Several real estate investment trusts, including MFA Financial and Starwood Property Trust, are expanding their portfolio of non-qualified mortgages. The loans provide attractive returns, whether retained or bundled into an MBS.
Originations of non-QMs by Impac fell in the second quarter as the lender increased production of GSE refinances. However, officials at the nonbank stress that non-QMs remain an important part of Impac’s business.
Citadel posted record origination volume for the company in the second quarter, with help from products beyond the typical non-qualified mortgage offerings. Citadel also stands out by servicing its originations and largely avoiding contributing to non-agency MBS.