We’re always reminded that nature bats last. Every lender that I know of bases their disaster policies directly from FEMA’s declarations or from other companies that base their policies from FEMA. Lenders are reacting – see below. (My cat Myrtle is very concerned that the current forecast has Hurricane Florence targeting landfall at Myrtle Beach.) In North Carolina, there are 9 million pigs being raised on 2,300 Carolina hog farms, and those animals produce 10 billion pounds of wet animal waste a year, which is stored in open lagoons. The North Carolina Pork Council said the lagoons can handle 25 inches of rain without failing. Portions of North Carolina are forecasted to get 40 inches of rain.
Caliber Home Loans, Inc. is hosting not one, but TWO webinars today on its newest non-Agency product, Caliber Elite Access. Offering Elite Access to borrowers who have the ability to repay can help you close more Jumbo loans because this product has 95% LTVs and no MI! Caliber Head of Wholesale John Gibson and SVP Will Pendleton will be speaking to attendees, live. To accommodate as many brokers as possible, Caliber Wholesale is hosting one last informative session on Thursday, September 13th. Register for one of the three remaining webinars here so you can understand how Elite Access and Caliber’s suite of Portfolio Loans can help you meet the needs of more borrowers. Oh, and we hear there will be BIG news at the end for brokers who attend.
On Saturday, October 20, 2018 more than 1,500 independent mortgage brokers, loan originators and processors will join at the AIME Fuse 2018 National Conference to learn from industry experts about how they can access the best technology, originate more loans each month and become a marketing expert for their own business. AIME Fuse will unite the nation’s most passionate mortgage professionals around a singular focus: to celebrate and enhance the value of independent mortgage brokers. This is the inaugural national event for the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) and will be held at Bellagio Las Vegas. Register for AIME Fuse 2018 here.
Our friends at the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS” in case you didn’t know) are promoting a free informational webinar scheduled for September 13 at 11AM ET titled “Understanding the eSummons Process.” The IRS sends a summons to a financial institution to get information about a customer. In the past, it sent these summonses only by mail and the information was sent to the IRS by mail. Now, it will send them to the financial institution electronically, and the financial institution can send the information back to the IRS electronically.
Flood and Disaster Updates
As Hurricane Florence makes its way towards the coastline of the Carolinas, states of emergency have been declared for South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. The forecasted amounts of rainfall could also lead to significant flooding in the inland areas of the three states. By S&P Global Ratings' calculation, CMBS exposure (including about $33.6bn of agency transactions) in these three states totals about $63bn (by property allocated loan amount). These exposures consist of about 7k mortgage loans, secured by over 8.7k properties
In yesterday’s issue of the Federal Register (83 FR 45950, click here), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the above notice of changes in flood hazard determinations. The notice lists communities where the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations), as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and, where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. The FIRM and, where applicable, the FIS report for each community have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR).
FHA published Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2018-05, which revises the order of loss mitigation options for borrowers with FHA-insured mortgages whose property and/or place of employment is in the Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas (PDMDAs) of Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria (DR-4339) or U.S. Virgin Islands Hurricane Maria (DR-4340). In addition, HUD extended foreclosure timelines through September 15, 2018, for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM). This extension is applicable only to those counties declared eligible for Individual Assistance by FEMA. It applies to both the initiation of foreclosures and foreclosures already in process on HECMs that become due and payable for reasons other than the death of the last surviving borrower and eligible non-borrowing spouse. This guidance is effective immediately and is applicable to all homeowners with FHA-insured HECM mortgages whose property or place of employment is in the PDMDAs for Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria (FEMA-DR-4339) and U.S. Virgin Islands’ Hurricane Maria (FEMA-DR-4340).
Wells Fargo Funding (aka, correspondent) sent out, “We're aware that many of our clients with operations on the eastern seaboard have or will be evacuating due to Hurricane Florence. If your operations have been disrupted by the storm, please contact your regional sales manager or a member of your regional sales team to discuss next steps…Please continue to refer to our requirements in Seller Guide Section 820.19: Disaster Policy and to disaster declarations listed on the FEMA website.”
Due to the threat from Hurricane Florence, Plaza Home Mortgage has temporarily suspended loan funding in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland as of Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
“Due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence, AmeriHome is temporarily suspending loan purchase activities in several coastal counties in North Carolina and South Carolina, and certain counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” So spoketh AmeriHome Mortgage.
All too often homeowners are left with thousands of dollars of damage resulting from natural disasters. The Carlson Law Firm alongside a team of dedicated natural disaster damage attorneys has developed a tool, the Flood Claim Value Calculator, that homeowners can use to determine the true value of their damage.
Pacific Union Financial is continuing to monitor the impact of the wildfires and high winds affecting California from July 23 going forward. Per its published guidelines, any properties located within the areas identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offering private assistance will require confirmation the subject property has not been affected by disasters. This confirmation includes Borrower written certification of the condition of the property prior to clear to close by Pacific Union. FEMA has included Shasta and Lake counties in its disaster declarations. Pacific Union requires certifications from Correspondents for properties in the affected counties for purchase to occur.
Mortgage Solutions Financial posted an updated announcement in reference to California Wildfires And High Winds– Disaster Alert.
On August 17, 2018, FEMA granted individual assistance to Lake County California. AmeriHome Mortgage will continue to provide details and re-inspection requirements as available.
Mortgage Solutions Financial has revised its previous announcement regarding the Texas Severe Storms and Flooding.
On July 31, 2018, with News Release NR-015, FEMA granted individual assistance to 1 additional county, for the Texas Flooding. Refer to AmeriHome’s guide for details and re-inspection requirements.
Shasta county in California has been declared by FEMA as Major Disaster Area for the incident period date of July 23, 2018 declared on August 7, 2018. To view a complete list of FEMA disaster alerts in XLS format, click here: Annexure-I. To view FEMA's recent update on CA, click here: FEMA.
Mortgage Solutions Financial posted information regarding FEMA Major Disaster Declaration DR-4382.
Ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence on the U.S. east coast, oil prices rose almost $2 a barrel, to about $69. Big storms can cause increases in fuel demand, increasing its price. Motorists can expect spikes in pump prices to be brief, but possibly dramatic. So yes, inflationary, but brief.
Looking at bond prices, the market sold off Tuesday with rates going up. Think “pressure on short rates, resulting from consistent rate hikes” from the Fed impacting the entire market. There wasn’t much news to move rates, and the 3-year Treasury note auction went okay but at rates matching those from 2007 – but the 10-year closed yielding 2.98% - the highest since early August. Wholesale inventories increased as the pace of sales growth year-over-year continues to exceed the pace of inventories growth, which is a positive dynamic that can eventually help wholesalers regain pricing power if it persists.
This morning we’ve had last week’s mortgage application data (-1.8%, refis -6%) and August’s Producer Price Index (core and non-core -.1%, a surprise drop). Coming up is the $23 billion 10-year T-Note auction and the Fed’s August Beige Book, giving us a read on various zones in the U.S. Wednesday starts with rates a shade lower from last night’s close: the 10-year is at 2.96% and agency MBS prices are better by a couple ticks.
Lender Products and Services
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Floify, a leading point-of-sale solution, continues to help LOs stay ahead of the mortgage technology curve by automating critical processes and communications, as well as consolidating VOE/VOI, credit reporting, and other necessary services into one convenient and affordable solution. Not only is Floify’s end-to-end platform saving LOs time by managing redundant tasks associated with originating loans, they’re making the process even more amazing with a stylish new interview-style 1003, brandable landing pages, and a growing list of integrations. In fact, LOs who use Floify have become so efficient that many are reporting unprecedented revenue because of their Floify-automated mortgage processes. This has kept them competitive against direct-to-consumer players in the mortgage space, including Quicken Loans and LoanDepot. Now, if you’ve been considering modernizing your origination processes, there’s never been a better time to make the transition to Floify’s powerful mortgage automation solution. Request a live demo to learn more!
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