Rising rates caused residential loan originations took a hit in the third quarter, and fourth quarter volume is poised for a further decline. But the top three lenders and servicers maintained their standings.
Mortgage Daily’s estimate of total U.S. originations from all lenders during the third quarter is $441 billion. Business was down around 19.8% from the second quarter thanks to increasing rates that drove down refinances. Compared to the third-quarter 2012, originations subsided around 21.1%.
The estimates were based on data collected by Mortgage Daily. In addition to a quarterly lender survey, the numbers were obtained from earnings reports, public filings and announcements.
With a third-quarter market share of around 18.1%, Wells Fargo maintained its standing as the biggest residential lender during the third quarter.
The second-biggest lender was JPMorgan Chase, where market share was around 9.3 percent.
Originations By Lender (in billions)
Compared to the second quarter, business was up 20.4% at Walter Investment Management — more than any other company.
Nationstar Mortgage followed with a 12.7% gain in the third quarter.
Stonegate Mortgage had the third-biggest increase: 12.2%. In addition, thanks to its planned acquisition of Nationstar’s wholesale division, Stonegate is about the only lender that is poised for further short-term growth.
With a 62.3% decline between the second and third quarters, Provident Funding had the biggest drop.
Among lenders to report third-quarter 2012 originations, Nationstar’s 344.4% increase was the largest year-over-year gain.