VA Activity

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December 6, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Finance

As VA Plans Another Clampdown on Refi Loans, Analysts Want Ginnie to Put High-LTV Cash-Outs in Separate Pools

Uncertain as to what the Department of Veterans Affairs will propose to curb churning of VA cash-out refinance loans, analysts are recommending that Ginnie Mae temporarily segregate some of the loans in mortgage-backed security pools until the department implements new rules.


November 30, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Plans Cash-Out Refi Rulemaking to Prevent Predatory Practices

The Department of Veterans Affairs this week laid the groundwork for changes to its current rules on VA-guaranteed cash-out refinance loans.


November 30, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

VA Prepares to Move Against Abusive Cash-Out Refinance Lending But Provides No Details on Plan

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to act quickly to stamp out cash-out refinance transactions that it deems abusive to service members. It’s going to bypass a lengthy rulemaking process and issue an interim rule to address the problem.


November 16, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Clarifies Impact of Claims Payment on Vets’ Entitlement

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued guidance clarifying the effect of guaranteed claim payments on a veteran’s home-loan entitlement. According to the guidance, a veteran loses a part or all of his VA home-loan benefit when the agency pays a claim on a loan terminated by a foreclosure, short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. For VA loans originated on or after Jan. 1, 1990, the VA will no longer establish debts against veterans after it pays a claim to reimburse a servicer for its loss. Reimbursement could be up to the maximum guaranty amount. On the other hand, the agency may establish a debt against the veteran and pursue collection if the loan was originated prior to Jan. 1, 1990. If the veteran wants to reuse the VA home-loan benefit, he or she must fully reimburse VA for its losses in order to restore full entitlement. The loss only affects the veteran’s entitlement under the VA Home Loan guaranty program and ...


November 16, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA’s Liquidity Concerns Prompt Demand for Contingency Plans

Increasingly worried about the financial condition of its largest nonbank issuers amid declining market conditions, Ginnie Mae in late October shot off a liquidity letter to 14 companies, asking them to develop contingency plans. The identity of the firms was not revealed to Inside FHA/VA Lending, but it’s no secret which companies rank among the top echelon of issuer/servicers. The five largest nonbank Ginnie MBS servicers as of Sept. 30 are PennyMac Financial Services, Lakeview Loan Servicing, Freedom Mortgage, Quicken Loans and Mr. Cooper. According to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by this publication, Ginnie wants the companies to develop strategies to right-size their operations. One of the agency’s goals is to lay the groundwork for financial stress tests that all issuer/servicers eventually must meet. Ginnie expects to sit down with the executive management teams of the ...


November 16, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Continues to Tighten Issuer Standards, Accountability

This week, Ginnie Mae issued an all-participants memo dictating new standards for firms seeking to become issuers, including the stipulation that applicants submit to a corporate credit evaluation. Ginnie said the financial exercise will be “similar to those employed by credit rating agencies.” The evaluation will determine whether an applicant is qualified to be an issuer or whether additional criteria should be imposed even if the basic standards are met. Applicants that rely on a subservicer arrangement will be scrutinized even more. The bulletin also notes that, effective immediately, the agency is implementing new notification requirements for MBS issuers engaged in “certain subservicer advance or servicing income agreements, which do not require prior Ginnie Mae approval, but can impact an issuer’s ongoing liquidity position and financial obligations.” While Ginnie currently permits subservicers to advance ...


November 16, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MMIF is Sound, Latest Audit Finds; Forwards Cover More HECM Losses

The FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund is generally healthy but for its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, according to the latest FHA audit of the MMIF. In its 2018 report to Congress this week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development had good and bad news regarding the financial condition of the insurance fund. The good news is that the economic value of the MMIF, which backs the FHA’s single-family loan programs, increased to $34.7 billion in fiscal 2018 from $26.7 billion a year ago. Total capital resources rose to $49.2 billion from $40.9 billion during the same period. For the fourth consecutive year, the fund exceeded its statutory capital reserve ratio of 2.00 percent. The ratio rose to 2.76 percent in 2018 from 2.18 percent last year. Premium reductions, had they been in effect, would have reduced the fund’s economic net worth and dropped its capital ratio, industry ...


November 16, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Volume Slumps as Streamlined Refi Business Falls Sharply in 3Q18

VA mortgage originations fell significantly in the third quarter of 2018 due to a decline in purchase loans and a sharp drop in refinancing from the previous quarter. Rising interest rates and regulatory restrictions were mostly to blame, said lenders. VA production during the third quarter was $40.2 billion, down 21.0 percent from the quarter ago. Volume in the first nine months of 2018 dropped a mere 0.7 percent from the same time period last year. Purchase loans, which comprised 75.3 percent of VA’s guaranty business, were down 12.6 percent. On the other hand, year-over-year production increased 14.0 percent. VA refinance was down 39.0 percent from the second quarter and 18.1 percent on a year-to-date basis. The decline was fueled primarily by an 80.8 percent drop in VA streamline refis or Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans from the second quarter. IRRRL endorsements in the third quarter ... [Charts]


November 2, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Reporting on VA Loans Impacted by Natural Disaster. The Department of Veterans Affairs is cautioning servicers against reporting as delinquent VA loans that are impacted by a natural disaster. The electronic default notification (EDN) should only be reported prior to the 61st day of delinquency if the borrower intends to abandon the property or pursue an alternative to foreclosure, according to VA. Cite “property problems” as the reason for default, the agency added. On the 61st day of delinquency, servicers should use “casualty loss” as the reason for default when reporting the EDN. This will help VA identify loan defaults caused by a natural disaster. Texas USDA Guaranteed Housing Program See Increased Volume. The USDA guaranteed single-family guaranteed housing programs in the Lone Star State are experiencing significant volume increases, and consequently, ...


November 2, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

QM Patch Expiration Could Shift More High-DTI Loans to FHA

Certain potential changes could materially affect origination volume and determine the government-sponsored enterprises’ direction going forward, according to analysts. One of those changes could have a significant impact on the FHA market. Wells Fargo Securities analysts recently looked at three potential developments in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac sphere and evaluated their effects on the broader mortgage market. Two of those potential changes – loan limits and guarantee fees – are controlled directly by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, while the third relates to the temporary GSE qualified-mortgage exemption, or “QM patch,” which could affect the FHA market. All three factors loom over the mortgage landscape as the FHFA expects a new director in January 2019, who is likely to be more right leaning and could shift the focus back to shrinking the ...


November 2, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Sees Growing Need for Financing of Nonbank MSR

Ginnie Mae officials would welcome a return of commercial banks to the program, but they are not planning on it. Instead, the agency is looking the other way: at expanding financing options for nonbank portfolios of mortgage servicing rights. The current version of Ginnie’s acknowledgement agreement has been successful, enabling nonbank servicers to arrange MSR financing for virtually their entire portfolios, said Michael Drayne, a senior vice president at Ginnie, during the Residential Mortgage Finance Symposium sponsored by the Structured Finance Industry Group this week in New York. Although a number of banks are financing nonbank servicing portfolios, many are still not participating, he said. Karen Gelernt, a partner at Alston & Bird, noted that many banks continue to have anxiety about what will happen if a servicer defaults on its Ginnie requirements. Speaking as moderator on a panel with ...


November 2, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Brokers Gain Share in FHA Lending, But Fall Back in VA Production

Wholesale-broker production of FHA loans was up 8.1 percent from the second to the third quarter of 2018, making it the fastest-growing channel in the program, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities data. However, the volume of brokered VA loans securitized during the third quarter fell 4.0 percent from the previous period, the only channel to show a loss over that period. Correspondent production remained king in the FHA segment, with volume rising 7.4 percent from the second quarter. Correspondents generated 48.9 percent of FHA loans delivered into Ginnie MBS pools over the first nine months of the year. PennyMac Financial and Amerihome Mortgage duked it out as the top correspondent platforms in the third-quarter FHA market. Retail was runner-up with a 35.6 percent share of FHA year-to-date business, with wholesale-broker accounting for just ... [Charts]


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With loan volumes declining, does your shop have plans to enter the non-QM lending market in 2019?

Yes, definitely. A solid move forward.
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