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January 12, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Program Faltered In 2017, Refi Flow Up in 4Q17

Ginnie Mae set records for new issuance of single-family mortgage-backed securities in 2015 and 2016, but production sagged last year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. The agency issued $443.20 billion of MBS backed by forward single-family mortgages in 2017, a 10.8 percent decline from the previous year. Including FHA reverse mortgages and that are not truncated, 2017 issuance fell 10.3 percent to $455.00 billion. Meanwhile, the private mortgage insurance business – based on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS data – saw a smaller decline of 5.0 percent from 2016 to last year. The VA program generally held up better than the FHA program during the fourth quarter, when refinance lending was climbing. But the FHA had a better year overall despite some loss of market share in purchase-mortgage activity. Deliveries of FHA loans into ... [ Charts ]

January 5, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

New Treatment of Dividends a Boon for mREITs

Mortgage and commercial real estate investment trusts stand to benefit from a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that offers individuals a 20 percent deduction for REIT dividends. Analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods said the deduction applies to “qualified business income,” which includes qualified dividends paid by REITs. The tax reform bill was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017. Previously, non-capital gains dividends from a REIT were taxed as ...

December 22, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Annaly Seeing Strong Returns from Whole Loans

Significant investments in new non-agency whole loans are paying off, according to officials at Annaly Capital Management. The real estate investment trust started buying the loans in the second half of 2016 after acquiring Hatteras Financial. As of the end of the third quarter, Annaly held non-agency whole loans with an unpaid principal balance of $896.0 million. Whole loans accounted for 28.0 percent of Annaly’s residential credit portfolio as of the end of September, up from a ...

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.


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