Mortgage Lock Volumes Jumped 7% Last Month

Mortgage rate lock volumes jumped nearly 7% in May despite rates moving very little. Mortgage Capital Trading’s (MCT) latest report revealed that mortgage lock volume increased 6.78% month-over-month in May. Rates have been the primary influence on mortgage activity this year. MCT says the industry is monitoring economic data to see what decisions the Federal Reserve will make in the future. “The next couple of months will be key from a data standpoint as the Federal Reserve looks for a trend of inflation heading towards the goal of two percent. Considering the Nonfarm Payroll number that just came out, setting a trend is going to take more time,” said Andrew Rhodes, Senior Director and Head of Trading at MCT. “We’re…

Second Home Rate Locks Hit All-Time High In 2021

The percentage of second home mortgage rate locks reached its highest recorded level in Q1 2021, dipping slightly in Q2 and Q3 before jumping back up at year-end, according to Pacaso’s Second Home Market report. Second home locks made up 5.7% of all mortgage rate locks in Q1 2021, a record high. They dropped slightly in Q2 and Q3, to 4.6% and 4.5%, respectively, but jumped back up to 5% in Q4 2021. “In April of last year, people stopped to take a beat, to see how things would shake out in what everyone hoped would be a post-pandemic reality,” said Pacaso CEO Austin Allison. “For some, that also meant going back to the office, and perhaps not coincidentally, second…