September Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae Sees Percentage of Closed Purchase Loans Increase
In September, the average 30-year interest rate for all loans decreased for the first time in 2018 to 4.91 percent, down from the 2018 high of 4.92 percent in August. The percentage of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) increased to 7.2 percent in September, up from 6.6 percent the month prior.
“We see refinances remain at a low percentage of aggregate closed loans
and purchase inventory continues to be tight as we move into the fall,”
Other statistics of note in September included:
- Closing rates for all loans held steady at 71.1 percent for the second month, the highest percentage in 2018. Closing rates on purchase loans increased to 76.4 percent, up from 75.9 percent the month prior. Closing rates on refinances increased to 64.4 percent in September, up from 63.5 percent in August.
- The time to close all loans increased to 44 days in September, up from 43 days in August. Time to close a purchase loan held steady at 45 days, while time to close a refinance increased to 42 days in September, up from 38 the month prior.
- Overall FICO scores increased by 3 points to 727 in September. LTV held at 79 for the second month while DTI decreased to 25/39.
The Origination Insight Report mines data from a robust sampling of approximately 80 percent of all mortgage applications that were initiated on the Encompass® all-in-one mortgage management solution. Ellie Mae believes the Origination Insight Report is a strong proxy of the underwriting standards employed by lenders across the country.
In addition to the Origination Insight Report, Ellie Mae also distributes data from its monthly Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker on the first Wednesday of each month. The Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker focuses on mortgage applications submitted by borrowers born between the years 1980 and 1999.
MONTHLY ORIGINATION OVERVIEW FOR
|Sept. 2018*||Aug. 2018*||6 Months Ago
|1 Year Ago
|Days to Close|
|Percentage of ARM and Fixed Loan Volume|
*All references to months should be read as month ended.
PROFILES OF CLOSED LOANS FOR
|Closed First-Lien Loans
|FICO Score (FICO)||727|
More information and analysis of closed and denied loans by loan purpose and investor are available in the full report at http://www.elliemae.com/about-us/news-reports/ellie-mae-reports/.
To get a meaningful view of lender pull-through, Ellie Mae reviewed a
sampling of loan applications initiated 90 days prior—or the
About the Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report
The Origination Insight Report focuses on loans that closed in a specific month and compares their characteristics to similar loans. The closing rate is calculated on a 90-day cycle rather than on a monthly basis because most loan applications typically take one-and-a-half to two months from application to closing. Loans that do not close could still be active applications or applications withdrawn by consumers or denied for incompleteness or non-qualification.
The Origination Insight Report details aggregated, anonymized data pulled from Ellie Mae’s Encompass origination platform.
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