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MBS RECAP: The Sun Also Goes Behind a Cloud

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Things have been bright and sunny for the bond market without any troubling exceptions since mid-April. During that time we've only seen 10yr yields rise more than 6bps (close-to-close) 3 times. Today was one of them. We could say something like "the sun also sets," but that would be ignoring the fact that yields hit their lowest closing levels since Nov 2016 yesterday. And as it happens, the other 2 days with 6bps+ losses also followed strong trading days near long-term low yields. So the worst thing we can say for now is that the sun went behind a cloud. If things remain dark tomorrow, we'll ratchet up the level of concern accordingly. As far as underlying motivations for the weakness, there's no doubt that US/China trade headlines moved the needle in the overnight session...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Pop Up to This Week's Highs

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates hadn't moved much since last Friday--a good thing considering those levels were in line with the lowest levels in a long time. The ground-holding gave way today, however, as the underlying bond market weakened for the first time this week. In turn, mortgage rates quickly find themselves at this week's highs . But whether or not that means anything too troubling will depend on the lender in question. Most are still able to quote the same interest rate quoted yesterday with only minor differences in upfront costs. Both stocks and bonds (which dictate rates) lost ground today. Considering they've both been gaining ground recently (not surprising due to the expectations for friendlier Fed policy--a rising tide that helps stocks move higher and rates move lower), this could be taken...(read more)

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MBS Day Ahead: Treasury Weakness is a Chance for MBS to Catch Up

Posted To: MBS Commentary

In the day just past, bonds extended the gains seen on Monday with 10yr yields hitting 1.98% before encountering resistance. The gains are most readily attributed to an imbalance of short positions (traders betting on rates moving higher) and a smattering of strong buying demand amid low volumes. The net effect was a short squeeze on Monday with a bit of follow-through on Tuesday morning ahead of a Powell speech. Powell ended up being a bit more hawkish than expected. Along with a speech from Bullard, this helped reinforce a floor under yields. In the day ahead, bonds will continue to navigate a consolidation pattern that appears to be intact heading into the important events ahead. The opening act for those important events would be this week's month-end trading process along with any...(read more)

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Freddie Mac Portfolio Growth Accelerates

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Freddie Mac reported this week that its total mortgage portfolio increased at an annualized rate of 7.5 percent in May , increasing from 6.2 percent the previous month. The portfolio balance at the end of the period was $2.230 trillion compared to $2.216 trillion at the end of April and $2.120 trillion a year earlier. Purchases and Issuances totaled $46.082 billion and Sales were ($4.436) billion. The April numbers were $36.071 billion and ($1.204) billion respectively. The annualized growth rate for the year-to-date is 5.2 percent. Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $13.3 billion in April, up from 11.2 billion in April and representing the same share of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances as the previous month, 37 percent. Purchases in...(read more)

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Capital Markets Products; New Programs From Agencies, Lenders, and Investors

Posted To: Pipeline Press

When I grow up, I want to own… 16,000 single family homes? Yes, here’s an article about how artificial intelligence has helped a landlord, and fund, accumulate that portfolio of rentals. It is a safe bet that a) the fund won’t be coming to you for a loan, and b) those are 16,000 homes that first-time home buyers won’t be viewing in an open house. And this is only one real estate investment firm. What about the size of those homes? From 1980 to 2009, the size of the largest 10 percent of houses increased 1.4 times as fast as the size of the median house. In 1973, newly built houses had an average of 507 square feet per resident, which by 2013 rose to an estimated 971 square feet per resident. Some of this, the paper contends, is because while Americans are pursuing larger...(read more)

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"Dovish" FOMC Statement Bolsters Refi Activity

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said its Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume, managed a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent increase during the week ended June 21st as mortgage interest rates continue to drift lower. The index was up 1 percent from the previous week on an unadjusted basis. Refinancing remained strong, accounting for 51.5 percent of total applications compared to 50.2 during the week ended June 14. The Refinance Index increased 3 percent. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index lost 1 percent from its previous level and the unadjusted index was down 2 percent. It remained 9 percent higher than during the same week in 2018. Refi Index vs 30yr Fixed Purchase Index vs 30yr Fixed "Markets last week reacted to a more dovish FOMC statement and forecast,...(read more)

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Shake Off Fed-Induced Volatility, But MBS Can't Keep Up

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Bonds were roughly unchanged overnight but soon began to improve at the CME and NYSE opening bells. Weak economic data at 10am didn't hurt the rally, but it didn't help as much as more important data would have. In the afternoon hours, speeches from the Fed's Bullard and Powell put some upward pressure on rates as they reminded markets that it's not all gloom and doom when it comes to considering reasons that the Fed may (or may not) cut rates in July. Ultimately, however, the presence of the risks combined with Powell's reminder that it made more sense to stay well in front of any potential downturn was enough to preserve most of the gains from the morning hours. All of the above is well and good, but the "gains from the morning hours" is a phrase best applied...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Barely Budge Despite Bond Market Improvement

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates were little-changed again today, despite moderate improvement in the broader bond market. Although it's MBS (the mortgage-backed securities that underlie mortgage loans) that have a direct effect on mortgage rates, the broader bond market--especially the 10yr Treasury yield--tends to move at the same time and by the same amount. With 10yr yields down 0.03% and mortgage rates unchanged, that clearly wasn't the case today. So what gives? Again, mortgage rate movement is up to MBS. Sometimes MBS have better or worse days compared to Treasuries. Today was worse . The reasons are a bit complex, but suffice it to say that market volatility (and uncertainty about where rates may be in the coming weeks and months) is the ultimate culprit. Volatility has a much bigger effect on a mortgage...(read more)

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New Home Sales in West Plummet, Skewing National Totals

Posted To: MND NewsWire

It was another disappointing month for new home sales , but due entirely to a sharp decline in those sales in the West. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development said sales of newly constructed homes in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 units. This is 7.8 percent below the revised (from 673,000) April rate of 679,000 and 3.7 percent lower than the rate in May 2018 of 650,000 Expectations were for a rebound from April sales after a 6.9 percent downturn from March. Analysts polled by Econoday were looking for results in a range from 649,000 to 710,000 with a consensus of 680,000. On a non-adjusted basis there were 60,000 newly constructed homes sold in May compared to 67,000 in April. On a year-to-date basis, sales are up 4.0 percent at...(read more)

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Case-Shiller: Home Price Moderation not Tracking Rate Changes

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The two sets of price indices released on Tuesday diverged again. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices continue to show declining appreciation while the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA's) House Price Index (HPI) indicates that price increases, while lower than at the peak, are still maintaining a strong pace. The Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) Index which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, increased by 3.5 percent on an annual basis in April compared to year-over-year growth of 3.7 percent in March. The index posted a gain of 0.9 percent on an unadjusted basis from the previous month and 0.3 percent appreciation after adjustment. The 10-City Composite Index increased 2.3 percent on an annual basis compared to 2.2 percent the previous month...(read more)

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