Some 12.9% of purchase loans sold to Fannie and Freddie in the second quarter had credit scores ranging from 620 to 699, the highest such concentration on record. But loans with high credit scores accounted for a rising share of GSE refi business.
TD Bank was the top volume gainer among residential lenders in the second quarter but barely made the top 50 volume ranking in the first half of the year. Moral of story: the bigger you are, the harder it is to post huge percentage gains.
Mortgage brokers accounted for a record 14.8% of single-family business in the agency MBS market during the second quarter. Credit trends suggest sellers may have focused on the low-hanging fruit as production volume ramped up significantly.
Low revenues, high expenses and trend lines moving in the wrong direction are causing large bank-owned mortgage companies to underperform compared to independent mortgage banks in the retail space, according to a report by Stratmor Group.
A bird's-eye view suggests retail originations had higher credit scores and lower DTI ratios than loans produced by correspondents and brokers. But third-party originators generated lower-risk loans at the agency level.
So far, five major banks — Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp and Citigroup — have reported first-quarter results, including limited details about home lending. The bottom line: mortgage lending suffered at most, but not all.
The wholesale-broker channel appears to be gaining ground in the tightly competitive primary market in agency conforming mortgages. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis reveals that broker originations accounted for 12.5% of single-family loans pooled in agency mortgage-backed securities during the first quarter of 2019. That represented a substantial leap of 1.3 percentage points from the broker share of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae ... [Includes two data charts.]