KBW’s analysts predict that the Treasury will eventually shift its focus from winding down the GSEs to seeking to unwind its investment in the companies. But the analysts said that this shift could take several years.
Panelists at a KBW mortgage finance confernce said that Walter Capital, an externally managed real estate investment trust the company plans to launch in the 2nd quarter, could purchase MSRs and use Green Tree Servicing, which Walter also owns, as the sub-servicer.
Analysts from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods have joined the prognostication party and released their own predictions for what the first quarter earnings will look like and what that means for the rest of the year.
Homebuilders are driving into their peak season, with more than 75% of annual homebuilder returns historically generated in the November-to-January time frame due to growth in demand in advance of the upcoming spring selling season.
With the Federal Housing Administration drawing $1.7 billion from the Treasury into its Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund for the first time in FHA history, the balance of the fund ended up costing the federal government a hefty sum.
Institutional investors notably slowed their pace of purchases in an attempt to focus on ramping up occupancy rates on rental units. Because of this, many are left wondering about the potential impact of a rise in rates and a moderation in investor demand.
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