Earlier this week, straight-talking J.P. Morgan chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon vented his frustration on an earnings call, threatening to stop doing all mortgage business with the Federal Housing Administration, which insures many loans originated and securitized by his bank.
Mr. Dimon expressed his reticence—asking rhetorically “should [J.P. Morgan] be in the FHA business at all?”—following $600 million in fines recently levied against his firm for making defective loans. That punitive fine invoked so-called triple damages, wherein the bank owes three times as much as the value of the bad loans.
Commercial mortgage origination exceeded expectations in 2013, with $358 billion in loans on commercial and multifamily properties closed, according to the annual origination summation report from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
The report, unveiled earlier this week, showed banks invested $100.5 billion last year–28 percent of the annual volume–while CMBS, CDO and ABS issuers invested $79.8 million, which accounted for 22 percent of the overall volume amount. Life insurance companies and pension funds did $60.2 billion in deals—17 percent of the year’s total.
Hello dedicated readers, industry insiders and commercial real estate junkies.
We are reaching out from the Mortgage Bankers Association‘s 2014 CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla.
The four-day event kicked off last night at the Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel with several panels on the tumultuous FHA landscape and a lively Super Bowl party to cap off the night. (The Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8, for those who missed it.)
Commercial and multifamily mortgage originations hit their highest levels since 2007 in the fourth quarter 2012, and are expected to increase up to $254 billion in 2013, according to research by the Mortgage Bankers Association released on Monday at its annual CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo in San Diego. In the fourth quarter 2012 originations were up 49 percent from the quarter previous. They were also up 49 percent from the same quarter in 2011. Overall, originations for the full year of 2012 increased 24 percent compared to 2011.