Home Loan Leads Activity Up

Home loan leads rose significantly last week, increasing 14.4% to hit their highest level since May of this year.  According to the Lead Planet weekly lead report, purchase leads have now risen for four of the past five weeks.  Over the past four weeks, the MBA’s Purchase Index has raised an average of 4.0% a week. According to Michael Fratantoni, MBA vice president of Research and Economics, “The increase in home loan leads last week aligns with other incoming data suggesting that consumers are feeling somewhat more confident with their financial situation.”

The activity of refinance leads fell 1.0% for the and are currently at their lowest level since June, despite interest rates that remained relatively stable after a sharp jump the previous week following the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would purchase $600 billion in Treasury securities to boost the economy.  Refinance leads have been falling over the past month even as home purchase applications rose. Refinance leads are down an average of 4.8% over the past four weeks, despite expectations by many analysts that the recent rise in home loan rates would motivate fence-sitting homeowners to act before rates go any higher.

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