HMBS July 2022: Summer Doldrums

HECM Mortgage-Backed Securities (“HMBS”) issuance fell in July to $1.2 billion, falling for the third straight month as the refinancing wave continued to ebb. Production remains strong by historical standards, but the downward trend is clear.

HMBS issuance totaled $13.2 billion for 2021, easily surpassing the old record from 2010. With seven months in the books and over $9 billion issued, HMBS is still on pace to set another new record in 2022.

July’s original (first participation) production fell to $975 million, compared to $1.1 billion in June, $1.2 billion in May and well below April’s record of $1.4 billion in new issuance. Still, July’s original new loan pool production exceeded that of July last year, when approximately $937 million in original new HMBS pools were issued.

July’s 94 pools broke down into 49 first-participation or original pools, and 45 tail pools. Original pools are those HMBS pools backed by first participations in previously uncertificated HECM loans. Tail HMBS issuances are HMBS pools consisting of subsequent participations. Tails are not from new loans, but they do represent new amounts lent. Tail HMBS issuance is essential for HMBS issuers to finance their monthly advances, such as borrower draws and FHA mortgage insurance premiums. Last month’s tail pool issuances totaled $216 million, within the typical range.

New View Advisors compiled this data from publicly available Ginnie Mae data as well as private sources.

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