New York, NY (PRWEB) April 13, 2014
Steep declines in the performance of housing markets, a result of the subprime mortgage crisis, dramatically harmed the Online Mortgage Brokers industry over the five years to 2014. Industry operators bring consumers seeking mortgages together with lenders on a fee basis. While the total value of mortgage originations is anticipated to increase at an annualized rate of 3.1% over the five-year period, according to the latest available data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), it remains far below its prerecessionary value. Moreover, refinance originations as a percentage of mortgage debt outstanding is anticipated to fall from 12.0% to 4.0% over the period, according to the FHFA and IBISWorld estimates; rising mortgage rates primarily explain this trend, with declining refinancing activity in 2014 causing revenue for the Online Mortgage Brokers industry to fall an expected 20.6% during the year.
According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Stephen Hoopes, “Lenders continue to bypass mortgage brokers during the origination process.” Large banking institutions, like Wells Fargo and Bank of America, have decided to no longer work with independent brokers, with reasons varying from negotiation difficulties to brokers' production of predatory loans prior to the housing bust. Consequently, according to Inside Mortgage Finance and IBISWorld estimates, the share of mortgages originated by brokers is expected to decline from 15.0% in 2009 to 10.0% in 2014, dramatically damaging potential fees for online mortgage brokers. Partially a result of this trend, industry revenue is anticipated to decline at an annualized rate of 8.7% over the five-year period, reaching $217.8 million in 2014.
“Over the five years to 2019, the industry's performance is forecast to improve rapidly, driving increases in both mortgage originations and industry fees garnered from these mortgages,” says Hoopes. Moreover, according to Advertising Age and IBISWorld estimates, the percentage of services conducted online is set to increase from, benefiting industry fees significantly. The sourcing of mortgage services online is not only more convenient, but also comes with explicit cost advantages.
The Online Mortgage Brokers industry operates with a moderate level of market share concentration. While the majority of industry operators serve only their local markets, the industry's largest players bring consumers and lenders together on a national scale. These large players have focused on acquisitions and marketing in order to expand their share of the Online Mortgage Brokers industry in recent years.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
The Online Mortgage Brokers industry includes firms that originate home mortgage loans online and firms that broker home mortgages online. It excludes banking institutions that originate home mortgages through online channels, but does include revenue from brokers that earn commissions on online home mortgages originated by banking institutions.
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