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Volume 2019 - Number 1

January 4, 2019

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Non-Agency MBS Issuance Nearly Doubles in 2018

The total dollar volume of non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by new originations nearly doubled in 2018, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some $29.08 billion of non-agency MBS backed by new loans was issued in 2018, a 94.3 percent increase from 2017. Issuance of both prime non-agency MBS and expanded-credit deals hit post-crisis highs last year. Some $17.69 billion of prime non-agency ... [Includes one data chart]

Issuance of Non-QM MBS Expected to Rise in 2019

The market for mortgage-backed securities with non-qualified mortgages will continue to grow in 2019, according to industry analysts. However, the annual doubling of volume seen in recent years appears unlikely. Analysts at both Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Securities project non-QM MBS issuance to increase by about 60 percent in 2019. Some $11.38 billion of expanded-credit MBS, including non-QMs, was issued in 2018, according to Inside Nonconforming ...

Non-Agency Market May Get a Boost from FHFA

Industry analysts expect Mark Calabria to shake things up at the Federal Housing Finance Agency – that is, once he’s approved by the full Senate. “The nomination of Calabria should, in our view, be taken as an indication of the administration’s and the Treasury Department’s will to tackle housing reform proactively, rather than maintain the status quo,” analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said. According to Wells Fargo Securities, Calabria’s nomination is one of the most significant ...

Angel Oak Expects Sustained Non-QM Growth in 2019

Angel Oak Companies set company records for originations of non-qualified mortgages in 2018 and officials expect more growth this year. “Non-QM is booming, we’re going to set an all-time record in December and we’ve set records each quarter in 2018,” said Tom Hutchens, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions. “We’re continuing to see more people participate in the market, which is a great thing.” Through the first three quarters of 2018, Angel Oak ...

Redwood Sticks out in Assessment by Moody’s

Moody’s Investors Service recently completed a round of assessments of originators and aggregators of non-agency mortgages. One of the key findings showed that Redwood Trust has a loan review policy for prime jumbo mortgages that differs from other aggregators. “Redwood continues to be the only aggregator that we have assessed to date who does not conduct full reviews on 100 percent of acquired prime jumbo residential mortgage loans,” Moody’s said. Three banks ...

ATR Rule Limiting Loans to Self-Employed Borrowers

Some self-employed workers are missing out on mortgages because of harsh standards included in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule, according to analysts at the Housing Finance Policy Center. “The mortgage market is not adequately meeting the needs of self-employed households,” the analysts said. The HFPC noted that in 2016, about 8.5 percent of U.S. households were headed by a self-employed person and 3.4 percent were salaried but earned some ...

MBS Issuers Experimenting With Stop-Advance Feature

Issuers of non-agency mortgage-backed securities are adding more variety to the stop-advance features of the deals, leading to criticism from rating services. Industry analysts, though, said the move doesn’t necessarily create new risks. With non-agency MBS, master servicers have to advance the principal and interest due for delinquent loans. Historically, they had to make the payments if the advances were deemed recoverable, analysts at Deutsche Bank Securities noted ...

News Briefs

CORRECTION: The ranking published in the Dec. 14, 2018, issue of Inside Nonconforming Markets of Top Bank/Thrift First-Lien Residential Mortgage Portfolios for 3Q18 included some errors. An updated version of the ranking and story are available at Redwood Trust is preparing to issue a $349.6 million prime non-agency mortgage-backed security, according to presale reports published this week by ... [Includes four briefs]

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


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