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Volume 2014 - Number 9

March 6, 2014

Downloads Available: Warehouse Lenders Ranked by Commitments - 4Q13

Warehouse Commitments Fell 12 Percent In 4Q; ‘Usage’ Rates are Extremely Weak

Warehouse lines of credit extended by commercial banks to non-depository lenders fell a modest 11.8 percent in the fourth quarter on a sequential basis, but executives who work in the sector are reporting usage ratios as low as 20 percent. Based on exclusive survey figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance, warehouse providers had an estimated $30.0 billion in commitments at Dec. 31 compared to $34.0 billion at the end of the third quarter. But a commitment is...[Includes one data chart]

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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.

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