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December 8, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Set to Fund Lending by Other Nonbanks

Redwood Trust is looking to expand its footprint into funding originations by nonbanks as well as putting a greater emphasis on acquiring investment-property mortgages. The strategy announced this week was detailed one day after Redwood revealed that its CEO will retire in May. Officials said changes in the housing market have created opportunities for the real estate investment trust to “leverage our competitive strengths and expand our strategic mission.” They said funding ...

December 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

REITs and Nonprime Originators Looking to Strike ‘Working Relationships’ that Benefit Both of Them

A handful of real estate investment trusts are looking to partner with nonprime lenders in a move that could help prime the pump for a significant increase in securitizations of non-agency mortgages that stretch the credit box.

November 24, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Consumer Advocates Criticize FHLBank Financing

Consumer advocates are pushing for changes that could impact the non-agency market, including raising concerns about the use of Federal Home Loan Bank advances and calling for revisions to standards for qualified mortgages. In a letter this month to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, a group of 136 consumer advocates were critical of Starwood Property Trust’s recently disclosed use of FHLBank advances to fund acquisitions of non-QMs. Starwood is a real estate investment ...

November 24, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Starwood Set to Issue MBS Backed by Non-QMs

Starwood Property Trust plans to issue a non-agency mortgage-backed security with non-qualified mortgages in the first quarter of 2018, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. Starwood only recently started acquiring non-QMs, with help from Federal Home Loan Bank advances. Officials said the company acquired $128.0 million of non-agency mortgages in the third quarter, bringing the REIT’s portfolio of such loans to $419.0 million. Jeffrey DiModica, Starwood’s ...

November 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REITs Boost Residential MBS Holdings In 3Q17, Fed Unwind Could Affect Dollar Rolls

Real estate mortgage investment trusts continued to build up their agency MBS investment port-folios during the third quarter, though most REITs had a more difficult time in the less-liquid non-agency MBS market.

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Platforms Feast on FHA, VA Securitization Market

Correspondent-based lending operations are accounting for a growing share of the FHA and VA home loans pooled in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. In fact, correspondent originations are the only production channel to see year-over-year growth in FHA and VA business through the first nine months of 2017. Retail and wholesale-broker production is down for both FHA and VA loans. Correspondent programs are most dominant in the FHA market, perhaps reflecting a preference among large producers to have recourse to a primary-market lender if the government later finds defects in how the loan was originated. Correspondents accounted for 48.7 percent of FHA loans pooled in Ginnie MBS during the first nine months of the year, up from 43.1 percent in all of 2016. Volume was up 1.7 percent from the ... [Charts]

November 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS-Investing REITs Turn in Strong 3Q17 As Industry Waits for Fed’s Portfolio Un-Wind

Annaly Capital Management increased its agency MBS holdings by 16.1 percent in the third quarter. Its closest competitor among real estate investment trusts specializing in the space, AGNC In-vestment Corp., pushed up its investment by 13.3 percent.

November 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage, Equity REITs Will Remain Competitive Despite Cut in Corporate Tax Rates, Experts Say

A proposal in the House Republican tax reform bill significantly lowering the corporate tax rate, at first glance, may seem to put mortgage real estate investment trusts at a competitive disadvantage with non-REITs. However, the disparity would remain beneficial for REITs, according to tax experts.


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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