The two largest REIT investors in the MBS market added a combined $22.8 billion of agency MBS to their portfolios in the first quarter, boosting the industry to a record $308.1 billion in residential mortgage securities investment.
Jumbo servicing portfolios increased sequentially at most prominent servicers during the first quarter of 2019, though Wells Fargo and Chase posted declines. First Republic Bank's servicing model stands out.
FHA’s and VA’s purchase originations fell during the first three months of 2019 despite lower interest rates. On the other hand, lower rates helped boost both programs’ refinance production during the quarter.
A group of 22 banks reported a combined $1.84 billion in mortgage banking income for the first three months of 2019, a solid improvement from the fourth quarter but down from the same period last year.
Non-mortgage ABS issuance increased by a robust 31% from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first three months of this year. Big gains were recorded in vehicle-finance transactions, credit card ABS, student loan securitization and business-finance deals.
Agency MSR sales fell sharply from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first three months of this year, according to an exclusive Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. Much of the downturn resulted from a return to more normal levels of Ginnie bulk deals.
A handful of nonbanks with limited production capacity saw significant gains in their GSE servicing portfolios during the first quarter, including New Residential Investment, Matrix Financial Services and Pingora Loan Servicing. Overall, Fannie/Freddie MSRs grew $9.1 billion from December.