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Volume 2014 - Number 3

January 31, 2014

Non-QMs in MBS Face Higher Loss Expectations

Mortgages included in new non-agency mortgage-backed securities that fall outside of the safe harbor for qualified mortgages will be assigned higher loss expectations, according to criteria released last week by Standard & Poor’s. Other rating services have released similar criteria, with credit-enhancement requirements expected to be higher for non-agency MBS that include loans other than safe harbor QMs. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule established a number of ...

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With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.
Yes, by a lot.
Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.
No, not at all.
No and we may even tighten credit.

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