Wilary Winn has been helping our clients to value and account for the derivatives that arise from mortgage banking activities since we formed the firm in 2003.
Why Choose Us
We are nationally recognized experts in mortgage banking derivatives (“MBDs”) and have led seminars on the subject for the AICPA, the FFIEC, the Federal Home Loan Banks and many of the nation’s largest accounting firms. Thousands of people have relied on the guidance we provide in our white papers and presentations on mortgage banking. We are the only valuation firm with a deep knowledge of the Federal Home Loan Banks’ Mortgage Partnership Finance Program® (MPF®) and have developed several tools related to it for our clients:
- Accounting and Regulatory Guidance for the Mortgage Partnership Finance Program®
- MPF® SSFA Calculator
- A Guide to Reporting Under BASEL III for FHLB MPF® Program Participants
We provide a comprehensive and cost-effective approach to the valuation of MBDs. Our valuations are performed at the loan level, and our reports include the precise journal entries to be made and identify the specific places the items related to mortgage banking activities are to be reported in the call report.
See our Accounting & Regulatory Reporting for Mortgage Banking Derivatives white paper for details.
Interest rate lock commitments (“IRLCs”) for mortgage loans that are to be sold into the secondary market are derivatives and must be reported at fair value. The fair value of IRLCs is conceptually related to the fair value that can be generated when the underlying loan is sold in the secondary market. The value of the loan is thus based on several components, including:
- The loan amount
- The interest rate
- The price at which the loan can be sold as of the valuation date
- Discount points and fees to be collected from the borrower
- Direct fees and costs associated with the origination of the loan (processing, underwriting, commissions, closing, etc.)
- The value of the servicing to be retained or the servicing released premium to be received.
Forward Sales Commitments
Mandatory forward sales commitments are also derivatives and must be marked to market. Best efforts sales commitments are not considered to be derivatives until the loan is closed and is thus required to be delivered to the investor. As a result, the change in the value of the best efforts commitment cannot be recorded to offset the change in the value of the related IRLC. To remedy this disconnect, we advise our clients to elect to account for best efforts forward sales commitment at fair value.
Closed Loan Inventory Held For Sale
Similarly, we advise our clients to account for the closed loan inventory at fair value instead of at the lower of cost or market (“LOCOM”). In this way, when the fair value of the forward sales commitment derivatives fall as a result of a decline in market interest rates, the loss can be offset by the gain in the closed loan inventory. Originators that account for the loans at LOCOM cannot recognize this benefit until the loans are purchased.