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July Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report Data Shows Homebuyer Purchase Activity on the Rise; Interest Rates Continue to Fall

PLEASANTON, Calif. – August 19, 2020 – Home purchases represented 46 percent of all closed loans in July, up from 42 percent in June according to the latest Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae®, the leading cloud-based loan origination platform provider for the mortgage industry. Refinances still represented the majority of closed loans in the month at 54 percent, down from 58 percent the month prior.

The 30-year rate on all loans continued to drop to 3.24 percent, down from 3.40 percent in June. The 30-year note rate on conventional loans fell to 3.26 percent in July, down from 3.42 percent in June. Similarly, the 30-year rate on FHA loans fell to 3.26 percent in July, down from 3.41 percent in June. The 30-year rate on VA loans dropped to 3.02 percent in July, down from 3.20 percent in June.

Other statistics of note in July included:

  • The time to close all loans held at 47 days for the second month. Time to close for purchase loans decreased to 44 days, down from 46 the month prior, while time to close refinances increased to 50 days, up from 48 days the month prior.
  • FICO scores increased month-over-month for refinances across Conventional, FHA and VA loans.
  • Closing rates increased to 77.1 percent in July, up from 73.4 percent in June.

“Interest rates have continued to decrease, down to 3.24 percent in July. If we look at this month versus the same time in 2019, interest rates are down close to a full percentage point, giving new homebuyers the opportunity to stretch their dollar as they purchase and existing homebuyers the ability to reduce monthly costs,” said Jonathan Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae. “We’re also seeing an increase in closing rates for Ellie Mae lenders highlighting the value of mortgage technology as they contend with significant volume, remote workforces and homebuyers looking to complete the process completely online.”  

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. 

Ellie Mae also offers Ellie Mae Insights™, the only analytics solution in the market that provides peer benchmarking comparison analysis in near real time. Ellie Mae Insights analyzes key metrics such as efficiency levels, operational costs, rates and market penetration, demographic data and pull through rates to help lenders of all sizes to make informed decisions.

6 Months Ago
(Jan. 2019*)
1 Year Ago
(July 2019*)
Closed Loans
Refinance 54% 58% 50% 38%
Purchase 46% 42% 50% 62%
FHA 11% 10% 16% 17%
Conventional 79% 80% 71% 69%
VA 6% 7% 8% 10%
Days to Close
All 47 47 48 42
Refinance 50 48 48 40
Purchase 44 46 48 43
Percentage of ARM and Fixed Loan Volume
ARM % 3.0% 3.5% 5.3% 5.7%
30-Year Rate
Average 3.24% 3.40% 3.96% 4.18%

*All references to months should be read as month ended.

  Closed First-Lien Loans (All Types)
FICO Score (FICO) 750
Loan-to-Value (LTV) 75
Debt-to-Income (DTI) 23/35

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 April 2020 applications—to calculate an overall closing rate of 77.1 percent in July 2020 (see full report).

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 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 origination platform.

News organizations have the right to reuse this data, provided that Ellie Mae, Inc. is credited as the source.

About Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. Ellie Mae’s technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, reduce origination costs, and shorten the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency. Visit EllieMae.com or call 877.355.4362 to learn more.


Erica Bigley
Ellie Mae, Inc.
(925) 227-5913

Caitlin Coffee
(312) 635-8204

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