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Volume 2017 - Number 6

March 17, 2017

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Retail Gains Share of Jumbo Lending in 4Q, Remains Dominant Channel for Production

The retail channel remains the predominant source of jumbo originations, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of survey responses collected by Inside Mortgage Finance. Among the top jumbo lenders, more than four out of five jumbos originated during the fourth quarter of 2016 were through the retail channel. The 81.6 percent retail share of jumbo originations was up from a 79.3 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2015 ... [Includes one data chart]

BofA Jumbos Going into MBS

For the second time in five months, mortgages aggregated by Bank of America will be included in a jumbo mortgage-backed security. In both instances, BofA has sold loans to New Penn Financial, with an affiliate of New Penn issuing the MBS. The $280.38 million Shellpoint Co-Originator Trust 2017-1 is scheduled to close at the end of this month. Mortgages aggregated by BofA account for 98.7 percent of the dollar volume of the MBS, according to presale reports by Kroll Bond Rating Agency and ...

Bank Holdings of First Liens Increase in 4Q16

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien portfolios continued to increase at the end of 2016, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of bank and thrift call reports. Banks and thrifts held $1.93 trillion in first liens at the end of the year, up 0.4 percent from the third quarter of 2016 and up 3.4 percent from the end of 2015. New additions to the portfolios are generally jumbo mortgages along with some loans eligible for sale to the government- ... [Includes one data chart]

Galton More Lenient on Certain Jumbo Standards

Galton Funding, a new entrant to the jumbo mortgage-backed security market, allows for jumbos with somewhat looser underwriting criteria than typically used in jumbo MBS issued in recent years. The company noted that its programs are aimed at “underserved” borrowers. Moody’s Investors Service said Galton has two prime loan programs: A+ and A. Both allow for more lenient underwriting than other prime jumbo programs and instead align in some instances with ...

Redwood Ramping Up ‘Expanded-Prime’ Activity

More than half of Redwood Trust’s 406 sellers have started offering the company’s “expanded-prime” jumbo product. Company officials said they’re aiming for the Choice product to account for 15.0 percent to 20.0 percent of Redwood’s jumbo volume this year. The firm launched the Choice product in April, allowing mortgages with debt-to-income ratios up to 49.9 percent, loan-to-value ratios up to 90.0 percent or credit scores as low as 661. Choice mortgages tend to have LTV ratios ...

Non-QMs Poised for Growth as Refis Decline

As interest rates increase and refinance business shrinks, some lenders are putting an emphasis on non-qualified mortgages. “CashCall Mortgage’s business in refinance has fallen off; it is now targeting a different section of the marketplace,” Joe Tomkinson, chairman and CEO of Impac Mortgage Holdings, said during the nonbank’s recent earnings call. “Now we are bringing a product that is very real estate friendly to the marketplace, and we will see an increase in that.” Most of ...

News Briefs

Freddie Mac is preparing to issue a $639.91 million Whole Loan Securities transaction backed by conforming-jumbo mortgages, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Some 65.9 percent of the mortgages in the transaction were originated by Caliber Home Loans, followed by Wells Fargo Bank with a 19.1 percent share and Quicken Loans with a 10.0 percent share. JPMorgan Chase recently opted to include conforming-jumbo mortgages in a non-agency ... [Includes five briefs]

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

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

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