Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to 31 classes of mortgage pass-through certificates from UWM Funding Mortgage Trust 2021-1 (UWM 2021-1), a prime RMBS transaction. UWM 2021-1 contains 100% QM (Safe Harbor) conforming mortgage loans, and no loans in this pool are in active forbearance as of the cut-off date.
UWM Mortgage Trust 2021-1 is a prime RMBS transaction comprised of 508 residential mortgages with an aggregate principal balance of $351.9 million as of the May 1, 2021 cut-off date. The underlying collateral consists entirely of high-balance agency-eligible, fully amortizing, fixed-rate mortgages. The pool is characterized by significant borrower equity in each mortgaged property, as evidenced by the WA original LTV of 64.4% and WA original CLTV of 65.6%. The weighted average original credit score is 761.
KBRA’s rating approach incorporated loan-level analysis of the mortgage pool through its U.S. RMBS Mortgage Default and Loss 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.
- UWM 2021-1 Tear Sheet
- RMBS KBRA Comparative Analytic Tool (KCAT)
- U.S. RMBS Rating Methodology
- U.S. RMBS Mortgage Default and Loss Model Methodology
- Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology
Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.
A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) located here.
Information on the meaning of each rating category can be located here.
Further disclosures relating to this rating action are available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures are available at www.kbra.com.
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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