Originations of higher-priced non-government mortgages increased by 11% in 2018. The loans can’t receive safe harbor QM status and many higher-priced mortgages are required to include escrow accounts. (Includes two data charts.)
Originations of reverse mortgages are dominated by FHA loans. However, there’s a loan limit on FHA loans, allowing Reverse Mortgage Funding and other lenders to develop a market for proprietary products.
There’s no consensus among industry participants on how the CFPB should address the “patch” for qualified mortgages. However, lenders generally agree that Appendix Q of the ATR rule needs a major overhaul.
Denial rates on jumbo mortgages varied in 2018. Denials of applications for purchase mortgages declined while those for refis increased. Denial rates also differed widely among banks and nonbanks. (Includes one data chart.)
Production of interest-only mortgages by a select group of lenders increased by more than 65% in the second quarter. Data from HMDA provides new insight on the characteristics of IO borrowers. (Includes data chart.)
In comments on ways to address the end of the qualified mortgage patch, the Treasury suggested using a bright-line test while Redwood cautioned against using a metric based on the interest rate of a mortgage.