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Slow on lead volume? Prepare for the next rush.
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If you’ve noticed mortgage leads taper off through the last few months, you’re not alone.
As you probably know, the market has been reacting to Fed rate hikes aimed at curbing inflation. This sent average rates on a 30-year fixed loan above 6% in mid-June, which had a considerable effect on real-estate contracts and mortgage originations.
However, we may already be seeing a turn around. According to the Mortgage Brokers Association, mortgage rates have eased a bit, while housing inventory has continued to grow and prices continue to level off.
This means an uptick in mortgage leads may be just around the corner. We may even be headed into another boom.
With that in mind, we’d like to share our tips for maintaining your mortgage business, including being prepared for when members reactivate their interest in buying a home.
The mortgage market and industry as a whole is moving at a fast pace, especially these past few months. Staying apprised of changes and trends is one of the best ways to help your member base stay informed as well.
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Make time for your members
While “new” leads tend to get the highest priority, when they’re not coming in, it’s time to focus on relationship building with your members.
Simple check-in conversations with members can often lead to mortgage inquiries, especially if you’re able to address their concerns and hesitations.
While many potential homebuyers are risk-averse and staying out of the market, there are a few things you can do:
- Remind them the market is always fluctuating
- Rates are still attractive compared to long-term averages and ARMs can be an effective way to control interest expense over a short-term time horizon
- Remind them that home price appreciation is slowing, but home prices are still expected to rise in the coming years, meaning it’s not a bad time to buy.
One of the best ways of knowing when to steer the conversation toward these topics is by knowing the signs of when your members are ready to buy.
Educate your staff
Teach your staff to know how to tell if a member is ready to talk about homebuying and how to start that conversation.
For our full, in-depth articles on these topics, click the links below.
When your staff knows how to start these conversations, your leads will become more solid and, over time, more consistent.
Here is a brief list of opportune times to open the mortgage conversation:
- Recently married
- New child or one on the way, including starting a 529 or similar savings account
- They’ve been in their current mortgage for three years or more
- Obtained a loan for a bigger vehicle
- Steadily employed for 2 years or more
- Great (or good) credit
- Plan on staying local for three years or more
- Renting for several years
- Low debt
Ensure resources for the next boom
Demand for homes is not disappearing. It may briefly slow down, but it will boom again.
What’s the best way to prepare and ensure you can scale quickly?
When the next wave of mortgage applications comes, how do you provide the best service, widest range of offerings, and not over-extend your organization if the market slows down again?
In next month’s newsletter, we’ll discuss the two most common ways credit unions scale for mortgage booms, and which might be best for you.
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