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Volume 2018 - Number 23

November 16, 2018

REITs Show Increasing Interest in Non-Agency

Demand for non-agency products, including non-qualified mortgages, is growing among real estate investment trusts. A number of REITs have ramped up their investments in the non-agency sector, with some issuing mortgage-backed securities. Annaly Capital Management, the largest mortgage REIT, had $525.0 million in residential whole loans at the end of September, up from $392.0 million a year ago. The REIT didn’t disclose the total unpaid principal balance of its whole-loan holdings ...

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With loan volumes declining, does your shop have plans to enter the non-QM lending market in 2019?

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