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1 The Secondary Mortgage Market
Chapter 10 The Secondary Mortgage Market © OnCourse Learning

2 Chapter 10 Learning Objectives
Understand the workings of the secondary mortgage market Understand why the secondary mortgage market is important for a more efficient allocation of funds in the real estate market, and what the major secondary mortgage market agencies are Understand how agency problems and the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2007 to 2010 affected the major secondary mortgage market entities © OnCourse Learning

3 Secondary Mortgage Market
Market where existing mortgages are bought and sold Mortgages are used as collateral for mortgage related securities Reduces reliance on deposits Agencies and firms that purchase mortgages in the secondary market often raise funds by issuing bonds or other debt instruments, pledging the mortgages as collateral (mortgage-backed securities) © OnCourse Learning

4 Cash Flows in a Simple Secondary Mortgage Market Transaction
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5 Why Does the Secondary Mortgage Market Exist?
Until late 1960s: Difficult for thrifts to sell mortgages as mortgage assets were not homogeneous Potential buyers concerned with default risk Inability to buy and sell mortgages – led to persistent mismatch in supply and demand for capital Regional mismatch Institutional mismatch The secondary mortgage market developed to solve the mismatch problem The federal government stimulated the development of the secondary mortgage market by overriding state laws hindering its development © OnCourse Learning

6 Characteristics of Mortgage-Backed Securities
Have some form of credit enhancement Implies less default risk than the underlying mortgages serving as collateral Avoid double taxation Interest revenue from MBSs is passed through to the investors; Revenues to the issuer and cash flows to the investors are not both taxed Tailor cash flows of MBS to appeal to investors © OnCourse Learning

7 MBS Credit Enhancements
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8 Types of Mortgage-Backed Securities
There are four principal types of MBS: Mortgage pass-through securities Mortgage-backed bonds Mortgage pay-through bonds Collateralized mortgage obligations (CMO’s) © OnCourse Learning

9 Mortgage Pass-Through Securities (MPTs)
Fist popular MBS promoted by GNMA The investor has an undivided interest in the pool of mortgages The investor has an “ownership” position in the mortgages Mortgage principal and interest and any prepayment is passed-through to the investor on a pro-rata basis Mortgage originators sells the MPT at a slightly lower yield than the interest rate of the underlying mortgages. The difference is shared by the originator who services the loan and the agency which provides the credit enhancement © OnCourse Learning

10 Mortgage-Backed Bonds (MBBs)
MBSs that promise payments similar to corporate bonds Semiannual payments of interest only until maturity Face value due at maturity Mortgages are owned by the issuer of the MBB Maturity of the bonds is less than that of the underlying mortgages Yield is slightly below that on the mortgages Mortgages are placed with a trustee who marks-to-market any changes in their value and ensures that the agreed-on overcollateralization is maintained MBBs rated by rating agencies © OnCourse Learning

11 Cash Flows for a MBB © OnCourse Learning

12 Mortgage Pay-Through Bonds (MPTBs)
A cross between pass-throughs and MBBs Issuer retains ownership in the pool and issues MPTB as a debt obligation Cash flows to the investors are based on the coupon rate of interest, while principal from amortization and prepayment is passed through as received from the pool Rated by agencies, based on the same factors associated with MBBs Less overcollateralization than with MBBs due to passing prepayment risk to the investors © OnCourse Learning

13 Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs)
Rearrange cash flows from the pool of mortgages into several different bond-like securities with different maturities Different bond classes called tranches A typical CMO has three or four tranches A residual tranche (Tranche Z) often owned by the issuer where all residual cash flows accrue Implies equity interest of the issuer in the CMO Cash flows accruing to residual represent return-on-equity. © OnCourse Learning

14 Example Structure of a CMO
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15 Swaps A SMM transaction where the lender sells mortgages to an agency that in turn issues an MBS back to the lender Swaps are attractive due to the liquidity advantage of MBS over loans Thrifts can use MBS as collateral to borrow funds MBS can be sold quicker than mortgage loans if there is need for cash Even if they sell the MBS, the lenders are likely to retain the servicing and receive a servicing fee © OnCourse Learning

16 Real Estate Synthetic Investment Securities (RESIs)
Pass all of the credit risk through to the bondholders Rated by agencies Losses from default are passed to the lowest rated classes first Securities are backed by, primarily, jumbo loans High return – high risk In 2004 when mortgage rates approx. 6%, 15% yield on lower-grade RESIs © OnCourse Learning

17 Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities
Started with S&L crisis of 1980s when RTC packaged commercial loans of failed thrifts and sold CMBSs Senior tranche received all principal payments including prepayments Subordinated tranche bore all losses from defaults © OnCourse Learning

18 CMBS (Cont.) Securitization process is same as for CMOs with different tranches May be backed up by many mortgages on many properties, a single loan on a very large property, or a single loan on many properties Loans are credit rated and contributed to a REMIC © OnCourse Learning

19 REMICs An entity that could issue CMOs and not be subject to double taxation A partnership, trust, or other corporation may elect REMIC status For tax purposes, income is recorded as received from the mortgage pool and deductions are allowed for interest paid (on the CMO tranches); The net income can be passed-through to the owner of the residual as income or loss © OnCourse Learning

20 REMICs Can maintain favorable tax status as long as they don't engage in the following transactions: Receive income from non-qualifying mortgages Receive fees or compensation for services (other than servicing income from the mortgage portfolio) Buying or selling mortgages out of the pool (except as the pool is liquidated if all proceeds are disbursed within 90 days) © OnCourse Learning

21 Cash Flows for a REMIC © OnCourse Learning

22 Secondary Mortgage Market Agencies and Firms
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae, FNMA) Established in 1938 to buy FHA loans Re-chartered in 1954 and became a private corporation As of 1970, allowed to buy FHA,VA, and conventional mortgages © OnCourse Learning

23 Secondary Mortgage Market Agencies and Firms
Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae, GNMA) Created in 1968 within HUD Does not purchase mortgages or issue securities Market focus is to guarantee FHA and VA pass-through securities © OnCourse Learning

24 Secondary Mortgage Market Agencies and Firms
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) Established in 1970 to create a secondary mortgage market for conventional mortgages Operates as a private corporation Currently buys FHA, VA, and conventional mortgages © OnCourse Learning

25 Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
Freddie Mac purchases both newly issued and seasoned (those with some expired term) mortgages Freddie Mac will also purchase construction/permanent loans that are FRMs, ARMs, or balloon/reset. These must be new dwellings and not rehabs. © OnCourse Learning

26 Freddie Mac (Cont.) Freddie Mac issues a wide variety of securities:
Discount Notes and Debentures Mortgage Participation Certificates (Pass-throughs) on FRMs, ARMs, and multifamily Collateralized Mortgage Obligations in several classes or tranches Guaranteed Mortgage Certificates – not sold since 1979 © OnCourse Learning

27 Secondary Mortgage Market
Federal credit agencies that support the primary and secondary mortgage markets: Farm Credit System consolidated three agricultural agencies to make direct loans for agricultural purposes Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) to underwrite pools of farm mortgages through pass-throughs © OnCourse Learning

28 Secondary Mortgage Market Agencies and Firms
Federal credit agencies that support the primary and secondary mortgage markets: Rural Housing Service extends loans to rural areas for farms, houses, and community facilities Financing Corporation formed in 1987 to recapitalize the FSLIC © OnCourse Learning

29 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
GSEs are not officially part of the federal government They appear to enjoy the backing of the federal government Federal government does not guarantee these agency’s obligations but Congress has shown that federal funds would be used to “bail” them out of financial stress © OnCourse Learning

30 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
GSEs operate similarly to thrifts in purchasing long- term mortgages They face interest rate risk, default risk, and management/operating risk Office of Federal Housing Enterprise and Oversight (OFHEO) oversees the operations of the GSEs © OnCourse Learning

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