Bank M&A; Pending Home Sales Primer; Lender Form Changes


my Resolutions from a year ago, and looking back at 2015, I’ve got
today to get skinny, save money, learn French, and undrink 987 bottles
of wine.

a more serious note, plenty of people in the mortgage business are
doing things towards lessening poverty and helping children. The U.S.
Census Bureau has released findings from its Small Area Income and
Poverty Estimates program which determines the number of people in
poverty, the number of children younger than 5 in poverty, the number of
children between 5 and 17 in families in poverty, and median household
income. According to 2014 data, the median household income at the
county level was between $21,658 and $125,635, with a median county
level value of $45,229. Among the 3,140 counties that were assessed, 26 percent (820 counties) had a significant increase in poverty between 2007 and 2014,
whereas 1 percent of counties had a significant decline. This data will
be used to calculate 2016 fiscal year allocations for Title I and other
education programs.

banking news State Bank of Chilton ($171mm, WI) will acquire Calumet
County Bank ($91mm, WI). And CNB Bank ($2.2B, PA) is sneaking across
state lines and will acquire Lake National Bank ($152mm, OH) for about
$24.8mm in cash. If you have a few shekels in your pocket, it is rumored
that French bank BNP Paribas is considering “strategic alternatives”
for its First Hawaiian Bank unit as it seeks to boost capital levels by
mid-2017. Every time my cat Myrtle hears the tired term “strategic
alternatives” she rolls her eyes.

we learned that U.S. pending home sales fell 0.9% in November, the
third decline in four months. The National Association of Realtors’
index declined to 106.9 in November. The index is still up 2.7% y/y.

But what the heck is, are, pending home sales?
Said to indicate housing activity, the strict definition is that it
“measures housing contract activity, and is based on signed real estate
for existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. Because a
home goes under contract a month or two before it is sold, the Pending
Home Sales Index generally leads Existing Home Sales by a month or two.”

sentiment was echoed by NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun following an
unexpected 0.9% decline in the November Pending Home Sales Index to
106.9. He said “Home prices rising too sharply in several markets, mixed
signs of an economy losing momentum and waning supply levels have acted
as headwinds in recent months despite low mortgage rates and solid job
gains. While feedback from Realtors® continues to suggest healthy levels
of buyer interest, available listings that are move-in ready and in
affordable price ranges remain hard to come by for many would-be

It was a different story a few months ago. For example, Pending Home Sales rose 0.2% in October and
at that point were up 2.1% year-over-year. Tight inventory and rising
prices are crimping sales. Pending Home Sales rose the most in the
Northeast, where we haven’t been seeing the torrid price appreciation we
have been seeing on the West Coast. 

pattern for this year has been shaping up to be very similar to 2013,
when the taper tantrum was followed by declining pending home sales, and
subsequently by declining home price growth. Home price growth declined
from a higher level in late 2013, 10.8% versus today’s 4.7%, but growth
ended up roughly 6pp lower after the taper started. Some analysts
anticipate that a similar decline in home price growth will occur over
the next two years as the Fed goes ahead with its second phase of
tightening monetary policy, interest rate hikes.

and vendors have been changing plenty of forms during the last month.
Let’s play some catch-up on the minutiae of lending.

is reminding its clients to work with their title providers to ensure
that the owner’s and lender’s title insurance premiums are disclosed
properly on the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure.  CFPB’s webinar
dated 5/26/15, addressed a question regarding how to disclose the
owner’s and lender’s title insurance premiums on the Closing Disclosure
form in a simultaneous issue situation. A recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation is available. 

part of the Pre-Closing Review process, NYCB Mortgage Banking requires
documentation evidencing the Borrowers’ intent to proceed with the loan.
As a convenience, NYCB has created the Affirmation of Intent to Proceed [WSL:1256]
form that may be used to document a Borrower’s intent to proceed. If
you choose to use the NYCB form, it must be completed in its entirety
and submitted with all other required Pre-Closing documentation.

IRS has revised form 4506-T, used to request tax transcript to version
(Rev. 9-2015). Effective Dec. 7, 2015, the IRS will only accept the
newly revised form. To avoid delays in ordering transcripts, please make
sure that when requesting transcripts you are using the updated version
of the form. To help during this transition, Plaza has posted an updated version in its Resource Center.

Penny Mac has posted information regarding the new 4506T form and requirements for self-employed borrowers.

Financial has started using FormFree’s AccountChek Asset
Verification Report. By eliminating the need for paper bank statements,
AccountChek is said to significantly reduce buyback exposure and fraud,
while also providing lenders with an easy solution for complying with
new “ability-to-pay” rules. Jerry Schiano, president and chief executive
officer of New Penn Financial,  stated “We are anxious to use
FormFree’s AccountChek solution, we will now be able to verify our
applicants’ bank statements digitally, rather than on paper, which will
enable us to improve our customer service as well as get more accurate
information faster.”

has revised its Wholesale Loan Submission Form, developed to improve
the process. Additional information has been added to the form including
the name and email for up to 4 borrowers and the contact information
for the Settlement/Escrow and Title agents. Click Here to download and save the Loan Submission Form. It is also available in SNAP 2.0 – under SNAP Forms Origination.

the implementation of TRID in full swing, Stearns is working toward a
complete transition
of our workflow and processes to support the new
TRID requirements. To facilitate this final move, Stearns will no longer
accept Pre-TRID transactions after December 31, 2015. Any applications
taken prior to 10/3 must be submitted prior to year-end. Beginning
January 1, 2016, only TRID compliant applications taken on or after
10/3/15 will be accepted.

Stearns Wholesale will no longer accept Pre-TRID transactions after
December 31, 2015. Any applications taken prior to 10/3 must be
submitted prior to year-end. Beginning January 1, 2016, only TRID
compliant applications taken on or after 10/3/15 will be accepted.

nine AmeriHome forms available at SellerWeb Resources Doc and
Forms have been updated to include barcodes. Using the barcoded forms
will help expedite the processing of loans delivered for purchase.

Funding’s Compliance Tracker is ready for use. Using this system allows
you to track E-Disclosure status, monitor disclosure issuance and
delivery dates, plus providing various confirmations and determinations.
View Provident Funding website for details.

As required by current laws, NYCB
clients must request and document the Borrower(s) Ethnicity, Race and
Gender information. This information must be obtained at the time of
and accurately recorded in the Declaration Section of
View/Edit 1003 in Gemstone prior to the loan being submitted to any
Automated Underwriting (AU) system via Gemstone. It is not acceptable to
use generic/invalid Customer identification information in the
Declarations page of Gemstone in order to process loans. Please refer to
the Seller’s Guide Section 15.12 for more details on obtaining and
documenting this information.

accepts initial loan application and applicable disclosures
executed prior to closing using electronic signature (“e-signature”) if
in compliance with the requirements of the Federal E-Sign Act. You must
utilize an E-Signature Vendor from Sun West’s list of Authorized
E-Signature Vendors available in the HELP section of sunsoft.

IMPAC introduced its Conditional Loan Approval form
that is more user friendly with simpler process, more consistent
conditions and sorted into related groups. In addition, its CLA includes
a coded system that is easier to understand and communicate. Note the
following: The NEW Codes provide focused organization quickly for its
team. Each reference code on each condition will remain the same (ex:
condition A03 will remain A03) Internal conditions will no longer be
visible to your client. Click here to view and example CLA.

immediately, due to TRID requirements, MWF will now require pay off
demands for refinance transactions to be current through the closing
date of the loan prior to the issuance of the Closing Disclosure.
Updated demands will no longer be conditioned as a prior to funding

addition, Beginning January 1, 2016, an escrow/impound account must be
established for payment of flood insurance premiums for all loans where
the property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) flood zone
beginning with A or V, regardless of LTV and/or federal exemptions. The
escrow account for flood insurance is required for the life of the

Log in to Franklin American Mortgage (FAMC) to view its latest Bulletin 2015-28.  This
most recent bulletin lists guideline updates regarding Agency Loan
Limits and includes all lock, underwriting, delivery and purchase by
dates, if required. 

Mortgage will require completed NMLS License renewal by 12/31/2015. To
avoid any interruptions in the processing loans, provide a copy of the
renewed license or a screenshot of NMLS Renewal history and License
Registration Status history page. Please send your copy to: Licenserenewals@FreedomMortgage. com.

Friday, December 18, 2015, the U.S. Bank Home Mortgage Correspondent
Seller Guide displayed an enhanced layout and table of contents. New
features include: numbered folders and documents for easy reference,
fewer folders on the main page as well as straightforward and user
friendly folder and document placement. You may continue to access the Correspondent Seller Guide the same way you do today.

to the bond markets, rates didn’t move much Wednesday – there was
little to move them. If you were picky you could say that the yield
curve steepened somewhat. And mortgage prices actually improved
slightly. Pending home sales for November unexpectedly declined and the
$29 billion 7-year Treasury auction was poorly received, although low
holiday week liquidity may be partly to blame.

excitement today, besides the early bond market close and the holiday
Friday, we’ve already had Initial Jobless Claims for the week ending
12/26 (287k, up 20k – but it was a holiday week); coming up is the
December Chicago PMI at 9:45 EST. We closed the 10-year at 2.30% and today it’s hovering around 2.28% with agency MBS prices better by .125.

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