Black Knight, Jacksonville, Fla., reported despite a nearly half-percentage-point decrease in mortgage interest rates, overall lock volumes dropped by 21.5% in November and are down 39% over the past three months and 68% off last year.
Black Knight, Jacksonville, Fla., said cash-out refinances fell significantly in September, by 26.2 percent from August alone and by 78 percent from a year ago. A similar report from MCT, San Diego, also found a sharp drop in loan lock volume in September.
Black Knight, Jacksonville, Fla., said despite a leveling off in interest rates, lock volumes fell another 4.8% from April, with monthly declines seen across both rate/term (-23.6%) and cash-out (-11.9%) refinances.
Black Knight, Jacksonville, Fla., said November marked the third consecutive monthly decline in overall origination volume, bringing it to its lowest level since February 2020, prior to the onset of the pandemic.