Nonconforming Securitization

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September 22, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Constrained by a Lack Of Supply, Some Investors Move on to Other Products

Issuance of non-agency MBS backed by newly originated home loans remains well below levels seen before the financial crisis. While new regulations have stopped some pre-crisis loan types from being originated, industry participants suggest that other major factors are also limiting the supply of loans available for MBS. Chris Helwig, a managing director at Amherst Pierpont, noted that banks are competing for prime jumbos and holding them in portfolio, and many borrowers who previously might have received subprime mortgages opt for FHA loans. “All that is left for non-agency MBS is...


September 22, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single-Family MBS Market Plugging Along, Banks And Overseas Investors Were Top Buyers in 2Q17

The supply of outstanding residential MBS in the market continued to grow at a measured pace during the second quarter of 2017, thanks to the robust single-family MBS machines at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. A total of $6.675 trillion of single-family MBS was outstanding as of the end of June, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. That was up 0.8 percent from the end of March, and it represented a record 64.0 percent of outstanding single-family mortgage debt. The Federal Reserve this week reported that home loan debt outstanding rose 0.7 percent to $10.430 trillion during the second quarter. All the MBS growth was...[Includes three data tables]


September 15, 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.


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

Slight Shift in Retail Share for Jumbo Lenders

The retail channel dominates production among prominent jumbo lenders and gained some market share through two quarters this year, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The retail channel accounted for 77.5 percent of jumbo originations among a group of lenders that had a total of $108.00 billion in jumbo volume in the first half of 2017. The retail share was 76.6 percent over the same period in 2016. The correspondent ... [Includes one data chart]


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

Banks Increase First-Lien Holdings in 2Q

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages continued to increase in the second quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $1.97 trillion of first-lien mortgages at the end of June. The holdings were up by 1.9 percent from March and up 3.8 percent from a year ago. Trends in portfolio management were somewhat mixed among the top 10 holders of first-lien mortgages. Top-ranked Wells Fargo had ... [Includes one data chart]


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

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

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


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

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

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


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Citadel Servicing Corp. recently launched a one-month bank-statement program for self-employed borrowers. While some lenders offer bank-statement programs, borrowers are typically required to provide at least one year of documentation. Citadel stressed that deposits into the borrower’s bank account aren’t the determinant figure to verify income. “Income is attested to and declared [by the borrower], a Citadel underwriter will confirm that ... [Includes three briefs]


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bill Would Reduce Appraisal Standards for Some

Legislation being pushed by Republicans in Congress would reduce appraisal requirements for a unique set of mortgages: those with balances of $250,000 or less that are held in portfolio for three years. Supporters of the legislation claim the carve-out will help first-time homebuyers and lenders in rural areas, while consumer advocates caution that the proposal could lead to practices similar to those that contributed to the financial crisis. H.R. 3221, the Securing Access to Affordable Mortgage Act ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase, Wells Call for Changes to ATR Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s planned review of the ability-to-repay rule prompted comment letters from trade groups representing various industry participants along with individual comment letters from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. The big banks were critical of certain aspects of the ATR rule and requested changes that could increase originations of non-agency mortgages. “The ATR/qualified mortgage rule is not working as desired,” said Michael Weinbach, a ...


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 Nonconforming Markets

Starwood to Acquire Non-QMs with FHLBank Help

Officials at Starwood Property Trust announced last week that the company will acquire non-qualified mortgages with funding provided by new membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system. Starwood is a real estate investment trust that has traditionally focused on commercial mortgages. Starwood said it gained membership in the FHLBank of Chicago shortly after the end of the second quarter of 2017. Jeffrey DiModica, president of Starwood, said the REIT will ...


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonconforming Originations Hit $7.0 Billion

Originations of nonconforming mortgages are increasing as lenders get more comfortable with the loans and seek to maintain production levels. Some $7.0 billion in nonconforming mortgages were originated in the second quarter of 2017, according to estimates by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The category includes nonprime loans, mortgages that don’t meet the qualified-mortgage test and other non-agency products, but it excludes prime jumbo loans. In our surveys ... [Includes one data chart]


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Origination Volume Increases In 2Q17, Still Off of Pace Set Last Year

Originations of non-agency jumbo mortgages increased in the second quarter of 2017, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. But halfway through 2017, volume is lagging the production seen last year. An estimated $83.0 billion of non-agency jumbos were originated in the second quarter, up 18.6 percent from the previous period. In the first half of 2017, an estimated $153.0 billion of jumbos were originated, down ... [Includes one data chart]


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]


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