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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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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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