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Volume 2018 - Number 1

January 12, 2018

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Prime Jumbo MBS, Expanded-Credit MBS Issuance Up in 2017, Sharp Increase in 4Q

Issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by new originations increased on an annual basis in 2017, with gains from prime jumbo MBS and expanded-credit MBS, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A total of $10.88 billion of prime jumbo MBS was issued during the year, up 16.7 percent from 2016. Expanded-credit MBS – which include mortgages with alternative documentation, non-qualified ... [Includes one data chart]

Redwood Quickly Preps Two Prime Jumbo MBS

Redwood Trust is set to issue two prime jumbo mortgage-backed securities in January, according to presale reports published this week. Issuance of two similar deals in quick succession by one firm is relatively uncommon, but Redwood appears to see strong demand from investors and has mortgages to sell. Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2018-1, a $341.25 million issuance, is scheduled to close on Jan. 19. A $462.01 million MBS, Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2018-2, is penciled in for Jan. 25 ...

New Lone Star Nonprime MBS Slightly Smaller

After issuing nonprime mortgage-backed securities with post-crisis record-breaking sizes, the latest deal from Lone Star Funds will be slightly smaller. The firm is set to issue a $401.21 million nonprime MBS this month, according to presale reports by DBRS and Fitch Ratings. COLT 2018-1 Mortgage Loan Trust follows a $426.18 million issuance from Lone Star in September. That was the largest nonprime MBS backed by post-crisis originations. All of the loans in the previous issuance ...

DoubleLine Entity Plans to Issue Non-Agency MBS

DoubleLine Capital, an investor in non-agency mortgage-backed securities, established an entity in recent months with plans to issue non-agency MBS. The issuance and related activities will be conducted via the new Mortgage Opportunities Capital, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filings were completed in October but didn’t gain prominence until a recent story published by Bloomberg. Jeffrey Gundlach, DoubleLine’s CEO, initially pushed back ...

Angel Oak Sees Strong Demand for Non-QMs

Institutional investors are getting more comfortable with non-qualified mortgages, according to Angel Oak Capital Advisors. The firm announced last week that it raised $291 million in capital commitments for a private credit fund that will focus on non-QMs. The initial fundraising goal for Angel Oak Real Estate Investment Fund I was $250 million, according to AOCA. Officials weren’t willing to disclose how the fund will invest in non-QMs, but it has been involved in non-agency ...

IO Mortgage Originations Down Sharply in 2017

Through three quarters in 2017, originations of interest-only mortgages declined significantly, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. A group of 15 prominent IO lenders had $20.18 billion of such production in the first three quarters of 2017. That was down by 35.1 percent from the same span in 2016. First Republic Bank, the top IO lender in the group, increased its production of the loans, but volume has declined at ... [Includes one data chart]

ARM Production, Market Share Up Slightly

While mortgage originations overall declined through three quarters in 2017, production of adjustable-rate mortgages increased slightly from the same period in 2016, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. An estimated $161.0 billion of ARMs were originated in the first three quarters of 2017, up 2.5 percent compared with 2016. Total mortgage originations declined by 10.1 percent in that span ... [Includes one data chart]

Tax Bill Likely to Reduce Demand for Jumbos

As the dust settles from tax reform legislation passed at hyper speed at the end of 2017, industry analysts project that demand for jumbo purchase mortgages will take a hit. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the amount of new debt eligible for the mortgage interest deduction. For purchase mortgages taken out on Dec. 15, 2017, and beyond, only $750,000 of debt will be eligible for the interest deduction. Previously, the limit was $1.0 million. Additionally, deductions from federal taxes for ...

News Briefs

PennyMac Financial Services launched its broker origination channel this week. While the company hasn’t originated many jumbo mortgages in the past year, it said the broker channel “will provide opportunities to grow volumes in attractive segments,” including jumbos. Carrington Mortgage Services recently launched some nonprime products in its wholesale channel. The lender allows for credit scores as low as 500 and loan amounts up to ... [Includes five 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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