Jumbo Mortgages

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August 21, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


August 21, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Servicing Concentrated, Refis Vary

A handful of firms service the majority of loans included in jumbo mortgage-backed securities issued since 2010. Analysts at Wells Fargo Securities noted that prepayment rates vary somewhat among the servicers, offering pockets of value for jumbo MBS investors. Wells Fargo analysts said $25.26 billion in mortgages included in jumbo MBS issued in 2010 and beyond remain outstanding. The top five servicers handle 83.3 percent of the loans, with Cenlar alone claiming ...


August 21, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Five Oaks Working to Boost Jumbo MBS Issuance

Five Oaks Investment issued its first jumbo mortgage-backed security in April and has plans to significantly increase its activity in the market. “Five Oaks sees a large growth opportunity within the prime jumbo space for institutions with the ability to aggregate, finance, securitize and retain residential mortgage credit risk,” company officials said during a recent presentation to investors. With the $267.2 million Oaks Mortgage Trust 2015-1, Five Oaks aggregated the mortgages in the deal and ...


August 21, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Views on the Value of Jumbo MBS

Issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities has slowed somewhat this summer, with a lack of consensus from industry participants on whether it’s worth participating in the market. Barclays Capital, which helps fund jumbo MBS activity, said the deals offer about 50 basis points of option-adjusted spread compared with agency MBS. Analysts at Barclays said newly-issued jumbo MBS are attractive for investors less concerned about liquidity. Officials at Anworth Mortgage Asset Corp ...


August 21, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Rating Services Take Dim View of Alt Doc Loans

Potential issuers of non-agency mortgage-backed securities looking to loosen underwriting standards on loans to be included in MBS are getting tough feedback from rating services. Fitch Ratings said last week that non-qualified mortgages with weak income documentation would likely face a “double penalty” compared with a similar non-QM that meet the documentation standards set for QMs. Non-QMs with “alternative documentation” included in non-agency MBS would ...


August 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Piggyback Second Mortgages Making a Comeback with Focus on Jumbo Loans

Piggyback mortgage financing structures appear to be creeping back into the market, a trend that some observers say could destabilize the industry. Before the financial crisis, many borrowers combined a first-lien mortgage for 80 percent of home value with a second lien of 10 percent or more in order to avoid paying private mortgage insurance. While many first-lien mortgages are still originated with a simultaneous second in recent years, the combined loan-to-value ratio of the two has been capped at 80 percent or less. “From what we’ve seen from lenders who are interested in expanding their customer base, there appears...


August 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

PHH Mortgage May Renew Valuable Private-Label Contract With Merrill, But Other Hurdles Remain

Although PHH Corp. refuses to answer questions regarding a key private-label services contract to originate mortgage loans for Merrill Lynch, most analysts that follow the company believe the Wall Street giant will renew the agreement. To date, PHH will not say either way, but observers of the situation believe it’s more a technical matter than anything else. The general consensus is that Merrill has verbally agreed to renew, but hasn’t signed on the dotted line. On its recent earnings call, PHH management said...


August 7, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


August 7, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Shellpoint Set to Return to Jumbo MBS Issuance

Nearly two years after facing difficulty selling a jumbo mortgage-backed security, Shellpoint Partners is preparing to issue a new deal. The $269.29 million Shellpoint Co-Originator Trust 2015-1 is set to receive AAA ratings with credit enhancement of 8.30 percent on the senior tranche, according to a presale report from DBRS. The deal includes originations from Shellpoint’s New Penn Financial along with contributions from 30 other lenders. Shellpoint issued its first jumbo MBS ...


August 7, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Variety in Jumbo MBS from Chase, Two Harbors

Two of the most prolific issuers of jumbo mortgage-backed securities this year have offered investors some variety with their latest deals. JPMorgan Chase stocked its deal with older loans while Two Harbors Investment has focused on fresh originations. Last week, Chase issued JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2015-5. The $489.64 million deal was backed by loans with a weighted average loan age of 28.9 months, according to Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The MBS ...


August 7, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Faces Headwinds with Jumbo Activity

Redwood Trust this week reduced the amount of jumbo-mortgage volume the real estate investment trust expects to acquire this year, citing competition for originations, among other issues. At the beginning of the year, officials at Redwood projected that the REIT would purchase $7.0 billion in jumbos. Through the end of July, Redwood had purchased $3.0 billion in jumbos. Officials at Redwood said the REIT is on track to purchase $5.5 billion to $7.0 billion in jumbos ...


August 7, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Two Harbors Sees Growth in Non-Agency Conduit

Two Harbors Investment is ramping up its conduit activity with plans to increase issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities and a new non-qualified-mortgage offering. The real estate investment trust is on track to issue its fifth jumbo MBS of the year this month. Bill Roth, Two Harbors’ CIO, said the REIT could issue as many as 10 jumbo MBS this year. He said that as of the end of June, the REIT’s pipeline for jumbo acquisitions was approximately $1.3 billion ...


August 7, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Surge, Fierce Competition on Pricing, Underwriting

Originations of jumbo mortgages continued to increase in the second quarter of 2015 and lenders are chasing volume by lowering interest rates and loosening underwriting standards. Some $93.0 billion in jumbos were originated in the second quarter, according to estimates by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Halfway through 2015, originations totaled an estimated $163.0 billion, up 58.3 percent compared with the mid-point of 2014. Banks continue to ... [Includes one data chart]


August 6, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo, Government Programs Excel in Second Quarter’s Booming Purchase-Mortgage Market

The fastest-growing sectors of the mortgage market during the second quarter of 2015 were jumbo loans and government-insured production, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. The conventional-conforming segment remains the biggest piece of the mortgage market, accounting for 52.8 percent of originations during the second quarter. Back in early 2013, when refinance activity accounted for three of every four new home loans, the conventional-conforming share was 68.1 percent. Lenders generated...[Includes two data charts]


July 31, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

ARM, HARP MBS Issuance Tumbles in 2015, But Agency Jumbo and 20-Year Product Up Sharply

Heavy refinance activity in the first half of 2015 caused a significant shift in the kinds of single-family MBS produced by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Issuance of MBS backed by adjustable-rate mortgages has dropped sharply in 2015, and ARMs haven’t had much of a presence for years. ARM MBS production by Fannie and Freddie in the first half of 2015 was down 20.1 percent from a year ago. The drop in Ginnie ARM securitization was less severe, 18.3 percent, but ARMs accounted for an even smaller share of overall production (1.7 percent) at Ginnie than the 2.9 percent share they had in government-sponsored enterprise MBS. Oddly, the heavy refinance market in the first half of 2015 did not appear...[Includes two data tables]


July 30, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Wide Support for Linking Loan Limits to FHFA House Price Index, But Some Say Limits Should Not Go Up

Industry participants largely support a plan from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to tie adjustments of the conforming loan limits to the FHFA’s “expanded data” House Price Index. The extent to which conforming loan limits should be adjusted, however, remains a topic subject to debate. In May, the FHFA noted that home prices were close to recovering from the aftermath of the financial crisis, which could prompt an increase to the conforming loan limit. The $417,000 conforming loan limit took effect in 2006 and the FHFA was prevented from reducing the limit by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The FHFA proposed...


July 24, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


July 24, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Hatteras Plans to Issue Jumbo MBS by Year-End

Hatteras Financial has ramped up its efforts to acquire jumbo mortgages and plans to issue a jumbo mortgage-backed security before the end of the year, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. “Our portfolio plus commitments of jumbo [adjustable-rate mortgages] today is estimated to be about $258 million, so we’re making progress and nearing scale where we can consider securitization,” Benjamin Hough, Hatteras’ president and COO, said this week ...


July 24, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Disclosure on Chase’s New Jumbo MBS

Investors interested in the jumbo mortgage-backed security from JPMorgan Chase that’s set to be issued next week received new disclosures with sometimes confusing information thanks to a rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission. JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2015-4 will have a balance of $388.34 million, according to presale reports published last week by Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. A week before the presale reports ...


July 24, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonbanks Top Contributors to 2Q15 Jumbo MBS

Two nonbanks, led by New Penn Financial, were able to outpace First Republic Bank in contributing to jumbo mortgage-backed securities issued in the second quarter of 2015, according to a ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. New Penn was identified as contributing $145.80 million to the $3.11 billion in jumbo MBS issued during the second quarter. Quicken Loans followed with $139.43 million in contributions. First Republic Bank ... [Includes two data charts]


July 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Factors Favor Non-Agency MBS in Second Half 2015, Outlook Cautious on Agency MBS Basis at Mid-Year

Market factors are more favorably disposed toward non-agency MBS in the second half of the year than for agency bonds, according to a mid-year review and outlook from Deutsche Bank. “For the second half of 2015, we are cautiously optimistic for the non-agency MBS market, given the favorable fundamentals and technicals,” said Deutsche Bank analysts, who expect home price appreciation and servicer practices to continue to be the two biggest drivers of the MBS credit. On the technical front, the most important factor that affected legacy RMBS is...


July 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Production Volume Continued Gaining Strength in 2Q15; Heady Rally in FHA Lending

The mortgage market cranked up new originations significantly during the second quarter of 2015, lifting production to its highest level in nearly two years, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. Lenders produced an estimated $445 billion of first-lien single-family mortgages during the second quarter, an increase of 23.6 percent over the first three months of 2015. It marked the strongest origination volume since the second quarter of 2013, when the industry was in the middle of a refinance boom that generated over $2 trillion in new production over a 12-month period. The party this time around doesn’t look...[Includes two data tables]


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During the first half of 2015 all residential lenders originated a better-than-expected $805 billion of home mortgages, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. What do you expect in the second half?

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