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  • Fitch, Moody’s bullish on massive Lennar-CalAtlantic merger

    Both cite combined company’s size as significant benefit
    On Monday, Lennar and CalAtlantic Group announced a deal that will see Lennar acquire CalAtlantic in a deal valued at approximately $9.3 billion. The deal will create the nation’s largest homebuilder. Both Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service are bullish on the deal. Here's why.
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  • Fitch warns mortgage bond investors: Wells Fargo could keep more money for legal fees

    $2.2 billion in RMBS classes now at risk of downgrade
    Earlier this month, Wells Fargo unexpectedly kept $90 million away from residential mortgage-backed securities investors, stating that the bank needed the money to cover legal expenses. Now, Fitch Ratings is warning RMBS investors that Wells Fargo’s move may not be an isolated incident. In fact, it may be a harbinger of similar moves to come in the future.
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  • Fitch: New tools from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac will make mortgages safer

    Changes to appraisals, verification of borrowers’ finances strengthen underwriting
    Mortgage underwriting is getting stronger and safer for both borrowers and lenders thanks to new tools introduced in recent years by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Fitch Ratings said in a new report. According to Fitch, new approaches to appraisal valuation and income verification are “improving these government-sponsored enterprises’ ability to assess credit risk, while reducing costs for sellers and borrowers.”
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  • Fitch: Is there a housing bubble in these hot, hot markets?

    Texas is hotter than ever, but is it sustainable?
    Housing in the state of Texas was hotter in 2016 than it’s ever been before, but is real estate in the Lone Star state getting too hot? A new report from Fitch Ratings suggests that Texas is one of a few states where home prices are not only unsustainable, they’re overheating.
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  • AAA ratings return for non-prime mortgage bonds. Crisis redux? Maybe not

    Feature of new RMBS deal builds in greater protections for bond buyers
    The world of post-crisis mortgage bond trading is about to change, as a new mortgage bond is set to hit the market that features loans that would be considered non-prime, and also carries AAA ratings – a post-crisis first. Both Fitch Ratings and DBRS handed the deal AAA ratings on the largest tranche of the deal, but the deal is not a return to the pre-crisis world of credit ratings, at least not yet.
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  • Fitch: Wells Fargo mortgage servicer ratings unaffected by fake account scandal

    Ratings agency affirms bank's prime, Alt-A, subprime servicer ratings
    While Wells Fargo is fighting to earn back its customers’ trust and fighting off various forays from legislators because of the more than 2 million fake accounts that 5,000 of the bank’s former employees opened in order to get sales bonuses, the bank’s ability as a mortgage servicer is still on solid footing, according to a new repot from Fitch Ratings.
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  • Fitch: Nationstar's internal improvements solidify servicer standing

    Ratings agency cites improved borrower communication as positive
    Earlier this year, Nationstar Mortgage announced plans to completely rebrand itself, combining its originations and servicing business under the name Mr. Cooper. At the heart of the company’s rebranding plan was its effort to "change the home loan experience." Reviews are now beginning to come in on Nationstar’s new customer focus, and the early reviews are positive.
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  • Fitch: Mortgage servicers are in for a rough year

    Low interest rate environment, rising refinances lead to shrinking portfolios
    Many of the largest bank and nonbank mortgage servicers saw their portfolios decline in the first quarter of 2016, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. And with mortgage interest rates remaining near historic lows ever since the Brexit, things aren't likely to get much better for mortgage servicers this year.
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  • Mortgage bond investors finally get paid $8.5 billion Countrywide settlement

    Five-year wait to receive settlement funds is over
    Last month, mortgage bond investors moved one step closer to ending their five-year wait for their money from an $8.5 billion settlement involving Bank of America, mortgages originated by its Countrywide unit, and the Bank of New York Mellon. At the time, a report suggested that the aggrieved bondholders would receive their money in June, and according to a new report from Fitch Ratings, that’s exactly what happened.
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