November 22, 2017

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Total mortgage securities outstanding rose by 0.8 percent from the previous quarter according to estimates from Inside MBS & ABS

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Third-Party Originators Continue Gaining Share in Purchase-Heavy Market of 3Q17

Correspondent originators and mortgage brokers saw the biggest increase in production during the third quarter of 2017, although retail lending was still the dominant channel, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance.

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Wells Fargo’s Termination of Consumer/Mortgage Chief Shows Executives Are on a Short Leash

The sudden firing late last week of Wells Fargo’s consumer and mortgage chief Franklin Codel for an unspecified personnel matter sent a clear message to the executive ranks of the company that it will not tolerate any behavior that puts the firm in a negative light.

One Week After Cordray Announced He’s Leaving, Trump Still Has Not Named a Replacement For Him

It’s been almost a week since the biggest staffing news to hit the mortgage industry this year – the early departure of Richard Cordray from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – and the Trump administration has yet to name either a permanent replacement or even an acting director. Legal uncertainty may be the reason why.

Feature Stories

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Increase in 3Q17 but Sector Loses Some Market Share

Originations of jumbo mortgages increased in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the previous period, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. But through nine months of the year, production was down compared with 2016 and the sector is losing market share as a handful of major lenders are seeing significant declines in their jumbo production. Demand for jumbo mortgages has declined somewhat, according to lenders ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Continued to Add to Residential MBS Holdings During 3Q17, Giants Account for Most of the Gain

Commercial banks and savings institutions boosted their holdings of residential MBS to a record $1.839 trillion during the third quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis.

Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Endorsements Rise in 3Q17, Nonbanks Remain Dominant

FHA single-family endorsements rose 2.0 percent in the third quarter from the prior quarter as more borrowers took out purchase loans and nonbanks remained in control of the market during the period. The FHA endorsed $62.1 billion of forward mortgages during the third quarter, which brought total production over the first nine months of 2017 to $182.7 billion (excluding reverse mortgages), a 2.5 percent decline from 2016. Fixed-rate loans continued to comprise nearly all of FHA’s business. Adjustable-rate endorsements totaled $935.3 million for the first nine months of 2017, up from $701.7 million a year ago. FHA purchase activity was up 4.4 percent to $48.5 billion in the third quarter while annual volume increased 2.6 percent from 2016. Purchase loans accounted for 73.6 percent of total FHA endorsements for the nine-month period. Of the $182.7 billion of FHA loans endorsed during the ... [Charts]

Inside the CFPB

The Rumors Were True: Cordray to Step Down by Month’s End

CFPB Director Richard Cordray last week informed bureau staff that he is resigning. He made no mention of his future plans, but it has been widely expected for months, if not years, that he would run for governor of Ohio. Cordray is the first officially named and confirmed director of the bureau, but he encountered controversy from the start, as President Obama tried to make him a recess appointment, which was later declared to be an unconstitutional move on Obama’s part. However, the Democrat-controlled Senate at the time reaffirmed the president’s selection of Cordray, rendering various legal challenges moot. He was preceded at the helm by Raj Date, who served as a special advisor after being chosen by then-Harvard professor ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

As a Group, Publicly Traded Nonbanks Post Gain in Mortgage-Banking Income

Nine publicly traded mortgage companies posted a combined $52.22 million in mortgage banking earnings for the third quarter of 2017, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends. The group’s third-quarter results represented a healthy 86.4 percent improvement over the paltry $28.02 million they earned from their core businesses during the April-June cycle. But the aggregate figures don’t begin to describe the state of most of these nonbank ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside The GSEs

Freddie Swiped Some Market Share From Fannie in October MBS

Freddie Mac had one of its best months of the year in terms of new single-family business during October, notching a significant gain in its share of the GSE mortgage-backed securities market. In October, Freddie issued $34.61 billion of single-family MBS, a hefty 23.9 percent increase from the previous month. Meanwhile, Fannie Mae saw a sharp 11.5 percent drop in MBS production from September to October. Freddie’s share of new GSE MBS issuance surged to 45.7 percent last month, its highest level since November of last year, when it spiked to 45.9 percent – and then abruptly fell to just 36.1 percent the following month.

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With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.
No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.
Maybe. It’s under consideration.
Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.

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