So, you thought it was safe to re-enter the Ginnie Mae market? Maybe, maybe not. VA loan churning could be an issue again and federal investigators are asking questions about underwriting practices and delinquencies. Subpoenas have been issued.
Retained mortgage portfolios at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were relatively unchanged in the first quarter as increases in MBS holdings offset declines in whole loans. The portfolios still generate earnings, but guarantee business is the biggest source of income.
A huge downturn in issuance of agency multifamily MBS was the key factor in a 23% decline in commercial mortgage securitization during the first quarter of 2019. Non-agency CMBS production saw a gentler 6% downturn.