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Volume 2019 - Number 12

March 21, 2019

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Agency Servicing Grows in 4Q18, Banks Say No Thanks

The mortgage servicing market continued to grow in the fourth quarter of 2018, with most of the gains coming in the agency market, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis.

Subservicing is Growing but Vendor Landscape is Shifting

The nation’s subservicing vendors ended the fourth quarter with $2.47 trillion worth of contracts on their books, a 9.8% sequential gain and a handsome 23.5% annual increase, according to figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance.

Nonbanks Increasing Originations of Non-QMs

Several nonbanks are increasing their originations of non-qualified mortgages, a bright spot in an otherwise declining volume environment.

Manual Underwriting for Higher-Risk FHA Loans

To minimize credit risk in FHA’s forward mortgage portfolio, lenders have been ordered to manually underwrite loan applicants with low credit scores and high debt-to-income ratios.

CRA Reform Gains Traction As Top Officials Weigh In

An overhaul of the Community Reinvestment Act is gaining traction, with two more major financial regulators outlining their views and priorities.

Passive MSR Investors Asked To Register. What’s the Deal?

Passive owners of mortgage servicing rights that have nothing to do with the monthly processing chores are now required to register with the Financial Institutions Division of the Ohio Department of Commerce, a change that has industry analysts and dealmakers scratching their heads.

Warren Introduces Housing Legislation, Setting Priorities

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, introduced legislation last week to make significant changes to the housing-finance market. The bill is essentially dead on arrival given the current makeup of Congress, but it signals some priorities for Democrats as they look to win elections in 2020.

Mortgage Grapevine: Rate Hike? Nope. Maybe a Rate Cut? FGMC Readies Second-Lien Product

A roundup of the week's housing finance stories.

Mortgage Market at a Glance, March 22, 2019

Weekly mortgage rates and application survey data.

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