PHH Originations Worse, Delinquency Better
|PNC Defends TARP, Bankers
The Troubled Asset Relief Program was a great idea that benefited The PNC Financial Services Group Inc., the U.S. government and the financial system, according to PNC's chairman and chief executive officer. He also thinks that bankers have gotten a bad rap despite all the good that comes from the sector.
Residential production fell more than 10 percent at PHH Mortgage. But loan delinquency improved.
Freddie Delinquency Lower, Purchases Higher
It's been a few years since home-loan delinquency improved at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., but last month marked an end to that streak. Secondary business, meanwhile, also improved -- though activity remains stifled compared to last year.
1st American Unit Closing
A mortgage service provider that is majority-owned by the First American Corp. is closing down. More than 50 employees are impacted by the move.
Non-Agency Multifamily Program Launched
A new apartment financing program targets multifamily properties that are not agency approved.
M.I. Firms Post Strong March
The number of new mortgage insurance policies shot up one-third last month and are likely to have risen in April. At the same time, defaults improved.
Business Up as Jumbo Spread Widens
The spread between conforming and jumbo mortgages took a turn for the worse this past week. Still, mortgage activity managed to eke out a gain.
HUD OIG Creates New Region to Address Growing Fraud
CHICAGO -- Mortgage fraud in the Midwest has gotten so bad that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's watchdog had to break up the region.
Mortgage Market Index For Week Ended April 28
The Mortech-MortgageDaily.com Mortgage Market Index for the week ended April 28 rose 2 percent.
Cashouts Volume Slides
CHICAGO -- At this week's mortgage technology conference, panelists discussed how technology can make mortgage compliance easier.
The dollar volume of equity extracted through conforming first-mortgage refinances has fallen to the lowest level in nearly a decade -- and possibly longer. The share of cashout refinances rose but was still the second-lowest level on record.
Aussie Anti-American Sentiment High
Some in the Australian mortgage community don't currently share Crocodile Dundee's friendly outlook of Americans.
BoA Board Elects New Chairman
Bank of America Corp. has its third chairman in 12 months.
Closer Look at Recent Private-Label RMBS
One of the big three ratings agencies has weighed in on the first private-label issuance in two years. The deal is loaded with interest-only loans and California properties.
Chase Hiring Hundreds of Texas Originators
A recruiting campaign in Texas by JPMorgan Chase & Co. will bring to more than 500 the number of new loan originators the company expects to hire by October.
Flagstar Fundings Fade, Warehouse Holdings Tumble
|Former Thornburg PR Exec Joins Ogilvy
A former executive who handled public relations for defunct Thornburg Mortgage Inc. will handle public relations for financial services clients at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.
Residential originations have fallen by more than half during the past year at Flagstar Bank FSB, while warehouse financing has declined by more than half just since the end of December. The servicing portfolio was also lower.
Servicing Technology Journal
Technology providers in the field of mortgage servicing have been touting new customers and enhancements to their offerings. One firm seems to be seeing a bigger share of activity than any other.
Pricing Engines Enhanced, New Directory
As a pricing engine based in Wisconsin aligned itself with an Arizona-based service provider, members of a California trade group are getting free access to a pricing engine for wholesale lenders in that state. Meantime, a new directory includes more than 15 pricing engines and product search engines.
LOS Directory Launched
A new directory of loan origination systems includes more than two dozen technology providers -- though the Web site of one provider is dead. Another LOS firm reported that it has seen a decline in the share of software-as-a-service sales as more lenders seek to own the software, and two other firms touted new customers.
LOS Offerings Enhanced by Compliance Features
Developers of loan origination systems are loading up their offerings with mortgage compliance features. Three LOS firms have teamed up with appraisal firms, and LOS alliances were also announced with loan documentation providers.
Appraisal Fraud Leaps
Lenders have made significant headway reducing fraudulent deposit and employment verifications, but appraisal fraud is way up. One-quarter of all mortgage fraud activity occurred in just three metropolitan areas.
Lender Scores 2 Warehouse Lines
A California-based lender with wholesale operations in the West has beefed up its warehouse capacity for the second time this month.
Ellie Jumps Into Mortgage Compliance
Ellie Mae, known for its loan origination system and technology platform, has launched a mortgage compliance business.
|7 Failures for 7 IL Banks
Less than five banks had failed this year in Illinois -- though all that changed Friday. One state north, a mortgage banking firm is ending wholesale operations, while an Ohio credit union and an Arizona lender have failed.
Mixed Results at Fifth Third
|Windy City Hosting Mortgage Bankers
U.S. mortgage bankers begin assembling this weekend in Chicago to study and discuss mortgage technology and mortgage fraud. Other upcoming events are planned for reverse mortgage lenders, mortgage brokers and other mortgage industry players.
Home loan production fell, but so did quarterly losses at Fifth Third Bank.
HMDA Revisions On the Table
Upcoming hearings will help the Federal Reserve Board determine what changes are needed to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
FHA Business Strengthens
Government mortgage volume held steady in March but is likely headed higher because of a surge in new purchase applications. Reverse mortgage volume slid and was down by nearly half from a year earlier.
BB&T Business Weaker
Mortgage originations declined at Branch Banking and Trust Co., but the servicing portfolio is growing.
Originations Evaporating at PNC
Production atPNC Mortgage has plummeted more than 70 percent during the past 12 months, while mortgage earnings have declined more than 60 percent. But compared to the prior quarter, the mortgage banking staff increased by more than 70 people, delinquency declined and mortgage earnings improved.
Mortgage Business Tumbles as Rates Ease
Mortgage lending activity fell this past week, while mortgage rates eased and the jumbo spread improved.
Mortgage Market Index For Week Ended April 21
The Mortech-MortgageDaily.com Mortgage Market Index for the week ended April 21 fell 9 percent.
Bank Launches Warehouse Division
A New York-based bank has started a mortgage warehouse lending business.
Bond Group Cautiously Optimistic About New Jumbo Issuance
More than 250 jumbo mortgages for over $0.2 billion are backing the first private-label issuance of mortgage-backed securities in two years. But one group is warning that the return of the non-agency MBS market will be slow and could be burdened with new regulations.
Ginnie Issuance Deflating
Monthly issuance of mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by the Government National Mortgage Association has fallen by more than a third during the past year.
Business Sinks at SunTrust
Quarterly residential fundings at SunTrust Bank have fallen by more than half over the past year and are likely headed even lower. But residential holdings held up as a result of nearly $0.5 billion in repurchases. The company continued to cut its quarterly losses.
Fundings Fall, Mortgage Holdings Grow at Wells
Third-party originations led overall activity lower at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. But its servicing portfolio grew as did its mortgage assets, while delinquency on home-equity loans improved.
AMCs Face Increased Regulation
The enhanced regulation in the mortgage lending industry is not limited to lenders and brokers. Indeed, professionals in all aspects of home sales are being called to task for the current state of the real estate industry.
US Bank Production Tumbles
Home loan originations have fallen by nearly a third during the past year at US Bank. But the servicing portfolio expanded as residential holdings increased and delinquency improved.
Ginnie Evaluating Required Issuer Net Worth
Ginnie Mae is evaluating its minimum net worth requirements for approved issuers. It has also suspended accepting new applications for issuers of securities backed by reverse mortgages.
Prison for Broker Who Bribed WaMu Subprime Employee
A California mortgage broker has been sentenced to prison over alleged bribes to a former employee of Washington Mutual's subprime unit. The broker, who was paying to get fraudulent loans through the system, also allegedly hid nearly $4 million in commissions from the Internal Revenue Service.
$2 Billion Originator Names CEO
A mortgage banker that originated nearly $2 billion last year has new president and chief executive officer.
Performance Sours at Regions
Mortgage earnings improved from the prior quarter at Regions Bank. But home loan production plummeted, mortgage holdings dropped and delinquency rose.
Big Improvement in Citi Delinquency, Earnings
Delinquency sank and earnings jumped at Citigroup Inc.
2010 Production Projection Pared
The latest forecast for U.S. residential originations this year was lowered by $37 billion from last month's forecast.
8 Failures Friday Brings 2010 Toll to 50
Federal and state bank regulators seized Friday eight financial institutions in five states with more than $6 billion in assets, impacting nearly 1,300 employees. Three of the failed banks were acquired by a Delaware institution. Despite the large number of failures for a single day, estimated losses to the nation's Deposit Insurance Fund from last week's failures are estimated at less than $1 billion. This year's federally insured bank failures have reached 50.
Nonprime and Commercial Wholesale Programs
Among alternative wholesale products being recently touted are subprime, Alt-A and commercial programs.
Wholesale Directory Launched
A new directory lists wholesale lenders, their Web sites and their program offerings. One wholesaler is looking to an outside firm to monitor its mortgage brokers, and three wholesale lenders have become customers of one appraisal management company.
Banks Face Fed, OCC Actions
Nearly three dozen regulatory actions were recently taken against U.S. financial institutions. Formal agreements, which sometimes require changes in operations and management, accounted for most of the latest activity.
Downgrade Warning On Older Jumbo RMBS
Less than a week after more than $70 billion in jumbo residential mortgage-backed securities were downgraded, warnings were issued on another $43 billion in securities. The latest round of actions impacts older vintages.
DU Updates Go Live This Weekend
|SEC Sues Sachs over Subprime Securities
Goldman, Sachs & Co. and one of its vice presidents have been charged by the government with defrauding investors on subprime securities, and one Wall Street fixture has an opnion about the case.
An updated version of Fannie Mae's Desktop Underwriter will be implemented this weekend.
FHA Drives Deteriorating Delinquency at BoA
Excluding government-insured loans, the rate of home loan payments at Bank of America Corp. that were at least one month past due fell below 3 percent. Including government mortgages, the rate soared past 8 percent. Originations and consolidated mortgage earnings, meantime, fell.
Mortgage Market Mostly Improves
Fixed rates tumbled, the jumbo spread improved and mortgage activity rose 8%. But the spread on adjustable-rate mortgages fell and fixed rates could turn higher.
Mortgage Market Index For Week Ended April 14
|Quicken Chairman Talks About Mortgage Biz
The founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., who also is majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, talked about the current state of the market and his online lending firm. He also warned against being too generous with principal reductions.
The Mortech-MortgageDaily.com Mortgage Market Index for the week ended April 14 rose 8 percent.
Chase Hiring Hundreds of LOs for Refi Blitz
Chase plans to boost its refinance production and is hiring hundreds of loan originators to execute the strategy.
Foreclosure Rate Tanks
Despite a quarterly improvement, last month saw a substantial deterioration in the rate of U.S. foreclosures as filings climbed to nearly 1 million this year. Quarterly repossessions were the worst on record.
GMAC Launches New Sales Channel
A new origination channel announced by GMAC Mortgage LLC will provide local sales without traditional branches. Hundreds of originators and sales managers are being recruited for the new operation.
GMAC Loses Another Senior Executive
Following several recent executive departures, another senior GMAC executive has jumped ship.
PMI Moves to Recover Market Share
PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. is hoping to recover market share it lost to the Federal Housing Administration with the launch of an online calculator that shows how some borrowers would be better off with its private mortgage insurance.
Fannie Eases Prior Foreclosure Requirements
Under revised guidelines announced by the Federal National Mortgage Association, borrowers who have had a pre-foreclosure sale, short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure might not have to wait as long to get a conforming mortgage.
|Record HAMPs Completed
Servicers completed more permanent modifications last month than during any month since the government launched its modification program. Leading the way was Bank of America.
Securities Litigation Eases
|Ginnie Issuance Requirements Eased
The secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development disclosed plans to allow lenders to securitize individual loans through the Government National Mortgage Association.
Investors are filing fewer lawsuits against corporations and their officers, though regulators have shown no signs of backing off, according to a new analysis. But financial firms remain plaintiffs' biggest targets. Defendants in two recent securities lawsuits are accused of using mortgage investors' funds for personal expenses and even church donations.
Chase Correspondent Channel Drags Down Originations
Despite a jump in negotiated transactions, residential originations fell for the third consecutive quarter at JPMorgan Chase & Co. The culprit was the correspondent channel, where volume tumbled $4 billion and appears headed lower. Meanwhile, quarterly delinquency improved.
Reverse Mortgage Updates
Recent program updates to government-insured reverse mortgages include the elimination of a form and the addition of a new reverse mortgage agreement. A Maryland firm claims to be the biggest reverse mortgage lender in that state and the 10th biggest U.S. reverse lender, while a lead generation firm has increased the quality of its reverse mortgage leads.
Reverse Lenders Get Aggressive With Fees, Rates
Reverse mortgage lenders are slashing origination points, eliminating servicing fees and offering the lowest rates in two decades.
GMAC to Grow Correspondent, Warehouse Business
One of GMAC's servicing executives has taken on additional responsibilities as the company postures for growth at its correspondent and warehouse lending units. Another servicing executive has found work elsewhere.
Actions On Nearly $70 Billion in Alt-A RMBS
|Former WaMu Chief Calls FDIC's Seizure "Unfair"
The former top two officers of Washington Mutual took a trip to the Capitol and defended their time at the failed institution and their oversight of its subprime unit. The company's former chief called the government's seizure and subsequent bargain-basement sale "unfair."
A "rapid deterioration" in the performance of the Alternative-A residential mortgage-backed securities has prompted downgrades on $21 billion in securities this month and warnings on $48 billion more.
Reverse Wholesaler Standings Volatile
Wholesale reverse mortgage activity tumbled, and no reverse mortgage wholesale lender has asserted itself as the dominant leader -- with four different wholesalers grabbing the title during the past six months. As third-party originations fell by nearly half at one reverse wholesaler, business nearly doubled at another.
Over $70 Billion in Jumbo Downgrades
|Mortgage Bankers Descend on Lawmakers
Mortgage bankers this week head to the nation's capitol to enlighten lawmakers about real estate finance issues. Other upcoming events include a bankruptcy workshop, a technology conference and training for customers of the Government National Mortgage Association.
More than $70 billion in tranches from jumbo residential mortgage-backed securities were recently downgraded. Rapidly deteriorating performance on jumbo pools drove the downgrades.
Delinquency Falls in February
|Hard Money Lender Goes Wholesale
A hard-money lender based in Maryland is now offering its loan programs to mortgage brokers. One of the principals at the firm, which solicits investors for capital, was a loan officer at SunTrust Bank, while another principal is a real estate investor.
A monthly increase in 30-day delinquency and foreclosures in process was more than offset by an improvement in 60- and 90-day accounts.
Bank Failures Double
This year has seen a big decline in the number of non-bank mortgage lenders to close down, according to the Mortgage Graveyard from MortgageDaily.com. But the improvement was more than offset by a spike in failed financial institutions. More than twice as many federally insured banks have failed compared to the same point in 2009.
Credit Union, Bank Seized
A federally insured bank in South Carolina and a federally insured credit union in Connecticut were seized by regulators last week. Executives and boardroom members of failed institutions are the target of an ongoing recovery effort by the government.
New Credit Rules Impact Advertisers, Lenders
Companies that advertise credit reporting services are subject to new disclosure rules, while another new rule impacts companies that report to credit bureaus. A study from one of the credit repositories revealed a new trend is developing in mortgage payment performance.
GSEs' Failures Blamed on "Arrogance and Greed"
Two former regulators of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac testified before a Congressional commission. One of the former regulators had some blunt comments about the two government-controlled enterprises.
Former Fannie Execs Defend Tenure
Two former senior executives of Fannie Mae told a Congressional commission about their respective activities at the government-controlled enterprise before it collapsed.
FTC Foregoes Millions in Credit Firm Settlements
In two lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission against credit restoration firms, the defendants agreed to settlements of more than $2.8 million. But the agency suspended most of the money portion of the settlements because the defendants were broke.
Retail and B2B Credit Solutions
A credit reporting agency has linked its offering with the Federal Housing Administration's credit risk evaluation system. Another offering enables originators to stay on top of prospective borrowers as they take steps to improve their scores. Two other firms are going directly to consumers with credit-building services.
Former Lending Giant Restructures
First Horizon National Corp. -- which once ranked among the 20 biggest residential lenders -- disclosed a modification to its operating structure that includes the consolidation of mortgage businesses it plans to wind down.
FHA Enhances Digital Process
Loan packages sent to the Federal Housing Administration for endorsement can now include some documents with digital signatures -- a move that the agency says is the first of many to digitize government lending. The change also impacts reverse mortgages.
Former Citi Execs Endure 2nd Day of Testimony
The former chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup Inc. and a former Clinton administration who briefly headed Citigroup's board provided their insight into why the financial crisis occurred.
Mortgage Market Movement Mired
Interest rates rose, refinance share fell and loan activity deteriorated this week. Meanwhile, mortgage shoppers are more likely to choose the one-year adjustable-rate mortgage over its fixed-rate counterparts as the spread continued to widen.
$50 Billion in Older Subprime RMBS Face Downgrades
Subprime issuances that were securitized more than five years ago are seeing an increase in negative-equity loans and a decline in performance -- leading at least one ratings agency to issue a warning.
Over 400 Brokers Being Laid Off
A Chicago-based mortgage firm is laying off more than 400 mortgage brokers next month.
Mortgage Market Index April 7
Mortech-MortgageDaily.com Mortgage Market Index for the week ended April 7, 2010.
HUD Terminates 24
Federal Housing Administration approval has been yanked from two dozen mortgagees.
Commission Grills Citi Execs
Former executives of Citigroup Inc. were grilled by a congressional commission about the company's exposure to the financial crisis.
The Mortgage Executive Insider
Two executives recently joined the mortgage banking divisions of securities firms, and a California company named a new president. Several other mortgage executive appointments were announced.
Service Providers Shuffle Senior Managers
Three mortgage service providers, including one that caters to reverse mortgage originators, announced senior executive changes as two valuation firms and a default service provider also did some shuffling.
Prime RMBS Performance Worse, Subprime Better
|Financial Institutions Round Up Execs
Financial institutions have been busy inside and outside the boardroom making changes. Several of the recent changes were tied to E*TRADE. Two institutions have new chief lending officers.
As late payments increased on securitized prime mortgages, subprime performance was better. But the improvement might only be temporary.
Biggest Commercial Lenders
The latest ranking of commercial mortgage originators includes the top agency originators, the biggest conduit lender and the largest commercial mortgage originators.
Bankers Report Improved HELOC Delinquency
Despite record delinquency on home-equity mortgages, late payments on residential revolving lines decreased. An improvement was also noted on mobile-home loans.
Ocwen Acquires $7 Billion Portfolio
A nearly $7 billion servicing portfolio was picked up by Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC.
Nearly $40 Billion in Subprime RMBS Downgraded
|Mortgage Revolution Ahead?
The developer of a loan origination system predicts the iPad will change the mortgage industry, and the firm has designed an iPad application for its offering.
Nearly $40 billion in ratings on subprime residential mortgage-backed securities were downgraded because of worsening loss expectations.
Originations Up, Earnings Off at Mortgage Bankers
Quarterly originations improved, third-party share widened and secondary marketing income was better at mortgage origination firms -- though operating income worsened, a new trade group report said. At mortgage servicing firms, loans serviced per employee improved even as the average portfolio size was down by more than half from a year earlier.
BB&T Denies Fraud Claim
Branch Banking and Trust Co. plans to appeal a ruling by a judge who said that the company aided a North Carolina fraud scheme.
FHA Implementing Higher Net Worth Requirement
New rules outlining higher net worth requirements for Federal Housing Administration lenders are just about to be released.
Martopia Overhauls Brand
With the launch of a new brand, Martopia hopes to be seen as distinct and progressive.
MTA to Fall More Before Rising
The Monthly Treasury Average eaked out another decline and will likely continue to do so for the next several months.
Bankruptcies at 5-Year High
More U.S. borrowers filed bankruptcy last month than at any time since the Bankruptcy Code was revised.
Frank Criticizes Regulator's Warnings Months Before GSEs Collapse
Seven months before the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said their regulator was getting "carried away" and noted that the two government-controlled enterprises were better prepared to endure the housing crisis than other institutions.
Reverse Volume, Active Lenders Decline
Reverse mortgage production tumbled last month and was down by nearly half from a year ago -- though Quicken Loans Inc's reverse lending subsidiary managed to double its business on a monthly basis. The number of active reverse mortgage lenders has fallen by nearly a quarter from last year.
Mortgage M&A Activity Up
Banks continued their buying spree of mortgage firms, with two more deals going down. Two other recent mortgage company acquisitions involve commercial real estate lenders -- including one that will reportedly create one of the biggest special servicers of commercial mortgage-backed securities.
Mortgage Banker Invests in Bank
More than 30 new bank acquisition applications have been reported by the Federal Reserve during the past few weeks. A California mortgage banker, meanwhile, has invested in a California financial institution.
FDIC Unloads $0.5 Billion in Loans
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said it closed on the sale of nearly $0.5 billion in mortgages accumulated from financial institutions that failed over a year ago.
Biggest Jump in Mortgage Jobs in 4 Years
The number of people working in mortgage lending shot up by more than 4,000.
Fannie to Continue Buying Flood-Zone Loans
Despite the lack of available insurance coverage, Fannie Mae will still purchase loans in a flood zone.
FHA Firm to Triple Staff
A Rhode Island-based government lender announced plans to triple its staff over the next two months.
FHA Claims Branches Not Legit
The government withdrew Federal Housing Administration approval for a mortgagee that it claims originated FHA loans from branches that weren't legitimate using loan officers who were not employees. Another firm lost its approval because of fraud previously committed by its owner. Two other mortgagees were fined nearly $500,000.
News From the Hill
On Monday, March 22, 2010, the Senate Banking Committee reported The Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010.
1-Year Spread Widest Since 2008
The spread between the one-year adjustable-rate mortgage and the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is at its widest point in 18 months. Loan activity, meanwhile, increased for the second consecutive week. The rise could be tied to the upcoming expiration of the homebuyer tax credit.
Agency Issuance Sinks
Overall agency issuance last month was down by more than half from a year ago. As the issuance of mortgage-backed securities sank for the third consecutive month at the Government National Mortgage Association, business also tumbled at the Federal National Mortgage Association. But activity increased at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.
Freddie Business Tumbles
Secondary activity sank at Freddie Mac as record delinquency continued higher. One bright spot, however, was the degree to which delinquency deteriorated.
PR Firm Names NY Exec
A seasoned public relations veteran with experience in mortgage technology has been named senior public relations and media strategist at Martopia.