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Volume 22 - Number 19

September 14, 2018

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Correspondents Rebounded Slightly in Jumbo Production During 2Q18

Correspondent-based mortgage production operations lost some ground in the conventional-conforming market during the second quarter of 2018 but made up some of it in an unlikely sector: jumbo originations. Jumbo production by correspondent lenders increased by a huge 63.7 percent from the first to the second quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. The data come from Inside Mortgage Finance surveys from lenders ... [Includes two data charts]

GSE Seller Buybacks Fall in Second Quarter

Mortgage sellers repurchased just $226.8 million of defective single-family loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. It was one of the lowest quarterly buyback totals involving government-sponsored enterprise loans since Fannie and Freddie began disclosing this activity in early 2012. Repurchases – which include other forms of indemnification ... [Includes two data charts]

Lenders Seek Uniform Standard for Ad Disclosures

The Mortgage Bankers Association is working to reduce the speed talking and fine print that tend to accompany advertisements for mortgages. Currently, ad-disclosure requirements for mortgages vary by state. In August, Illinois became the first state to adopt a uniform ad-disclosure protocol supported by the MBA. Mortgage ads in the Prairie State must now include a reference to the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry’s consumer access website and cite ...

Nonbank Servicers Well Positioned, S&P Suggests

For nonbank servicers, “the future looks good,” according to S&P Global Ratings. Industry analysts note that nonbank servicers have improved their servicing practices and they could be helped by rising interest rates. While servicing volume among nonbanks boomed in the years after the financial crisis, S&P said the firms hadn’t made adequate adjustments to how borrowers are treated. “Many nonbanks previously exhibited, in our view, a more ‘consumer finance’ mentality to servicing ...

Stearns Launches ‘Mini’ M&A Partnerships

Stearns Lending this week rolled out a new partnership program to acquire equity stakes in independent retail mortgage banking franchises as it tries to broaden its origination base. Under the company’s “Preferred Partner Platform,” Stearns will offer its lending partners technology and operational support as well as capital markets assistance, said company CEO David Schneider. Participating lenders are able to maintain their brand identity, management and culture. The first acquisition was ...

On-Time Guarantee Loans Draw Homebuyers

Variations of a mortgage program that guarantees a $1,000 credit toward borrowers’ closing costs if the loan does not close on time are now a big hit in the market, according to some lenders. Under such programs, lenders provide a guarantee on the timely closing of their loan. If for some reason, closing is delayed or postponed beyond the initial closing date, the originator will pay the borrower $1,000 to cover closing costs. Inside Mortgage Trends looked at three mortgage lenders and found ...


Who "owns" the mortgage customer that’s brought to a wholesale lender through a loan broker?

The broker. It’s his/her client.
The wholesale/table funder. They’re taking the financial risk.
The broker, but only for the first year. After that, the borrower is fair game.
Hard to answer. It’s a complicated issue.

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