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  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are refinancing fewer mortgages than at any point since the crisis

    Where have all the refis gone?
    Recently released data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data revealed that the first quarter of this year was the mortgage business’ worst quarter in more than four years, but a deeper dive into the data shows that on the refinance side of things, it may have been the worst quarter since the financial crisis.
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  • Ginnie Mae considering changes to VA loan rules as refinances continue to soar

    Requests industry input on prevalence of VA cash-out refinances
    For more than 18 months, HUD, Ginnie Mae, and the VA have been investigating whether certain lenders are aggressively targeting service members and military veterans for quick and potentially risky refinances of their mortgages. Ginnie Mae even went so far as to issue new rules for VA loan refinances, restricting how soon a loan could be refinanced after its original origination date. And while Ginnie Mae says that those changes have made a positive impact, the agency is also now stating that more changes may be necessary to get the pervasiveness of VA loan refinances under control.
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  • Bring on the refis: Freddie Mac expects mortgage rates to remain low all year

    The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is projected to average 4.3% in 2019
    Low mortgage rates are expected to boost homebuyer affordability for the remainder of 2019, according to Freddie Mac’s April Forecast. In fact, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said low mortgage rates and stronger wage growth translate into better home sales in the coming months, along with better than expected refinance activity for the rest of the year.
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  • More borrowers are raising their mortgage rate to cash out equity

    Cash-outs comprise greatest share of refinances since 2006 peak
    For several months now, cash-out refinances have been eating up a greater share of overall refi volume, and it appears the trend isn't about to slow down anytime soon. The latest report from Black Knight reveals that 82% of refinances originated in Q4 2018 were cash-outs, and that in two-thirds of these transactions, the borrower raised their mortgage rate in order to access their equity in cash.
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  • Housing market trends are stifling the jumbo mortgage market

    But the WSJ says lenders aren't backing down
    In the years following the financial crisis, mortgage lenders turned their attention to the jumbo mortgage market as high-end clients proved to be a safe and profitable bet. But now, recent trends taken a toll on the jumbo market, causing volume to fall 12% in the last year, a decline that outpaces the overall mortgage market by 5%. "Still, there are few signs banks are changing tack," The Wall Street Journal stated. "If anything, industry watchers say, they are becoming more competitive."
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  • Kroll says some banks are rethinking viability of mortgage lending business

    Predicts challenging market conditions will have some small retail operations closing up shop
    The mortgage industry has witnessed very few mergers and acquisitions in the last year, despite what Kroll Bond Rating Agency calls a "fertile environment" for M&A activity. Why? Blame low profits and high origination costs. According to KBRA, the climate has some banks rethinking their positions, with some selling of mortgage assets and others simply exiting the business completely.
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  • Is the refinance market bouncing back? Number of refi candidates jumps 75%

    Refinance demand dried up in the last year, but could a comeback be afoot?
    Refinance demand has essentially dried up in the last year, but could things finally be turning around? Maybe, according to the latest data from Black Knight, which revealed that there are now 3.27 million homeowners who could reduce their mortgage rate by at least 0.75% by refinancing their mortgage. That's the greatest number of potential refi candidates since January 2018.
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  • Here’s why the housing market should expect a cash-out refi boom

    High levels of equity and falling rates have experts predicting a surge in cash-outs
    Equity levels are climbing while mortgage rates are falling, and this has some predicting an inevitable boom in cash-out refinances. Capital Economics says the number of cash-outs will reach a 10-year high in the next couple of years. But before warning bells sound for those who remember the role cash-outs played in the collapse of the housing market, keep in mind that mortgage lending and consumer attitudes have changed since the mid-2000s.
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  • Goodbye refi: Rising interest rates all but erase refinance demand

    Purchase loans now make up nearly 75% of all mortgages
    While mortgage interest rates dipped ever so slightly in the last week, they’ve been trending up for the majority of this year. And it appears that the consistent rise in interest rates this year has all but dried up refinance demand. Is it time to say goodbye to refis for a while? It certainly looks that way.
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  • Wells Fargo: Ginnie Mae warning on VA loan churning is just the beginning

    Analysts expect oversight of VA refinances to intensify
    On Thursday, Ginnie Mae laid down the law, so to speak, in its fight against a segment of mortgage lenders that are aggressively targeting servicemembers and military veterans for quick and potentially risky refinances of their mortgages. But according to analysts from Wells Fargo, Ginnie Mae’s threat of booting lenders from its bond program will not be the agency's last move in its effort to clean up VA loan churning.
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