Equifax report – First quarter mortgage originations soar!
(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – According to the Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report, total mortgage origination balances hit $466 billion in the first quarter, a 74.4% increase from the same time a year ago. These are a few key takeaways from the report:
- First mortgages led the growth, jumping 79.9% versus the first quarter of 2014 to $430 billion:
- Home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) rose 30% to $30.9 billion;
- New home equity installment loans climbed 13.6% to $5.0 billion;
- Average first-lien mortgage loan amounts rose to $232,547 in March, an 11.5% increase over March 2014;
- The number of first mortgages originated in the first three months of the year was 1.78 million, a 54.9% increase over the same time a year ago and 13.6% higher than in the fourth quarter of 2014;
- The share of first mortgage accounts originated in the first quarter that went to consumers with an Equifax Risk Score(sm) below 620 (generally considered subprime) was 4.5%;
- 3.1% of newly originated balances in the first quarter went to borrowers with subprime credit scores. For the same time a year ago, the share was 3.5%; and
- The average loan amount for a first mortgage originated to a borrower with a subprime credit score in March 2015 was $152,260, up 9.9% from March 2014.
“The drop in mortgage rates that began in the fourth quarter of last year kicked off a refinance boomlet that accelerated in the first quarter, as rates fell further, averaging just 3.7% for the first three months of this year,” said Amy Crews Cutts, Chief Economist at Equifax. “While rates have recently reversed that trend and are back up to about 4%, they remain extremely low historically. These rates, coupled with a housing market that is showing signs of vigor, should carry the mortgage business over the summer.”
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