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Volume 2014 - Number 5

February 28, 2014

Redwood’s Jumbo Activity Slows, Emphasis Shifts

Redwood Trust's jumbo activity in 2014 will not match last year's production and overall mortgage originations may be down even more, so the real estate investment trust plans to put more emphasis on doing business with the government-sponsored enterprises and commercial mortgage activities. After seeing its jumbo acquisitions triple in 2013, hitting $6.9 billion, the REIT expects a downturn in 2014, but one that's less severe than the 32 percent decline projected for the industry ...

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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.