Some State Residential Regulation Changes; Rural Housing Lender Trends

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In case it comes up at Happy Hour tonight, how are things working out in Japan? “The Bank of Japan, already a top-five owner of 81 companies in Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average, is on course to become the No. 1 shareholder in 55 of those firms by the end of next year,” per Cantor Fitzgerald. The country has had zero interest rates for many years, and Japan’s population, currently about 128 million, is expected to shrink in half by the year 2082.

Let’s see what
some states have been up to recently in terms of regulatory changes.

The Illinois Credit Union Act has had various sections amended.
For example, previously it was the responsibility of the credit committee (or
if no credit committee had been appointed, the board of directors) to appoint a
credit manager who was empowered to approve or disapprove loans and lines of
credit under conditions prescribed by the board of directors. Now that
responsibility belongs to the credit committee, board of directors, or chief
management official. Also added is a clause further explaining prepayment
penalties. An amendment was made to removes credit manager from the members to
which a credit union can make a loan. In addition, a new section was added
which governs network credit unions. When two or more credit unions merge
pursuant to section 63 of the Illinois Credit Union Act, they can request a
designation as a network credit union from the Secretary of Financial and
Professional Regulation. The network credit union is the surviving legal entity
in the merger.

Illinois
didn’t stop with credit union changes.
 It has amended various
real estate financing laws. One amendment involves the Uniform Real Property
Electronic Recording Act which increased the number of members of the Illinois
Electronic Recording Commission from 15 to 17. The provisions are
effective on January 1, 2017. The full text amendment can be
viewed here. The Residential Real
Property Disclosure Act requires the title insurance company to attach to the
mortgage a certificate of compliance or exemption with the requirements of the
Residential Real Property Disclosure Act.  The amendment to this section
requires a lis pendens filed after July 1, 2016 to be filed
with the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation electronically
whereas before a lis pendens could be filed electronically or by
hard copy. This amendment can be viewed here. Additionally, the Making
Home Affordable Program section was amended to change the dates in reference to
cases pending and filed. Read this text here.

Rhode
Island’s
 Homestead
Estate Exemption has been amended to expand the nature of
the properties that are entitled to homestead protection and to clarify the
priority of homestead interests when a mortgage is granted. Section A extends
homestead protections that were previously limited to “land and
buildings” to include “personal property that the owner uses as a
residence.” Section C provides that a homestead shall be subordinate to a
mortgage which encumbers the property to the extent that each owner of the home
signs the mortgage at the time of execution. Section D provides that for the
purposes of the Homestead Exemption, a mortgage shall include a security
instrument granting an interest in a manufactured home or cooperative housing
unit. Further, Section (d) does not require a non-titled spouse to sign the
mortgage in order for subordination of the homestead to be effective against
the spouse.

In Alaska, where they’re losing about
5 minutes of daylight a day due to the changing season, the legislature has
recently updated its power of attorney provisions, including an important
update to the statutory power of attorney form, with an effective date of
January 1, 2017. The power of attorney provisions first outline what
constitutes acceptance by, and the liability of, an agent. An agent
accepts appointment simply by exercising authority or performing duties as an
agent, or by any other conduct that would indicate acceptance. If an agent
breaches his or her duty to the principal, he or she is liable for the amount
needed to restore the value of their property, as well as attorney’s fees and
costs. The provisions also discuss the duties of an agent and clarifies power
of attorney termination and the POA form itself. 

And effective as of January 1st,
2017, the Alaska legislature amended provisions
regarding mortgage loan lenders’ and originators’ licensing
requirements
 in
addition to the inclusion of a “registered depository institution” in
the Act. The following focuses on the inclusion of the latter entity throughout
the amended provisions. mortgage loan originator must meet, namely: registering
with the registry, working for/as an employee of a designated party and
attaining sponsorship. With the recent changes,
both of the aforementioned requirements (working for/as an employee and
attaining sponsorship) may be attained through a registered depository
institution. The exemption list allows the delineated parties to disregard
mortgage lender and mortgage broker licensing requirements. Due to the recent
changes federal, state and local government agencies – including agencies that
arrange or provide finance for mortgage loans – are now exempted from meeting
previous licensing requirements. The inclusion of registered depository
institutions in the Act has led the entities to acquire new responsibilities as
well.

Alaska and many states have
some rural areas. Any lender changes regarding USDA rural lending?

U.S.
Bank Home Mortgage
 has clarified requirements
regarding 2106 unreimbursed expenses for portfolio and all agency loans
excluding USDA rural housing. Unreimbursed employee business expenses are not
required to be analyzed or deducted from the borrower’s qualifying income, or
added to monthly liabilities when a borrower is qualified using the following:
base pay, bonus, overtime, commission income less than 25% of the borrower’s
annual employment income. This applies regardless of whether unreimbursed
employee business expenses are identified on tax returns (IRS Form 2106) or tax
transcripts received from the IRS.

As of Wednesday, August 17, Pacific Union updated its FHA and USDA Standard
Adjusters for Correspondent Lending. Also noted, HUD updates to fully support
sponsored originations are complete. As a result,effective
immediately, all Non-Delegated Clients should upload appraisals directly to EAD rather than sending the
XML or MISMO version to their Pacific Union Non-Delegated Team for
upload. In addition, Non-Delegated Clients must provide Pacific Union a
copy of the FHA Submission Summary Report (SSR) with each loan file to confirm
upload of the appraisal data to EAD.

Land Home Financial reminded its clients that
the USDA announced a reduction in the upfront guarantee fee and monthly/annual
fee for fiscal year (FY) 2017 effective with Conditional Commitments issued on
or after October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. The current and new
reduced fees are as follows. USDA Rural Development Reducing
Guarantee and Annual Fees in October: Effective
October 1, 2016 (the start of fiscal year 2017) program fees for USDA Rural
Development’s guaranteed home loan program will be significantly reduced.
The upfront
guarantee fee will change from 2.75% to 1.0% of the loan amount. The annual
fee will change from 0.50% to 0.35% of
the average scheduled unpaid principal balance for the life of the loan. (Land
Home did a good job of laying out its program.)

Wells
Fargo
 has corrected its Seller
Representations, Warranties, and Covenants, item 84 has been revised to reflect
that FHA, VA, and Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans are exempt from the residual
income evaluation for Qualified Mortgage Loans subject to a rebuttable presumption.
Additionally, in order to better align with VA policy, Wells has updated its VA
Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) policy to require that the loan
paid off has no mortgage late payments greater than 30 days. 

Turning to the capital markets,
the Financial Times reports the value of negative yielding bonds has now
reached $13.4 trillion worldwide – greater than the entire U.S. MBS market.
Never say never, but the odds of negative interest rates in the United States
are miniscule. In fact, in recent months the yield in the United States have
been very stable, and the world’s investors seem content with the current ebb
and flow of the supply/demand equation. (Since the Spring the 10-year yield has
ranged between 1.36% in early July to 1.98% in mid-March.)  

Yesterday was no exception.
Fixed-income securities did pretty well as agency MBS closed the session higher
in price and modestly tighter versus the Treasury market. For those numerically
inclined, the 10-year rallied .250, and the 5-year T-note and agency MBS prices
improved about .125.

No scheduled market-moving
news today, and it was pretty quiet overnight aside from the Italian stock
market tumbling. We wrapped up Thursday with the 10-year at 1.54% – kind of in
the middle of where it has been all week and in the middle of where it’s been
most of this year, and this
morning, in the early going, it is yielding 1.55% with agency MBS prices worse
by a few ticks
 –
perhaps a quiet summer Friday?

Jobs and Announcements

Here in the U.S. there are plenty of companies that aren’t shrinking. Hamilton Group Funding, an independent mortgage banker in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is seeking a top caliber VP – Capital Markets. The successful candidate will assume full responsibility for loan pricing, trading, hedging, production liaison, and investor relationships, including GSE’s. Strong analytical skills, management experience and a proactive entrepreneurial spirit are essential. The company’s culture emphasizes integrity, accountability, commitment to excellence and a sense of urgency. Bachelor’s degree required and a masters is a plus. Hamilton is an equal opportunity employer with competitive compensation and benefits.  Relocation support will be provided if needed. Please email resumes to SVP – CFO Mike Clark.

Envoy Mortgage has career opportunities for two Regional Account Managers to work in Texas and the Southwest Region (AZ, CO, NM, NV and UT). The Regional Account Managers will be responsible for working with current clients as well as establishing new relationships along with the management of mortgage bankers, community banks and credit unions who meet the eligibility for Envoy Correspondent Lending Division. Interested candidates should email their resume to Jeff Haar.

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In personnel news, congratulations are due to Kim Nelson. BankSouth named Kim, its current mortgage subsidiary CEO, as its Atlanta Market President. Nelson will remain CEO for BankSouth Mortgage and is charged with running the bank’s Atlanta operations. 

Altavera Mortgage Services, a provider of outsourced residential mortgage origination fulfillment services, announced it has hired Kimberly Joyce as senior vice president of sales. Kimberly brings 22 years of sales and business development experience to the role, in which she will oversee national sales for Altavera.

Impac Mortgage Corp. Wholesale spread the word of its recent addition to Impac’s sales management team. Dee Schultz has accepted the position of Inside Sales Manager and will be responsible for the leadership and expansion of the Inside Sales team’s reach throughout the US. Dee brings more than 15 years of wholesale sales, and sales management experience to Impac Mortgage Wholesale and is expected to be a catalyst for Impac’s continued growth through its FNMA, FHLMC, FHA, VA, and its four non-QM products. If you are interested in speaking with Dee about a rewarding sales opportunity with Impac’s wholesale division click on her name above or give her a shout at 949-475-3732.

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