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Volume 2014 - Number 8

April 11, 2014

Nonbanks Looking Beyond Non-Agency MBS

A number of real estate investment trusts and other nonbanks plan to invest in nonprime assets other than vintage non-agency mortgage-backed securities as part of an effort to take credit risk as opposed to interest rate risk. The plans include investments in credit-sensitive loans, seller financing for lenders that work with nonprime borrowers and, potentially, even direct nonprime lending. A year ago, Two Harbors Investment saw an opportunity in what it calls credit-sensitive loans ...

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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.