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Volume 2017 - Number 25

December 8, 2017

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Jumbo Delinquency Rate Rose in 3Q17, But Sector in Line with Overall Market

After declining for two consecutive quarters, the delinquency rate on jumbo mortgages increased in the third quarter of 2017, according to Black Knight. Hurricanes contributed to the uptick in delinquencies, and performance in the jumbo market remains strong overall. The delinquency rate on non-agency jumbo mortgages was 1.60 percent as of the end of September, according to Black Knight. That was up from 1.49 percent in the previous quarter ... [Includes one data chart]

Redwood Set to Fund Lending by Other Nonbanks

Redwood Trust is looking to expand its footprint into funding originations by nonbanks as well as putting a greater emphasis on acquiring investment-property mortgages. The strategy announced this week was detailed one day after Redwood revealed that its CEO will retire in May. Officials said changes in the housing market have created opportunities for the real estate investment trust to “leverage our competitive strengths and expand our strategic mission.” They said funding ...

Conforming Loan Limit Increasing in 2018

The conforming loan limit will increase again in 2018, prompting some pushback from supporters of the non-agency market. The conforming loan limit for one-unit properties in 2018 will be $453,100, up 6.8 percent from the current limit. For high-cost areas, the loan limit will be as high as $679,650 in 2018, up from $636,150 this year. The limits apply to acquisitions of mortgages by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and annual adjustments are based on a house-price index ...

Subprime Delinquency Rate Jumps in 3Q17

Delinquency rates on subprime mortgages increased in the third quarter after showing strong improvement earlier in the year. As of the end of September, the subprime delinquency rate was 18.61 percent, according to Black Knight. The rate increased from 16.80 percent in June. As with overall mortgage performance, hurricanes had an impact on subprime delinquencies. And while delinquencies increased, they’re below the 19.03 percent level at ... [Includes one data chart]

Regulatory Reform Efforts Making Progress

Regulatory reform legislation with limited bipartisan support is making its way through the Senate, and a change in leadership at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could provide further relief for the industry. This week, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs approved a regulatory reform bill on a 16-7 vote. S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, would make adjustments to the standards for qualified mortgages ...

Government Guarantee Likely in Reform Effort

Housing-finance reform legislation in Congress will likely include a government guarantee for mortgage securities backed by conventional home loans after a concession this week by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX. The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has long pushed to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, removing the government guarantee associated with the government-sponsored enterprises. “I continue to believe that a government guarantee in ...

Jumbo Market Braces for Hit from Tax Reform

Tax reform legislation on track for enactment by the end of the year could have an outsized impact on the jumbo market, according to industry analysts. The House and Senate are currently working to reconcile differences between their versions of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. A concern for jumbo lenders is that both versions of the bill would set a $10,000 limit for deductions relating to state/local property taxes and eliminate deductions for state/local income taxes. The House bill ...

News Briefs

The nonprime mortgage-backed security closed by Angel Oak Capital Advisors at the end of November was oversubscribed, according to Lauren Hedvat, director of capital markets at the firm. The $210.2 million AOMT 2017-3 was backed by mortgages originated by Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, Angel Oak Home Loans and Angel Oak Prime Bridge. Non-qualified mortgages accounted for 83.9 percent of the dollar volume in the MBS. Angel Oak said it’s ... [Includes two 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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With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.
No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.
Maybe. It’s under consideration.
Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.

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