KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Ellington Financial Mortgage Trust 2022-1 (EFMT 2022-1)

KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to RCKT Mortgage Trust 2022-1 (RCKT 2022-1)
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New York–(work wire) — KBRA assigns initial ratings to six classes of mortgage-backed securities from the Ellington Financial Mortgage Trust 2022-1 (EFMT 2022-1), a $417.2 million non-core RMBS transaction. The underlying collateral, consisting of 817 residential mortgage loans, has a notable concentration of alternative income documentation, with 69.0% of loans underwritten using bank statements, asset depletion, and DSCR document types.

About 64.2% of the loans were classified as non-qualified mortgages. The remaining loans are classified as exempt from the ATR/QM rule created for a business purpose (ie investment properties). EFMT 2022-1 is not backed by any loans in effect as of the closing date, however, 0.2% of the pool contains loans that were subject to deductible plans but exited and had been operating for several months.

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