The New York Times rambles, and mangles mortgages along the way

The New York Times rambles, and mangles mortgages along the way

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$1 billion in MSRs just became available

Loans backed by Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae
Ben Lane
The portfolio features 97% fixed-rate and 100% first-lien product, a weighted average original FICO score of 716, a weighted average original loan-to-value ratio of 86%, and a weighted average interest rate of 4.53%, MountainView said.
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Bank of America finds buyer for Countrywide subprime MSRs

RMBS ratings unaffected
Ben Lane
It looks as though Bank of America is ready to push past Benjamin Lawsky’s supposed freeze of the legacy MSR market with a transfer of legacy MSRs to Select Portfolio Servicing, according to a note from Moody’s Investors Service.
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CFPB fines Flagstar $37.5 million for mortgage servicing violations

CFPB: “At every step in the foreclosure relief process, Flagstar failed borrowers.”
Ben Lane
"Because of Flagstar’s illegal actions and unacceptable delays, struggling homeowners lost the opportunity to save their homes,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Bureau has been clear that mortgage servicers must follow our new servicing rules and treat homeowners fairly. Today’s action signals a new era of enforcement to protect consumers against the cost of servicer runarounds.”
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ABS East: Lawsky has legacy MSRs “at a standstill”

No significant legacy MSR transfers since NYDFS froze Ocwen deal
Ben Lane
During a panel at ABS East, a massive conference on the securitization and secondary market taking place this week in Miami, one panelist said that the MSRs on the loans that make up the pre-crash residential mortgage-backed securitizations are “at a standstill,” without an end in sight.
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Fitch: Rise of nonbank servicers threatens private-label RMBS

Top five nonbank servicers now handle 64% of all private-label securities
Ben Lane
The rise of nonbanks presents heightened risks to investors, Fitch Ratings said in a new report. “In contrast to large commercial bank servicers, most nonbank servicers, including most of the current top five, have a weaker financial profile and are currently rated non-investment grade or are not publicly rated by Fitch.”
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$835 million in bulk MSRs coming to market

Market continues to be considerably unfrozen
Ben Lane
"It’s an exceptionally clean GNMA portfolio, with a very low coupon and low delinquencies," said Robert Wellerstein, managing director at MountainView Servicing Group. "Given the high-quality product, portfolio size and experienced seller, we expect this package to garner a lot of interest among MSR buyers."
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$4 billion more in bulk MSRs available for purchase

Brings total MSR offerings to more than $18 billion since April
Ben Lane
A $4 billion bulk MSR portfolio backed by Fannie Mae is currently out for bid, according to Interactive Mortgage Advisors, which is acting as the exclusive broker for the offering.
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Fannie Mae: Lenders ask these 4 questions about MSRs

All about transfer and execution
Jacob Gaffney
“Servicing of mortgage loans can be an important, valuable component of a lender’s business and we thought it would be helpful to address some of these topics,” writes Fannie Mae's Stephen Pawlowski.
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Rushmore Loan Management Services to open branch in Puerto Rico

Expands loan servicing operations with office in San Juan
Ben Lane
The company plans to hire approximately 50-60 new employees to staff the San Juan office. According to Rushmore CEO Terry Smith, Rushmore will immediately begin servicing approximately 4,000 residential loans and REO when the branch office opens in November.
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KBRA: More smoke than fire in Ocwen’s restated earnings

Cautions that MSR transactions could see more regulatory scrutiny
Ben Lane
Kroll notes that audit firms, like Deloitte & Touche, advise public companies on how to structure their finances related to GAAP, however “the public company is ultimately responsible for the public disclosure,” which leads to the public company “taking the blame” for what its auditor advised it to do.
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