'Nontraditional' mortgages rise as overall origination falls

Survey: First-mortgage originations down 16% in first half of 2006

A slowing housing market has put a damper on first-mortgage origination volume for the first half of the year, an industry survey released Monday shows.

First-mortgage origination volume decreased 16 percent in the first half of 2006, while strong demand continued for interest-only and payment-option mortgages, or so-called “nontraditional” mortgages, according to a survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association trade group.

The 16 percent decrease in first-mortgage originations from the second half of 2005 was driven by a 10 percent decline in purchase mortgage volume and a 22