Jumbo Mortgages

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January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Issuers Prep First Batch of Jumbo MBS for 2015

Redwood Trust, Credit Suisse and Two Harbors Investment are working on separate jumbo mortgage-backed securities that will be issued next week. The deals vary slightly by issuer, including some non-qualified mortgages in Redwood’s deal and sunset provisions on representations and warranties on Credit Suisse’s jumbo MBS. Redwood’s $338.80 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2015-1 is set to receive AAA rating with credit enhancement of 7.25 percent ...


January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Characteristics Shifting a Bit But Underwriting Standards Still Strong

Mortgages included in jumbo mortgage-backed securities in 2014 showed some shifting characteristics while maintaining strong underwriting overall, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Looser underwriting on jumbo mortgages has largely been at the fringes: some MBS have included a cluster of mortgages with combined loan-to-value ratios of 80 percent, a few borrowers with credit scores below 680 and ... [Includes one data chart]


January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Basel Risk Weights Not Expected to Have Much of an Impact on U.S. Banks

Risk weights established by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for holdings of securitized assets won’t have much of an impact on U.S. banks, according to analysts at Barclays Capital. It’s unclear which banks the risk weights will be applied to and many U.S. banks have transitioned to similar methods to evaluate capital requirements for their holdings of MBS and ABS. The BCBS issued a revised framework for calculating risk weights on banks’ securitization exposures in December. The framework is set to take effect in certain countries beginning in 2018. It was issued to address concerns that banks were holding insufficient capital for certain securitized assets and to reduce the reliance on external ratings to derive securitization risk weights. Barclays said...


January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Finished Strong in 2014, But Not Enough to Match 2013 Volume

Issuers of non-agency MBS finished 2014 with a flourish, as production totaled $10.63 billion in the fourth quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. But despite a 4.1 percent gain during the fourth quarter, 2014’s total issuance of $35.14 billion came up 9.6 percent short of the total for 2013. The only sector that showed any growth last year was the scratch-and-dent market, where issuance was up 17.6 percent from 2013. In fact, securitization of nonperforming and re-performing mortgages accounted for...[Includes three data charts]


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

GSE Deals Crowding Out Some Jumbo MBS

The risk-sharing transactions that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac started offering in 2013 have drawn some investors away from buying new jumbo mortgage-backed securities, according to industry participants. The government-sponsored enterprises say the deals that share credit risk with investors help reduce taxpayer risk. However, the returns and risk profile of Freddie’s Structured Agency Credit Risk deals and Fannie’s Connecticut Avenue Securities deals have caused some investors to abandon jumbo MBS and instead invest in the GSEs’ offerings. Aaron Pas, a senior vice president of non-agency portfolio management at American Capital Mortgage Investment, said...


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Underwriting Looser as Lenders Compete

Jumbo lenders continue to loosen underwriting requirements in an effort to compete for volume. Some lenders are even offering jumbos with loan-to-value ratios as high as 95 percent, while three years ago a 70 percent LTV ratio was the norm. “We’ve seen a fairly rapid loosening of standards on jumbo loans,” said Michael Fratantoni, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association, during an event hosted this week by the Urban Institute. “They’re still tight, but now you can get a 5 percent down jumbo loan. And minimum credit scores have been coming down.” The MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index has shown...


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuance Increases Toward End Of 2014, Falls Well Short of Peak Seen in 2013

The strong growth in issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities seen since 2010 stumbled in 2014, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some $9.79 billion in jumbo MBS were issued last year, down 25.4 percent from activity in 2013. Issuance has been constrained by bank portfolio demand for jumbo mortgages. The spike in interest rates in 2013 led to nine months of very low issuance. Rates have since fallen and a number of new jumbo MBS issuers have entered the market, but quarterly volume has struggled to reach the levels seen in early 2013. Those looking for a silver lining could...[Includes one data chart]


January 8, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lenders Loosen Underwriting Standards a Bit, But Loan Performance Remains a Concern

Mortgage underwriting standards have loosened in recent years, led by the jumbo market and reduced overlays on agency mortgages, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. However, underwriting standards aren’t nearly as lenient as they were in the early 2000s, prompting some to call for further loosening. The MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index has trended up since the beginning of 2012. “Most of the action in terms of loosening has been on the jumbo side,” said Michael Fratantoni, MBA chief economist, at a talk hosted this week by the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center. Separately, he noted...


December 19, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Jumbo Originations Surge in 3Q14

Production of FHA-insured jumbo loans ballooned in the third quarter of 2014 reflecting heightened activity in this loan segment during the period. A 23.7 percent quarter-over-quarter surge helped push FHA jumbo lenders’ total volume to $7.71 billion at the end of the nine-month period ending Sept. 30. It was a significant increase for a segment that represents only a sliver of FHA’s overall business. However, compared to last year’s first nine months, volume was down by almost half (48.8 percent) as lenders struggled to keep pace with last year’s output. Strong purchase demand helped drive FHA jumbo originations (all FHA loans over $417,000 up to $625,500 in high-cost areas), as purchase mortgages accounted for 81.1 percent of all FHA jumbos originated during the first nine months of the year. Fixed-rates comprised 86.4 percent of FHA jumbos originated during ... [1 chart]


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Credit Suisse appears to be close to issuing a jumbo mortgage-backed security with some loans sourced from Five Oaks Investment. Stonegate Mortgage announced an expansion of its offerings of non-agency mortgage products last week. The lender is offering adjustable-rate mortgages with loan-to-value ratios as high as 90 percent and no requirement for mortgage insurance. The loans can have balances as high as the conforming loan limit ... [Includes three briefs]


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Cenlar Seen as a Strong Servicer of Jumbo MBS

A savings bank that focuses on subservicing has been the most active servicer of loans in jumbo mortgage-backed securities since 2013, according to Fitch Ratings. A number of rating services view the firm, Cenlar, as a strong servicer with good prospects for continued growth. Last week Fitch affirmed its RPS2 rating for Cenlar as a servicer of prime mortgages that demonstrates “high performance in overall servicing ability.” Fitch said that since 2013, Cenlar has added ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Increase Holdings of First Liens

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages increased in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the third quarter of 2013, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $1.76 trillion in first liens as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, up 0.4 percent compared with the same period last year. The growth was driven by jumbo mortgages. On a quarterly basis, portfolio runoff and loan sales slightly outpaced ... [Includes one data chart]


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Field of Jumbo MBS Issuers Growing, Attracting Investors Still a Problem

The number of issuers offering jumbo mortgage-backed securities will increase in 2015, according to analysts at various rating services, but total issuance volume isn’t expected to grow by much compared with this year. Attracting investors willing to purchase AAA tranches of jumbo MBS remains a key obstacle. Some $5.4 billion in jumbo MBS were issued during the first three quarters in 2014, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets, including $3.1 billion in the third quarter ...


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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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