Bank of America may have just unloaded two million loans (totaling $306 billion) to other lenders, but it’s already looking to sell rights on at least $100 billion more MSRs. Last week, BofA started with selling $306 billion in mortgages to Nationstar Mortgage Holdings and Walter Investment Management. The move is not unusual – lenders have been known to do it as costs rise and servicers go bankrupt. Additionally, Basell III capital rules will soon take effect, forcing banks to “hold more capital for mortgages serviced or to put less premium on the value of MSRs.” Servicing companies are exempt from this rule, so they are eager to buy.
Ally Financial and JP Morgan are looking to do the same soon.