Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

January 7, 2013

S&P Predicts Residential Mortgage Finance To Improve in 2013

By David Reiss

S&P’s report has a couple of interesting predictions:

  • Although the GSEs (government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) have been vital players in the U.S. mortgage finance market, 2012 was a strong year for mortgage banking, largely because of refinancing activity. This trend will likely continue in 2013, but banks may struggle to duplicate strong performance next year.  .  .  .
  • We expect the federal agencies to continue to dominate the residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market in 2013, but the private-label market will see some growth from a low base.
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