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Volume 21 - Number 1

January 13, 2017

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Correspondent Share of GSE Business Edged Higher in 4Q16, Brokers Slumped

Correspondent-originated mortgages accounted for 30.7 percent of home loans delivered into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to a new analysis from Inside Mortgage Trends. Lenders sold $90.96 billion of correspondent-originated loans to the two government-sponsored enterprises, an 11.6 percent increase over the third quarter. The volume of retail originations rose 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter ... [Includes two data charts]

Higher Rates May Mean Staff Cuts

With interest rates up 75 basis points since the election – and staying there, at least for now – residential production is likely to slip in the quarters ahead, leading to layoffs, especially at firms that focus on refinancings. “It’s coming,” said industry consultant Don Henig, a former top sales executive for loanDepot, a top-10 ranked originator. “Maybe we haven’t seen too many layoffs quite yet, but just look at volume numbers and do the math.” Henig added: “Right now, a lot of shops ...

Prospective Homebuyers Sending Mixed Signals

The recent run-up in mortgage rates appears to have suppressed short-term home purchase expectations among prospective homebuyers, who nonetheless otherwise feel optimistic about the housing market over the longer term, according to new data from government-sponsored enterprise Fannie Mae. Fannie’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), released earlier this week, dipped 0.5 points to 80.7, the fifth consecutive monthly decline. The index is down ...

NYDFS Gives Ground on Cybersecurity Proposal

The New York Department of Financial Services made some concessions to industry participants by revising proposed cybersecurity standards. Some mortgage-industry officials were happy with the revisions while reiterating concerns about the proposed standards. The NYDFS first proposed cybersecurity standards in September. The proposal was the first of its kind from a state regulator and more prescriptive than guidance from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination ...

Homebuyers Remain Optimistic

While mortgage interest rates remain at historic lows, an increase of even one percentage point is not going to have a dramatic effect on affordability and any negative homebuyer response to rising rates is likely to be short-lived, according to a new Redfin survey. Even if mortgage rates climb to 5 percent, homebuyers would lower their expectations and shop for less expensive homes, said 49 percent of the 827 Redfin real estate agents who responded to the survey. Redfin conducted ...

Black Knight Developing Mortgage Credit Score

Black Knight Financial Services is developing a mortgage-specific credit score that could be more useful for lenders than traditional credit scores. It’s not clear how much traction the score will gain, considering that Fair Isaac’s FICO score remains the dominant metric for assessing the creditworthiness of mortgage borrowers. Wesley Winter, a senior modeler at Black Knight, said a traditional credit score may not be the best predictor of mortgage default. “The FICO score is trying to ...

VA Continues Gaining Market Share

Mortgages guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs accounted for 29.4 percent of insured home loans securitized in the agency mortgage-backed securities market in the fourth quarter of 2016, a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis reveals. That was up from a 27.2 percent share for the VA during the third quarter. The home-loan guaranty program has become a refinance dynamo, accounting for a whopping 44.6 percent of insured refi loans ... [Includes one data chart]


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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