need to carefully prove the borrower’s ability to repay, according to guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In a notice issued this week, the regulator cautioned that a large downpayment alone isn’t sufficient to prove a borrower’s ability to repay a non-QM that is based on the consumer’s assets. The spring edition of the CFPB’s supervisory highlights publication provides insights from ...


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

BofA Retaining More GSE-Eligible Loans

Bank of America has made a break from most of the other big banks in terms of sending conforming mortgages to the government-sponsored enterprises. Officials at the bank said BofA is retaining more of its GSE-eligible loans, though the strategy can result in short-term decreases to mortgage-banking income. “We believe retaining these mortgages will provide better economics over time, plus retention deepens our relationship with these customers,” Paul Donofrio, BofA’s chief financial officer ...


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lone Star Preps Largest Post-Crisis Nonprime MBS

An affiliate of Lone Star Funds is set to issue the largest nonprime mortgage-backed security backed by post-crisis originations. The deal will be nearly twice the size of the previous record holder, which was also issued by Lone Star. Most of the mortgages in COLT 2017-1 Mortgage Loan Trust were originated by Lone Star’s Caliber Home Loans, along with a 22.0 percent share for loans originated by Sterling Bank and Trust. The deal received preliminary AAA ratings from DBRS, Fitch Ratings ...


April 28, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Down Sharply in 1Q17, Lenders Say; Optimism Persists

Among the handful of lenders that provide relatively early reporting of their jumbo origination activity, production was down significantly in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the previous quarter, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Officials at the lenders noted that seasonal factors contributed to the slowdown along with an increase in interest rates. And the lenders stress that originations are likely to rebound. First Republic Bank funded $2.52 billion ...


April 28, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Changes Proposed by S&P to Non-Agency MBS Rating Criteria Would Favor Prime Mortgages

S&P Global Ratings proposed changes this week to its criteria for rating non-agency MBS. The changes would provide higher ratings to certain tranches of non-agency MBS backed by new prime mortgages while prompting lower ratings for new issuance backed by seasoned mortgages. The rating service is considering a number of adjustments to foreclosure assumptions, loss severity projections and changes relating to the evaluation of qualitative factors. “The proposed revisions to our methodologies and assumptions are...


April 27, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Originations Down Sharply in 1Q17 As Virtually All Top Lenders Post Big Declines

Production of new first-lien home mortgages fizzled in the first quarter of 2017 as the bottom fell out of the refinance market and home sales slumbered, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. An estimated $385.0 billion of new first-lien mortgages were originated in the first three months of the year, a 33.6 percent downturn from the fourth quarter of 2016. It likely did not mark the end of the world, however. For starters, the fourth quarter of last year surprised on the upside – at $580.0 billion, it was the second-highest quarterly volume in the previous four years. And the start of 2017 was...[Includes two data tables]


April 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Few Losses on MBS Backed by Re-Performing Loans, But Underwriting Likely to Worsen in Future Deals

Losses on rated non-agency MBS backed by re-performing loans have been minimal, according to DBRS. RPLs have been one of the dominant types of mortgages in post-crisis non-agency MBS. Issuance of MBS backed by RPLs increased significantly in 2015, according to DBRS. Some $13.4 billion of volume was issued that year, compared with a total of $5.9 billion of issuance between 2010 and 2014. The deals often don’t receive credit ratings, which can make them difficult to track. Some $15.3 billion of RPL MBS were issued...


April 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Up Substantially In Early 2017 on Heavy Flow of S&D Deals

A total of $13.38 billion of non-agency MBS was issued during the first quarter of 2017, a sharp 67.1 percent jump from the final quarter of last year, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking reveals. Although most of the major segments posted solid increases, the scratch-and-dent market was the star of the show. The $8.09 billion of these deals issued in the first three months of the new year represented 60.5 percent of total production and it more than doubled the fourth-quarter total. The top two issuers of non-agency MBS – Chimera Investment and Cerberus Capital – earned...[Includes three data tables]


April 14, 2017 - 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.


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Flagstar Bancorp announced that it’s set to acquire certain assets of Opes Advisors, including the nonbank’s origination unit. Opes focuses on purchase mortgages on the west coast through the retail channel. Opes was the 39th-ranked jumbo lender in 2015, with $1.02 billion in jumbo originations, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Jumbos accounted for 40.6 percent ... [Includes three briefs]


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lenders Seek Changes to ATR Rule

Congress should make a number of changes to the ability-to-repay rule that would encourage more non-agency lending, according to the Consumer Mortgage Coalition. The CMC represents lenders, servicers and service providers. “The liability for mortgage lending is now so severe that private capital has left the mortgage market and has stayed away,” Anne Canfield, executive director of the CMC, said in testimony last week submitted to a subcommittee of the ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Views on Non-QM Lending

Small banks reduced the share of non-qualified mortgages they originated in 2016, but some nonbanks are expected to significantly increase their activity in the sector. Non-QMs accounted for 9.0 percent of the mortgages originated by participants in the American Bankers Association’s annual real-estate lending survey. Some 159 banks were surveyed by the trade group and about 76.0 percent of the participating institutions had assets of less than $1.0 billion. In 2015 ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Looks Forward, Emphasis on Compliance

With the potential for restrictions placed on Ocwen Financial to be removed in the near future, officials at the nonbank stress that Ocwen has transformed compared with when the restrictions were applied. Near the end of 2014, Ocwen agreed to a $150.0 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services. Among other provisions, the settlement required Ocwen to meet certain benchmarks and receive approval from the state regulator before acquiring ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Pushes for More Non-Agency Lending

Private capital needs to return to the mortgage market to make the market less dependent on taxpayers, according to JPMorgan Chase. The company dedicated portions of its latest annual report to call for a number of changes that could increase non-agency lending. According to Chase, a “healthy” non-agency mortgage-backed security market hasn’t resumed eight years after the financial crisis because housing finance reform and other securitization standards ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonprime MBS Issuance Increases in First Quarter

Issuance of mortgage-backed securities backed by newly originated nonprime mortgages increased in the first quarter of 2017, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets. An estimated $411.36 million in nonprime MBS was issued during the quarter, a 23.2 percent increase from the previous quarter. And no nonprime MBS was issued during the first quarter of 2016. Issuance in the first quarter of this year marked the second best quarter for volume since nonprime MBS activity ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Deephaven Packages Angel Oak Loans in MBS

Deephaven Mortgage is preparing to issue a $221.14 million nonprime mortgage-backed security, according to a presale report from S&P Global Ratings. The majority of mortgages in the deal were originated by Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, a firm that has issued nonprime MBS on its own. While loans from 43 lenders will be included in Deephaven Residential Mortgage Trust 2017-1, Angel Oak accounts for 59.6 percent of the contributions. The other correspondent ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Underwriting Standards for Jumbo MBS Return to Norm in First Quarter of 2017

After some tightening in the fourth quarter of 2016, issuers of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities in the first quarter of 2017 largely returned to the underwriting standards typically seen in the sector, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some $2.60 billion of prime non-agency MBS was issued during the quarter, spread across six deals, including a $1.03 billion issuance by JPMorgan Chase. Underwriting ... [Includes two data charts]


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