A borrower’s liquidity situation seems to be a better indicator of potential default than LTV or DTI ratios, according to the JPMorgan Chase Institute. The institute suggests that the use of emergency mortgage reserve accounts could help alter the DTI ratio standards for qualified mortgages.
Originations are strong in many markets but hiring by mortgage banking firms is not particularly robust. Meanwhile, some executives wonder privately whether the rate rally is getting long in the tooth.
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.
Homeownership rate looks likely to increase in the next 10 years though determining how many new households will need a mortgage is difficult, according to a survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Mortgages with low credit scores and higher loan-to-value ratios accounted for a larger share of Fannie/Freddie purchase business in the first quarter. But the industry is hardly in a race to the bottom despite slumping volume and tight margins.
Ditech is once again operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. But its problems, like a top subservicing client wanting out, are accelerating. Can the firm's advisors sell the shop before it's too late?
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.]
The mortgage market expects output to be flat this year, but digital mortgage lender Better.com said it could double its production to $2.5 billion. “We did about $1.3 billion last year, which is three times what we did in 2017,” the company’s President Jerry Selitto said.