According to data from Ellie Mae, time to close all loans decreased from 44 days in January to 42 days in February.
Time to close all purchase loans decreased from 47 days in January to 45 in February and time to close all refinances dropped from 40 days in January to 37 days in February. This is a significant drop from 2017 data that shows time to close all refinances was 47 days. Time to close FHA loans also decreased from 47 days in January to 43 days in February and time to close a conventional loan shrank from 43 days in January to 41 days in February. Time to close VA loans shrank from 50 days in January to 47 days in February. This comes as 30-year interest rates continue to rise from 4.330 in January to 4.480 in February, the highest rate since May of 2014. The percentage of closed ARMs held at 5.5 percent for the second month.
Closing rates decreased slightly with closing rates on all loans decreasing from 70.9 percent to 70.6 percent and closing rates on refinances decreasing from 65.5 percent to 65.0 percent. Closing rates on purchases held at 75.7 percent for the second month.
“As expected, we are seeing the percentage of refinances taper back off to the projected industry levels,” said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae. “And with interest rates on the rise, we’re seeing the purchase market begin to gain some momentum. We know that the shift to a purchase market will drive the shortened time to close and we will watch to see if the trend continues into the spring and summer months.”
Other statistics of note in February included:
>>The percentage of refinances dropped from 45 percent of all closed loans in January to 43 percent of all closed loans in February.
>>The percentage of purchases increased to 57 percent of total closed loans.
>>The breakdown of type of loans remained the same for the second month with FHA loans representing 19 percent of closed loans, conventional loans representing 67 percent and VA loans representing 10 percent.
>>Overall FICO scores held steady at 721 for the second month. LTV increased from 77 to 78 and DTI held at 26/40.
The Origination Insight Report focuses on loans that closed in a specific month and compares their characteristics to similar loans that closed three and six months earlier. 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