Production of jumbos increased by nearly 50% in 2019. The increase was proportional to broader trends in the mortgage market, but the sector didn’t keep pace in the fourth quarter. (Includes data chart.)
Certain non-QM lenders’ underwriting tactics might not meet the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule, according to Moody’s. It suggested tighter standards for bank statement mortgages and loans to the self-employed.
Annaly Capital Management and Ellington Financial are both generating double-digit returns from aggregating mortgages and issuing non-agency MBS. The firms plan to increase their activity in the sector.
The bureau’s plan to replace the QM patch could reduce the volume of mortgages that flow into the non-agency market, according to analysts. The CFPB is working to avoid disruption to GSE-eligible originations.
Vista Point Mortgage received an assessment by S&P, which suggests the firm is aggregating non-QMs with plans to contribute to non-agency MBS. The firm was founded by the former president of Impac Mortgage.