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.
loanDepot this week launched a digital mortgage product, mello smartloan, promising quick turn times for more than half of its loan applicants. The nonbank lender claims borrowers can now close their mortgages in just eight days.
As mortgage profits weaken, two banks that have had a foothold in residential finance for several decades are taking different paths. One, TIAA Bank, Jacksonville, FL, is exiting traditional retail but staying in the mortgage space. The other, Provident Savings Bank, Riverside, CA, is getting out entirely.
The agency purchase-mortgage market saw a higher share of first-time homebuyers in 2018 and increased reliance on conventional financing rather than government mortgage insurance. [Includes one data chart.]
Lenders that sell single-family mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac became slightly more daring in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to an exclusive new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends. [Includes two data charts.]