Several real estate investment trusts, including MFA Financial and Starwood Property Trust, are expanding their portfolio of non-qualified mortgages. The loans provide attractive returns, whether retained or bundled into an MBS.
Originations of non-QMs by Impac fell in the second quarter as the lender increased production of GSE refinances. However, officials at the nonbank stress that non-QMs remain an important part of Impac’s business.
The proposal to end the qualified mortgage patch available to loans eligible for sale to the GSEs could boost non-agency mortgage activity, though the devil is in the details as the plan plays out leading to early 2021.
Citadel posted record origination volume for the company in the second quarter, with help from products beyond the typical non-qualified mortgage offerings. Citadel also stands out by servicing its originations and largely avoiding contributing to non-agency MBS.