___moody’s affirms wells fargo’s sq1- assessment as a master servicer__
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The assessment is based on the company’s strong reporting and remittance processes, above average compliance and monitoring capabilities and strong servicing stability. ASSESSMENT RATIONALE Moody’s views Wells Fargo’s reporting and remitting processes as strong.
The company is responsible for the reporting and remitting of 1,758 transactions as of June 30, 2015. Since the prior review, the company enhanced the efficiency and data integrity of its servicer file upload process. Additionally, the company replaced its cash management software, reducing cash variances by 77%. Moody’s views Wells Fargo as above average in compliance and monitoring. The company conducts regular desk and onsite reviews as well as monthly and quarterly calls with servicers to monitor servicer performance. Moody’s would positively view increased use of loan sampling and a more formal financial and headline risk review.
Since the last review, the company improved its capability to handle large and unexpected servicing terminations by ascertaining the interest of a number of successor servicers. Additionally, the company initiated a project to better identify and monitor subservicers used by Wells Fargo’s servicers. Wells Fargo’s servicing stability is strong. Wells Fargo Bank, N. A’s counterparty risk assessment is Aa1 (cr), and Wells Fargo & Company, its parent, is rated A2 for senior debt. The master servicing operations are part of the Corporate Trust Services division of the bank and are based in Columbia, Maryland.
As of June 30, 2015, Wells Fargo’s master servicing portfolio consisted of $1.43 million loans with an unpaid principal balance of approximately $276 billion. The previous action for Wells Fargo’s master servicing assessment occurred on 19 May 2015. At that time, we confirmed Wells Fargo’s SQ assessment of SQ1- as a Master Servicer of residential mortgage loans.
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