July 12, 2018

Latest from Inside Mortgage Finance

Secondary market activity by banks was down sharply in the first quarter.

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GSE 1-Family Business Up Modestly in 2Q18 As Purchase-Loan Market Kicks into Gear

Collectively, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recorded a modest increase in new single-family business from the first quarter of 2018 to the second, but the bird’s-eye view misses some key details. [Includes three data charts.]


FHA Commissioner Montgomery Worried by High DTIs, Obsolete Technology, and a Ton of Vacancies

FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery this week laid out the chief items on his worry list, including high debt-to-income ratios, obsolete technology, and dozens of vacancies caused by a brain-drain at the government’s mortgage insurer.

Officials at Online Mortgage Brokerage Top Survey of Nonbank Executives Last Year

The table-funding sector may be a shadow of its former self, but the man who founded and heads the nation’s only publicly traded mortgage brokerage firm took home $59.6 million in total compensation last year, according to a new tally from Inside Mortgage Finance. [Includes one data chart.]

Feature Stories

Inside FHA/VA Lending

Seasonal Factors Boost Ginnie Mae MBS Issuance in Second Quarter

The spring homebuying season fueled a relatively modest increase in production of Ginnie Mae single-family mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending ranking and analysis. Lenders issued $98.66 billion of Ginnie MBS backed by forward mortgages during the April-May cycle. That was up 6.6 percent from the first three months of the year, but 2018 continued to lag behind the pace set in 2017 by 10.7 percent. Given current trends, annual Ginnie MBS issuance in 2018 could fall short of the $400 billion mark for the first time since 2014. The flow of FHA and VA purchase mortgages was up a solid 23.7 percent from the first to the second quarter, bringing the total for the first half of the year to $121.01 billion. However, that was down 4.7 percent from the same period in 2017. Ginnie securitized $75.02 billion of FHA purchase loans in the ... [Charts]

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Backed by New Production Hits Another Quarterly Record

Issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities reached a third straight post-crisis quarterly record during the recently completed April-June cycle, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A total of $10.03 billion of non-agency MBS backed by new jumbo and expanded-credt originations was issued in the second quarter. The previous quarterly record was $6.28 billion in the first quarter of 2018. And in ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Market Produces Modest Bump in New Issuance in 2Q18 as Residential MBS Hits Refi Skid

MBS and ABS issuers were busy in the second quarter of 2018, generating $435.64 billion in new securities, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS.

Inside the CFPB

CFPB Closes Investigation of Zillow: Another Industry Win on RESPA?

The CFPB recently dropped its RESPA-related investigation of Zillow, deciding not to bring enforcement charges against the online real estate database firm, according to a new public filing. At issue was Zillow’s co-marketing program, which allows real estate agents and lenders to advertise together on the firm’s website. As part of the launch, Zillow had boasted that its “premier agents” can invite lenders to share marketing costs. “Lenders get featured next to the agents on Zillow ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

GSE Buybacks Nudge Higher in 1Q18 But Reflect Miniscule Share of Business

There was an increase in the volume of home loans lenders had to buy back from the government-sponsored enterprises in the first quarter of 2018, but repurchase activity remained subdued. [Includes two data charts.]

Inside The GSEs

Purchase Market Springs to Life In 2Q18; Freddie Regains Share

Freddie Mac saw a strong rebound in its single-family business during the second quarter following a sluggish start to the year. Freddie guaranteed $82.23 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter, a romping 28.6 percent increase from the first three months of the year. The GSE produced just $63.93 billion of MBS in the first three months of 2018, its slackest quarter in almost four years. Fannie’s single-family business was off slightly in the second quarter as MBS issuance declined to $111.36 billion – its weakest output since the first three months of 2016. [Includes two data charts.]


With mortgage production down noticeably this year from 2017, how many lenders might disappear via M&A or failure during the next 12 months?

10% or less. It’s not that bad out there.
11% to 25%. It’s a challenging market.
25% to 40%. It’s going to be very ugly.
No opinion.

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