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Volume 2016 - Number 22

October 21, 2016

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Retail Channel Is Dominant Source Of Jumbo Mortgages in Early 2016

The jumbo market is dominated by retail lenders to a greater extent than either conventional-conforming production or government-insured lending, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A group of 19 top jumbo lenders reported $92.45 billion in jumbo originations through their retail operations during the first half of 2016. That represented 76.8 percent of the $120.37 billion in total jumbo production for the group. The 19 lenders accounted...[Includes one data table]

Some Variety in New Jumbo MBS from Redwood

The latest jumbo mortgage-backed security from Redwood Trust includes some differences compared with the two jumbo MBS the firm issued earlier this year. The $343.16 million deal includes loans from many lenders and contributions from a Federal Home Loan Bank program. Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2016-3 received preliminary AAA ratings from Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. The MBS will include...

LO Apathy Holding Back Non-QM Volume

Industry participants looking to originate non-qualified mortgages or acquire the loans continue to insist that the relatively low volume of such loans is due to a lack of effort from lenders. “It’s not that the non-QM space is competing for borrowers that are getting loans elsewhere, it’s that the non-QM space is competing for origination capacity at existing originators,” said Matt Nichols, CEO of Deephaven Mortgage. Many have placed...

Jumbo Share Nudged Slightly Higher in 2015

Jumbo mortgages accounted for 18.3 percent of total first-lien originations in 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data recently released by federal regulators. That was virtually unchanged from the 18.1 percent share that jumbo loans held in the 2014 HMDA data. The analyses match conventional loan amounts and county information about the secured property to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac conforming loan limits, including adjustments for high-cost markets, in effect at the time. Purchase mortgages accounted...[Includes two data tables]

Portfolio Lenders Avoid Layering of Risk

The underlying theme of portfolio lending is the ability to use compensating factors in underwriting a mortgage, said analysts at MIAC Analytics in a recent web posting. Portfolio lenders, many of them community bankers, have figured out to how to find profitable opportunities in the mortgage niches that don’t work in the agency market, MIAC said. Often, these are consumers who were left out of the housing recovery because of the sharp decline in capital available in the non-agency market, they added. Typically, they don’t...

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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