SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 3, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (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 January 2023. 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 January MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices is broken out by transaction type: purchase, rate/term refinance, and cash out refinance.
January MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices show that lock volume increased across the board for the month. Purchase lock activity was up nearly 110% compared to December, rate/term refinance volume was up 124%, and cash-out refinance volume was up 93%. Lock activity in total was up 109% versus December. Though December lock activity is traditionally low, with many people focused on the holidays during the final week of the month, the lock figures for January clearly show some positive rate elasticity. As the Fed reaches its terminal fed funds rate for this cycle, we should see downward pressure on mortgage rates, which will only help increase origination activity. For added context, total lock activity is still down 54% from one year ago. That is mostly due to a drop off in refinance demand, as purchase lock activity sits 36% lower than at the same point last year. Rate and term refinance volume is down 84% from one year ago, and cash-out refinance volume is down 86% over that same period. Please note that, for the first time, MCT is including composite volume across lock type. Purchase locks accounted for 88% of total lock volume for the month, cash-out refinances comprised 8%, and rate/term refinances continue to display dismal volume, registering at 4% of total locks.
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.
Figure 1: Lock volume for January 2023 broken out by transaction type
:: Index values to end January as a percentage benchmarked to the start of the month
Category | Month-Over-Month Index Value Change
Rate/Term Refinance: +109.75%
Cash Out Refinance: +92.60%
Figure 2: Year-over-year indexed lock volume
:: INDEX VALUE CHANGE YEAR-OVER-YEAR
Category | Year-Over-Year Index Value Change
Rate/Term Refinance: -83.86%
Cash Out Refinance: -86.48%
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.
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, Calif., Philadelphia, Pa. and Texas.
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Image caption: Lock volume for January 2023 broken out by transaction type.
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