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Purchase Market Heats Up While Time to Close Shrinks to Shortest Duration Since Early 2015, According to latest Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae

PLEASANTON, Calif. – April 19, 2017 – Home loans for purchases increased to 63 percent in March, up from 57 percent the month prior, according to the latest Origination Insight Report released by Ellie Mae® (NYSE:ELLI), a leading provider of innovative on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry.

The average time to close all loans decreased to 43 days in March, down from 46 days in February, the shortest time to close since February of 2015. Similarly, the time to close a refinance dropped to 43 days from 47 days the month prior, and time to close a purchase dropped to 43 days, down from 45 days in February.

As the average 30-year note rose slightly in March to 4.39 percent, the percentage of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) increased to the highest point since 2014 at 5.6 percent, up from 5.3 percent the month prior.

“The purchase market continued to heat up in March, representing 63 percent of total closed loans,” said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae. “We also saw the time to close shrink to the shortest duration since February of 2015 at 43 days across all closed loans, purchases and refinances, as Ellie Mae lenders automate more mortgage processes to improve efficiency, quality and compliance.”

The Origination Insight Report mines its application 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.

Ellie Mae also distributes data from its monthly Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker, which focuses on mortgage applications submitted by millennials 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.


6 Months Ago
(Sept. 2016)*
1 Year Ago
(Mar. 2016)*
Closed Loans
Refinance 37% 43% 45% 45%
Purchase 63% 57% 54% 55%
FHA 23% 23% 20% 22%
Conventional 63% 63% 68% 66%
VA 10% 10% 9% 9%
Days to Close
All 43 46 48 44
Refinance 43 47 50 41
Purchase 43 45 47 45
Percentage of ARM and Fixed Loan Volume
ARM % 5.6% 5.3% 4.0% 4.4%
30-Year Rate
Average 4.39% 4.36% 3.75% 4.12%

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

  Closed First-Lien Loans (All Types)
FICO Score (FICO) 721
Loan-to-Value (LTV) 80
Debt-to-Income (DTI) 25/39

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 December 2016 applications—to calculate an overall closing rate of 70 percent in March 2017 (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 (NYSE:ELLI) is a leading provider of innovative on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry. Mortgage lenders of all sizes use Ellie Mae’s Encompass® all-in-one mortgage management solution, Mavent Compliance Service, and AllRegs research, reference and education resources to improve compliance, loan quality and efficiency across the entire mortgage lifecycle. Visit EllieMae.com or call 877.355.4362 to learn more.


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

Alexandra Gardell Kreuter
(646) 428-0618

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