Tag Archives: Mortgage Loans

Hey Guys, Let’s Sue a Financial Institution! Our Government at Play

This is all about the difficulty of taking the punch bowl away from a roaring good party. Over the past several weeks a number of major banks folded under enormous pressure from the US DOJ to settle fraud claims resulting from the sale of bonds prior to the financial crisis of 2008. The allegations here … Continue Reading

“Shaking” Things Up: Seismic Risk Assessments

Returning to our theme that nothing’s easy and everything keeps changing, here is one out of left field. Let’s talk Probable Maximum Loss (“PML”) and seismic risk. ASTM International, the market standard setting organization for everything from toilet bowls to condoms, has just issued an amended seismic standards: Standard Guide for Assessments of Buildings (E2026-16) … Continue Reading

A Trip Through the Labyrinth – The Regulatory Man in Full

And now to return to our commentary a few weeks back about the stultifying impact of ill-thought through rules and regulations (at best) (Brexit has intervened).  This is our Regulatory State which broadly attempted to pick winners and losers and modify market behavior, to get an engineered outcome by using the blunderbuss of proscriptive rules … Continue Reading

Risk Retention: It’s the Fourth Quarter and the Home Team is Getting Glum

We thought it would be useful to give a quick, interim update on the slow-motion train wreck that is our industry’s response to the upcoming effectiveness of the Risk Retention Rule.  For those of you who have been blessedly snoozing under a rock these past couple of years, the Risk Retention Rule becomes effective on … Continue Reading

If Interesting and Prosperous is a Choice, I’ll Take Door Number Two: Perspectives on 2016

As we do each year at Crunched Credit, we take the end of a calendar year as an opportunity to stop and reflect on where we are, and what the next year might hold. Recognizing the certainty that a successful prediction is more a random event – a blind cat finding a dead mouse, than … Continue Reading

Eminent Domain Proposals: Federal Housing Finance Agency Concerned

Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) has joined the chorus of opponents, expressing “significant concerns about the use of eminent domain to revise existing financial contracts”.  We at CrunchedCredit have recently covered the eminent domain proposals being considered by Chicago and San Bernardino County.  … Continue Reading

The Return of the Liquidating Trust

Recently, the Wall Street Journal highlighted the arrival of “bad loan securities.” If this is a trend, and I both hope and think it is, we clearly have to get a better deal name for these than “Insert Bank Name”, Bad Loan Securities 2012-1. Securitization of less than ideal conduit product has been with us since the birth … Continue Reading

SIFMA Spotlight Series: Risk Retention and Qualified Residential Mortgages

On May 5, SIFMA hosted a Spotlight Series: Risk Retention and Qualified Residential Mortgages.  It was immediately apparent that unintended consequences of the proposed risk retention rules (pdf) abound. The panelists acknowledged that the regulators had a very tough mandate, and that the rules are way more complicated than anticipated.  It was estimated that approximately … Continue Reading

Liquidating Trusts: Let’s Detoxify the System at Last

Although there is renewed optimism for a vibrant CRE lending market in 2011 (or at least a significantly better market than the prior 3 years), many lenders and servicers continue to face challenges in dealing with delinquent or defaulted commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans (whether held on balance-sheet or securitized). The volume of these “scratch … Continue Reading

The Stuy Town Wars

Last week, the Supreme Court of the State of New York handed down a decision in the battle between CWCapital, representing the senior mortgage debt as special servicer, and Pershing’s andWinthrop’s joint venture, who recently bought the mezz debt in this transaction at a deep discount.  Everyone knows what’s going on here.  The mezz debt was bought as a lever to … Continue Reading

REMIC Rules Provide “Safer” Harbor for Releases

As a follow up to my earlier post, we just issued this article (pdf) about the IRS’ recent Revenue Procedure (pdf) regarding the REMIC rules. The problems inherent in last September’s REMIC Regulations have been well-covered in this blog. In short, the IRS surprised the industry by requiring a mortgage loan to pass an 80% value-to-loan … Continue Reading

The Intractible Problems of the GSEs

The commercial banks have largely paid it off, GM has paid it off, and even AIG says it will soon pay off the government’s emergency investment to save the Western world as we know it. As to the GSEs: not so much. We’ve got about $150 billion invested in these entities and no end in … Continue Reading

Update: Treasury Clarifies REMIC Rules on Property Releases

As I discussed in my prior blog post, and this article, last September’s REMIC regulations left servicers, lenders and borrowers in a quandary over the effect the new “principally secured by real estate test” would have on troubled multi-property loans with release features. The new rules, in some cases, could have resulted in adverse tax consequences to … Continue Reading

First Securitization Since 2008: No April Fooling

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, among other outlets, reported last week that the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc is in the process of placing a multi-borrower securitization – the first such issuance to come to market since June 2008. Of course, RBS is facing several hurdles as it trailblazes once-familiar territory. The offering, variously reported … Continue Reading

New REMIC Rules Leave Servicers with Questions

The changes to the REMIC rules (PDF) were intended, at least in part, to ease restrictions on servicers of securitized mortgage loans. However, while expanding the scope of permitted modifications, the new REMIC regulations also impose a requirement that the modified loan be re-tested to ensure the mortgage loan continues to be principally secured by … Continue Reading
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