MBA Chart of the Week: Average Loan Size to First-Time Home Buyers

On average, the size of a first-time home buyer’s mortgage was $231,974 in the first three quarters of 2018, based on loan acquisitions data from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This represents a 4.2% increase over the average size of $223,000 for mortgages to first-time home buyers originated in 2017 and an acceleration from the 1.8% annual gain in 2016.

MBA Chart of the Week: Warehouse Lines for Loans Held for Sale

This week’s chart plots quarter-end average warehouse usage levels from inception of the MBA Warehouse Lending Survey in June 2018 through September 2019. It further compares these usage levels to MBA estimates of purchase and refinance origination volume for the respective quarters.