Ellie Mae: Re-fi Volume Highest Since 2013

26 Feb
Ellie Mae’s Latest Origination Insight Report – Refi Volume Jumps to Highest Level Since 2013

Knowledge is power, and if data drives you – or if you just like to know what’s going on in the market – the Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report delivers the facts, figures and analysis that give you a monthly snapshot that helps you get a look at the bigger picture.

Lenders in January saw their share of refinancing activity jump eight percentage points to comprise 51 percent of all loan volume, the highest level in more than a year and a half, according to the latest Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report. Meanwhile, the closing rate for all loans rose for the fifth consecutive month to 62.4 percent, the highest level since Ellie Mae began tracking this data in 2011.

According to the January Origination Insight Report, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell from 4.251% to 4.154%, more than one half of a percent lower than the January 2014 rate of 4.723%. Rates are at their lowest level since July 2013, according to Ellie Mae’s data.

“Homeowners who missed refinancing over the past year because they did not have enough equity in their homes are getting a second chance in 2015,” said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae. “Lower rates and the decision by the FHA to lower the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) are also good news for the purchase market.”

Other report findings include:

• Despite the jump in volume, the average closing time for refinances fell from 42 days to 39 days.

• The percentage of closed loans with an average FICO score below 700 dropped from 32 percent in
January 2014 to 30 percent last month.

• The average FICO score on closed VA purchase loans and refinances climbed to 704 and 716.

The Origination Insight Report mines its application data from a robust sampling of approximately 57 percent of all mortgage applications that were initiated on the Encompass® origination platform. Ellie Mae believes the Origination Insight Report is a strong proxy of the underwriting standards employed by lenders across the country.

The monthly Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report may be read in its entirety here.

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