KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Hundred Acre Wood Trust 2021-INV1 (HAWT 2021-INV1)

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to 57 classes of mortgage pass-through certificates from Hundred Acre Wood Trust 2021-INV1 (HAWT 2021-INV1). HAWT 2021-INV1 represents the first prime, agency-eligible, non-owner-occupied (NOO) loan securitization to include second homes (24.7%) in meaningful concentration alongside investment properties (75.3%). It is also the first residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transaction issued by Finance of America Mortgage LLC (FAM) as Sponsor and Seller.

The HAWT 2021-INV1 pool comprises of 971 first-lien, fixed rate residential mortgage loans with an aggregate principal balance of $301.5 million as of the May 1, 2021 cut-off date. The pool is characterized by significant borrower equity in each mortgaged property, as evidenced by the WA original LTV of 63.4% and WA original CLTV of 63.4%. The weighted average original credit score is 764, which is well within the prime mortgage range.

KBRA’s rating approach incorporated loan-level analysis of the mortgage pool through its RMBS Credit Model, an examination of the results from third-party loan file due diligence, cash flow modeling analysis of the transaction’s payment structure, reviews of key transaction parties and an assessment of the transaction’s legal structure and documentation. This analysis is further described in our U.S. RMBS Rating Methodology.

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered as a CRA with the European Securities and Markets Authority. Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited is registered as a CRA with the UK Financial Conduct Authority pursuant to the Temporary Registration Regime. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider.

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Contacts

Analytical Contacts

Patrick Gervais, Managing Director (Lead Analyst)
+1 (646) 731-2426
patrick.gervais@kbra.com

Jeremy Kugelman, Associate
+1 (646) 731-1228
jeremy.kugelman@kbra.com

Jack Kahan, Senior Managing Director (Rating Committee Chair)
+1 (646) 731-2486
jack.kahan@kbra.com

Business Development Contact

Michele Patterson, Managing Director
+1 (646) 731-2397
michele.patterson@kbra.com