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May 26, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Moody’s Rates Credit Suisse FHA Securitization Transaction. Moody’s assigned investment-grade ratings to Credit Suisse’s first securitization deal in 2017 backed by seasoned re-performing and performing, fully amortizing, fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages insured by FHA. The deal is the first FHA-insured re-performing transaction since 2010, according to the rating agency. The collateral pool is comprised of 672 first-lien, fixed-rate loans and ARMs with a weighted average updated FICO score of 614 and loan-to-value ratio of 94.2 percent. Approximately 82.4 percent of the loans in the collateral pool were previously modified. Approximately 52.8 percent of the loans have been current for at least 24 months. Another 17.3 percent of the loans have been current for more than 12 months. Comments Sought on Various Information Collection Proposals. The Department of Housing and ...

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 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

Fannie and Freddie Outline Plan to Make Credit- Risk Transfer Deals More Attractive to REITs

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are soliciting industry feedback on a proposal designed to make their mainstay credit-risk transfer deals more accessible for real estate investment trusts and, to a lesser extent, overseas investors. REITs have nibbled at the CRT debt notes issued by the two government-sponsored enterprises over the past few years, but restrictions on their holdings of so-called non-REIT assets have limited their involvement. The GSEs, with the backing of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, have come up...


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