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January 17, 2014

Agency MBS Production Down Sharply in Late 2013 as Megabanks Lose Market Share

By John Bancroft

Refinance mortgages accounted for 80.1 percent of agency production back in 2012, but that declined to 65.6 percent last year and just 45.3 percent of fourth-quarter business.

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