Issuance of non-agency MBS fell 8.2% in the first quarter, with the decline driven by the expanded-credit sector. The non-agency MBS market essentially shut down in March due to fallout from the coronavirus. (Includes data chart.)
New Residential, Redwood and Two Harbors sold non-agency MBS holdings as REITs were hit with a surge of margin calls from their lenders. Efforts by the federal government to prop up the mortgage market haven’t done much for non-agency players.
Non-agency loans account for about 30% of all residential mortgages outstanding and, unlike with servicing for the GSEs or government-insured mortgages, there’s no standardization in how servicers will respond to borrowers facing financial difficulties tied to the coronavirus.
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