IMB Losses Improved In Q1 2024

The first quarter of 2024 brought a significant profitability upswing for independent mortgage banks as production losses simmered down from previous quarters. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, IMBs and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks experienced a significant decrease in pretax net loss per loan in Q1 compared to the previous quarter.  The average loss per loan dropped to $645 from Q4 2023’s astonishing $2,109, one the highest levels in the survey’s history. Marina Walsh, MBA’s vice president of industry analysis, noted that although this marks the eighth consecutive quarter of net production losses, they were less severe than before.  “In basis points, production revenue rose above the historical average, and production costs declined. This led to an…

Mortgage Applications Fall For Third Week

Mortgage purchase demand fell for a third week as rates hit their highest point since November.  The Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly survey shows the adjusted Market Composite Index – a measure of mortgage loan application volume – dropped by 5.7%, a slight improvement on last week’s 13.3% dip. The average interest rate for 30-year fixed loans rose from 6.62% to 6.71%. Rates have jumped by 50 basis points just in the last month, driving applications down. Adjusted purchase applications decreased by 6%, while the unadjusted index was down 3% from the week before and was 44% lower YOY. “Data on inflation, employment, and economic activity have signaled that inflation may not be cooling as quickly as anticipated, which continues to…

Delinquencies Dropped To 4.88% In Q3

Delinquencies dropped for mortgages on one-to-four-unit residential properties in Q3 2021, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey. The seasonally adjusted rate fell to 4.88% of all outstanding loans, down 59 basis points for Q2 and 277 basis points year-over-year (YOY). The survey asked servicers to report loans in forbearance as delinquent if the payment was not made based on the original terms of the mortgage. “For the fifth consecutive quarter, the mortgage delinquency rate declined, commensurate with a decline in the U.S. unemployment rate over the same time period,” said Marina Walsh, CMB, MBA’s Vice President of Industry Analysis. “The improvement was driven entirely by a decline in later-stage delinquent loans – those loans that are…