So far, five major banks — Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp and Citigroup — have reported first-quarter results, including limited details about home lending. The bottom line: mortgage lending suffered at most, but not all.
The wholesale-broker channel appears to be gaining ground in the tightly competitive primary market in agency conforming mortgages. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis reveals that broker originations accounted for 12.5% of single-family loans pooled in agency mortgage-backed securities during the first quarter of 2019. That represented a substantial leap of 1.3 percentage points from the broker share of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae ... [Includes two data charts.]