SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 7, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MCT®, the leader in capital markets software and services supporting more lenders with hedging and pipeline management solutions than any other single provider, is pleased to present the MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices for August 2022. MCT Data represents a balanced cross section of several hundred lenders among retail, correspondent, wholesale, and consumer direct channels. A broad-based view of the entire market provides a more accurate picture of mortgage originations versus indices that are influenced by mega lenders. The August MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices is broken out by transaction type: purchase, rate/term refinance, and cash out refinance.

August MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices show that year-over-year total lock volume (-53.0 percent) continues to drop, as expected, when compared to the white-hot summer of 2021. After the month-over-month rate/term refinance lock figure increased 11% in July due to a slight drop in mortgage rates, the index was down 46% in August. Total mortgage rate locks by dollar volume decreased 28.5 percent in August, with purchase locks declining 27.8 percent month-over-month and 23.4 percent from a year ago. Cash-out refinances are down 5.3 percent month-over-month. From one year ago, cash-out refinance volume is down 80.0 percent, while rate/term refinance volume has dropped 95.2 percent. Please note that loan sizes were up 8.3 percent over the past year, with the average loan amount increasing from $291k to $315k.

It is important to note that MCT’s rate lock activity indices are based on actual dollar volume of locked loans, not number of applications. Especially in a tight purchase market, MCT believes its methodology (using actual loans locked vs. applications) is a more reliable metric. There is a higher likelihood of having multiple applications per funded loan, and prequals do not convert at as high of a rate in the current market as has historically been the case – especially when applications are counted at the early stage of entering a property address.

Lock volume for August 2022 broken out by transaction type
Figure 1: Lock volume for August 2022 broken out by transaction type.


Category | Month-Over-Month Index Value Change

Total: -28.45%

Purchase: -27.82%

Rate/Term Refinance: -28.38%

Cash Out Refinance: -46.01%

Year-over-year indexed lock volume
Figure 3: Year-over-year indexed lock volume.


Category | Year-Over-Year Index Value Change

Total: -53.02%

Purchase: -23.36%

Rate/Term Refinance: -95.16%

Cash Out Refinance: -79.99%

MCT will be publishing the MCTlive! Mortgage Lock Volume Indices monthly, intending the data to serve as an enduring informational tool for industry participants, analysts, and watchers.

About MCT:

Founded in 2001, Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT)® has grown from a boutique mortgage pipeline hedging firm into the industry’s leading provider of fully integrated capital markets services and technology. MCT’s offerings include mortgage pipeline hedging, best execution loan sales, business intelligence and analytics, outsourced lock desk solutions, MSR valuation, hedging, and bulk sales, and the world’s first, truly open marketplace for loan sales. MCT supports independent mortgage bankers, depositories, credit unions, warehouse lenders, and correspondent investors of all sizes within its award-winning digital platform, MCTlive! ®. Headquartered in sunny San Diego, MCT also has offices in Healdsburg, CA, Philadelphia, PA and Texas.

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UPDATED: 8:56 a.m. PT/PDT 9.7.22

News Source: Mortgage Capital Trading Inc.