Lead Planet Reports Big Jump in Mortgage Refinance Lead Volumes

For most of 2010, thousands of loan officers have been scrounging for hot refinance leads. Amid the mortgage turmoil, many homeowners have been reluctant to re-apply for a refinance loan after being turned down by a bank or lender.  Finally, we got some good news related to the mortgage industry.  After 6 consecutive weeks of declining refinance application volumes, RTT reported a surge in home refinancing activity.  U.S mortgage demand increased again last week, led by a bounce-back in refinance applications and interest rates hitting their lowest levels since mid-March. 

According to Bryan Dornan, the Lead Planet founder, “Mortgage marketing has been difficult in 2010 for loan companies that focus solely on refinancing, because lending guidelines have tightened to a very uncomfortable level.”  Dornan continue, “Stated income loans are gone—- home equity programs have disappeared —–  and subprime loans are on trial waiting for the Obama administration to figure out how best to politicize the mortgage reform.”  Buying qualified mortgage leads can be challenging.  The reality is that not that many borrowers qualify to refinance their home under the tightened guidelines. 

Rumors of private money entering the mortgage market soon would be welcomed and could create additional opportunities for mortgage lenders, brokers and aspiring loan officers.  The Lead Planet reported that refinance lead volumes rose nearly 20% last week and their clients have been reaping the benefits with a flood of new loan submissions.  Purchase lead volumes increased 5.75% even though home buying applications have slowed significantly nationwide. 

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday that its refinance index jumped 14.8% from the previous week, hitting its highest level in six weeks. The surge in home refinancing applications, however, was nullified by a decline in the MBA’s home purchase index, which dropped 9.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis. Unadjusted, the index decreased 8.9% from the previous week, and 0.6% from the same week last year.  The decline in home purchase applications was likely due to the expiration of the $8,000 home-buyer tax credit on April 30th.  

For custom mortgage lead generation programs and more information on buying mortgage leads, please call the sales department at the Lead Planet 619-600-5720.

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Home Mortgage Rates Drop Again

By now you likely know that the 30 year home loan rate dipped from 4.25 to 4.125% this week. This is the lowest point this year. The previous low was 4.78 reached two weeks ago. What is more interesting is that the all time low is 4.71 so just .01 points lower than current rates.

Looking at other rates the 15 year dropped from 3.75 to 3.625%. The 5 year adjustable rate loan fell from 3.75 to 3.625% (5 year arm). These are all time lows since we have good tracking data for these mortgage products. So would it make sense to look at some of these other mortgage products since they are at all time lows? Personally I would still avoid the 5 and 1 year arm. Since mortgage rates in general are so low it makes sense to lock in for as long as possible. Below are rates from the weeks from May 13, 2010 to Jun 10, 2010.

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