Mortgage Lending Fuels Record Loan Volume

During the second quarter of 2012, credit unions originated their highest-ever loan volume.

Credit unions reported $84.5 billion in loan originations for the quarter ending June 30. Combined with first quarter originations, activity through the first six months of 2012 totaled$157.0 billion. This shatters 2009’s standing record of $144.3 billion originated in the first six months of the year.

During the major refinance wave that began in the first half of 2009, credit unions originated more than $55 billion in first mortgages. Credit unions originated more than $56 billionin first mortgages for the first six months of 2012. Year-to-date first mortgage origination volume equaled 35.8%, down slightly from 2009 when year-to-date first mortgage origination volumetotaled 38.3%.

Credit unions accelerated the first mortgage lending wave that started during first quarter 2012. Year-to-date, credit unions originated $56.3 billion in first mortgages and captured 7.6% of the market.They held 7.8% of those mortgages on their books and sold slightly more than half to secondary markets forasset-liability management purposes. Fixed-rate first mortgages comprised 14.6% of the asset base for credit unions, a slight increase from the 14.4% posted in the first quarter but down from the 14.7% posted during second quarter 2011.

Mortgage lending drove strong volume; however, consumer loan originations also beat historical levels. Credit unions posted a 17% increase in consumerloan originations over 2011 levels,disbursing $85.5 billion in non-mortgage, non-business loans to members. The industry posted strong growth in used auto, new auto,andcredit card loans, with new auto loans increasing 0.7% from June 2011 levels.

May 15, 2014

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