The number of mortgages processed last month beat April 2012 figures by 40%, according to aggregator AFG. The monthly AFG Mortgage Index shows that the company processed $3.2 billion in home loans, compared to $2.2 billion a year ago.
April’s $3.2 billion figure was the company’s largest ever volume for one month, following a record-breaking month in March, when the broker arranged $3.17 billion in home loans. For the past three years, April figures have been lower than in March, but this year’s surge bucked the trend.
Mark Hewitt, general manager of sales and operations, says the aggregator is seeing more confidence in the market than they have for some time.
“But recovery, like property price growth, is very patchy. For example, in both NSW and QLD first home buyers comprise only 3.5% of the market – about a quarter of the long term figure. The broker share of the market looks to be growing as borrowers become increasingly aware of the choice that exists, and the benefit of getting professional help to secure the best deal.”
Fixed rate loans, already at an all-time high of 29.6% in March, rose to a new record of 30.7% of all home loan types in April, as more borrowers chose to lock in historically low rates.
Furthermore, non-major lenders managed to claw back some market share, rising from 20.7% in March to 21.1% in April. This figure is, however, still lower than the peak of 24% in September, 2012.