Purchase Share Tops 60%

Purchases increased to 65 percent of all closed loans in June, up from 62 percent in May according to the latest Origination Insight Report released by Ellie Mae. This is the highest closed loan purchase percentage since August of 2014. Refinances represented 34 percent of closed loans in June, down from 37 percent in May. Additionally, the 30-year note rate dropped to 4.04 from 4.06 in May, the lowest point in over a year.

The average time to close all loans increased to 46 days in June, up from 45 days in May. The time to close a purchase rose to 46 days in June, up from 45 days in May, and the time to close a refinance rose to 47 days in June, up from 44 days in May. Similarly, the average time to close FHA loans rose to 47 days in June, up from 45 days in May. Time to close VA loans increased to 50 days in June, up from 49 days in May.

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Closing rates for all loans decreased slightly to 69.6 percent in June, down from 70.6 percent in May. Refinance closing rates dipped to 64.7 percent in June, down from 67.2 percent in May, and purchase closing rates dropped to 73.7 percent in June, down from 74.5 percent in May.

“Purchases are continuing their upswing, representing 65 percent of the total loans closed in June, the highest percentage since August of 2014. Refinances represented only 34 percent of closed loans last month,” said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae. “FHA purchases are also on the rise, representing 85 percent of closed FHA loans, the highest percentage since September of 2014.”

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The Origination Insight Report mines its application data from a robust sampling of approximately 75 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.

The Origination Insight Report is a supplement to Ellie Mae’s monthly Millennial Tracker, which focuses on millennial mortgage applications during specific time periods. Ellie Mae defines millennials as applicants born between the years 1980 and 1999. The Millennial Tracker will continue to be released on the first Wednesday of each month.

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.