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Wanna Buy A Mortgage Bond?

For the first time since the wheels came off the housing market a few years back, somebody's selling a mortgage-backed bond that isn't backed by the U.S. government.

Not surprisingly, this bond — which answers to the name "Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2010-H1" — is made up of some very low-risk mortgages.

Basically, it's the opposite of some of the crazy mortgage-backed bonds sold during the boom (sorry, Toxie), which were full of loans to borrowers with weak credit and little or no home equity.

Calculated Risk points out a few of the key details on the new bond:

  • It includes 253 mortgages, with an total principal balance of about $238 million
  • The average loan-to-value ratio is 53%
  • Borrowers' weighted FICO score is 768
  • The bond was created by Citigroup and a real estate company called Redwood Trust.

For a little more news on the mortgage-bond front, check out this Bloomberg News story on a new set of indexes that will track the performance of mortgage-backed bonds issued in 2006 and 2007.

These indexes make the market for mortgages more transparent. They also make it easier for people to speculate on mortgages.