Citing numerous issues with consumer escrow accounts and a “deficient financial condition,” a consortium of state banking regulators just put Ocwen Financial’s mortgage business on life support. A bombshell announcement from the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks claims that more than 20 state mortgage regulators issued cease-and-desist orders to Ocwen, which prohibits the acquisition of new mortgage servicing rights and the origination of mortgages.
For more than two years, Ocwen Financial has been prohibited from acquiring new mortgage servicing rights in bulk, thanks to the company’s $150 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services. Now, it appears that Ocwen could be on the brink of returning to the MSR market full force, after the nonbank announced Monday that it reached a new agreement with the NYDFS.
CitiMortgage surprised few in the housing business on Monday when it announced that it agreed to a massive mortgage servicing rights deal with New Residential Investment and Nationstar Mortgage. As it often is with deals of this type, the devil is in the details. And one of the details of this deal is that the MSR sale is a precursor to CitiMortgage completely exiting the mortgage servicing business. Here’s a breakdown of how the deal works, and why Citi plans to leave mortgage servicing behind.
Nearly two months after announcing plans to sell off its Ginnie Mae mortgage servicing rights portfolio, PHH said Wednesday that it now plans to sell its entire remaining mortgage servicing rights portfolio in a massive deal with New Residential Investment.
Last week, after Walter Investment Management Corp. reported its third straight quartely loss, CEO Anthony Renzi said he believes the company is on the right track in an effort to return to profitability. On Wednesday, the company announced a move that will indeed generate cash for the company, enough to nearly wipe out its entire third quarterly loss.
Buyers looking to get their hands on the mortgage servicing rights to some “high quality” mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in luck, as a bulk portfolio is out for sale. According to MountainView Servicing Group, which is acting as the exclusive sale advisor, the portfolio features mortgage servicing rights to loans with $3.26 billion in unpaid principal balance.
Buyers looking to get their hands on some Fannie Mae mortgage servicing rights have that opportunity. Interactive Mortgage Advisors announced earlier this week that it is acting as the exclusive broker of a $1.5 billion Fannie Mae bulk residential mortgage servicing rights portfolio.
Buyers looking to get their hands on some Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage servicing rights have that opportunity, as a $6 billion bulk residential mortgage servicing rights portfolio that features loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is available for sale.
“It’s a very desirable deal: you have size, a strong seller, and clean product,” said Robert Wellerstein, managing director at MountainView Servicing Group. “That’s what you should be looking for as a buyer.”
Build to rent allows investors to buy newly built homes and rent them out instead of selling them. Because the homes are new, investors are able to charge higher rent prices and tenants often stay in the home for longer periods of time. But the question remains: Why would builders move into the rental market during a time when homes are selling quickly and at higher prices than any time in the past decade?
Today the average student debt resulting from a four-year degree stands at $30,000. According to a report released by American Student Assistance in 2015, 71% of non-homeowners surveyed who carry student debt say the burden of monthly payments has kept them from purchasing a home. More than half of those say their student debt loads will likely prevent home ownership for another five years.
Currently, institutional investors control approximately 170,000 properties (a relatively small portion of the overall SFR space, which is dominated by smaller investors, and estimated to include 11 to 13 million properties). KBRA reports that 105,000 properties have been included in the 26 single-borrower deals done to date, which suggests there are somewhere north of 60,000 properties that could still be securitized.