Time To Close Remains Steady

Time to close all loans remained steady at 44 days according to the latest Origination Insight Report released by Ellie Mae. The average time to close a purchase also remained steady at 45 days in April, while the time to close a refinance increased to 44 days in April, up from 41 days in March. Similarly, the average time to close FHA loans increased from 44 days in March to 45 days in April. Time to close VA loans remained steady at 48 days.

Closing rates for all loans decreased to 69 percent in April, down from the high of 71 percent in March. Refinance closing rates decreased to 65 percent in April, down from 66 percent in March, while purchase closing rates fell to 73 percent, down from 75 percent in March.

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In terms of loan purpose, purchases increased to 59 percent of all closed loans, up from 55 percent in March.

Ellie Mae’s new FICO distribution charts in the April Origination Insight Report showed that 68 percent of purchases and 69 percent of refinances had FICO scores of 700 or above. Thirty-one percent of purchases had a FICO score between 600–699, while only 26 percent of refinances had FICO scores between 600–699. Conventional loan FICO distribution showed 81 percent of scores above 700, while FHA FICO distribution showed only 39 percent of FICO scores over 700 and 56 percent of FHA loans with FICO scores between 600 and 699.

“Days to close a loan remained steady at 44 days in April,” said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae. “Additionally, while our FICO distribution charts show that approximately 68 percent of average FICO scores for both refinances and purchases in April were above 700, we’re seeing purchase credit availability with 31 percent of FICO scores in the 600–699 range.”

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 April report:

The average 30-year rate for all loans decreased from 4.12 in March to 4.10 in April.

Debt-to-Income (DTI) remained steady at 25/38 and Loan-to-Value (LTV) stayed at 80.

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Tony Garritano

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 tony@progressinlending.com.