Can We Stop Freaking Out About Independent Mortgage Banks Now?

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Independent mortgage banks (IMBs) have been around for more than a century. but have taken on increased significance and power in the marketplace since the housing crisis. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says that several myths have grown up around this trend, coming from critics such as the Brookings Institution. It just published a White Paper discussing the current role of IMBs and addressing the myths. There were 900 IMBs in the US In 2017 according to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. They account for 16 percent of companies reporting data but originated 54 percent of single family (one to four unit) mortgages, up from 25 percent in 2008. MBA says this growth presents policy questions, but “it should be evaluated based on a solid understanding of the IMB role and importance…(read more)

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