Knocking on wood is an apotropaic (averting bad luck) tradition of literally touching, tapping, or knocking on wood, or merely stating that one is doing or intending to do so, in order to avoid "tempting fate" after making a favorable prediction or boast, or a declaration concerning one's own death or another unfavorable situation. Many believe it originated with pagan groups and cultures around the world, such as the Celts, who worshipped and mythologized the trees. These groups believed the trees were home to their various gods and with the touch of wood, a spirit could bring protection. Don’t get me wrong, I love predictions as much as the next guy. Often entertaining, often wrong, but who can keep track months or years later to hold the forecaster accountable when the forecaster is entirely wrong? Remember how some believed that the home purchase business in 2022 was going to make up for a sizeable chunk of the lost refi business (due to rates going up and refi burnout)? Well, existing home sales have been down four months in a row. Who was predicting the pandemic, and its impact on interest rates and housing? Who was predicting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the impact on worldwide inflation? (Today’s podcast is available here and this week’s is sponsored by Candor. With Candor’s Machine as an Underwriter, lenders modernize their manufacturing infrastructure making them immune to margin, capacity, and staffing challenges forever.)
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Market contraction has put cost-efficiency front and center in the mortgage world. Appraisals typically aren’t a focus since homebuyers pay for them, but lenders do pay for the scheduling and management of appraisals and for the delays that may result from them. Lenders can realize cost-efficiencies by lowering redundancies, taking advantage of new technologies like RemoteVal, and consolidating appraisal requests across the enterprise. But lenders aren’t the only ones feeling the squeeze. Companies who service lenders are cutting staff or reducing services. “As a SOC-compliant vendor, we are part of a larger family of companies that touch all aspects of mortgage, so we have a level of stability and capability right now that a lot of other AMCs don’t,” Mark Walser, President of Incenter Management, said. “This is the time to invest in partners like us who do have the technology and the stability.” To learn more about Incenter Appraisal Management, visit here.
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Rural Housing, Ginnie Mae, FHA, and VA Updates
Guarantees issued by Ginnie Mae in the month of May helped support affordable homeownership and rental unit development for more than 170,000 households and took the overall outstanding Ginnie Mae MBS program balance the highest in the agency’s history.
Ginnie Mae announced the extension of certain Temporary COVID Relief Policies.
Rural Development (RD) announced a new training website for the 502 direct certified loan application packaging process, developed in cooperation with HAC, NWA, and RCAC. This website provides information about the approved non-Agency trainers, the packaging course, and a calendar of upcoming trainings. Registration information will be available on this site for confirmed trainings, as well as tentative information for planned trainings. The trainings are open to individuals working for housing nonprofits and public agencies who have at least one year of affordable housing loan origination and/or affordable housing counseling experience and are interested in packaging Rural Housing Service direct loan applications. Additional information regarding the certified packaging process and course requirements, can be found in Handbook-1-3550, Chapter 3 “Application Processing”, Attachment 3-A and by visiting the Direct Loan Application Packagers Page.
The income limits were updated in the impacted websites and systems (e.g., UniFi and Section 502’s Eligibility Assessment tool). The following automated worksheets were also updated.
Section 502 – Worksheet for Computing Income and Maximum Loan Calculator (as found on the Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans (under the ‘To Apply’ tab) and Direct Loan Application Packagers pages). Section 504 – Automated Worksheet (as found on the Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants page (under the ‘To Apply’ tab)).
FHA transitioned its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) website to a new platform introducing
improvements to the search functionality and the overall user experience. FHA will continue to expand on these enhancements in the coming months. Interested parties may continue to view the FHA FAQ website at www.hud.gov/answers, which will automatically redirect to the new platform. For the best user experience, access the website through the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers.
Wells Fargo Funding (correspondent) made changes to eligible datasets for Registration on all Loans, effective July 16, 2022. Also, various seller guide enhancements including additional documentation required for Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Loans. Details are available in Wells Fargo Funding Newsflash C22-025.
AmeriHome updated its USDA Program Guide to align with recent changes in USDA HB-1-3555. Additional information on this update, as well as other guide updates, are available in AmeriHome announcement 20220604-CL.
Pennymac Correspondent posted Announcement 22-36 regarding VA Maximum LTV update for Cash Out Refinances.
Improvements in Government FICO LLPAs were announced in MWF Wholesale Bulletin 22W-046. The new FICO LLPAs apply for FHA, VA, and USDA loans. (By the way, a recap of Mountain West Financial Bulletins released in the month May 2022 is available in MWF Wholesale Bulletin 22W-044.)
Worried about what kind of securities you use to hedge a locked pipeline? This statement from FHFA Director Sandra L. Thompson on FHFA's ongoing commitment to UMBS will probably put your mind at ease.
Concerns about growth this week have helped to drive rates down. During his second day of testimony on Capitol Hill, Fed Chair Powell reiterated his commitment to reducing inflation and said a recession is a possibility in remarks before the Senate Banking Committee. The pace of rate changes will continue to depend on the incoming data and the evolving outlook for the economy.
Today’s calendar contains some market moving potential with final June Michigan sentiment due out later this morning. We will also receive May new home sales. Two Fed speakers are currently scheduled starting with St. Louis’ Bullard followed by San Francisco’s Daly. The NY Fed Desk will purchase just $284 million UMBS15 3.5 percent and 4 percent using money from early payoffs. We begin the day with Agency MBS prices worse .125 and the 10-year yielding 3.10 after closing yesterday at 3.07 percent.
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“PacRes Mortgage, formerly Pacific Residential Mortgage, is excited to announce the hiring of Michael Gallagher as our new Branch Manager for our Roseville, California region. As we continue our rapid expansion across the U.S., we’re extremely fortunate to have someone of Michael’s experience and track record of success to guide our operations in the Roseville office. “I joined PacRes because of our shared vision of what the ultimate client-focused mortgage business should look like. Which is to always, regardless of circumstance, provide 5-Star service and customer experiences,” said Michael. “I am so proud to join a company that believes every employee has a voice in making the company a better place to work and grow.” If you would like to see what’s drawing talented people like Michael Gallagher to “the” National Boutique lender - PacRes, reach out to Dave Bergstrom, SVP at 949-795-2835.”