Midway through 2021, most mortgage companies experienced good origination activity and increased staffing. However, as we start the third quarter of 2022, the environment has significantly shifted, and the sector faces numerous difficulties. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has risen to about 6 percent, and the Federal Reserve is expected to implement additional rate hikes soon.

These changes have stopped refinance originations in their tracks. For example, the Federal National Mortgage Association’s refinance projection fell by 23% in just one quarter, from March to June. In the meantime, products like home equity lines of credit and adjustable-rate mortgages are returning.

To deal with this confluence of problems, a novel strategy is required. What actions should you take to navigate the current situation and set up your organization for future success amid relatively high expenses and decreased revenue?

Driving efficiency and effectiveness is the solution. Kaizen, a Japanese management technique that emphasizes consistently eradicating waste and lowers inefficiency, serves as an example of this idea. Adopting kaizen principles can be advantageous for mortgage lenders. While many aspects of your organization could benefit from kaizen, knowing the cost structure should be given special attention. This understanding should be both general and detailed enough to support your decision-making.

Because volume has decreased in the current market, there is probably no growth issue to be resolved. As a result, you should have enough time and resources to understand your cost structure and any potential inefficiencies thoroughly. To read more on how lenders can improve efficiency despite the challenging situation in the mortgage industry, click here.


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