October 18, 2018

Latest from Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo Lending Surges in 2Q18

Overall jumbo volume recovered from the the first quarter slump, but conforming-jumbo securitization continued to slip.

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Agency Mortgage-Servicing Market Grew Modestly in 3Q18 as Nonbanks Continue Amassing Market Share

The agency mortgage-servicing market continued to grow at a steady pace during the third quarter of 2018, fueled by strong purchase-mortgage originations, according to an exclusive ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. [Includes two data charts.]

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Ginnie Mae Working on Stress Tests and May Tighten Capital Standards. Agency Boots Lender from Program

With loan production on the wane and profit margins thinning, warehouse lenders, financiers and even regulators are growing increasingly anxious about nonbank liquidity, a topic that received an airing at the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association this week.

Many Nonbanks Having Difficulty Meeting Covenants as Outside Observers Continue Warning About Increased Risk

Warehouse executives speaking on a panel at this week’s annual Mortgage Bankers Association convention offered a somewhat bleak view of the market.

Feature Stories

Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Delinquencies Tip Slightly Higher in 3Q18 GNMA MBS Pools

The amount of single-family Ginnie Mae mortgage servicing rights increased a modest 0.9 percent during the third quarter, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Some $1.858 trillion of Ginnie mortgage-backed securities were outstanding at the end of September, a 6.2 percent gain over the previous 12 months. Loans guaranteed by the VA continued to be the fastest growing segment of the Ginnie market. Volume was up 1.3 percent from the end of June, hitting $630.9 billion, an 11.0 percent increase from the same time last year. The FHA segment remained far bigger: $1.114 trillion at the end of the third quarter. However, its growth rate has been slower: 0.7 percent from June and 3.9 percent compared to September 2017. Loan performance deteriorated slightly in both programs. Some 92.9 percent of FHA loans were current at the end of September, down from ... [Charts]

Inside Nonconforming Markets

Wells Fargo Returns to Jumbo MBS Market with its First Issuance Since Housing Crisis

Wells Fargo was set to price its first post-crisis jumbo mortgage-backed security this week, marking a significant occasion for the sector. Wells is the largest originator of jumbo mortgages and the bank has been holding production in portfolio instead of issuing non-agency MBS. Company officials note that the $441.3 million Wells Fargo Mortgage Backed Securities 2018-1 Trust is in part a test of the MBS market by the bank. The deal is scheduled to close on Oct. 25. MBS issuers generally can't ...

Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Mortgage ABS Production Down Sharply in 3Q18 But Market Still Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

Issuance of new non-mortgage ABS dropped significantly from the second to the third quarter of 2018, although a few sectors saw increased volume, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking of the market. [Includes two data charts.]

Inside the CFPB

Industry Wants Clarity on Non-QM, Calling for Changes to ATR Rule

Originating home loans that don’t meet the qualified-mortgage standard remains a small, but rapidly growing market that’s looking more attractive at a time when agency mortgage lending is slowing. But many lenders are holding back because of a lack of clarity about non-QM compliance. Changes to the ability-to-repay rule may be necessary to move the non-QM niche to the next level, experts say. An estimated $21.5 billion of expanded-credit mortgages ...

Inside Mortgage Trends

Correspondent Platforms Gain Share in 3Q18 Agency Mortgage Market

Mortgages originated by correspondent lenders and sold to aggregators accounted for a larger share of agency business in the third quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of mortgage-backed securities disclosures. [Includes two data charts.]

Inside The GSEs

GSE 1-Family Business Up 10% in 3Q18 as Purchase Market Grows

Seasonal housing-market factors pushed GSE single-family mortgage business higher in the third quarter, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis of mortgage-backed securities data. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued $213.81 billion of single-family MBS in the third quarter, a 10.4 percent increase from the previous period. The gain came from a 23.4 percent surge in purchase-mortgage business, which offset a 15.5 percent downturn in GSE refi activity. [Includes two data charts.]

Poll

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

The broker. It’s his/her client.

35%

The wholesale/table funder. They’re taking the financial risk.

30%

The broker, but only for the first year. After that, the borrower is fair game.

13%

Hard to answer. It’s a complicated issue.

22%