HMBS August 2021 Part II: Big Summer Continues

HMBS August 2021 Part II: Big Summer Continues

Outstanding HMBS rose to a record $56.6 billion in August 2021, as high levels of both issuance and HECM loan payoffs continued. HMBS payoffs once again exceeded $1 billion. Outstanding HMBS rose by about $37 million. These big numbers reflect continued high levels of refinancing, as low rates and high home prices allow more senior homeowners to borrow new, larger HECM loans.

In 2019, HMBS posted its lowest annual issuance total in five years. But in 2020 low interest rates and a higher lending limit boosted production significantly to a near-record $10.6 billion. After eight months in 2021, HMBS new issuance already exceeds $8 billion.

Our friends at Recursion broke down the prepayment numbers further: last month’s 98% MCA mandatory purchases totaled $213 million, only 18.7% of the total.

(Editor’s note: The following article was republished with permission from New View Advisors which compiled this data from publicly available Ginnie Mae data as well as private sources.)

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Darryl Hicks

Darryl Hicks is Vice President of Communications for the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. In this capacity, Hicks writes for NRMLA's publications, manages the association's web sites and social media accounts, assists committees and the Board of Directors, and manages the Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional designation. Prior to joining NRMLA in 1999, Hicks spent three years in the Washington, D.C. bureau for National Mortgage News.