June 14, 2018

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Jumbo Mortgage Production Down Sharply in Early 2018, Biggest Impact on Purchase Market

Mortgage production indicators were down almost across the board during the first quarter of 2018, but the jumbo market posted some of the biggest declines of all. [Includes three data charts.]


Tight Profit Margins and Lower Originations Fuel Speculation of More Company Closures

When trouble hits, a mortgage lender has two main choices: sell the company’s assets or hand over the office keys to the landlord and tell your employees the ugly truth.

More Banks Bidding on Mortgage Servicing Rights as Agencies Move to Ease Basel III Capital Restrictions

Although federal banking regulators are still toiling with language that will ease restrictions on how much mortgage servicing rights can count toward Tier I capital, depositories are aggressively reasserting their presence in the MSR market.

Feature Stories

Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Announces New Metric for Monitoring Issuer Performance

Ginnie Mae has added a new metric to make it easier for approved issuers to track the prepayment rates of single-family loans underlying they have delivered into mortgage-backed securities. The new prepayment metric would enhance Ginnie’s Issuer Operational Performance Profile (IOPP) tool, which was launched in 2015 to help issuers measure their performance against the agency’s standards. The new tool is the latest move by Ginnie to ensure the integrity and market predictability of Ginnie MBS. The prepayment tool will be available to lenders beginning June 25. The announcement follows an agency administrative action last week against three VA lenders that were penalized for cherry picking and refinancing unseasoned VA loans not to benefit borrowers but to charge them higher fees. The lenders – Freedom Mortgage, SunWest Mortgage Co. and NewDay USA – were among nine issuers that ...

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Originations of Expanded-Credit Mortgages Increase in First Quarter, Bucking Industry

Expanded-credit products look to be a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy mortgage market. Originations of the loans increased in the first quarter of 2018 while production in many other product categories declined, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. An estimated $10.1 billion of expanded-credit mortgages were originated in the first quarter of 2018, up 3.1 percent from the previous quarter and a 13.5 percent ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Outstanding on Steady Growth Track As Mutual Funds Step Up in Early 2018

Ginnie Mae continued to lead the growth in agency single-family MBS outstanding during the first quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. [Includes three data charts.]

Inside the CFPB

CFPB Disbands Three Advisory Boards, Wanting Diverse Voices

The CFPB fired all the members serving on three of its advisory boards, including the Consumer Advisory Board, indicating a shift in its approach to external engagement. The consumer agency announced last week that it plans to reconstitute three of its advisory groups – the Consumer Advisory Board, the Community Bank Advisory Council, and the Credit Union Advisory Council – with “new, smaller memberships.” “By both right-sizing its advisory ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank MSR Holdings Decline Again in 1Q18, But Valuations Hit Record High

Commercial banks and savings institutions once again reduced their holdings of mortgage servicing rights during the first quarter of 2018, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data. [Includes one data chart.]

Inside The GSEs

MBS Business Up Modestly in May But Little Change in Credit Box

A strong surge of purchase-mortgage business helped lift Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac production of single-family mortgage-backed securities in May, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis. Credit characteristics in May production were relatively unchanged, however. The two GSEs securitized $65.63 billion of single-family MBS last month, a 6.8 percent increase from April’s volume. Most of the gain came from a 23.6 percent jump in purchase-mortgage business as home buying season kicked into gear. Refinance volume was up slightly, and neither ... [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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