Building mortgage strategy in 2022: Meeting volatility with flexibility

For the last two years the mortgage industry has been beyond flush with cash. The economic policies of the COVID-19 pandemic helped push total origination volume to more than $4 trillion in 2020 and 2021 as mortgage interest rates held at historic lows and families created extreme demand as they flocked to the suburbs. But […]

Developing your 2022 strategy: FHFA fee increase

FHFA Fee increase

The FHFA’s increase to upfront fees on high balance and second home loans will have a distinct impact on the housing industry as we move through 2022. Increased conventional loan limits, the Fed’s tapering of bond purchases and rising interest rates will also all greatly affect the secondary mortgage market in which MAXEX operates. Our […]

Is an ARM or IO loan right for your borrowers in 2022?

ARM and IO loans

Mortgage interest rates are rising and that means an already expensive homebuying process is going to feel even more out of reach for potential homebuyers. Giving borrowers options for how to finance one of the biggest purchases of their life is incredibly important both for the borrowers and for originators looking to remain competitive. One […]

The changing landscape of mortgage-backed securities

The next evolution of securitizations could come in 2022 to fulfill increasing investor demand for ESG-compliant products. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) compliance in the mortgage space has been difficult to achieve due to the archaic and inefficient way mortgage loans are traded between financial institutions. Through standardization of guidelines and contracts, it is possible […]

The revised QM rule and potential effect on the non-agency market

The revised Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule will likely not go into effect until October 1, 2022–more than a full year past the initial deadline of July 1, 2021 set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The rule states that government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, would move to a price-based model instead […]

A Bigger, Better, Faster Jumbo Express

One of our most popular programs just got better. A growing number of Sellers lock their jumbo loans with MAXEX Jumbo Express because it’s faster and more efficient than traditional programs. Beginning on April 30, enjoy an enhanced program packed with updates including the ability to use the AUS to underwrite income, expanded eligibility including […]

Economic conflict steepening as Wall Street and unemployment soar

February’s breakneck pace on Wall Street slowed down just slightly this week with all three major averages hitting record levels. The Dow rose by 0.9% this week, hitting a record on Thursday. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 have gained 0.8% and 1.2% this week, respectively, both hitting record closes on Thursday. Wall Street is starting […]

Unemployment rate drops, market rebounds from volatility

The volatility of last week gave way to a fresh winning streak on Wall Street. Corporate earnings paired with positive economic data helped push stocks forward with the Dow closing up another 250 points on Thursday. That was the index’s fourth-straight day of gains. Weekly gains going into Friday, the Dow had increased 3% with […]

Market volatility overshadows interest rates, home prices

Equity futures are falling in early Friday trading as volatility returned to the market. Earnings continue to be strong, but this week’s headlines are all about the “short squeeze” on companies like GameStop and AMC. Meanwhile, interest rates have come off their recent highs and have moderated a bit to settle into a trading range. […]

Markets continue record-setting rally as Biden unveils housing, economic plans

Markets were on a roll this week, rallying to record highs on Inauguration Day and continuing to rise as the week progressed. The Dow catapulted to a record close of 31,188.38 on Wednesday, with the communications sector pushing the S&P 500 to a record close of 3,851.85. Both indices hit record highs again Thursday morning […]