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Posted To: MBS Commentary

10yr yields hit the highest levels in more than 4 years this afternoon as bigger-picture selling pressure looks to be taking the reigns back from the Springtime consolidation that helped rates hold steady-to-slightly lower in March. There are no big, obvious reasons for the sudden spike in rates. We're left to cobble together a narrative from boring, esoteric stuff like an "imbalance in trading positions," anxiety over the data, earnings, and bond supply next week, and the end of a few days of extra help from tax deadline retirement account funding. Or, if you'd like to go with fewer words , it's no less valid to say that technicals and momentum are the culprits. In other words, bonds were in a consolidation trend. They tested the ceiling, broke the ceiling, and have been...(read more)

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4/20/2018 3:14:06 PM

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Let's clear one thing up before we begin. Freddie Mac, MBA, and Ellie Mae all noted new 4-year highs in mortgage rates this week. They are all technically wrong. This has to do with the way their data is collected and/or averaged. And while I have no doubt that they are accurately conveying the results of their data collection efforts according to their methodology, there is a more accurate way to do things. Specifically, we can track actual lenders' rate sheets every day. Even if we take an average of that daily data, we still find that rates aren't quite back to 4-year highs just yet. Depending on the lender, these occurred on one of the days near the end of February. In fact, some lenders' rates from March 21st are still higher than today's. Are we talking about very big differences between...(read more)

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4/20/2018 12:18:00 PM

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Once again Wells Fargo is about to pay dearly for its inability to walk the straight and narrow. The Washington Post , under the byline of Renae Merle, is reporting that the bank is about to be hit with the largest penalty of the Trump administration , perhaps as early as today. A settlement, reported to be in the neighborhood of $1 billion, has been reached between wells and its regulators, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) over improprieties in both their mortgage and auto lending business. The Bank acknowledged last week that it faced a hefty fine. Neither regulator has commented on the matter to date. Wells Fargo has admitted to charging some customers improper fees to lock in their mortgage interest rates and to forcing...(read more)

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4/20/2018 7:27:34 AM

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Rates are in the midst of a serious, threatening move higher. Yesterday brought additional confirmation of the end of the friendly Springtime consolidation trend and it took us one step closer to the highest yields in more than 4 years. The specific reasons for yesterday's weakness were covered in the MBS Live Huddle , but even then, the bigger-picture justification for gradual weakness in 2018 is well-documented here and elsewhere (Treasury issuance, Fed policy outlook, upside growth/inflation risks). Rates could very well continue higher today--possibly even enough to break those pesky 4-year highs from back in late February. But even if they do, it might not be the end of the world. In fact, there are at least 2 recent examples of big scary rate spikes consolidating (like we did in March...(read more)

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4/20/2018 7:20:58 AM

Posted To: Pipeline Press

Did you know that Wells Fargo gives more assistance and aid to people and communities through its Foundation than any other company in the United States. For example, “the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program looks to the future by delivering down payment assistance and financial education to homebuyers.” If only people focused on that, right? Not only did Wells tragically lose an employee in the Southwest Airline accident, but in a smack to the Retail Division the American Federation of Teachers notified Wells that it is dropping the bank as a recommended mortgage lender for the national education union's 1.7 million members. The press continues to talk about a settlement of a potential $1 billion fine, and by some specific measures other lenders have overtaken Wells’ volume...(read more)

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4/20/2018 7:18:50 AM

Posted To: MBS Commentary

The break outside what we'll call the "Springtime Consolidation" for bonds started taking shape as early as last week. On Thursday and Friday, yields hugged the upper boundaries of that trend, simultaneously shying away from the sort of positive bounce that would typically suggest the trend's continuation. No matter! Perhaps they just needed to think things over for the weekend and things would look different on Monday. Nope! In fact, bonds weakened on Monday, which just about put the nail in the coffin of the Springtime Trend, but Tuesday's resilience raised doubts. By yesterday, however, we probably had our final answer with the big break above 2.835% and even a modest break above 2.86% in 10yr yields. Today's overnight weakness was plenty to put a period at the...(read more)

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4/19/2018 3:03:41 PM

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates jumped higher today as bonds continued a move away from narrow Springtime range seen in March and early April. Bonds dictate rate movement and yesterday saw the bond market make its first convincing attempt to break what had been a friendly, narrow range. This of course coincided with a narrow range for rates in the past few months. It was also "friendly" relative to the trajectory seen in the first part of the year. When these sorts of ranges become established, the boundaries take on a special significance. As soon as the floor or the ceiling is definitively broken, there tends to be some additional momentum in the direction of the break. That's why yesterday's headline mentioned that bonds were suggesting "more trouble ahead." I'd hoped to be wrong about that, but here's the...(read more)

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4/19/2018 2:35:00 PM

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) is to home remodelers as the Housing Market Index (HMI) is to new home builders. Each is constructed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to reflect builder confidence in their particular share of the market. The quarterly RMI is based on responses to a survey in which professional remodelers are asked to gauge current market conditions in terms of major and minor additions and alterations , maintenance and repairs on both owner- and renter occupied dwellings. NAHB assigns a numerical value to those answers. They are also asked about calls for bids, work commitments over the next three months, work backlogs, and appointments for proposals. Those questions form the basis of the future indicators index. The overall market index retreated to its...(read more)

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4/19/2018 12:57:59 PM

Posted To: MBS Commentary

We've been increasingly wary about a potential break of the recent consolidation/rally trend --the one that saw yields move sideways to slightly stronger from late Feb through early April. Yields tiptoed to the top of that range as of Tuesday and then fired a more forceful warning shot with a bigger breakout yesterday. Today looks set to continue the destruction of the trend with sharp losses overnight. Where might this be going? With 2.86% breaking and 2.91% already being tested, there's really only the super-long-term highs at 2.95+ remaining. To see anything higher, we have to go back more than 4 years. If that breaks, there's not much overrun until we're looking at 2011's levels in the low 3's as the supportive ceiling. But let's slow down a bit. We'll cross...(read more)

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4/19/2018 7:51:09 AM

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The share of refinancing loans dropped to 38 percent of loans closed in March, down from 43 percent in February. Ellie Mae's Origination Insight Report for the month notes that the 5 percent decline in those loans was consistent across all three loans types, FHA, VA, and conventional. Refinancing slipped as the interest rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to their highest level since January 2014. Ellie Mae said that the average rate on closed loans which had been at 4.33 percent in January and 4.48 in February jumped to 4.69 percent in March. The percentage of loans with adjustable rates (ARMs) increased to 6.3 percent from 5.5 percent the previous month. The distribution of loans across loan types was largely unchanged. The FHA share rose 1 percentage point to 20 percent while conventional...(read more)

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4/19/2018 7:36:00 AM

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Fewer homes on the market are affordable than a year ago, and fewer households can afford them with their current income. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the realtor.com website have released a list of the least and the most affordable locations nationwide based on the area's income and the website's active listings. The maximum affordable home price assumes that 30 percent of a purchaser's income can go to pay for the financing, property tax, homeowner's insurance costs, and a mortgage insurance premium if required. It is also assumed that the purchase will be financed with a vanilla 30-year mortgage at the prevailing rate advertised by lenders on the realtor.com site. A score of one or higher generally suggests a market where homes for sale are more affordable to households...(read more)

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4/19/2018 7:32:00 AM

Posted To: Pipeline Press

Rumors continue to swirl about practically every lender out there, and exaggeration is rampant. A company eliminates low producing LOs in Arizona and suddenly the jungle drums are saying it is closing its Southwest division. A middle layer of management is cut, and word on the street has the company shuttering a whole channel. On the flip side, some companies effectively eliminate an entire channel but leave a few personnel in the headquarters for appearance or to close out the pipeline and eventually be jettisoned – to avoid making a formal announcement. Fannie and Freddie Continue to Modify Requirements Remember that the FHFA has a dual role as both regulator and conservator of the GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and is also regulator of the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks). The...(read more)

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4/19/2018 7:11:34 AM

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Today was a more serious version of the same sort of warning shots seen at the end of last week. At that time, bond yields rose to challenge an intermediate ceiling at 2.835%, but didn't go out of their way to break it. This week began with higher yields on Monday morning, but a nice recovery throughout the day. When yesterday's gains added to that recovery, it was tempting to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. Today's trading sounded the alarm, at least to some extent. It might not be loud enough to wake the deeper sleepers out there, but it's important to note that yields have quickly moved back up to the highest levels since before the trade war rally (Fed Day, March 21st). There weren't any big, overt motivations for the weakness. As discussed in the Huddle...(read more)

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4/18/2018 2:49:56 PM

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved higher today as bond markets continued a mildly weaker trend for the month of April. Bonds (which underlie rates) are under pressure for a variety of reasons. The most notable headwinds are longer-term and bigger-picture. Rates responded to these headwinds in a fairly big way in Jan/Feb and have basically been "taking a break" since then. Rates have moved very little during this "break," with most borrowers being quoted the same NOTE rate on any given day in the past 2 months. Upfront costs have been the only way the modulate the EFFECTIVE rate of the average lender's 30yr fixed quote. Today's move in bonds brings 10yr Treasury yields to their highest levels since March 21st. While this, in and of itself, doesn't rekindle the same sort of drama seen in the first 2 months...(read more)

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4/18/2018 1:25:00 PM

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Access to credit remains tight and the Urban Institute (UI) blames in part that lenders are not measuring the credit risk of borrowers appropriately. Laurie Goodman and Jun Zhu, writing in UI's Urban Wire blog say that paying rent is the most significant financial commitment of most renters. Yet, while credit reports often ding renters for missing rent payments, the performance of good tenants doesn't enter into their credit scores. Considering a borrower's rental pay history , this could be done via bank statements, to the mortgage qualification process, they say, would make assessing renters' credit risk easier. It could also expand access to homeownership among a significant portion of the nation's population. The authors analyzed rental payment histories to see how they might impact mortgage...(read more)

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4/18/2018 10:01:59 AM
 
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