Archive for Refinance Leads

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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Originate More Loans Buying Purchase and Refinance Leads

I noticed that we have been getting a lot of inquiries for mortgage refinance leads lately.  That is not unusual, because traditional mortgage shops who have been buying internet mortgage leads for years like refinance leads.  That is what they have been originating when rates were higher and that is what they originate today as the interest rates have fallen to record low levels.  No one will argue that low rates are a good time, but refinance guidelines have been tightened more in the last three years than ever before.  A few years ago, millions of borrowers bought their home with a stated income loan, but today lenders are not offering stated income loans so most of these loan applicants are turned down when trying to refinance their mortgage.  Clearly the pool of qualified refinance applicants has shrunk so in most cases loan companies will have to buy more refinance leads to get a qualified borrower. This means higher credit report bills and an increased investment for mortgage marketing. 

Direct mail costs have risen and the return rates have been lower as well.  Many loan companies are surviving with internet mortgage leads, but the companies that seem to be funding the most loans every month are the shops that are buying both purchase and refinance leads.  Many loan officers say they don’t like home purchase leads as much because the prospects are not always ready to buy a home.  That may be true, but the purchase market is much hotter than the refinance market right now, so mortgage companies should be more opened minded to work purchase leads in addition to their beloved refinance leads.  The fact exists that there are more qualified purchase mortgage applicants than refinance applicants.  Most qualified homeowners have already refinanced to a mortgage with a fixed rate in the 5% range.  Most of the refinance applicants do not qualify for home refinancing because they have no equity or their credit scores are too low.  The Lead Planet recommends buying mortgage leads with filters of a blended mix of both purchase and refinance.  Take a minute and call the Lead Planet at 619-600-5720 and we will show you how to maximize mortgage lead buying opportunities with no obligation.

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Online Mortgage Lead Committment

The importance of buying quality mortgage leads that convert cannot be understated.  The days of throwing money at any lead broker online and succeeding are gone.  In fact if you do waste your mortgage marketing dollars like that you will not be in business for long.  If you are a loan officer or mortgage broker there is no getting around that these are tough times for the mortgage industry.  The reality is that the home loan products available carry much tighter guidelines than we have seen in the last twenty years. That means if you are serious about being competitive, you need to buy mortgage leads from a lead generation company that can perform day in and day out.

Shopping online for the best mortgage lender to meet your borrower’s needs is indeed a challenge and that is why the Lead Planet has partnered with experienced mortgage companies that know how to close loans in this market.  If you have purchased 1000′s of leads two in ten will likely convert.  One in twenty is pretty standard these days with most lead companies. The Lead Planet has made a commitment to helping loan companies get better conversion ratios from their online mortgage leads. 

Mortgage lead buying is all about commitment and buying large quantities to get a return.  Buying 100 quality mortgage refinance leads could cost $2,500.00 (100 x 25.00 per lead). If you only get applications on 20% of the leads and close half of those loan prospects you are getting a worthy return on your investment. The key is to set your monthly budget for two to three months at a time. Stick to it and buy all the loan leads you can afford if you have a talented staff and lenders that are ready to fund your loan submissions. One of the most common mistakes companies do is to not buy enough leads or stop the online mortgage lead campaign too quickly.  We are proud of the fact that our clients tell us that our live transfer leads convert better than their other lead companies.

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Lead Planet Announces New Free Mortgage Lead Campaign

The Lead Planet Company announced yesterday a new promotion offering free mortgage leads to loan companies looking to buy quality internet leads.  Find out why loan companies continue to come back to the Lead Planet year after year for internet mortgage leads. We are one of the most respected and experienced mortgage marketing companies online that offers real-time mortgage leads, live transfer leads, loan modification leads and debt leads for broker, lenders and mortgage bankers.  For the last decade, we have specialized in internet marketing for the mortgage and finance related industry. 

Take advantage of our summer lead promotion that includes 10 free mortgage leads with every order of 50 or more online mortgage leads. (The promo also includes loan mod and debt settlement leads)   

Jump-start your pipeline with quality loan leads generated exclusively by Lead Planet websites. Call 619-600-5720 or fill out the short form to the right of this article and you will get a free mortgage marketing consultation with no obligation.

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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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