Jumbo Mortgages

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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

FHA Streamlines Claim-Payment Rules for Reverse Mortgage Loans

FHA-approved servicers will now find it easier to file a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage claim under revised HECM rules announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development last week. The new requirements apply to HECM loans that have reached 98 percent of their maximum claim amount, according to Mortgagee Letter 2018-08. The revised rules took effect on Oct. 22, but HUD will accept public comments for a period of 30 calendar days. Compliance experts say the change is good news for a program that has been experiencing substantial losses and lower volumes. Significant revisions were made last year to cut losses and make the product more efficient, but they have not been enough, said FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery. Under the revised rules, HECM servicers can use alternative supporting documentation in lieu of previously required materials that ...


November 2, 2018 - 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.


November 2, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Plans to be a Regular Issuer of Jumbo MBS

A test of the jumbo mortgage-backed security market by Wells Fargo went well enough that the bank plans to regularly issue deals after avoiding the market for years. “Based on the positive response from investors to Wells Fargo’s recent private residential MBS transaction and given acceptable market conditions, we expect to do periodic offerings of private residential MBS going forward,” said Tom Goyda, a spokesman for the bank. The $441.3 million issuance from Wells that closed ...


October 19, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Government Mortgage Programs Focus on Tech Platform Upgrades

Information technology improvement is the top priority of government lending programs in the coming months and into 2019. Agency representatives at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention in Washington, DC, said policy changes are in the works to enhance and improve operations, compliance and customer service. FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery, who joined the agency four months ago, said IT modernization is his primary concern. A state-of-the-art IT system and advanced data analytics are needed to manage FHA exposures effectively, he said. Montgomery made clear FHA has no plans to build a proprietary system but is considering the idea of shared technology, possibly with VA and USDA; something based on Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s systems; or some off-the-shelf software. In his view, a modern IT system would have automated underwriting that provides ...


October 19, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae to Require Servicer, Credit Ratings for Largest Issuers

Participants in Ginnie Mae’s single-family mortgage-backed securities program may expect new policy changes, including servicer and credit ratings for the largest issuers, clarification of “appropriate sources of liquidity” and other financial requirements. The changes come as issuer liquidity continues to be a primary concern for Ginnie Mae, particularly with nonbanks now the dominant segment in the single-family MBS program. “We’re working on those policies right now,” said Leslie Meaux Pordzik, Ginnie’s acting senior vice president, Office of Issuer and Portfolio Management, at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention in Washington, DC, this week. Nonbanks account for nearly two-thirds of Ginnie MBS issuance and approximately 75 percent of FHA and VA lending. Nonbanks serviced a record 61.1 percent of outstanding Ginnie single-family MBS at the end of the ...


October 19, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Delinquencies Tip Slightly Higher in 3Q18 GNMA MBS Pools

The amount of single-family Ginnie Mae mortgage servicing rights increased a modest 0.9 percent during the third quarter, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Some $1.858 trillion of Ginnie mortgage-backed securities were outstanding at the end of September, a 6.2 percent gain over the previous 12 months. Loans guaranteed by the VA continued to be the fastest growing segment of the Ginnie market. Volume was up 1.3 percent from the end of June, hitting $630.9 billion, an 11.0 percent increase from the same time last year. The FHA segment remained far bigger: $1.114 trillion at the end of the third quarter. However, its growth rate has been slower: 0.7 percent from June and 3.9 percent compared to September 2017. Loan performance deteriorated slightly in both programs. Some 92.9 percent of FHA loans were current at the end of September, down from ... [Charts]


October 19, 2018 - 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.


October 19, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Structured Finance Industry Group released an updated compliance review scope for due diligence reviews this week. The update addresses various changes to mortgage-disclosure standards since the initial review scope was released in 2016. The Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization has established a workgroup to implement a standard dataset for grading non-agency mortgage-backed securities. MISMO said the current ... [Includes eight briefs]


October 19, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo-Conforming Spread Closer than Perceived

The interest-rate spread between non-agency jumbo mortgages and conforming mortgages is much closer than average interest rates suggest, according to an analysis by CoreLogic. During the second quarter of 2018, the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate jumbo mortgage was 33 basis points lower than the average rate for a conforming mortgage, according to CoreLogic. Archana Pradhan, a senior professional economist at CoreLogic, noted that the averages present a skewed view of ...


October 19, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

More MBS Mix Jumbos and GSE-Eligible Loans

The latest prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities from Flagstar Bank and loanDepot include a mix of mortgages eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises and non-agency jumbo mortgages. Flagstar included a further twist with its MBS, as the GSE-eligible mortgages are for investment properties. Such loans account for 77.9 percent of the planned $326.2 million Flagstar Mortgage Trust 2018-6RR. The issuance follows a $329.1 million deal that Flagstar issued in May ...


October 19, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

First Republic Looking to Gain Market Share

A rise in interest rates on mortgages will help First Republic Bank, San Francisco, gain market share in jumbo originations, according to officials at the bank. Through the first six months of 2018, First Republic ranked fourth among non-agency jumbo lenders, accounting for 3.8 percent of the estimated $140.0 billion of jumbo originations, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets. James Herbert, chairman and CEO of First Republic, noted that some jumbo lenders are reducing staff as originations decline ...


October 19, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

High Purchase-Mortgage Share for Prime MBS

Purchase mortgages accounted for 70.7 percent of prime non-agency jumbo mortgage-backed securities issued in the third quarter of 2018, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The third quarter marked a post-crisis high for the purchase mortgage share of prime jumbo MBS issuance. The previous quarterly high was a 67.3 percent share in the third quarter of 2016. Some $2.51 billion of purchase mortgages were ... [Includes two data charts]


October 19, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Fargo Returns to Jumbo MBS Market with its First Issuance Since Housing Crisis

Wells Fargo was set to price its first post-crisis jumbo mortgage-backed security this week, marking a significant occasion for the sector. Wells is the largest originator of jumbo mortgages and the bank has been holding production in portfolio instead of issuing non-agency MBS. Company officials note that the $441.3 million Wells Fargo Mortgage Backed Securities 2018-1 Trust is in part a test of the MBS market by the bank. The deal is scheduled to close on Oct. 25. MBS issuers generally can't ...


October 5, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Solid Gains in Purchase-Mortgage Business Offset 3Q18 Refi Slump

Ginnie Mae issuance of single-family mortgage-backed securities rode a homebuying wave during the third quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending ranking and analysis. Ginnie issuers produced $105.63 billion of new MBS backed by forward mortgages during the July-September cycle, a 7.1 percent increase from the second quarter. That brought year-to-date production to $296.88 billion – down 11.3 percent from the first nine months of 2017. Purchase mortgages provided the boost for the Ginnie market. Some $75.69 billion of FHA and VA purchase mortgages were pooled in Ginnie MBS in the third quarter, a sturdy 13.1 percent increase from the previous period. Purchase loans accounted for 75.1 percent of FHA and VA loans securitized in the third quarter, compared to 64.7 percent for all of last year. Although production of these loans has gone up since the first quarter, year-to-date volume ... [Charts]


October 5, 2018 - 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.


October 5, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Ocwen Financial completed its acquisition of PHH Corp. this week. Glen Messina was appointed as president and CEO of Ocwen as the $360 million cash transaction closed. He said the merger provides “a foundation to enable Ocwen to resume new business and growth activities to offset portfolio runoff.” New Penn Financial launched a non-qualified mortgage product last week that allows borrowers to qualify for a loan based on their assets. To qualify ... [Includes three briefs]


October 5, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Quicken Loosens Underwriting on Jumbos

Quicken Loans recently made a number of adjustments to its underwriting standards for jumbo mortgages, including allowing for lower downpayment requirements and increasing amounts available for cash-out refinances. For certain jumbos, Quicken will now allow downpayments as low as 10.0 percent with no mortgage insurance required. To qualify, the loan amount must be less than $1.0 million and a borrower must generally have a credit score of at least 760 and a debt-to-income ratio ...


October 5, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

AIG Picking up Pace of Jumbo MBS Issuance

American International Group is increasing the speed of its jumbo mortgage-backed security issuance and receiving better treatment in terms of credit enhancement requirements. An affiliate of AIG is preparing to issue a $395.7 million deal, according to presale reports released this week by Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The issuance follows deals in March, May and September. The average loan age in AIG securities is also declining. Mortgages in the pending MBS have seasoned for ...


October 5, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Expanded-Credit MBS Issuance Up in 3Q18, Prime Non-Agency MBS Declines

Issuance trends for non-agency mortgage-backed securities stocked with newly-originated mortgages were mixed in the third quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Issuance of prime non-agency MBS declined significantly on a sequential basis in the third quarter. And for the first time, expanded-credit MBS issuance volume topped prime non-agency MBS activity. Some $3.58 billion of expanded-credit MBS was ... [Includes one data chart]


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