Millennial Homebuyers Complete Purchase Loans Despite Rising Interest Rates, Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker Finds
Interest rates on all loans rose to 4.87 percent in September, up from 4.86 percent the month prior, while conventional interest rates rose to 4.86 percent, up from 4.85 percent the month prior, and FHA interest rates rose to 4.94 percent, up from 4.93 percent in September.
Purchase loans continued to outpace refinance loans among Millennial
borrowers. Eighty-nine percent of loan volume last month was for home
purchases, three percentage points higher than a year ago. Eighty-eight
percent of closed purchase loans were conventional mortgages, compared
to 81 percent in
Millennials still showed their preference for conventional loans with 68 percent of all loans falling into that category. 27 percent of closed loans were FHA and 2 percent were VA loans.
Across all home loans, it took an average of 42 days to close last month. A year ago, it took two days longer at 44 days to close. Purchase loans took an average of 41 days to close last month, compared to an average of 42 days to close a year ago. Refinance loans closed in 45 days last month, on average, compared to 46 days in 2017.
“Despite rising interest rates, Millennials are still looking to buy
Additional findings from the
- Millennial males (both single and married) were listed as the primary borrower on 61 percent of closed loans in September. Women were listed on 32 percent and the remainder did not specify a gender.
- Ten percent of all home loans to Millennial borrowers were for refinances, while 11 percent of conventional loans were for refinances, both up one percentage point month-over-month for the quarter.
Twenty-eight percent of closed VA loans in
September 2018were for refinances, a noticeable jump from 21 percent the month before.
- The average age of all Millennial borrowers was 29.7, essentially flat from 29.8 in July and August, and 29.4 a year ago.
Ellie Mae®(NYSE: ELLI) is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. The Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker is an interactive online tool that provides access to up-to-date demographic data about this new generation of homebuyers. It mines data from a robust sampling of approximately 80 percent of all closed mortgages dating back to 2014 that were initiated on Ellie Mae’s Encompass® all-in-one mortgage management solution. Given the size of this sample and Ellie Mae’s market share, it is a strong proxy of Millennial mortgage indicators across the country. Searches can be tailored by borrower geography, age, gender, marital status, FICO score and amortization type.
For more information, visit http://elliemae.com/millennial-tracker.
ABOUT THE ELLIE MAE MILLENNIAL TRACKER
The Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker focuses on Millennial mortgage
applications during specific time periods. Ellie Mae defines Millennials
as applicants born between the years 1980 and 1999. New data is updated
on the first Monday of every month for two months prior. The Millennial
Tracker is a subset of our Origination Insight Report, which details
aggregated, anonymized data pulled from Ellie Mae’s Encompass
origination platform. Additional information regarding the Origination
Insight Report can be found at http://elliemae.com/resources/origination-insight-reports.
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