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Mortgage activity surges by double digits in Metro Atlanta

by Peter Thomas Ricci

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Mortgage activity in the Metro Atlanta area is growing strongly in 2016, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q2 2016 U.S. Residential Property Loan Origination Report.

Based on analysis of publicly recorded mortgages and deeds of trust from more than 950 counties, ATTOM’s report found that total loan activity in Metro Atlanta numbered 47,735 in the second quarter, a 33 percent jump from the first quarter and 4 percent increase from Q2 2015.

The real strength in the market came in the purchase and HELOC sectors, where loan activity is up 54 and 14 percent quarterly, and 13 and 20 percent year-over-year, respectively. Refinance loans, meanwhile, were down 7 percent from last year, but are still up 17 percent from the first quarter.

Indeed, that decline in refinancing was consistent across the country. Total originations were down 4 percent year-over-year, with a 12 percent drop in refinance originations leading that decline; it was the second straight quarter of annual refinancing declines. At the same time, though, purchase originations were up 1 percent year-over-year, and have now increased eight straight quarters.

Our chart below details Atlanta’s mortgage gains:

Loan Type Q2 2016 Volume QOQ Change YOY Change Growth from Bottom
Total Activity 47,735 33% 4% 89% (Q3 2010)
Purchase 24,191 54% 13% 374% (Q1 2010)
Refinance 18,826 17% -7% 24% (Q4 2014)
HELOC 4,718 14% 20% 3674% (Q1 2010)

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