Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Launch New Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security (UMBS)

Today, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac begin issuing the long-awaited Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security (UMBS). The Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) conceived of this new standard in its 2012 “A Strategic Plan for Enterprise Conservatorships,” which marked the start of the Single Security Initiative (the history of which is laid out in the graphic below).  RiskSpan produces FHFA’s quarterly...

Fannie May and Freddie Mac Launch Uniform Mortgage-Backed Securities (UMBS)

Preparing for the Single Security Initiative – Analyzing Prepayment Alignment

The upcoming implementation of the Single Security Initiative makes it critical for mortgage market participants to have appropriate tools for analyzing and monitoring the prepayment behavior of Agency MBS. RiskSpan’s data and analytical platform, RS Edge, allows mortgage market participants to ‘dig deeper’ into the drivers of prepayment behavior for Agency MBS and will help identify trends when prepayment behavior is not aligned with UMBS issued by Fannie Mae...

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Case Study: RiskSpan Edge Platform Agency MBS Module

The Client Multiple Agency Traders and the Research & Strategy Division of a Major Investment Bank Get a DemoTalk Scope The Problem RiskSpan leverages its extensive expertise to help clients rapidly access the drivers of prepayment risk and prepayment trends. Our analytical platform provides ultimate flexibility and speed to perform quickly turn securities level data into...

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A Primer on HECM Loans

In September, RiskSpan announced the addition of Ginnie Mae’s loan-level Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (“HECM”) dataset to the Edge platform. The dataset contains over 330,000 HECM loans with origination dates from 2000 to 2018 and reporting periods from August 2013 to October 2018.   This post is a primer on HECM loans, the HMBS securities they collateralize, and the structure of the new dataset.  What is a HECM?  HECMs are FHA-insured reverse mortgages that provide people 62 and older with cash payments or a line of credit…

Institutionalization of the Single-Family Rental Market

FinTech advancements in big data analytical capabilities are prompting Wall Street to turn its focus to non-traditional real estate markets–specifically single-family rental homes. Overview of the Single-Family Rental (SFR) Market The housing crisis created a significant shift from homeownership to renting. According to research by RCLCO, a real estate advisory group, single-family rentals made up…

Is This a “Qualified Mortgage”? Ask Fannie Mae

Who really defines what constitutes a “Qualified Mortgage”? The answer, though codified in federal regulation, is not as simple as it may appear. Updates to Regulation Z in response to the Dodd-Frank Act seem straightforward enough. Under the regulation, “Qualified Mortgage” status is presupposed so long as: 1) the loan lacks certain characteristics, including negative…

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Houston Strong: Communities Recover from Hurricanes. Do Mortgages?

The 2017 hurricane season devastated individual lives, communities, and entire regions. As one would expect, dramatic increases in mortgage delinquencies accompanied these events. But the subsequent recoveries are a testament both to the resilience of the people living in these areas and to relief mechanisms put into place by the mortgage holders. Now, nearly a…