Credit scores on closed loans fell to their lowest level since Ellie Mae began reporting data in August 2011, according to the latest Origination Insight Report released by Ellie Mae. The average FICO score on all closed loans fell to 723. Credit availability on refinances appears to have increased in Q3 of 2015 as the overall average FICO and DTI have loosened materially from Q2 of 2015.
Ellie Mae’s data also showed that refinances represented 42 percent of overall loan volume in September, a 5 percent increase from August. This was likely driven by the recent dip in interest rates. Additionally, closing rates remained robust with over 66 percent of all loan applications closing for the third consecutive month. The closing rate on purchase loans increased to 71 percent.
“Average credit scores declined to the lowest levels we’ve seen since 2011,” said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae. “We are also seeing rates fall while the time to close is also decreasing. It will be interesting to see if these trends continue as we begin to see impacts from TRID.”
The Origination Insight Report mines its application data from a robust sampling of approximately 66 percent of all mortgage applications that were initiated on the Encompass mortgage management solution. Ellie Mae believes the Origination Insight Report is a strong proxy of the underwriting standards employed by lenders across the country.
Other findings from the September report:
>> The average 30-year rate for all loans declined for the first time since May, falling to 4.280.
>> The time to close on all loans declined for the fourth consecutive month to 46 days.
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Tony Garritano is chairman and founder at PROGRESS in Lending Association. As a speaker Tony has worked hard to inform executives about how technology should be a tool used to further business objectives. For over 10 years he has worked as a journalist, researcher and speaker in the mortgage technology space. Starting this association was the next step for someone like Tony, who has dedicated his career to providing mortgage executives with the information needed to make informed technology decisions. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.