September 13, 2018

Latest from Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo Correspondent Share Rising

The correspondent channel accounted for 17.3 percent of jumbo production in the second quarter of 2018.

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Home-Equity Lending Up Sharply in 2Q18, But Market Still Far Below Its Potential

Home-equity lending accelerated in the second quarter of 2018, although the outstanding supply of home-equity lines of credit and closed-end seconds continued on its years-long downward trajectory, a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis reveals. [Includes three data charts.]

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Slightly Higher Warehouse Commitment Figures Mask Worries About Price Cutting and Nonbank Profits

The nation’s warehouse providers ended the second quarter with $67.0 billion of commitments on their books, a 6.3 percent sequential gain and an increase of 8.1 percent from a year ago, according to exclusive survey figures from Inside Mortgage Finance. [Includes one data chart.]

September Issuance of Final FHA Condo Rule Unlikely, Spot Financing is a Stumbling Block

The release of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s long-anticipated final rule on condominium lending reform, which aims to boost FHA activity in the sector, may take longer than expected, according to industry participants.

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Inside the CFPB

CFPB Proposes Disclosure Sandbox, and More Could Come

The CFPB is creating a “disclosure sandbox” as its most recent step to encourage fintech innovation. Many are expecting the bureau to tackle the flawed no-action letter policy next. The CFPB recently published a revised policy for its trial disclosure program in the Federal Register. The new policy would streamline the application process, establish procedures for extending successful trial disclosure programs, and allow the CFPB to coordinate with sandbox ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

Correspondents Rebounded Slightly in Jumbo Production During 2Q18

Correspondent-based mortgage production operations lost some ground in the conventional-conforming market during the second quarter of 2018 but made up some of it in an unlikely sector: jumbo originations. Jumbo production by correspondent lenders increased by a huge 63.7 percent from the first to the second quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. The data come from Inside Mortgage Finance surveys from lenders ... [Includes two data charts]

Inside MBS & ABS

Consolidation Beckons as REITs Have Mixed Results in Portfolio Building During 2Q18

As an industry, real estate investment trusts managed to boost their holdings of residential MBS during the second quarter of 2018, but many firms were unable to build their portfolios, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of earnings reports from publicly traded REITs. [Includes one data chart.]

Inside The GSEs

Purchase-Mortgage Business Up Again, Plus Unlikely Refi Jump

Single-family mortgage business at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew substantially from July to August, according to an Inside The GSEs analysis of mortgage-backed securities data. The two firms issued $79.34 billion of single-family MBS last month, a 20.5 percent increase from July’s volume. That brought year-to-date volume to $523.40 billion, down 6.1 percent from the first eight months of 2017. [Includes two data charts.]

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Correspondent Channel a Flashpoint in Competitive Jumbo Market at Midyear

With intense competition for originations of jumbo mortgages, the correspondent channel is experiencing volatility, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A survey of major players in the market shows correspondent production of jumbo loans rose sharply from the first to the second quarter, though volumes and market share are down on an annual basis. Among a group of lenders that generated $55.77 billion in jumbo originations in the second quarter ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA MBS Issuance Nudges Higher in August, Trails 2017

Ginnie Mae issuers produced $36.68 billion of new single-family mortgage-backed securities last month, a modest 5.0 percent gain from July, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis and ranking. Through the first eight months of the year, Ginnie issuance was down 11.0 percent from the same period in 2017. The MBS figures do not include FHA home-equity conversion mortgages, and loan amounts are truncated to the lowest $1,000. Purchase mortgages accounted for 75.6 percent of new issuance in August, although volume was up just 1.9 percent from July’s level. On a year-to-date basis, the purchase-mortgage share rose from 65.7 percent in 2017 to 70.0 percent for the first eight months of this year. Total volume, however, was down 5.1 percent. The refinance market has been more wobbly. As of the end of August, refi volume totaled $65.87 billion, down 26.2 percent from the ... [Chart]

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Who "owns" the mortgage customer that’s brought to a wholesale lender through a loan broker?

The broker. It’s his/her client.
The wholesale/table funder. They’re taking the financial risk.
The broker, but only for the first year. After that, the borrower is fair game.
Hard to answer. It’s a complicated issue.

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