By Tory Barringer | 05/22/2013
Barclays forecast new non-agency RMBS issuance at $12 to $15 billion at the start of the year, and its latest research shows the market is on track to hit that mark. Contributing to that forecast are a few factors: First, Barclays notes, the capital costs of holding loans in portfolio will increase for many banks under Basel III, making securitization a more attractive proposition. Second, further hikes in guarantee fees (g-fees)--such as those mandated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)--could make for a more competitive private-label market.
By Mark Lieberman, Five Star Institute Economist | 05/22/2013
Existing-home sales rose 0.6 percent in April to an annual sales rate of 4.97 million, the highest level since November 2009, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. The median price of an existing single-family home jumped $8,900 in the month to $192,800, the highest since August 2008. The inventory of homes for sale rose to 2.17 million--its highest level since last September. The supply of homes for sale rose to 5.2 months, the highest since October. Inventory has been a persistent concern to NAR, which says the low supply of homes for sale has reduced the number of transactions.
By Tory Barringer | 05/21/2013
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff went back on a previous decision to dismiss most of Dexia's claims against JPMorgan Chase in a $774 million suit. In reversing his decision, Rakoff noted that he didn't have the jurisdiction to grant a dismissal in the first place, citing an appeals court decision in a similar case involving American International Group (AIG) and Bank of America. Dexia filed suit in January 2012, alleging it was fraudulently convinced to purchase more than $1.6 billion of securities that went bad.
By Esther Cho | 05/20/2013
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) shared a proposal to bring private capital back into the mortgage market while decreasing costs for taxpayers and borrowers. In a recent paper, the MBA explained the up-front risking sharing concept, which calls for the GSEs to offer risk-sharing at the front end of transactions. The proposal also suggested Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should accept loans with "deeper levels of credit enhancement" in exchange for reduced guarantee fees and other loan level charges.
By Esther Cho | 05/16/2013
The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling that upheld Fannie Mae's ejectment action judgment against defaulting borrowers whose homes were lost to foreclosure, MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. announced in a release.
By Mark Lieberman, Five Star Institute Economist | 05/15/2013
Despite still sluggish new home sales, builder confidence improved in May for the first time since December, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported Wednesday. All three components of the HMI improved in May. The reading on current home sales increased four points to 48 from 44 (revised from the initially reported 45), the outlook for sales in the next six months rose to 53 from 52 (revised down from April's reading of 53), and the measure of buyer traffic rose to 33 from April's unrevised 30.
By Krista Franks Brock | 05/14/2013
In the first quarter of this year, mortgage originations increased, but total outstanding mortgage debt decreased, according to the Household Debt and Credit Report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Delinquencies also improved over the quarter while foreclosure notices declined, according to the report. Total household debt--including mortgages, credit card debt, student loans, and auto loans--declined 1 percent to $11.23 trillion. The two main drivers of the quarterly decline were abating mortgage and credit card debt.
By Krista Franks Brock | 05/13/2013
Freddie Mac is hoping to spread information about a rule that allows people to leverage financial assets such as retirement accounts as qualifying income when applying for mortgage loans.Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k)s, distributions from retirement accounts, and funds acquired from the sale of a business can all contribute to a potential borrower's qualifying income, according to Freddie Mac. In order to contribute to a borrower's qualifying income, these financial assets must be accessible.
By Mark Lieberman, Five Star Institute Economist | 05/10/2013
"Fiscal policy," simply put, is the means by which a government adjusts its levels of spending in order to monitor and influence a nation's economy. At the heart of the spending/growth disparity is a philosophical debate over the role of government: those who believe government should be run like a business and avoid debt and those who see the role of government as spending counter-cyclically, that is increasing spending when the nation's economy is challenged to avoid further struggles.
direct a country's economic goals.
By Krista Franks Brock | 05/10/2013
While originations are down across the board, "[t]he drop in originations has been most pronounced among borrowers with lower credit scores," said Federal Reserves Governor Elizabeth A. Duke. From 2007 to 2012, purchase originations among borrowers with credit scores higher than 780 declined by 30 percent. In contrast, purchase originations for borrowers with credit scores between 620 and 680 declined by 90 percent, and originations among borrowers with credit scores below 620 were "virtually nonexistent," according to Duke.