January 18, 2018

Latest from Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage originations continued to rise for the third quarter in a row, according to Inside Mortgage Finance.

See who the top 100 originators of 3Q17 were.

Nonbanks Expanded Footprint in Agency Mortgage Servicing Market During Fourth Quarter of 2017

Nonbanks will likely account for over half of outstanding agency single-family servicing by the end of 2018 if market trends continue as they have in recent years.


Guild Mortgage Strikes First in What Could Be a Busy 2018 for Mergers and Acquisitions

Guild Mortgage, which ranks 21st among all home lenders, has agreed to purchase Cornerstone Mortgage, St. Louis, marking the first acquisition of 2018, a year in which the rollup of smaller lending shops could be significant.

Most Large Banks Report Production Decline In Fourth Quarter, Except for U.S. Bank

As a group, the largest bank mortgage lenders began reporting sagging mortgage originations in the fourth quarter, though the drop was hardly a disaster.

Feature Stories

Inside The GSEs

GSE Servicing Market Became More Top-Heavy in 4Q17

The ongoing growth of New Residential Mortgage resulted in an increase in concentration among the top servicers of single-family Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in the fourth quarter. New Residential, a real estate investment trust that invests in mortgage servicing rights and related assets, has rocketed up the ranks of GSE servicers. After picking up its seller-servicer approvals in the third quarter of 2016, the company had amassed a $229.57 billion MSR portfolio by the end of last year. The REIT so far hasn’t invested in Ginnie Mae servicing. Its Fannie/Freddie holdings grew by 13.5 percent during the fourth quarter, enough to vault over Bank of America to become the third-largest investor in GSE MSR. New Residential pays subservicers to handle loan administration duties.

Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Mortgage ABS Issuance Hit Post-Crisis High in 2017 Despite Sluggish Finish in 4Q17

A huge rebound in securitization of credit-card receivables in 2017 helped boost the non-mortgage ABS market to a significant 21.2 percent increase in new issuance, according to a new rank-ing and analysis by Inside MBS & ABS.

Inside Mortgage Trends

Servicing Transfers Ended a Boom Year In 2017 With Cooling in Fourth Quarter

Despite a slowdown during its final lap, 2017 was a strong year for sales of agency mortgage servicing rights, according to a new analysis of mortgage-backed securities data by Inside Mortgage Trends. The market saw some $538.49 billion of agency servicing rights change hands last year, a 22.0 percent increase from 2016. Most of the MSR transfers were bulk transactions, which totaled $406.78 billion, a huge 51.1 percent jump from the previous year. Bulk deals ... [Includes three data charts]

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Jumbo MBS, Expanded-Credit MBS Issuance Up in 2017, Sharp Increase in 4Q

Issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by new originations increased on an annual basis in 2017, with gains from prime jumbo MBS and expanded-credit MBS, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A total of $10.88 billion of prime jumbo MBS was issued during the year, up 16.7 percent from 2016. Expanded-credit MBS – which include mortgages with alternative documentation, non-qualified ... [Includes one data chart]

Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Program Faltered In 2017, Refi Flow Up in 4Q17

Ginnie Mae set records for new issuance of single-family mortgage-backed securities in 2015 and 2016, but production sagged last year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. The agency issued $443.20 billion of MBS backed by forward single-family mortgages in 2017, a 10.8 percent decline from the previous year. Including FHA reverse mortgages and that are not truncated, 2017 issuance fell 10.3 percent to $455.00 billion. Meanwhile, the private mortgage insurance business – based on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS data – saw a smaller decline of 5.0 percent from 2016 to last year. The VA program generally held up better than the FHA program during the fourth quarter, when refinance lending was climbing. But the FHA had a better year overall despite some loss of market share in purchase-mortgage activity. Deliveries of FHA loans into ... [ Charts ]

Inside the CFPB

What to Expect Under Mulvaney: Less Hostility Toward Industry

CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney has less than 200 calendar days left to occupy the director’s chair, so industry officials have been wondering what they can expect from the bureau as long as he’s in charge. According to some top compliance attorneys, the CFPB will be far less aggressive towards the industry, but hardly provide the corporate love-fest opponents of the AD fear. Laurence Platt, a partner with the Mayer Brown law firm in Washington, DC, told Inside the CFPB, “Like former Sen. George Romney’s famous prediction about the U.S. getting out of Vietnam, I expect a ‘phased withdrawal.’” The CFPB “will continue to supervise ‘covered persons,’ but, whether it is supervision or enforcement, I expect the CFPB’s use of ...


How many new retail loan officers (net) is your shop looking to hire in the first quarter of 2018?

1 to 10. We’re being careful.
11 to 30. We’re feeling slightly bullish.
31 or more. We’re in expansion mode.
None. We’re staying right where we are, for now.
We’re cutting back.

vote to see results