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Volume 21 - Number 23

November 17, 2017

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As a Group, Publicly Traded Nonbanks Post Gain in Mortgage-Banking Income

Nine publicly traded mortgage companies posted a combined $52.22 million in mortgage banking earnings for the third quarter of 2017, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends. The group’s third-quarter results represented a healthy 86.4 percent improvement over the paltry $28.02 million they earned from their core businesses during the April-June cycle. But the aggregate figures don’t begin to describe the state of most of these nonbank ... [Includes one data chart]

GSE Sellers Take Baby Steps on Risk

Mortgage lenders that sell single-family loans into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities continued to stretch the credit envelope during the third quarter, a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis reveals. But the increase in the share of higher-risk lending is still going at a glacial pace, and low-risk mortgages continue to dominate the government-sponsored enterprises’ business. During the third quarter, mortgages in the lowest ... [Includes two data charts]

Mortgage Executives on the Move

Although mortgage companies are beginning to pare staff in anticipation of a seasonal production downturn, there appears to be a strong thirst for executive talent, as well as top managers looking elsewhere, according to interviews conducted over the past month by Inside Mortgage Trends. “Calls and e-mails from mortgage executives open to considering ‘a change’ usually spike at this time of year,” said Rick Glass, who runs the financial services recruitment firm that bears his name ...

Tech Vendors Make Case for Greater Digitalization

As the mortgage industry continues evolving toward a 100 percent, end-to-end digital mortgage, automation and collaboration are playing essential roles, according to some top vendors. Bob Brandt, vice president of marketing and alliances at Optimal Blue, said, “The digital movement in the mortgage industry is all about automation – automation of the mortgage process truly from end to end: from lead generation to point of sale to processing and closing and the delivery of loans ...

Homebuyers Monthly Mortgage Payments Up

Homebuyers’ “typical mortgage payment” has climbed about 10 percent in 2017 and may climb another 11 percent in 2018, according to a new analysis from CoreLogic. Company analysts attributed the payment change to rising mortgage rates over the past year. Typical mortgage payment (TMP) is a mortgage-rate-adjusted monthly payment based on each month’s median home-sale price. It is calculated using Freddie Mac’s average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage with ...

First-Timers Constrained by Low Inventory

A lack of homes for sale is limiting the first-time homebuyer share of home purchases, according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s latest annual profile of homebuyers found 34 percent of respondents were first-time homebuyers, down from 35 percent in the 2016 report and the fourth lowest share for first-time homebuyers since 1981. The historical norm for first-time homebuyer share is 40 percent, according to NAR. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said a “severe drought” ...

OCC Pushes for Rebuilding in Distressed Areas

Recent guidance from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency aims to allow banks to originate mortgages with high loan-to-value ratios to help borrowers in distressed areas complete home improvements. The OCC released guidance in August addressing originations of mortgages with LTV ratios above 90 percent, even allowing for LTV ratios above 100 percent in certain circumstances. Keith Noreika, the acting Comptroller of the Currency, discussed lending in ...


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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