We’ve known for months that Wells Fargo’s exit would have a major impact on HECM endorsement totals, with the expectation that all else being equal Wells’ huge retail market share would impact that side of the industry more directly.
October gave us reason to doubt that expectation, with the first half of Wells volume decline coinciding with a larger drop in wholesale/TPO volume than retail/direct. November brought us full circle as the second half of Wells volume decline saw wholesale/TPO rise to the challenge of replacing the former market leader.
Total endorsements were virtually unchanged in November, but wholesale/TPO grew 22.7% while Retail/direct dropped -11.8%. This stunning disparity brought wholesale/TPO share of the total market to the highest level in over a year at 42.5%.
From a lender perspective, there was plenty to cheer about on the leaderboard, as all but 2 of the 8 largest active lenders (ex Wells & BofA) showed gains in the month, with One Reverse and Security One being the only decliners. Metlife and Genworth both saw volume rise by triple digits.
November also saw big volume increases for some lenders outside the top 10, as Money House, iReverse and Cherry Creek all saw increases over 100% from October. Be sure to check page 4 to see where your company placed among the top 100 originators in November!
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