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Mortgage Daily Press Releases
2014

Mortgage Market Index Drops from 2013
DALLAS -- (Dec. 29, 2014) While a decline in mortgage business was to be expected from the Christmas holiday, activity was also down from the same week last year. Rising rates might have played a role in the drop.

Refis Up, Purchases Off in Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Dec. 22, 2014) A week-over-week decline in purchase financing activity was met by an increase in refinancing business. Interest rates, meanwhile, sank.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Rises, Jumbo Jumps
DALLAS -- (Dec. 15, 2014) Mortgage activity moved higher this past week, and jumbo mortgage business was out front of the overall acceleration.

Biggest Mortgage Lenders and Mortgage Servicers
DALLAS -- (Dec. 8, 2014) Residential lenders lifted loan originations in the third quarter from the prior period but fell short of their year-earlier levels. There was a new No. 4 lender and No. 4 servicer.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Rebounds from Holiday
DALLAS -- (Dec. 8, 2014) New mortgage activity came roaring back from the holiday week. Refinances led the week-over-week recovery, while jumbo business has more than quintupled on a year-over-year basis.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Down in Holiday Week
DALLAS -- (Dec. 1, 2014) Mortgage activity slowed heading into the holiday weekend, though there was an up tick from the same week last year. Jumbo business, however, has nearly tripled from a year earlier, while adjustable-rate activity more than tripled.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Increases
DALLAS -- (Nov. 24, 2014) New mortgage activity moved minimally higher last week, with government business and adjustable-rate activity increasing the most. Stimulating the market were lower interest rates.

Weekly Rates, Mortgage Market Index Hold
DALLAS -- (Nov. 17, 2014) Mortgage activity and interest rates were little changed this past week, though inquiries for adjustable-rate mortgages softened.

Rising Rates Hurt Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Nov. 10, 2014) Residential interest rates have moved up for three consecutive weeks, and loan inquiries for refinances took the biggest hit in the latest report.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Turns Lower
DALLAS -- (Oct. 27, 2014) With jumbo business leading the way, new mortgage activity tumbled following the spectacular improvement registered the previous week. An increase in jumbo rates outpaced the increase in conforming rates.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Soars on Refinances
DALLAS -- (Oct. 20, 2014) A sharp decline in mortgage rates sent refinance activity into the stratosphere and pushed overall activity to the highest level in more than a year.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Jumps on Falling Rates
DALLAS -- (Oct. 13, 2014) New mortgage activity leapt to a five-month high ahead of the Columbus day holiday, and it was refinance business that was out front of the surge.

Falling Rates Drive Up Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Oct. 6, 2014) Subsiding mortgage rates lured refinance prospects back into the market. Interest rates on jumbo mortgages were more improved than on conforming loans.

Refis Out Front of Gain in Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Sep. 29, 2014) A modest decline in mortgage rates helped loan originators eke out a gain in weekly activity. Refinances delivered the strongest improvement.

Rising Rates Restrain Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Sep. 22, 2014) New mortgage activity crept higher this past week and might have been even more robust were it not for an increase in interest rates.

Mortgage Market Index Bounces Back from Holiday
DALLAS -- (Sep. 15, 2014) New mortgage activity increased from the holiday week and would have risen more if it weren't for refinance and conventional business. Fixed rates are likely to be higher in the next report.

Banks Drive Down Mortgage Employment Index
DALLAS -- (Sept. 15, 2014) Mortgage industry employment was lower in the latest quarter as a result of a sharp drop at banks, though jobs moved up at credit unions and non-banks.

Mortgage Market Index Down in Holiday Week
DALLAS -- (Sep. 8, 2014) With refinances leading the way, new mortgage activity slowed during the holiday week. Jumbo business was the best performer.

FHA Leads Weekly Mortgage Market Index Down
DALLAS -- (Sep. 2, 2014) An improvement in interest rates was overcome by the holiday effect, and new mortgage business slowed. Government-insured activity tumbled the most.

Jumbo Rates Rise in Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Aug. 25, 2014) After hovering below conforming interest rates for more than four months, rates on jumbo mortgages leapt past conforming rates. Still, new jumbo business moved up more than any other category.

Biggest Mortgage Lenders in Q2 2014
DALLAS -- (Aug. 19, 2014) Home lenders saw a healthy quarter-over-quarter increase in mortgage production -- with some companies making bigger gains than others. There was jockeying for position among the top-10 players.

Falling Rates Fail to Lift Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Aug. 18, 2014) Even as fixed mortgage rates dipped below 4.5 percent, a resurgence remained illusive. Adjustable-rate mortgages delivered the weakest performance.

Lower Rates Push Weekly Mortgage Market Index Up
DALLAS -- (Aug. 11, 2014) Prompted by declining rates -- refinances and adjustable-rate mortgages led an increase in weekly mortgage activity. Purchase financing, however, didn't fare quite so well.

Rates Restrain Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Aug. 4, 2014) Deterioration in fixed rates helped keep new mortgage activity from improving last week. Jumbo business was the worst performer as jumbo rates lost some of their edge.

Mortgage Market Index Slips
DALLAS -- (July 28, 2014) Adjustable-rate mortgages were out front of a weekly decline in new mortgage activity. More competitive jumbo rates weren't enough to boost jumbo activity.

Mortgage Market Index Rises 2 Weeks in a Row
DALLAS -- (July 21, 2014) Home loan rates and mortgage business improved last week, and jumbo activity was out front as jumbo rates dug deeper below their conforming counterparts.

Mortgage Market Index Rebounds from Holiday
DALLAS -- (July 14, 2014) New mortgage business rebounded following Independence Day, and it was inquiries for adjustable-rate mortgages and refinances that had the biggest bounce.

Mortgage Market Index Tumbles in Holiday Week
DALLAS -- (July 7, 2014) As loan originators wound down activity going into the fourth of July, refinances took the biggest hit. Also putting a damper on business were slightly higher interest rates.

Refis Moderate Drop in Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (June 30, 2014) Overall mortgage business was mostly flat ahead of the holiday week as an up tick in refinance activity offset a drop in most other categories. Mortgage rates improved, with jumbo rates seeing the biggest reduction.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Dips, ARMs Lead Drop
DALLAS -- (June 23, 2014) While mortgage activity was little changed this past week, the number of prospective borrowers seeking adjustable rate mortgages moved lower.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Slips
DALLAS -- (June 16, 2014) Loan originators were slightly less busy last week, with adjustable-rate activity taking the biggest hit. Also downshifting was jumbo and refinance business.

FHA Activity Leads Rebound in Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (June 9, 2014) As new mortgage activity recovered from the holiday week, product & pricing inquiries for government-insured home loans took a leap.

Job Losses Ease in Q1 Mortgage Employment Index
DALLAS -- (June 9, 2014) Job contraction in the mortgage industry slowed during the first three months of 2014. Total headcount in the mortgage business is estimated at more than 800,000.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Takes Hit in Holiday Week
DALLAS -- (June 2, 2014) Mortgage activity declined in the holiday week, and government-insured business suffered the greatest loss. Mortgage rates dropped again, and jumbo rates remain less than conforming rates.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Slips, Jumbo Rates Better
DALLAS -- (May 27, 2014) Loan originators downshifted heading into the holiday weekend, with conventional activity taking the biggest hit. The already negative jumbo-conforming spread widened further.

Refis Up for 3rd Week in Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (May 19, 2014) For the third week in a row, refinance activity has strengthened as interest rates on home loans have moved lower. Jumbo mortgage rates, meanwhile, fell further below conforming rates.

Biggest Mortgage Lenders in Q1 2014
DALLAS -- (May 19, 2014)
As mortgage originations maintained three consecutive quarterly declines, some formerly fast-growing players have stopped disclosing production data altogether. In the servicing sector, the market share of the biggest servicers was lower.

Refis Lead Gain in Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (May 12, 2014) A modest decline in mortgage rates prompted more borrowers to consider refinancing their home loans. Also moving higher was jumbo and adjustable-rate activity.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Stronger
DALLAS -- (May 5, 2014) A dip in interest rates prompted more prospective borrowers to shop around for mortgage products. Leading the rise were inquiries for refinances and jumbo loans.

FHA, ARM Biz Up as Mortgage Market Index Mostly Flat
DALLAS -- (April 28, 2014) New mortgage activity was mostly flat last week, but an up tick was recorded for government-insured business and adjustable-rate mortgage activity.

Mortgage Statistics Chronicle Industry's Highs, Lows
DALLAS -- (April 22, 2014) /PRNewswire/ The Mortgage Statistics tables at Mortgage Daily provide valuable data about home loan originations and residential loan performance. Metrics cover the highs reached during the run-up to the crisis and the lows that followed.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Slips on Rate Rise
DALLAS -- (April 21, 2014) Loan originators turned down the volume on new business, though jumbo business saw a smaller drop thanks to a negative jumbo-conforming spread. A bump in fixed rates dampened demand for refinances.

Mergers Outpace Failures in Mortgage Graveyard
DALLAS -- (April 14, 2014) /PRNewswire/ Although the number of mortgage-related casualties has significantly declined this past year, wholesale lenders are disappearing at a brisk pace. Meanwhile, mortgage mergers are on the rise.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Rises as Jumbo Rates Sink
DALLAS -- (April 14, 2014) An overall improvement in mortgage rates had refinance inquiries surging more than 20 percent. But the bigger news was that interest rates on jumbo mortgages were less than conforming rates.

Jumbo Biz Up as Weekly Mortgage Market Index Slips
DALLAS -- (April 7, 2014) The difference between interest rates on conforming loans and jumbo mortgages evaporated, helping jumbo activity avoid the broad-based decline that hit overall weekly business.

FHA Business Slips in Mortgage Market Index Report
DALLAS -- (March 31, 2014) With refinance activity having subsided, the overall level of new mortgage business has been fairly consistent. Government activity fared worst this past week, while the conventional category had the biggest gain.

FHA Inquiries Rise in Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (March 24, 2014) New mortgage business was relatively flat last week despite an improvement in government-insured activity. Also moving higher were purchase financing inquiries and jumbo business.

Mortgage Employment Index Declines Most in 6 Years
DALLAS -- (March 24, 2014) Mortgage-related job losses continued to mount, reaching the highest level in six years. But layoffs are quickly slowing.

Purchases Lead Gain in Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (March 17, 2014) For the third week in a row, new mortgage activity has moved higher. Purchase financing activity led the weekly increase.

Jumbos Lead Weekly Rise in Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (March 10, 2014) There was little change in new mortgage activity as rates remained near their week-earlier levels. Jumbo business, however, accelerated.

Biggest Mortgage Lenders in 2013
DALLAS -- (March 10, 2014) The largest mortgage lender last year did more than twice as much new business as the next biggest player. In the final three months of 2013, almost all mortgage bankers saw a sharp drop in originations.

ARMs Lead Weekly Mortgage Business Higher
DALLAS -- (March 3, 2014) Loan originators were busier coming out of the holiday week helped, in part, by better interest rates. Adjustable-rate activity led the charge.

Mortgage Casualties Fall on Fewer Bank Failures
DALLAS -- (Feb. 24, 2014) Interest rates on residential loans moved higher last week, helping to pull down new mortgage activity. Leading the decline were inquiries for refinances.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Off on Holiday, Rates
DALLAS -- (Feb. 24, 2014) Interest rates on residential loans moved higher last week, helping to pull down new mortgage activity. Leading the decline were inquiries for refinances.

Jumbos Defy Decline in Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Feb. 17, 2014) The difference between interest rates on conforming and jumbo mortgages nearly disappeared last week, prompting a slight uptick in jumbo activity despite an overall slide.

Refinancing Turns Higher as Rates Retreat
DALLAS -- (Feb. 10, 2014) Mortgage activity inched higher last week, with the biggest gain coming from refinances. Government-insured business, however, turned lower.

Refis Lead Gain in Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Feb. 3, 2014) Coming out of the holiday week, new mortgage business was modestly higher. Another week of lower interest rates helped lift refinance activity.

Mortgage Market Index Off in Holiday Week
DALLAS -- (Jan. 27, 2014) The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday put a damper on new mortgage business, though falling interest rates helps mitigate the decline.

Mortgage Market Index Up 3 Weeks in a Row
DALLAS -- (Jan. 20, 2014) Driven primarily by improved interest rates, new mortgage activity was up for the third consecutive week. Refinances made the most headway. Interest rates on jumbo mortgage were much better.

Post Holiday Rise in Weekly Mortgage Market Index
DALLAS -- (Jan. 13, 2014) With inquiries for jumbo loans and adjustable-rate mortgages leading the way, mortgage business improved coming out of the holiday season. Interest rates fell.

Weekly Mortgage Market Index Up in New Year
DALLAS -- (Jan. 6, 2014) Coming out of the Christmas holiday and going into New Years Day, loan originators picked up the pace on new business. Government loan demand soared.


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