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Jumbo MBS, Which Showed Signs of Life, Is Back on Life Support

2016 volume weak to date, perhaps because of TRID

Sam Khater    |    Market Trends

Wall Street

Part II of a look at the current private-label securities market, to review Part I click here.

Pity the poor jumbo mortgage-backed security. When the mortgage market blew up a decade ago, jumbos had the misfortune...

High-End Sales Will Continue to Slide in San Francisco, NYC

Double-digit increases in inventory hurting top markets, especially New York

Sam Khater    |    Market Trends

High End Inventory Rising

The “back-up” of high-end housing inventory means that sales in two of the country’s priciest housing markets—New York and San Francisco—should continue to fall. This is especially true in the Big Apple.

What’s striking about this accelerating trend is that 2015 was a record sales year in both of these high-profile markets.

In 2015,...

High-End Home Sales Track Equities Market

It’s Not Just Oil and the S&P That Move in Lockstep

Sam Khater    |    Market Trends

Million Dollar Home Sales Driven by Equity Markets

The recent correction in the equities market has underlined a strong correlation between stock performance and sales of high end houses. As the stock market swooned in recent months, so has the volume of sales for $1 million-plus homes.

This has been the case in the past, and recent performance of both the equities and the upper end of the housing market suggest this trend is...

Home Equity Part 2: Underwriting Standards

Stay High As Volumes Rise

Sam Khater    |    Market Trends

Average LTV of Originations

Home equity lending, as discussed in Part One of this blog, is making a comeback. But the last time home equity—or more specifically, subprime home equity—boomed it was enabled, in part, by very loose underwriting standards, and we all know how that turned out. So how’s the underwriting this time around? In a word: tight!

A new analysis of lines and loans...

As Equity Rises, So Do Prospects for New Home Equity Lending

Part 1

Sam Khater    |    Market Trends

Negative Equity Distribution

Home equity lending, for years the red-headed step child of our industry, is coming back into favor thanks to the growth in equity that millions of American homeowners are experiencing, and the improving economy.

2015 data from CoreLogic show that home equity lending has been increasing steadily in the past couple of years, with HELOC originations doubling from about a $50 billion...

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