HECM endorsements set a recent record in March by rising 26.4% to 6,495 loans, but we’re digging a bit deeper today:
- Wholesale/broker led the way, rising 28% to 2,765 loans
- Retail/direct growth trailed slightly, increasing 25.2% to 3,730
- Refis slipped another point to 48.3% of all loans in March, a second consecutive month of slight drops – and […]
We already know HECM endorsements dropped in February, but now we know that both business channels showed similar trends on the month.
We can also now say that refis continued at a high level at just over 50% of all endorsements in February – consistent with the past 9 months starting last June in a tight […]
HECM endorsements rose 10.5% in January, with Retail/direct playing some catchup at 13.3% and Wholesale/broker up 7%.
Several top 10 lenders had a great start to the year:
- Something good is clearly in the water over at Longbridge these days: rising 47.4% to 889 loans, just 5 months after posting 3 consecutive months <300 last summer
HECM endorsements grew 5.4% in December, led by Wholesale/broker rising 7.4% while Retail/direct managed 3.8%.
The year as a whole was notable for the sustained rise in HECM to HECM refinances as increasing home prices and low interest rates fueled a surge in resetting existing loans to allow more access to cash and/or lower accrual rates […]
HECM endorsements jumped significantly higher in October, and now we know that Wholesale/Broker volume powered 23.2% compared to 12.3% growth for Retail/Direct.
We talked plenty about top 10 lender performance highlights in our Lenders post for the month, but originators that aren’t FHA approved lenders are what makes this report different:
- Ennkar jumped 82% to 133 loans […]
September saw a return to normal for HECM endorsements, with loan count rising 17.6% after a disappointing August to full recover to the tight range seen before that. Wholesale/broker volume rose 16.6% to hit the highest level in more than a year (likely surpassed in October) while Retail gained 19.3% to leave it just shy […]
August was a bit of a lost month for HECM endorsements, as we saw volume drop -14.1%. Some combination of summer vacations, endorsement lag times, and slowing business activity. Pick your favorite order.
Which makes this a good month for other aspects of our HECM Originators report that don’t always show up:
HECM endorsements rose 2.8% in July to 4,276 loans. Wholesale declined for a fourth straight month, dropping -1.7% while Retail bounced back 5.9% from a poor June showing.
Lenders fared better in the rising tide, with 6 of the top 10 lenders increasing volume.
- RMF jumped 55.8% to 642 loans, good for second highest for the month
- South […]
HECM endorsements dropped -4.2% in June to 4,158 loans. Wholesale declined -2.1% to outperform Retail (-5.6%) for the first time in 5 months.
That subtle shift in channels showed up powerfully in lender performance, although once again just 3 of the top 10 lenders gained on the month.
- Mutual of Omaha surged 43.5% to 333 loans – […]
HECM endorsements rose 3.8% in May, with Retail (+10.7%) outperforming Wholesale (-5%) for the 4th consecutive month.
Only 3 of the top 10 lenders increased volume in May, but putting that together with Retail dominance should make the top performing lender no surprise:
- AAG lapped the field, jumping 32% to put 1,000+ loans between them and second […]