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Volume 23 - Number 5

March 8, 2019

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Broker Business Gained Market Share in 2018

Retail mortgage lending remained the dominant originations channel in 2018, but it lost some luster to third-party production channels. [Includes two data charts]

Banks Boosted ‘Servicing for Others’ in 4Q

Commercial banks and savings institutions increased the amount of mortgage servicing rights they handle for other investors in the fourth quarter of 2018, although valuations for the asset softened. [Includes one data chart]

Industry Seeks Delay of Credit Loss Standard

Industry groups have once again requested federal regulators delay a new accounting standard for credit losses. The Current Expected Credit Loss standard is scheduled to be implemented on a phased-in basis beginning in January.

Consumer Experience Key to Lender Profitability

In a lackluster market amid rising interest rates and limited inventory, advisory firm Strategic Mortgage Finance Group has advice on how mortgage lenders can remain profitable.

Digital Lender Better.com Expects Doubling Output

The mortgage market expects output to be flat this year, but digital mortgage lender Better.com said it could double its production to $2.5 billion. “We did about $1.3 billion last year, which is three times what we did in 2017,” the company’s President Jerry Selitto said.

Racial Gap in Housing Wealth Getting Deeper

A disparity between black and white homeowners regarding the value of their homes is making the racial wealth gap much worse, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

TPO Volume in Agency MBS Declined Sharply in 2018

Despite hefty declines in their sales volume last year, Wells Fargo and PennyMac continued to rank as the top sources of third-party originations in agency mortgage-backed securities. [Includes one data chart]

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