LendingTree Sees Resurgence of Home Equity Lending

Home equity loans gain popularity with borrowers and lenders

Dec 17, 2015, 14:11 ET from LendingTree

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- LendingTree® (NASDAQ: TREE), the nation's leading online loan marketplace, has seen the home equity lending market expand as borrowers seek to leverage their homes' equity and more lenders join LendingTree's marketplace. 

In the fourth quarter alone, LendingTree has added 14 new lenders to its home equity marketplace, which now includes 30 lenders and encompasses three of the top five largest US home equity lenders

LendingTree's average daily home equity loan requests have increased approximately 63 percent from January 2015 to November 2015.  With the increased lender demand, the number of matches facilitated through LendingTree's marketplace are expected to grow nearly 50 percent quarter over quarter.

"This resurgence is fueled by several factors including home value appreciations and a strengthening housing market, which is attracting more borrowers and lenders to an expanding home equity market," said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. "Consumer confidence and improving equity positions are allowing borrowers to access the equity in their homes.  LendingTree's platform provides an easy mobile-enabled home loan shopping experience for consumers and delivers high-quality borrowers to lenders on the network."

Gabe Dalporto, LendingTree's CFO added, "We're more confident than ever that home equity loans will be a significant growth driver in 2016."

For more information, please visit www.lendingtree.com/home-equity-loans.

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About LendingTree 
LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE) is the nation's leading online loan marketplace, empowering consumers as they comparison-shop across a full suite of loan and credit-based offerings.  LendingTree provides an online marketplace which connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, as well as an array of online tools and information to help consumers find the best loan. Since inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 55 million loan requests. LendingTree provides free monthly credit scores through My LendingTree and access to its network of over 350 lenders offering home loans, personal loans, credit cards, student loans, personal loans, business loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, auto loans and more. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of LendingTree, Inc. For more information go to www.lendingtree.com, dial 800-555-TREE, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @LendingTree.

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