[MBS Commentary] – MBS RECAP: Choppy First Session Back, But Positive Nonetheless

MBS RECAP: Choppy First Session Back, But Positive Nonetheless

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:08 PM

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As you might expect, the first day back on line after an unscheduled 1.5 days off was a somewhat volatile one for bond markets.  The fact that it was the last day of the month did end up providing a decent level of support with both MBS and Treasuries ending in the green.  MBS began the day in line with Friday’s latest levels and moved higher throughout the session.  Both MBS and Treasuries made a push to their best levels of the day into the 3pm Treasury close, with each backing off slightly from their.  Fannie 3.0 MBS hit 105-00 at their highs, but were trading at 104-28 to 104-29 in the last hour.

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Changes in Correspondent Lending Landscape; Stats Show Very Slow Return of Borrowers that Default

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Oct 31, 2012 12:23PM

Changes in Correspondent Lending Landscape; Stats Show Very Slow Return of Borrowers that Default

With our without the storm damage, here in the U.S. there are 41 million potential trick-or-treaters (children age 5 to 14; see joke at bottom) across the United States. And they can be ringing doorbells or throwing toilet paper rolls at 115 million occupied housing units across the nation in 2011 – thanks to the Census Bureau for those numbers. My wife said, “I think we should do something really scary for the kids this Halloween.” I said, “We could take them to your mother’s.” Some think the future…

Oct 31, 2012 12:39PM

GSEs, Mortgage Insurers Delegate Short Sale Authority to Servicers to Ease Process

Agreements were announced on Wednesday with nine private insurance carriers that will make foreclosure alternatives much quicker and easier for some Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (the GSEs) borrowers to obtain. Servicers will no longer have to seek approval of private mortgage insurance (PMI) companies when borrowers with mortgages owned or guaranteed by either GSE and carrying PMI seek a short sale or permission to grant a deed in lieu of foreclosure. The agreements, which become effective on November…

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[Mortgage Rate Watch] – Mortgage Rates Hold Steady In Spite Of Improved Market Conditions

Mortgage Rates Hold Steady In Spite Of Improved Market Conditions

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:03 PM

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Mortgage rates were all over the board on Wednesday in terms of their movements relative to each other and trading levels in the Secondary Mortgage Market.  Some lenders were priced slightly weaker while a few were notably stronger, but none of them so far off from yesterday’s rates as to suggest a change in the prevailing conventional best-execution rate of 3.375%.  (Read More:What is A Best-Execution Mortgage Rate?).  Typically, it’s the prices of mortgage-backed-securities (MBS) that have the most influence on the day-to-day movements in interest rates and the costs associated with those rates (because it’s less common for the actual quote interest rates to…

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[MND NewsWire] – GSEs, Mortgage Insurers Delegate Short Sale Authority to Servicers to Ease Process

GSEs, Mortgage Insurers Delegate Short Sale Authority to Servicers to Ease Process

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:23 PM

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Agreements were announced on Wednesday with nine private insurance carriers that will make foreclosure alternatives much quicker and easier for some Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (the GSEs) borrowers to obtain.  Servicers will no longer have to seek approval of private mortgage insurance (PMI) companies when borrowers with mortgages owned or guaranteed by either GSE and carrying PMI seek a short sale or permission to grant a deed in lieu of foreclosure.   

The agreements, which become effective on November 1, allow the GSEs to approve short sales and deeds in lieu on the insurers’ behalf.  The GSEs are, in turn, delegating these authorities to their servicers.  The delegations will eliminate the separate review required by the mortgage insurers.   Freddie Mac, in announcing the agreements said that this should reduce the potential costs, delays, and uncertainty involved in the transactions, enabling more distressed borrowers to avoid foreclosure…

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[Pipeline Press] – Changes in Correspondent Lending Landscape; Stats Show Very Slow Return of Borrowers that Default

Changes in Correspondent Lending Landscape; Stats Show Very Slow Return of Borrowers that Default

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8:42 AM

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With our without the storm damage, here in the U.S. there are 41 million potential trick-or-treaters (children age 5 to 14; see joke at bottom) across the United States. And they can be ringing doorbells or throwing toilet paper rolls at 115 million occupied housing units across the nation in 2011 – thanks to the Census Bureau for those numbers.

My wife said, “I think we should do something really scary for the kids this Halloween.” I said, “We could take them to your mother’s.” Some think the future of our industry is scary – but it isn’t. Our industry continues to evolve. Companies are certainly interested in moving into the void left by Wells wholesale, Bank of America, and MetLife. We can look for Nationstar, which some call “Wells-lite” due to the hiring of ex-Wells wholesale employees, to be a presence in the correspondent channel in 2013. And not the onesy-twosy best efforts business model, but an entire new correspondent lending channel with 100% mandatory and AOT execution with a goal (from what I’ve heard) of $24-30 billion in the first year. Redwood Trust has signaled its intention to move into the agency channel in addition to its success in jumbo securitization. And don’t expect the existing correspondent lenders to continue to watch their best clients divert their pipelines to the agencies while doing nothing. We’ve already seen Wells beef up their operations centers. We can expect 9 of the top 10 correspondents (in the 2nd quarter: Wells Fargo, Chase, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage, Flagstar Bank, BB&T, Franklin American, Ally/ResCap (GMAC), SunTrust, CitiMortgage, and PHH) to lower their margins, remind clients about sales caps, pay attention to rumors of Fannie raising its minimum net worth to $5 million, increase operational efficiencies, and watch clients retaining servicing to grapple with capital issues. Are we having fun yet?…

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[MBS Commentary] – MBS MID-DAY: Some Volatility, But Reassuringly Positive

MBS MID-DAY: Some Volatility, But Reassuringly Positive

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:08 AM

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It was hard to know exactly what to expect coming into today’s session, but one of the fairer guesses was that we’d see some measure of support from month-end buying (money managers needing to add longer duration debt to bring portfolios in line with indexes).   Even so, the stock lever is still relatively well-connected, suggesting that the risk-on vs risk-off trade is also part of the positivity.  That’s somewhat reassuring as we wouldn’t want today’s gains to be merely a factor of month-end.  So far, MBS have traded inside a range set by Friday’s latest levels on the low end (around 104-22) and Monday’s highs (around 104-31).  Treasuries are continuing a trend toward lower yields, but haven’t made any moves big enough to suggest it’s anything other than range-trading ahead of tomorrow’s full slate of data and Friday’s NFP.

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[MND NewsWire] – CFPB Reminds Homeowners to be Aware of Loan Scams After a Natural Disaster

CFPB Reminds Homeowners to be Aware of Loan Scams After a Natural Disaster

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:22 AM

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reposted one of its earliest blog postings today to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy avoid the types of crimes that invariably follow any big disaster.  The Bureau said consumers should be watchful as they start the clean-up and repairs and be aware that some crooks live for the opportunities a disaster presents.  Homeowners can be victimized by shoddy workmanship or by persons using the access a disaster presents to set victims up for larger scams.

Cleanup from a disaster can be expensive and unfortunately many families don’t have a ready source of emergency funds and the need to borrow many in a hurry can make storm victims easy targets for financing schemes. For examine, in the “home improvement loan scam” a contractor comes to the homeowner and proposes repairs at an attractive rate and offers to arrange the financing.  Even where the homeowner is reluctant he can pressured by threats to leave the work undone unless he signs a bewildering number of papers and forms which only later does he realize have obligated him to a home equity loan with high interest and points and with his house as the collateral.  Then the work is done poorly or may not even be completed.  

CFPB offered homeowners some common warning signs that should alert them to potential scams…

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