February 21, 2019

Latest from Inside Mortgage Finance

ARM Share Drops in Third Quarter

Adjustable-rate mortgages accounted for a smaller share of originations in 3Q18, despite rising interest rates. The decline may reflect slower production in the ARM-heavy jumbo market.

Read more in Inside Nonconforming Markets.

Mortgage Brokers Continued Building Market Share in ’18

Mortgage brokers arenít taking over the world, but the industryís share of new production reached a nine-year high in 2018, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance.

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Pershing Square’s GSE ‘Lottery Ticket’ Riding High

Pershing Square Holdings ó the high-profile hedge fund managed by mega investor Bill Ackman ó is sitting on a paper gain of 140.6% year-to-date on its investment in Fannie Mae common. Its holdings in Freddie Mac arenít too far behind at 130.2%.

Alter the Fannie, Freddie Dividend Payment: Yes/No?

Now that the smoke has cleared from Mark Calabriaís confirmation hearing to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, industry stakeholders are pondering the first step in administrative reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: eliminating the quarterly payments the two mortgage giants make to the Treasury Department.

Feature Stories

Inside The GSEs

Calabria Touts ‘Recap,’ Downplays ‘Release’

In his testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs last week, Mark Calabria, President Trumpís nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, reinforced expectations that, as director, he would begin the long-awaited recapitalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Stock Up on Fannie/Freddie MBS as 2018 Ends

Commercial banks and thrifts reversed a year-long trend during the fourth quarter of 2018 and increased their holdings of single-family MBS, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals.

Inside Mortgage Trends

Buybacks of Fannie/Freddie Loans Hit Record Low in ’18

Mortgage lenders that deliver loans into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities continued to face relatively few repurchase demands from the two government-sponsored enterprises last year. An exclusive new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of GSE disclosures finds that lender buybacks totaled just $833.7 million last year, the lowest annual total since asset securitizers were required to file repurchase disclosures with ... [Includes three data charts]

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Lending Falls in 4Q On Weaker Demand

Originations of non-agency jumbo mortgages declined in the fourth quarter as well as full year 2018, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis. The sector also lost market share with lenders noting weak demand. Some $65.0 billion of jumbos were originated in the fourth quarter, down 14.5% on a sequential basis. Full-year jumbo production declined 12.2% to $281.0 billion. Jumbos accounted for 17.2% of total first-lien originations ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside FHA/VA Lending

Weak 4Q Purchase Lending Shrinks FHA/VA Output

Government-backed originations fell significantly in the fourth quarter of 2018 due to a decline in purchase lending even as year-over-year results reflected the uncertainty in last yearís government-backed mortgage market.

Inside the CFPB

Payday Proposal Gets Rid of Underwriting Requirement

The CFPB may scrap the underwriting requirements of its 2017 payday lending rule, according to a proposal released last week. In the meantime, the ruleís compliance date has been pushed back to Nov. 19, 2020, from Aug. 19, 2019.

Poll

Do mortgage lenders really need a new credit-scoring model or is the current FICO system adequate?

It’s fine. Stick with what works.

53%

Time for a change. Borrowers are different today.

35%

Undecided, still assessing the situation.

12%