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Purchase Loans Prevail in the Mortgage Market

UnderwritingThe market for purchase loans remained robust in June, according to the most recent Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report. The percentage of closed purchase loans increased to 71 percent, up one point from the prior month, the report revealed. Ellie Mae said that this was a new high since it began tracking mortgage data in 2011.

In June, the report found that the 30-year interest rate rose yet again to 4.9 percent, up from 4.84 percent in May. It indicated that Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) rose to 6.9 percent, up from 6.6 percent the month prior.

“While inventories remain tight and interest rates are on the rise, we still see a very robust purchase market with 71 percent of all loans representing home purchases and closing rates at 75 percent on purchase loans,” said Jonathan Corr, President, and CEO of Ellie Mae. “We hope to see the time to close decrease in the coming months as more lenders take advantage of digital mortgage solutions like Encompass Consumer Connect, which are designed to turn homebuyer interest into applications and drive a more efficient loan origination process.”

According to the report, the time to close all loans rose one day to 42 days in June. For refinance loans, the time to close remained unchanged at 37 days, while it increased by a day to 44 days for purchase loans.

Looking at other loans, the percentage of refinance loans decreased across the board with FHA refinances slipping to 19 percent, conventional refinances declining 31 percent, and VA refinances falling 23 percent, the report indicated. Additionally, overall FICO scores of borrowers increased slightly for the fourth consecutive month to 726, up two points from May.

The Origination report mines data from a sampling of around 80 percent of all mortgage applications initiated on Ellie Mae's mortgage management platform. It represents a reliable proxy of the underwriting standards employed by lenders across the country.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and editor. A former Online Editor and currently a reporter for MReport, she is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.

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