Home loans for purchases continued to gain momentum in April, representing 65 percent of total loans, 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. Refinances represented 35 percent of total loans in the month.

The average time to close all loans dwindled to 42 days in April, down from 43 days in March and a substantial decline from 51 days in January. The time to close a refinance declined to 41 days in April, down from 43 days in March, and the time to close a purchase dropped to 42 days in April, down from 43 days the month prior.

The average 30-year note continued to rise in April to 4.41 percent, up from 4.39 percent in March, and the percentage of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) increased to the highest point since November of 2014 to 5.9 percent, up from 5.6 percent the month prior.

"The purchase market continued its rise in April, representing 65 percent of total closed loans," said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae. "We also saw the time to close loans shrink for the third consecutive month to 42 days, a substantial decrease from the 2017 high of 51 days in January. Ellie Mae customers are realizing efficiencies as they embrace technology to improve the homebuying experience."

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.

      Apr. 2017*       Mar. 2017*       6 Months Ago       1 Year Ago
                        (Oct. 2016*)       (Apr. 2016*)
Closed Loans                                
Refinance       35%       37%       47%       40%
Purchase       65%       63%       53%       59%
FHA       23%       23%       20%       23%
Conventional       63%       63%       68%       64%
VA       10%       10%       9%       9%
Days to Close                                
All       42       43       48       44
Refinance       41       43       50       44
Purchase       42       43       46       45
Percentage of ARM and Fixed Loan Volume
ARM %       5.9%       5.6%       4.0%       4.5%
30-Year Rate                                
Average       4.41%       4.39%       3.76%       4.10%

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

      Closed First-Lien Loans
        (All Types)
FICO Score (FICO)       722
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 January 2017 applications—to calculate an overall closing rate of 70 percent in March 2017 (see full report).

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