Mortgage Originators Split On Impact Of 0.75% Rate Hike – NMP Skip to main content

Mortgage Originators Split On Impact Of 0.75% Rate Hike

Keith Griffin
Jul 28, 2022

NMP poll also shows pessimism about profits and refinancing business.

Will yesterday’s 0.75% rate hike for the second straight month by the Federal Reserve Board have a strong impact on the mortgage industry?  Much like economists, mortgage professionals are of mixed opinion.

NMP Flash Poll results

Responding to an online poll conducted by National Mortgage Professional Magazine, 46.8% said the rate hike will affect their mortgage origination practice, while 45% said it wouldn’t. Just over 8% said they weren’t sure what the impact would be.

NMP Flash Poll Q3

There’s no shortage in pessimism (39.4%) that there will be losses in the mortgage industry in the next three months, according to respondents. Yet, over one-third (33.75%) believe they will see increased profitability. Slightly over a quarter (26.9%) predict breaking even in the next 90 days. Respondents said anticipation of the Fed hike has already been built into mortgage rates, which has lessen the impact.

"I feel the feds should have waited three months to see the full effect of the last rate hike and are throwing us into a recession. The only reason I expect to break even is that I have a ton of preapproved buyers," said Nicole Donn, a California branch manager for U.S. Financial Mortgage Lending.

Derek Richards, who works for Options Financial Residential Mortgage in Oregon, said, “We're getting closer to the Fed's 'terminal rate,' which means the rate at which point it is neither slowing inflation or slowing the economy. I believe we will see a 50 basis point increase at both the September and December meetings and then be done.”

NMP Flash Poll Q2

Almost half of survey respondents (48.4%) say their refinancing business will be hardest hit by the ongoing increase in federal rate hikes. Purchase follows at almost 30%, while 17.2% said home equity loans will be most affected.

Ron Bennett, a loan advisor for American Pacific Mortgage in Washington state, offered a practical perspective on rate hikes. “Stay the course and things will be fine. It will take a lot more work than it did the first half,” he said.

Published
Jul 28, 2022
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Equifax Over Glitch

Complaint stems from errors in credit scores made earlier this year.

Industry News
Aug 08, 2022
Birchwood Credit Services Promotes New Chief Operating Officer

Barrett Elliot has been with national provider of mortgage credit reporting services since 2010.

Industry News
Aug 08, 2022
Redfin 2Q Revenues Up, Profits Down

Company officials said that in the third quarter they expect total revenue between $590 million and $627 million.

Industry News
Aug 05, 2022
Mutual of Omaha Mortgage Announces Wholesale Division

Loans available through its own platform and in partnership with ReadyPrice, LenderPrice, and Loansifter.

Industry News
Aug 05, 2022
MISMO Seeks Public Comment On 3 eMortgage Resources

Updates proposed to MISMO Business Glossary, eMortgage Glossary, and eModification Reference Flyer.

Regulation and Compliance
Aug 05, 2022
Deal With Opendoor Allows Zillow Back Into iBuying Business

As it releases rough 2Q earnings report, Zillow announces partnership with former rival.

Tech
Aug 04, 2022