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October 21, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Share Nudged Slightly Higher in 2015

Jumbo mortgages accounted for 18.3 percent of total first-lien originations in 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data recently released by federal regulators. That was virtually unchanged from the 18.1 percent share that jumbo loans held in the 2014 HMDA data. The analyses match conventional loan amounts and county information about the secured property to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac conforming loan limits, including adjustments for high-cost markets, in effect at the time. Purchase mortgages accounted...[Includes two data tables]

October 7, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Sales of Higher-Priced Mortgages Declined in 2015

Some $41.77 billion in higher-priced mortgages were sold in 2015, down 19.9 percent from 2014, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of recently released data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Their share of total loan sales also decreased in 2015 to 3.3 percent. Higher-priced mortgages are sometimes seen as a proxy for nonprime mortgages. First-lien higher-priced mortgages are defined as loans with an ... [Includes one data chart]

October 6, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

HMDA Report Shows Huge Jump in Refi Business in 2015, Growing Government Role in Purchase Market

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data released last week show a somewhat more efficient mortgage market in 2015 as fewer loan applications were declined and more turned into originated loans. Lenders processed $2.576 trillion in mortgage applications filed in 2015, converting them into $1.651 trillion in purchase and refinance originations, a 32.9 percent increase from the previous year. Some 56.5 percent of loan apps turned into closed loans, up from 53.8 percent in 2014, and the overall denial rate fell 2.9 points to 20.1 percent. Most of last year’s origination surge came...[Includes one data table]

October 3, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Credit Union Mortgage Originations ‘Thriving’ Under CFPB Regime

CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before credit union representatives recently and touted the performance of their industry’s mortgage operations under the bureau’s mortgage rules. “Our first set of mortgage rules have been in place for over two and a half years, and we are seeing great progress,” Cordray told the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. “In 2014, the first year of our ability-to-repay rule on mortgage origination, owner-occupied home purchase mortgages increased by 4 percent, according to HMDA data, and growth was even stronger last year: home purchase mortgages increased by an estimated 13 percent to 14 percent.” In fact, as it turns out, the mortgage industry overall actually did slightly better than Cordray said. According to analysis of ...

October 3, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Bureau Approves Collection of HMDA Ethnicity, Race Data in 2017

The CFPB has formally authorized the collection of expanded Home Mortgage Disclosure Act information on race and ethnicity, as per the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B, in 2017. “At any time from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, a creditor may, at its option, permit applicants to self-identify using disaggregated ethnic and racial categories as instructed in appendix B to Regulation C, as amended by the 2015 HMDA final rule,” the bureau said in a Sept. 29, 2016, notice in the Federal Register. During this period, a lender permitting applicants to self-identify using these categories shall not be deemed to violate Regulation B Section 1002.5(b). Further, the lender shall also be deemed to be in compliance with ...

September 30, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Fresh HMDA Data Show Surge in Refi And Government Purchase Loans in 2015

A strong tide of refinance activity lifted mortgage origination volume in 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data released late this week by federal regulators. Aggregate national data released by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council show a total of $1.651 trillion in first-lien mortgage originations for home purchase and refinance. That was up 32.9 percent from 2014 but failed to ... [Includes one data chart]

September 19, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Provides Guidance to CSBS on its Mortgage Rules

The CFPB recently provided some written guidance on its mortgage rules to the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The guidance, in the form of a letter, highlights some of the important changes to the mortgage rules that likely apply to many of the small lenders that CSBS members supervise. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by Inside the CFPB, came in response to a meeting this spring between Texas Department of Banking Commissioner and CSBS Chairman Charles Cooper, members of the ...

September 19, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Hensarling Bill Also Would Make Revisions to CFPB Mortgage Rules

H.R. 5983, the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has incorporated the provisions of a number of bills that have either already passed the committee or the full House of Representatives and that would affect ...


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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