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Rising interest rates trigger an exuberant MSR market 

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Incenter Mortgage Advisors was flooded with a surge of mortgage-servicing rights business in January — with bulk MSR sales approaching in one month what the firm normally tallies in an entire year.

Denver-based Incenter’s managing director, Tom Piercy, said he expects the rising tide of business to continue for the foreseeable future, so long as the housing market is swept up in a rising-rate environment — prompting holders of MSRs to sell the assets. MSRs gain value as interest rates rise, in part because upward-bound rates cause mortgage refinancing to ebb, which slows prepayment speeds details ⇒

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