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Volume 19 - Number 2

January 16, 2015

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4Q14 First Glimpse: Originations and Mortgage Banking Income Off Slightly

Fourth-quarter earnings reports from the four megabanks in the mortgage industry suggest that loan production activity and mortgage banking income fell slightly at the end of 2014. On a combined basis, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup originated $88.7 billion in home mortgages during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports released this week. That total was down ...

Brokers Make Comeback in 4Q14 GSE Business

New single-family business at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac declined 2.1 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, but you can’t blame it on mortgage brokers. The two government-sponsored enterprises securitized $20.53 billion of broker loans over the final three months of the year, up 3.7 percent from the third quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of loan-level mortgage-backed securities data. That gave broker loans a ... [Includes one data chart]

Borrowers Look First to Lender or Broker

Home purchase borrowers, including first-time homebuyers, rely more on their lender or mortgage broker than anyone else as a source of information about mortgages, according to a new government survey on consumers’ mortgage shopping experience. Conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the survey found that an estimated 70 percent of home-purchase borrowers chose their lender or broker before deciding on the type of loan ...

Mixed Outlook for Housing Market

A number of factors, including looser underwriting standards, low interest rates and low oil prices, could help bolster the housing sector in 2015, according to industry analysts. However, total mortgage originations are still expected to decline this year compared with 2014, and consumer confidence toward the housing market is lagging optimism about the broader economy. Analysts at Fitch Ratings recently pointed to a “confluence of events” that could ...

Is the Mortgage Business Getting Too Old?

The executive suites of mortgage banking firms are well represented by members of the “baby boom” generation who aren’t getting any younger. And therein lies a potential problem. “Millennials certainly appear to be under-represented in the mortgage industry, while members of the baby boom and Gen X generations appear to be over-represented,” said Glen Corso, executive director of Community Mortgage Lenders of America. The way Corso sees it ...

Lenders Take More Control Over Closing Process

This year could be a watershed moment for mortgage lending as industry representatives feel their way around a brand new approach to closing disclosures, thanks to the pending implementation of the integrated disclosure rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As a result, it’s likely that more lenders will assume greater control over the closing process as well as the end product. The new closing form is “unlike anything the industry has seen before ...

Bank Retail Mortgage Lending Up in 3Q14

Commercial banks and thrifts originated $89.88 billion of home mortgages through their retail production channels during the third quarter of 2014, a healthy 7.7 increase from the prior quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. That brought year-to-date retail originations by banks to $236.57 billion, off 55.5 percent from the first nine months of 2013. Bank and thrift retail originations appeared to trail the overall market ... [Includes one data chart]


The FHA is cutting its annual premium by 50 basis points. How much of a difference will this cut make in your FHA business?

Not much at all—maybe 10 percent at best.
Modestly. We expect a 10 percent to 25 percent gain in applications.
This is a real game changer, 25 percent or better.
Hard to say. This cut may just steal business away from the new Fannie/Freddie 97 LTV effort.

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