Low revenues, high expenses and trend lines moving in the wrong direction are causing large bank-owned mortgage companies to underperform compared to independent mortgage banks in the retail space, according to a report by Stratmor Group.
A bird's-eye view suggests retail originations had higher credit scores and lower DTI ratios than loans produced by correspondents and brokers. But third-party originators generated lower-risk loans at the agency level.
So far, five major banks — Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp and Citigroup — have reported first-quarter results, including limited details about home lending. The bottom line: mortgage lending suffered at most, but not all.
The wholesale-broker channel appears to be gaining ground in the tightly competitive primary market in agency conforming mortgages. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis reveals that broker originations accounted for 12.5% of single-family loans pooled in agency mortgage-backed securities during the first quarter of 2019. That represented a substantial leap of 1.3 percentage points from the broker share of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae ... [Includes two data charts.]
Loans originated on retail production platforms and sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae during the fourth quarter tended to have stronger credit characteristics than those generated by third-party originators. [Includes two data charts]
Retail mortgage lending continued to lose market share in the second half of 2018, mostly due to a surge in correspondent production. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of mortgage-backed securities data shows that the retail share of loans sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae fell to 48.6 percent last year. During the fourth quarter, sales of retail-originated loans declined by 14.9 percent, the sharpest downturn among ... [Includes two data charts]
The Money Source Inc., Melville, NY, is exiting the retail and wholesale channels to focus its resources on growing its servicing business and correspondent platform. In an interview with Inside Mortgage Trends, TMS President Ali Vafai noted that AmeriSave Mortgage Corp., Atlanta, bought the retail platform with the wholesale division landing elsewhere. The buyer of the latter has yet to be revealed and negotiations are continuing, said Vafai. No purchase price was disclosed on ...