Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, revealed a 13.71% decline in mortgage lock volume compared to the previous month.
Despite a recent drop in mortgage rates, refinances have witnessed only a modest uptick, falling short of making a significant impact on overall mortgage volume. Seasonal trends, coupled with challenges in the purchase market, have eclipsed the potential benefits of a full percentage point decrease in rates.
Phil Rasori, Chief Operating Officer at MCT, commented on the current landscape, stating, “Softening purchase prices, paired with a further drop in rates, could boost purchases and refinances. However, we anticipate that seasonal lows in the purchase market will persist through Q1.”
MCT’s Lock Volume Indices present a snapshot of rate lock volume activity in the residential mortgage industry broken out by lock type (purchase, rate/term refinance, and cash out refinance) across a broad diversity of lenders (e.g., sizes, products/services offered, business models) from MCT’s national footprint.
The Place for Lending Visionaries and Thought Leaders. We take you beyond the latest news and trends to help you grow your lending business.