MBA Study Shows Second Quarter 2011 Improvements in Production Profits Among Independents and Subsidiaries, Driven By Heavier Purchase Activity

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WASHINGTON, DC – August 31, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Independent mortgage banks and subsidiaries made an average profit of $575 on each loan they originated in the second quarter of 2011, up from $346 per loan in the first quarter of 2011, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Second Quarter 2011 Mortgage Bankers Performance Report released today.

“Contrary to overall MBA industry data in which estimated production volume declined, the average firm in our study of independents and subsidiaries experienced volume growth. The firms in our study were able to more quickly adjust to a purchase-focused mortgage market environment after a significantly refi-heavy fourth quarter of 2010,” said Marina Walsh, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Industry Analysis.

Walsh continued, “At the same time, secondary marketing gains improved as spreads between ten-year Treasuries and 30-year mortgage rates began to widen towards the end of the second quarter.”

Among the other key findings of MBA’s Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report are:

• Average production volume was $174 million per company in the second quarter of 2011, up from $164 million per company in the first quarter of 2011. The MBA estimate for overall quarterly industry origination volume was $290 billion in the second quarter of 2011, down from $302 billion in the first quarter of 2011.

• The refinance share of total originations, by dollar volume, for this sample of independent mortgage banks and subsidiaries was 36 percent in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 50 percent in the first quarter of 2011. The MBA estimate for overall industry refinancing share was 62 percent in the second quarter of 2011, down from 65 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

• The government share of total originations, by dollar volume, for this sample of independent mortgage banks and subsidiaries was 41 percent in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 37 percent in the first quarter of 2011. Average borrower FICO scores dropped to 729 in the second quarter of 2011 from 733 in the first quarter of 2011 and 737 in the fourth quarter of 2010.

• Average loan balances remained relatively constant at $197,039 in the second quarter of 2011, from $196,456 in the first quarter of 2011. However, on a repeater-company basis, average loan balances dropped to $195,347 in the second quarter from $198,590 in the first quarter.

• Measured in basis points, secondary marketing gains increased to 210 basis points in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 201 basis points in the first quarter of 2011. Secondary marketing gains rose to $4,006 per loan in the second quarter of 2011, from $3,827 per loan in the first quarter of 2011.

• Personnel expense slightly decreased to $3,561 per loan in the second quarter of 2011, compared to $3,640 per loan in the first quarter of 2011.

• Total production operating expenses – commissions, compensation, occupancy and equipment and other production expenses and corporate allocations – dropped to $5,644 per loan in the second quarter of 2011, compared to $5,837 per loan in the first quarter of 2011.”

• The “net cost to originate” slightly decreased to $3,513 per loan in the second quarter of 2011, from $3,540 per loan in the first quarter of 2011. The “net cost to originate” includes all production operating expenses and commissions minus all fee income, but excludes secondary marketing gains, capitalized servicing, servicing released premiums and warehouse interest spread.

• 70 percent of the firms in the study posted pre-tax net financial profits in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 63 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

MBA’s Mortgage Bankers Performance Report series offers a variety of performance measures on the mortgage banking industry and is intended as a financial and operational benchmark for independent mortgage companies, bank subsidiaries and other non-depository institutions.

Over 71 percent of the 310 companies that reported production data for the second quarter report were independent mortgage companies.

There are five performance report publications per year: four quarterly reports and one annual report.

For media inquiries please contact Matt Robinson at (202) 557-2727 or .

To purchase or subscribe to the publications, call (202) 557-2821. The reports can also be purchased on MBA’s website by clicking here.

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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the association works to ensure the continued strength of the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets; to expand homeownership and extend access to affordable housing to all Americans. MBA promotes fair and ethical lending practices and fosters professional excellence among real estate finance employees through a wide range of educational programs and a variety of publications. Its membership of over 2,200 companies includes all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, Wall Street conduits, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field. For additional information, visit MBA’s Web site: www.mortgagebankers.org.

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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the association works to ensure the continued strength of the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets; to expand homeownership and extend access to affordable housing to all Americans. MBA promotes fair and ethical lending practices and fosters professional excellence among real estate finance employees through a wide range of educational programs and a variety of publications. Its membership of over 2,400 companies includes all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, Wall Street conduits, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field.

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Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 557-2700

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