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Volume 9 | Issue 6 | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Lede


Wells Fargo Leads MBA 2018 Year-End Commercial/Multifamily Servicer Rankings

SAN DIEGO--The Mortgage Bankers Association released its year-end ranking of commercial and multifamily mortgage servicers' volumes (as of December 31, 2018), showing Wells Fargo again leading the rankings.


News & Trends

MBA: 2019 Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Maturity Volumes to Increase 8 Percent

SAN DIEGO--The Mortgage Bankers Association said $110.5 billion (6 percent) of the $1.9 trillion in outstanding commercial and multifamily mortgages held by non-bank lenders and investors will mature in 2019.

Equity-Rich Properties Reach New High in 2018

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., reported more than 14.5 million equity-rich U.S. properties at the end of 2018, an increase of 834,000 from a year ago to the highest level since 2013 when it began tracking data.

CMBS Delinquency Rate Falls to Post-Crisis Low

The commercial mortgage-backed securities delinquency rate began the year the way it concluded 2018: by dropping again, reported Trepp, New York.

2018 Ends on a High Note with a 14 Percent Rise in Commercial/Multifamily Borrowing

SAN DIEGO--A strong final three months of the year helped commercial and multifamily mortgage originations increase by 3 percent in 2018, according to preliminary estimates from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations.

MBA News

MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo in Orlando Feb. 25-28

The Mortgage Bankers Association's National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo 2019 (Servicing19) returns to Orlando Feb. 25-28.

MBA Education School of Mortgage Servicing Mar. 4-14

MBA Education presents its School of Mortgage Servicing instructor-guided online course Mar. 4-14.

MBA Education Compliance Essentials State Mortgage Servicing Rules Deep Dive Workshop Feb. 25

MBA Education and the Compliance Essentials program present State Mortgage Servicing Rules Deep Dive Workshop on Feb 25 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in conjunction with the MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo.

MBA Education Foundational Concepts in Residential Mortgage Servicing in Orlando Feb. 25

MBA Education presents a workshop, MBA Education Foundational Concepts in Residential Mortgage Servicing, in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 25 in conjunction with the MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo.

MBA Education Advanced Servicing Workshop in Orlando Feb. 25

MBA Education presents its Advanced Servicing One-Day Workshop on Monday, Feb. 25 at the MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.

Top National News

Senate Panel to Consider Nomination of Fannie, Freddie Overseer

Wall Street Journal, Feb. 5, 2019--Andrew Ackerman (subscription)
Senate lawmakers are expected as early as next week to consider the nomination of Mark Calabria, a critic of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to the post responsible for overseeing the housing-finance companies.

Fed to Include High Unemployment in 2019 Stress Test Scenario

Wall Street Journal, Feb. 5, 2019--Andrew Ackerman, Lalita Clozel (subscription)
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday said that its stress test for big banks will imagine a rapid increase in unemployment, as it announced the details of the hypothetical scenario that banks must survive to pass the latest round of the exams.

Fed Exempts Most Regional Banks from Stress Testing in 2019

American Banker, Feb. 5, 2019--John Heltman (subscription)
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday agreed to exempt banks with assets of $100 billion to $250 billion from the 2019 supervisory stress testing cycle, an announcement included as almost an afterthought in a suite of other changes unveiled to provide greater transparency to its stress testing regime.

CMBS Delinquency Falls to a New Post-Crisis Low

National Mortgage Professional, Feb. 5, 2019--Phil Hall
The delinquency rate for U.S. commercial real estate loans in commercial mortgage-backed securities began 2019 by continuing its 2018 downward spiral, according to data from Trepp LLC.

PHH Mortgage Settles Suit Alleging Improper Foreclosures Against Military Personnel

Cherry Hill Courier Post (N.J.), Feb. 6, 2019--Jim Walsh
PHH Mortgage Corp. will pay $750,000 to settle claims it improperly foreclosed on the homes of six members of the armed services, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Bankruptcy Judge Says He Will Approve Lampert Purchase of Sears

Wall Street Journal, Feb. 7, 2019--Lillian Rizzo (subscription)
A bankruptcy judge said Thursday he would approve Edward Lampert's bid to purchase Sears Holdings Corp., a decision that will keep the doors open at more than 400 stores and see 45,000 people keep their jobs.

California Homeowners Face Higher Prices for a Scarce Commodity: Wildfire Insurance

Wall Street Journal, Feb. 10, 2019--Nicole Friedman (subscription)
Californians who want to insure their homes against the next wildfire are paying a price for two years of record-breaking blazes. Home-insurance companies in the Golden State are canceling some policies, refusing to sell new ones in certain areas and applying for rate increases as they look to cut back on wildfire risk.

Banks Claim Victory in New Private Flood Insurance Rule

National Mortgage News, Feb. 11, 2019--Bonnie Sinnock (subscription)
Depository mortgage lenders are optimistic the final version of a regulation designed to open up the flood insurance market will make it easier for them to comply with a rule requiring them to accept private carrier policies.

FIS Sued for $50 Million for Alleged Fraud, Conspiracy

Jacksonville Business Journal, Feb. 11, 2019--Will Robinson
Jacksonville-based Fidelity National Information Systems Inc. has been accused of defrauding Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC and a California regulator as well as orchestrating a conspiracy to conceal its behavior.

It's Regulators' Job to Tailor Rules for Small Banks--Fed's Bowman

American Banker, Feb. 11, 2019--John Heltman (subscription)
Regulators have a duty to make sure policies are suited to the particular profile of community banks, Federal Reserve Board Gov. Michelle Bowman said in her first public speech since being confirmed to the Fed board.

Ditech Return to Bankruptcy to Restructure Its Debt

National Mortgage News, Feb. 11, 2010--Bonnie Sinnock (subscription)
Ditech Holding Corp. is refiling for bankruptcy almost a year after emerging from it in order to facilitate a restructuring agreement with lenders holding more than 75% of its term loans.

About Servicing NewsLink

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