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December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA’s National Portfolio Servicer Farms Out Work to Third Party

Vendor Resource Management, which the VA hired in June to service its nationwide mortgage portfolio and real estate-owned assets, has subcontracted a significant portion of the servicing to BSI Financial Services. According to VRM, BSI took over the servicing of the VA’s national portfolio beginning Dec. 1, 2017. VRM retained the REO servicing. VRM was first awarded the servicing contract in 2012, and the company initially subcontracted Ditech Financial to service VA’s larger national portfolio. The contract was later amended to facilitate a pilot whereby a portion of VA properties would be managed under the award. A new 10-year contract was awarded subsequently to VRM, which became effective on July 1, 2017. Based in Irving, TX, BSI Financial is a loan subservicer and a provider of technology and outsourcing services to banks and institutional investors in the ...


December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Originations Swing Back Up in 3Q17, Purchase Loans Fuel Surge

VA posted an 11.6 percent increase in originations in the third quarter, reversing a downward slide that began in early 2017. VA lenders ended the period with $45.5 billion in new originations, up from $40.8 billion in the previous quarter. The nine-month VA volume totaled $129.1 billion with purchase mortgages providing a strong boost. Streamlined refinancing, or Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans, accounted for 16.8 percent of VA loans originated and securitized during the nine-month period. The top five VA lenders in sequential order – USAA, Veterans United Home Loans, Quicken Loans, Navy Federal Credit Union and Freedom Mortgage – ended the third quarter with a combined $11.05 billion in originations and a 24.7 percent share of the market. Top-ranked USAA reported a 17.0 percent drop in VA lending in the third quarter from the previous quarter. Over the nine-month period, it racked up ... [charts]


December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Avoids Shutdown

Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap-spending bill to prevent a potential government shutdown and to give lawmakers time to negotiate crucial issues. The House voted 235-193 to pass the measure. A short time later, the Senate quickly approved it 81-14. The temporary spending bill will keep the government running through Dec. 22. The continuing resolution or CR, that has kept the government open would have expired on Dec. 8. Both the House and Senate are scheduled to adjourn on Dec. 15. Congress will need to pass a final appropriations bill or another continuing resolution to keep the government operating after Dec. 22. Despite differences over tax reform, FY 2018 budget, immigration, health care and other issues, lawmakers do not want a shutdown, mortgage industry sources said. Republicans, in particular, hope to enact their $1.5 trillion tax package by Christmas. On the other hand, ...


December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Expands Seasoning Requirement for VA Refi Loans

Ginnie Mae has issued expanded guidelines to protect veterans and investors from harmful loan churning and rapid prepayments in mortgage-backed securities. The changes, along with additional measures under consideration by a joint Ginnie Mae/VA refinance task force, are aimed at ensuring continued strength and liquidity of the Ginnie Mae MBS program, said Michael Bright, the agency’s acting president. The latest guidelines expand on an initial measure Ginnie implemented requiring six-months of seasoning of VA loans before they can be refinanced and delivered into Ginnie MBS pools. However, some lenders have found ways around the measure and have continued their questionable lending practices, said Bright during recent testimony before a House Financial Services subcommittee. Churning is both illegal and unethical because it preys on unsuspecting borrowers, who are pressured by ...


December 4, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB, VA Warn Military Personnel About Deceptive Refi Offers

The CFPB and VA recently issued their first WARNO, or “warning order,” to members of the U.S. armed forces and veterans with VA home loans, urging them to stay on their toes and avoid deceptive mortgage refinance offers. “If you have a VA home loan, then there is a good chance that you have already come into contact with unsolicited offers to refinance your mortgage that appear official and may sound too good to be true,” the two agencies said. Many of these solicitations promise extremely low interest rates, thousands of dollars in cash back, the ability to skip mortgage payments, and no out-of-pocket costs or waiting period. “Don’t be fooled,” the CFPB and VA said. “Before responding to any ...


December 1, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae to Issue Anti-Churning Measures Soon, Lawmakers Query Bright on Housing Reform Paper

Ginnie Mae will soon announce a series of measures to resolve improper refinancing of VA loans that is causing rapid prepayments in the agency’s MBS, according to Michael Bright, Ginnie’s acting president.


November 30, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

VA, CFPB Issue Warning on Aggressive Refi Solicitations, Acting Ginnie Chief Says Changes Coming by Yearend

Service members and veterans who receive unsolicited offers to refinance their VA loans with promises that may sound too good to be true should either ignore the offer or investigate further, ac-cording to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


November 22, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Spots Inconsistent Reports Regarding First Payment Date

Ginnie Mae called on issuers to ensure that the data they submit are accurate following the discovery of erroneous payment reports. The agency said it has noticed discrepancies in the reporting of the first payment date on loan modifications in violation of Ginnie guidelines. Specifically, the first payment date some issuers reported as part of the loan-delivery data did not match the date submitted for the same mortgage loan as part of issuers’ monthly report of pool and loan data. Ginnie blamed the errors either on loans set up incorrectly for servicing or faulty data issuers had reported to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Guidance issued by Ginnie on Nov. 14 reminded issuers to report the first scheduled payment date of the re-amortized loan when reporting the first payment date for modified mortgages through either the GinnieNET or the Reporting and Feedback System. The date ...


November 22, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Reports Slight Uptick in Use of Loan Benefit; 56% Still Non-Users

A newly released study by the Department of Veterans Affairs showed a 4.0 increase in the number of veterans who have used a VA mortgage in FY 2016 compared to the previous fiscal year. Also, a recent survey conducted by loanDepot found that 56 percent of veterans who participated did not take advantage of their VA loan benefits. Respondents included 400 targeted active servicemembers, veterans and surviving spouses. Conducted by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statics, the VA study focused on veterans who have used at least one of 22 benefits or services provided by the VA during fiscal years 2007 through 2016. The study found that loan guarantee was the third most used benefit by veterans behind health care and pensions. Of the 7.1 million vets who used at least one VA benefit, 2.6 million (36.6 percent) took advantage of the zero-downpayment, low-interest ...


November 22, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Alert Out on Unwanted Refi Offers; CFPB, VA Warn of Misleading Ads

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have issued a joint warning to servicemembers and veterans about VA refinancing offers that sound too good to be true. There is a good chance that borrowers with a VA loan have already received unsolicited offers to refinance their mortgages even just months after closing, the agencies said in their first “warning order” (WARNO). Many of these refi solicitations promise extremely low rates, thousands of dollars in cash back, skipped mortgage payments, no out-of-pocket costs and no waiting period, the agencies noted. The VA and the CFPB said lenders offering VA refinances may use aggressive and potentially misleading advertising and sales tactics. “Lenders may advertise a rate just to get you to respond or you may receive a VA mortgage refi offer that provides limited benefit to you while adding thousands of dollars to your loan balance,” the agencies warned. Even though the VA prohibits a lender from advertising skip payments on ...


November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Will Net Tangible Benefit Test Stop Churning? Yes, Analysts Say

A new net tangible benefit test for ensuring that a VA borrower benefits from a refinancing appears to be the obvious solution to the VA’s churning problem, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). Modeled after the FHA net tangible benefit test, the test seems to be a “foregone conclusion” for VA, analysts said. A Ginnie Mae/VA task force is currently working to resolve the problem, which is causing rapid prepayments in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities and raising serious doubts as to whether aggressive refinancing truly benefits veterans and servicemembers. “There is a critical need to ensure that veteran borrowers are not harmed by repeated refinancings through VA’s Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan program,” said Mortgage Bankers Association President/CEO David Stevens during a recent appearance before the House Financial Services Committee. IRRRLs, also referred to ...


November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Platforms Feast on FHA, VA Securitization Market

Correspondent-based lending operations are accounting for a growing share of the FHA and VA home loans pooled in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. In fact, correspondent originations are the only production channel to see year-over-year growth in FHA and VA business through the first nine months of 2017. Retail and wholesale-broker production is down for both FHA and VA loans. Correspondent programs are most dominant in the FHA market, perhaps reflecting a preference among large producers to have recourse to a primary-market lender if the government later finds defects in how the loan was originated. Correspondents accounted for 48.7 percent of FHA loans pooled in Ginnie MBS during the first nine months of the year, up from 43.1 percent in all of 2016. Volume was up 1.7 percent from the ... [Charts]


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With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

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No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.
Maybe. It’s under consideration.
Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.

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