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Volume 2015 - Number 10

May 15, 2015

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Nonbanks Face Jumbo Pricing Issues, But Remain Optimistic About MBS Issuance

Interest rate volatility and other issues caused a reduction in jumbo-related profitability at some nonbanks in the first quarter of 2015. However, many nonbank conduits remain optimistic that the jumbo business will pay off, particularly via issuance of mortgage-backed securities. Redwood Trust reported $2.0 million in income from residential mortgage banking activities in the first quarter of 2015, down 80 percent from the previous quarter. The decline was primarily due to lower margins on ...

Shelby Bill Includes Support for Portfolio Loans

A draft of legislation unveiled this week by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, includes provisions that would support portfolio lenders and real estate investments trusts, among a myriad of other issues. Support from Democrats for some of the provisions in the draft has been tepid, and it’s not clear that President Obama would sign a bill without changes. The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015 aims to “improve access to credit and reduce the level of risk in our financial system,” ...

Ellington Set to Start Acquiring Non-QMs

Ellington Financial plans to start acquiring non-qualified mortgages by early summer, according to officials at the nonbank. While Ellington has always seen value in the non-agency market, to this point the company has largely focused its non-agency investments on mortgage-backed securities and other structured-finance products. Laurence Penn, Ellington’s president and CEO, said the nonbank signed its first flow agreement for non-QMs at the end of the first quarter. “Consistent with ...

Subprime Performance Continues to Improve

Performance of subprime mortgages continues to improve as the volume of loans outstanding slowly declines. Some $320.0 billion in subprime mortgages were outstanding as of the end of the first quarter of 2015, according to estimates by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Volume was down 4.2 percent from the previous quarter and 16.0 percent from the first quarter of 2014. The total past-due rate for subprime mortgages fell to 17.60 percent ... [Includes one data chart]

Division in Decline of GSEs’ Nonprime Holdings

A sharp divide in the decline of nonprime mortgages held by the government-sponsored enterprises persists, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Holdings of nonprime mortgage-backed securities are down much more sharply at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than the GSEs’ holdings of purchased or guaranteed nonprime loans. Fannie and Freddie held a combined $50.78 billion in nonprime MBS as of the end of ... [Includes one data chart]

No ‘Going Concern’ Qualification for Ocwen

Ocwen Financial filed its annual report for 2014 this week and noted that its auditors decided against requiring a “going concern” qualification for the nonbank. “We believe the filing of our annual report, without a qualification as to our ability to operate as a going concern, is additional evidence that our strategy to strengthen our compliance management system, strengthen the service we provide to our customers and improve our financial stability is working and that confidence ...

Shared Appreciation Seen as Helpful to Borrowers

Two types of shared-appreciation transactions are being touted as beneficial to borrowers, either allowing them to buy homes at below-market prices or receive advanced payment for expected appreciation. Analysts at the Urban Institute note that nonprofit housing associations and municipalities offer shared-appreciation programs that can make homes more affordable for first-time buyers, people with bad credit or buyers who lack the necessary downpayment or income to ...

News Briefs

Impac Mortgage Holdings increased its originations of non-qualified mortgages in the first quarter of 2015. The nonbank had $11.3 million in originations of its AltQM products during the quarter, topping the $7.0 million in non-QM production Impac had in the second half of 2014. Underwriting standards for jumbo mortgages continued to loosen in April, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Underwriting for jumbos has loosened almost every month since ... [Includes three briefs]

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


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