Fannie Business at 2-yr Low, Delinquency at 5-yr Low
Fannie Mae had its worst month for secondary activity in more than two years. The good news is that residential delinquency was at its lowest level in nearly five years.
Mortgage Insurance Activity Mixed
Mortgage insurers wrote more policies on a monthly basis, but the dollar volume was down. Defaults, meanwhile, were lower.
FHA Extends Recertification
Some Federal Housing Administration mortgagees will have more time to file their annual recertifications because a key system won't be ready on time.
How M.I. Changes Could Impact Borrowers
The current system in place requires borrowers to foot the bill for mortgage insurance while giving lenders control of when it can be terminated. But what if lenders were required to pay for premiums?
Fixed Rates Rise, ARMs Ease
Driven by relatively strong home price data, fixed mortgage rates moved higher this week. Adjustable rates, however, were slightly lower.
CFPB Updates Exam Procedures
New procedures have been published that reflect new mortgage rules and what mortgage firms can expect from compliance examinations.
Mortgage Bankers Cut Purchase Outlook, Raise Refis
Mortgage bankers have scaled back their projections for purchase financing this year and next year but lifted their refinance forecast.
Big Banks Manage Huge Legal Costs
Although the nation's big banks have already incurred more than $100 billion in costs for repurchases and mortgage-related litigation, more such expense could be ahead. But the group should be able to withstand the hit.
2-Year Low for New Business at Freddie
Secondary activity at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. has not been this weak during any month in more than two years. The news was better for serious residential delinquency.
Distressed Inventory Clear Times Down in Judicial States
The amount of time it would take to clear out the distressed inventories of real estate in states that force lenders to foreclose through the courts has improved again. The news, however, wasn't so good for non-judicial states or the country as a whole.
MERS Scores Another Victory Over Counties
Following several rulings in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. in lawsuits filed by counties in several states, a federal judge has handed down another favorable ruling.
Further Improvement in CMBS Delinquency
The rate of late payments on securitized commercial real estate loans has fallen for 11 consecutive months. Hotel loans had the biggest improvement during the latest month.
Bank Profits Hurt by Litigation, Mortgages
A streak of year-over-year increases in banking profits that began after the Great Recession was over has come to an end thanks to the mortgage business and litigation expenses.
New Correspondent Program Rolled Out
A mortgage lender out of California that already operates a wholesale lending channel has now opened up a correspondent business.
Conforming Limits Released for 2014
The acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency has responded to President Obama's call for lower limits on the size of loans originated for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
New Business, Delinquency Decline at Radian
The volume of new policies written at Radian Guaranty Inc. fell to the worst level in eight months, but the delinquency rate was the lowest it's been in nearly six years.
5th Month of Declines for Home Sales Contracts
For the fifth month in a row, the volume of signed contracts to sell existing homes move lower.
Number of Mortgage LOs Grows
Nearly 9,000 people joined the ranks of loan originators during the latest quarter. One state was responsible for more than half of originator licenses revoked in the country.
Secondary Platform Advances
Advances have been made in establishing a securitization platform that will eventually replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Fifth Third Settles Freddie Repurchase Demands
Fifth Third Bancorp has agreed to settle outstanding repurchase claims with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., though the amount of the settlement pales in comparison to other similar agreements this year with the government-controlled enterprise.
PennyMac Servicer Rating Raised
An improved process for handling loan modifications and resolved investor reporting issues were among factors that led to an upgrade in the servicer rating for PennyMac Loans Services.
Just 1 Mortgage Firm Ranks Among Best Small Companies
|Business Inches Up from Holiday Week
Thanks to the holiday last week and improving interest rates, new mortgage activity picked up this week. Government activity showed the greatest improvement.
Only one company in the mortgage industry made a prestigious list of the best small publicly traded firms in the nation.
FHA Handbook in Works
A new handbook being developed for the lending process on single-family loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration promises to make it easier for mortgagees to do business with the agency.
Residential Loan Performance Improves
After surging in September, delinquency on home loans turned lower. Early stage delinquency led the month-over-month decline, and the foreclosure rate drove a year-over-year improvement.
New Broker Originations Performing as Well as Retail
Recent mortgage originations generated through third-party channels are performing nearly as well as loans originated through the retail channel.
Guild Reports Increased Staffing, Servicing
Although quarterly mortgage production was down at Guild Mortgage Co., the lender increased the size of its servicing portfolio and staff. Since launching operations in South Carolina last year, Guild has seen robust growth in the region.
Carrington Expands Wholesale, Add Employees
An expansion of its wholesale lending channel has Carrington Mortgage Services LLC opening a new office and adding new employees.
Stonegate Making Another Acquisition
Stonegate Mortgage Corp. is putting its newly acquired capital to work with another agreement reached to buy a mortgage production business.
Rates Improve But Could Climb
It was a good week for fixed mortgage rates, though interest rates are poised for an increase by the next report. More borrowers are opting for adjustable-rates -- a trend that is likely to continue.
Ginnie MBS Issuance at 20-Month Low
Mortgage securitizations fell to the lowest level in 20 months at the Government National Mortgage Association -- with multifamily activity sinking by nearly a third. One bright spot was the securitization of reverse mortgages.
BofA Seeks to Avoid Nearly $1 Billion in Penalties
After losing a civil lawsuit last month, Bank of America Corp. told a federal judge that it should not have to pay close to $1 billion in penalties being sought by the government.
Origination Expectations Ease After Outlook Increased
Following an increase in forecasted loan originations, expectations have eased somewhat for this year's activity. Next year's projection for refinancing has been raised at the expense of expected purchase financing.
Wealth of Services to Help With QM Compliance
Several mortgage industry service providers are eager to help home lenders comply with the Qualified Mortgage rules, which go into effect in less than two months.
Mortgage Fraud Risk Rises, Jumbo Riskier
The risk of mortgage fraud increased during the latest three-month period -- with identity and occupancy fraud risk seeing the most deterioration. New data suggests that jumbo mortgages present more risk than non-jumbo loans. A community that borders Arkansas and Missouri is one of the nation's worst hot spots.
Purchase Closing Rates and FHA Credit Scores Fall
A smaller share of applications for purchase financing converted to closings last month, while turnaround for all loans slowed. Credit scores on government originations fell even as conventional scores moved higher on refinances.
Implementation Ahead for Key Mortgage Disclosures
A final rule is being issued on a pair of key forms that will be required at the outset of the home lending process and just prior to a mortgage closing. The new forms, which replace two sometimes conflicting disclosures, go into effect in less than two years.
Churchill Business, Staffing Down
New quarterly home lending activity was lower at Churchill Mortgage, as was the size of the company's staff.
Biggest U.S. Settlement Ever With Any Firm
A much anticipated settlement between JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the government is the biggest settlement ever with any single firm.
Refi Outlook Down as Purchase, Government Forecast Up
Expectations for refinance originations were lowered for both 2013 and 2014, but increased projections for purchase production made up the difference. The annual outlook for government business improved.
Mortgage Delinquency Up Again
For the second month in a row, mortgages considered seriously delinquent accounted for a bigger share of the U.S. portfolio. Junior lien performance additionally worsened from a year earlier. Among big cities, Dallas saw the most deterioration.
Deal Close for Chase, DOJ
An agreement between JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the U.S. Department of Justice over faulty loans originated and securitized by the New York-based company and its subsidiaries is close to being finalized.
Over 15,000 Mortgage Jobs Lost in Third Quarter
It was the worst quarter since prior to the financial crisis for mortgage employment, which declined by more than 15,000 jobs. Even bigger losses are ahead.
Freddie Updates Underwriting Requirements
Among several guideline updates announced by Freddie Mac are enhanced quality control tracking, fraud training requirements for third-party vendors and requirements for the Ability to Repay rule. Also addressed are higher-priced loans, credit verifications and refinances.
M.I. Updates Accommodate QM Requirements
New updates to mortgage insurance premiums will help mortgage lenders comply with new rules that become effective in two months.
Another M.I. Kickback Settlement Reached
Regulatory action has been taken against another mortgage insurance company for allegedly paying illegal kickbacks. The action comes despite prior government guidance that said such reinsurance arrangements were ok.
Complaint Alleges REO Servicing Discrimination
A consortium of non-profit entities alleges that Bank of America Corp. does less to maintain its real-estate-owned properties in largely minority neighborhoods than it does in predominantly white neighborhoods.
Big Banks Dominate Mortgage Layoffs
While many smaller lenders and service-providers are making mortgage-related job cuts, the bulk of employees impacted by a recent rash of layoffs in the sector work for just a few large banks.
Massive RMBS Settlement Disclosed by Chase
A multi-billion dollar settlement has been reached with investors of residential mortgage-backed securities by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Some Mortgage Firms Still Hiring
|Refis Take a Hit from Rate Surge
Weekly mortgage market activity was down this week as a result of an interest rate surge, with refinances taking the biggest hit. Conventional loan activity also fared poorly.
Although the mortgage industry is losing jobs at a torrid pace, there still are a few mortgage-related firms out there that are expanding staffing. Three companies were recognized as some of the best places to work.
MERS Victories in Lawsuits Filed by Counties in 2 States
A federal appeals court judge has upheld a lower court ruling for MERSCORP Inc. in a lawsuit filed by an Illinois county alleging that the company is violating state law. In addition, a similar case in Massachusetts was dismissed.
Nevada Foreclosure Times Could Speed Up
An end could be in sight for delinquent borrowers in Nevada who live rent-free for years while servicers plod through the foreclosure process.
HUD Clarifies Reporting Requirements for Mortgagees
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has outlined reporting requirements for mortgagees that discover noncompliance, fraud or misrepresentation on endorsed loans.
Mortgage Rates Surge But Could Fall Back
A stronger than expected employment report helped drive fixed rates higher -- though a retreat is likely by the next report. Fifteen-year loans became much more attractive this week.
HAMPs Lead Monthly Drop in Modifications
The monthly volume of completed loan modifications took a big hit, with government-supported modifications leading the way. Even year-over-year activity tumbled.
Fed Chair Nominee Has No Plans for Quick End to QE
The nominee to head the central bank said at her Senate confirmation hearing that Quantitative Easing bond purchases have made a meaningful contribution to economic growth and offered no hint of when they might end under her chairmanship.
Fund Offers to Buy GSEs' Ongoing Business
A preferred investor in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that has sued the government over unpaid dividends now seeks to pick up some of their assets while liquidating the rest.
Montana Supreme Court Hears Modification Appeal
The Montana Supreme Court heard an appeal from a couple who was denied a loan modification through the government program and now faces foreclosure.
Quicken is Gold Standard for Service
Other mortgage lenders could learn a lot from Quicken Loans Inc., which has managed to grow into one of the largest mortgage lenders in the country while keeping its customers happy. Among all lenders, digital documents in the closing process improves satisfaction.
A quarterly drop in the average size of down payments on house purchases suggests easing by mortgage lenders.
Wholesaler Recognized for Support of Mortgage Brokers
A wholesale lender has been recognized for its support of mortgage brokers. High quality customer service was cited among its strengths.
Fed Official Questions Talk of Tapering
A Federal Reserve official is saying that it's too early for the central bank to begin scaling back its strategy of quantitative easing.
Funds for Negative Equity Borrowers in California
As it races to spend nearly $2 billion in federal funding before it expires, the state's main program to help struggling homeowners is loosening its rules to allow those who simply owe far more than their homes are worth to have their mortgages slashed by up to $100,000.
GSE Profits Likely to Continue
Several factors at play are likely to keep profits rolling in for years at the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.
Appraisal Firms Prepare for CFPB Rules
Valuation service providers have developed a host of materials designed to help mortgage lenders comply with new rules that go into effect in two months. Other recent advancements and collaborations in the sector address improved efficiency.
Nonprime Borrowers Expected to Re-Emerge
The latest reading on residential loan performance showed improvement, and more of the same is expected. The report predicted that an expected decline in originations will bring out more nonprime borrowers.
PennyMac Ventures West
Moorpark, Calif.-based PennyMac Financial Services is expanding its operations with a new facility in Texas that could eventually house hundreds of new employees.
Lenders Lower Credit Score Requirements
A measure of the availability of credit for residential financing turned higher last month as a result of an easing of credit score requirements. Still, lending standards remain near their tightest levels in the past decade.
Biggest Mortgage Companies
Residential loan originations took a hit in the third quarter, and fourth quarter volume is poised for a further decline. But the top three lenders maintained their standings. There was some shifting, however, among mortgage servicers.
Walter Faces CFPB, HUD OIG Legal Actions
Walter Investment Management Corp. is facing government legal actions on multiple fronts. At issue are its reverse mortgage unit and its high-touch servicing subsidiary.
Dodd-Frank, Obamacare Share Shortcomings
|HAMP Gains Tumble
The monthly gain in permanent modifications for the government loan modification program fell by more than half in the latest report.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has some of the same shortcomings as the Affordable Care Act.
BofA Seeks Dismissal of Government MBS Lawsuits
Bank of America Corp. is asking the judge in two federal lawsuits filed by the government to dismiss the cases.
The Mortgage Production Journal
Several mortgage firms announced recent milestones in home loan originations, with two recognized for their rural lending results.
Growth in Stonegate Originations Likely to Continue
Stonegate Mortgage Corp. is just about the only home lender that has been consistently growing its originations and is likely to continue doing so.
MGIC's New Business, Delinquency Continue to Decline
|Weekly Jumbo, FHA and ARM Business Increase
Thanks to an increase in activity for jumbo, government-insured and adjustable-rate mortgages, weekly mortgage activity moved higher. A surge in interest rates, however, is likely to put a damper on next week's activity.
New business declined for third consecutive month at MGIC Guaranty Insurance Corp. The good news is that delinquency was down for the 15th consecutive month.
CMBS Delinquency at Lowest Level in Over 3 Years
For the first time in more than three years, the rate of delinquency on securitized commercial real estate loans has declined below 8 percent. Helping the latest improvement were mortgages backed by industrial properties.
Cordray Sets Aside Political Aspirations
Before he was tapped by President Obama to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray made a failed run at being re-elected as the attorney general of Ohio.
Refi Layoffs Hit Fifth Third Wholesale Employees
Fifth Third Bancorp's wholesale lending division is responding to a slowdown in refinance production by cutting it mortgage staff.
Flagstar Discloses Settlement on Repurchase Demands
A settlement between Flagstar Bancorp Inc. and the Federal National Mortgage Association resolves existing and potential repurchase demands on nearly a decade's worth of loans.
New Business Slumps at Impac
Quarterly mortgage originations turned lower at Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc. , with even year-over-year lending activity came up short.
Mortgage Production Rises at Walter Investment
Walter Investment Management Corp. was only one of two mortgage lenders to report a quarter-over-quarter increase in mortgage originations. But the company's servicing portfolio slipped, and earnings deteriorated.
Mortgage Jobs Continue to Diminish
The latest reading on mortgage jobs was worse, though staffing was higher than a year earlier. Overall U.S. employment, on the other hand, made healthy gains last month -- sending bond yields into the stratosphere.
LO Compensation Rule Lawsuit Settled
Less that four months after becoming the first company to be sued for violating the Loan Originator Compensation Rule, Castle & Cooke Mortgage LLC has agreed to settle the action.
Treasury Breaks Even on Freddie Bailout
The amount of money that taxpayers have forked over to keep Freddie Mac afloat will soon be matched by the amount of dividends that the government-controlled enterprise has paid out to the Department of the Treasury.
1-Year ARM Rate Falls Despite Rise in Fixed Rates
While fixed rates moved higher this week on economic data, the average for hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages held steady and one-year ARM rates declined.
Continued Progress in Residential Loan Performance
Residential loan servicers continue to make progress on the level of mortgage delinquency and the foreclosure inventory rate.
Nationstar Only Mortgage Lender to Report Increased Originations
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. is so far the only home lender to report an increase from the second quarter in mortgage production. The company however, is eliminating more than a thousand jobs.
PennyMac Production Slips, Servicing Portfolio Grows
Quarterly residential loan originations fell at PennyMac Financial Services Inc. and appear to be headed even lower. The mortgage servicing portfolio, however, grew and continued to expand after the end of the quarter.
Fannie Credit Scores, LTVs Ease Over Past 3 Years
The latest earnings report from the Federal National Mortgage Association indicates that the company was profitable again. Over the past three years, average credit scores on new business have fallen 8 points, while average loan-to-value ratios have jumped 7 percentage points.
PHH Only Lender to Maintain Mortgage Volume
Compared to the previous quarter, PHH Mortgage has been the only residential lender to avoid a decline in mortgage production.
Nationstar Exiting Wholesale Lending
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. is unloading its wholesale lending business. But mortgage brokers will still have access to the unit.
Failed Bank's Former Chairman Claims Duped Into Loan
A State senator and former chairman of a failed South Carolina bank is attempting to avoid repaying a loan from the bank because of an allegedly faulty appraisal.
Wells Discloses FHFA Settlement
A settlement was reached with Wells Fargo & Co. over the quality of mortgage-backed securities it sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Originations Tumble at United Shore
Quarterly mortgage production turned lower at United Shore Financial Services LLC, and staffing was also down. Year-over-year metrics, however, expanded.
Many Compliance Enhancements to LOS Offerings
While developers of loan origination systems have been busy integrating the offerings of other mortgage service providers, they have also been diligent about addressing upcoming mortgage rules.
Churchill Owner Sells Stake to Employees
Employees of Churchill Mortgage have taken an stake in the home lender through a new stock ownership plan.
Regions Subpoenaed by HUD OIG
A subpoena has been received by Regions Financial Corp. The company's mortgage practices on conventional and government-insured loans are being investigated.
Mortgage LO Escapes Prison Sentence
A former loan officer has avoided prison after admitting that she deceived her employer on second mortgage approvals in order to increase her commissions. Her attorney blamed her crime on the times.
Best Online Originators
Among mortgage originators that purchase online mortgage leads, a California company ranked as the best based on customer reviews.
Bankruptcy Filings Turn Higher
After falling in September, the number of consumers who filed bankruptcy increased last month. However, the increase is considered an aberration.
Mortgage Daily Surpasses 20,000 Pages of News
Since going live in June 1999, Mortgage Daily has published more than 20,000 pages of mortgage news.
PHH Reaches Deal to Sell New MSRs
PHH Corp. disclosed Monday that its mortgage lending subsidiary has reached a deal to sell the mortgage servicing rights on its new originations.
Diminishing Refis Do Little to Ease Credit Standards
The decline in residential loan business that resulted from the recent increase in interest rates did little to convince bankers to loosen their purse strings.
Fed Official Says Taper Stifled by Low Inflation
The president of one of the Federal Reserve Banks says that a low rate of inflations reduces pressure for the central bank to scale back it purchases of mortgage-backed securities and Treasuries -- leaving low rates intact for the time being.
Homeownership at Nearly 2-Decade Low
The share of Americans who own a home has fallen to the lowest level in nearly two decades, though that's not necessarily bad news.
Deutsche Settles Lending Discrimination Allegations
For the second time in as many years, Deutsche Bank has settled allegations by the Department of Housing and Urban Development of faulty practices at its defunct subprime subsidiary.
Bankers, Lenders Testify on Secondary Market Reform
The nation's trade groups representing mortgage lenders and financial institutions delivered their suggestions for improving the secondary mortgage market to Congress, with much emphasis placed on protecting smaller players.
Jumbo MBS Lull Interrupted
A recent slump in new issuance of jumbo residential mortgage-backed securities was broken up by a new deal planned by seasoned veteran.
GSEs Directed Not to Pay for Lender Placed Insurance
The cost of captive reinsurance soon will no longer be reimbursed by the Federal National Mortgage Association nor the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.
Government Reporting on a Budget
Mortgage firms can find help with government reporting requirements from a service provider that is known more for its technology offerings than its mortgage compliance products.
Servicing Grows at Guaranteed
Mortgage production was off at Guaranteed Rate Inc., though the decline was on the low end of volume loss for all mortgage originators. The servicing portfolio grew larger.
Another New Record Low MTA
The record that was established in September for the Monthly Treasury Average was broken last month, and another new record is likely ahead.
BofA Settles Maternity Discrimination Complaints
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a discrimination settlement with Bank of America, though the amount is just a drop in bucket compared to other settlements at the financial services giant.
Tool Helps Predict Bankruptcy
The latest iteration of a risk score product promises to helps mortgage lenders better identify prospective borrowers who are likely to file bankruptcy.
Capital One Becomes Top Multifamily Lender
A recently announced planned acquisition by Capital One Financial Corp. has closed -- making the financial services firm one of the largest multifamily lenders in the country.
HECM Production Slumps
The production of government-insured reverse mortgages fell last month, has been down for three consecutive months and hasn't been this slow since last year. At the biggest lender, however, new business moved higher.
Earnings, Originations and Servicing Off at Ocwen
|Jumbo Business Leads Decline in Mortgage Activity
With jumbo activity leading the way, new mortgage business was down this week. Also hurting weekly performance were adjustable-rate mortgages and refinances. A further retreat is possible based on interest rates that are likely to be higher in the next report.
Quarterly loan originations fell by nearly a third at Ocwen Financial Corp., while income was lower and the mortgage servicing portfolio was down.
Genworth Improves M.I. Premiums, Jumbo Guidelines
As a flurry of updated guidelines and premiums emanate from the mortgage insurance industry, Genworth Mortgage Insurance relaxing its jumbo guidelines, addressing new mortgage rules and again lowering its premiums.
Freddie Leads Latest Drop in Agency MBS Issuance
Monthly issuance of agency mortgage-backed securities continued its descent to levels not seen in more than two years, with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. taking the biggest hit.
COFI Up, But Still Historically Low
Borrowers whose adjustable-rate mortgages are based on the Cost of Funds Index faced another monthly increase, though the index remains within a basis point of its all-time low.
Sustained Improvement in Fannie Delinquency
Serious delinquency on the residential portion of the Federal National Mortgage Association's loan portfolio continued an unabated decline. Also moving lower, however, was new business and the company's total portfolio.
Business Deteriorates at Private Mortgage Insurers
New business slowed and could drop further at private mortgage insurance companies. In addition, defaults were higher. But the sector managed to grow its book of business.