Issuance of Government National Mortgage Association-backed MBS jumped 12% in November on a sequential basis, to the highest level since December 2009.
Mortgage lenders issued $41.3 billion of Ginnie bonds in November, up from $36.8 billion in October, according to new figures released by the government agency.
Most of the $4.4 billion monthly increase in MBS issuance is likely due to a $3.7 billion spike in FHA single-family originations in October. (Monthly originations are not immediately securitized.)
FHA endorsed $22.7 billion of forward single-family loans in October, up from $19 billion in September.
Issuers securitized $34 billion of single-family loans in Ginnie Mae II pools and $5.3 billion in Ginnie I pools in November.
Securitizations of jumbo mortgages (with balances above $417,000) totaled $693 million, down from $785 million in October.
Reverse mortgage lenders securitized $645 million of FHA-insured home equity conversion mortgages in October, down from $707 million the month prior.
Mortgage firms issued $2 billion of multifamily MBS in November, unchanged from the prior month.
Overall, Ginnie Mae MBS issuance is up 45% from November 2011.