Residential MBS


Ocwen Agrees to $900K Settlement with Washington State

Ocwen Financial Corp.'s loan servicing subsidiary has reached a settlement with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions' consumer services division over the servicer's practice of using unlicensed offshore companies.

Why Subprime Mortgages Lend Themselves to Securitization

Many lenders are still reluctant to give mortgages to borrowers with less-than-pristine credit, yet such loans are far more likely than prime jumbo loans to be bundled into collateral bonds. Sreeni Prabhu of Angel Oak Capital credits banks' behavior and higher interest rates for that reality.

Loosen Reins on Mortgage Insurers for Good of Housing Finance

Despite headwinds working against the mortgage insurance industry, this business could be the catalyst for bringing private capital back to the mortgage market.

Angel Oaks Funding Costs Fall in 2nd Non-Prime RMBS

Angel Oak Capital’s second securitization of non-prime residential mortgages brought its funding costs down significantly, helped by the addition of some new investors.

Home Partners Preps Another $342M of Single Family Rental Bonds

The deal is backed by a portfolio of 1,410 single-family rentals, 1,343 of which are leased to tenants who have the right to purchase the leased property at a premium during the term of the lease: Moody's sees this as a credit positive.



Reg AB II Returns from Limbo

Regulation AB governs registration, reporting and disclosure requirements for all things asset-backed. The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be ready to update it significantly, but, nearly four years after changes were originally proposed, it’s not clear exactly what the Commission will do.

Nonbank Mortgage Servicers' Rapid Growth Alarms Investors

Concern is mounting among investors and analysts that Nationstar, Ocwen Financial and Walter Investment are getting so big so quickly that they are becoming too difficult to manage.

Finra Files Proposal to Disseminate Price Data

The proposal would introduce dissemination of trade prices for securities ranging from highly liquid credit card and auto ABS to smaller and more esoteric deals in asset classes such as time shares, to commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and highly structured CDOs and collateralized loan obligations.

Fitch: External Factors Biggest Threat in 2014

Overall issuance growth will moderate in 2014, Fitch Ratings' managing director for asset backed securities says in the firm's outlook.

Ocwen's Loan Mods Rile RMBS Investors

The servicer has a reputation for aggressively writing down principal, often multiple times.


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