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Volume 2014 - Number 2

January 17, 2014

Lack of Secondary Market Will Keep Many Lenders, Large and Small, From Originating Non-QM Loans

The absence of a ready secondary market for mortgages that don’t fit into the safe harbor or rebuttable presumption categories of a qualified mortgage under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule is discouraging mortgage lenders of all sizes from originating non-QMs – at least in the initial phase of the rule’s implementation. “A common question we’ve received … is whether we plan to write non-QM loans,” William Emerson, CEO of Quicken Loans, said before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit during a hearing this week on the effect of the CFPB’s new rule. “I can tell you categorically that Quicken Loans, like the overwhelming majority of lenders, will not lend outside the boundaries of QM. “In fact, even if we wanted to, we wouldn’t be able...

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This weekly covers the secondary mortgage market, including mortgage-backed securities and asset-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.