Ellie Mae Releases August 2013 Origination Insight Report

Purchase Share Continues to Rise as Time to Close and Credit Requirements Fall

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PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Ellie Mae® (ELLI), a leading provider of enterprise-level, on-demand automated solutions for the residential mortgage industry, today released its Origination Insight Report for August 2013. The report draws its data and insights from a robust sampling of the significant volume of loan applications—more than 20% of all originations in the United States—that flow through Ellie Mae’s Encompass360® mortgage management software and the Ellie Mae Network™.

MONTHLY ORIGINATION OVERVIEW FOR AUGUST 2013

    August 2013*   July 2013*   6 Months Ago

(February 2013)*

  1 Year Ago

(August 2012)*

Closed Loans                
Purpose                
Refinance   43 %   47 %   68 %   61 %
Purchase   57 %   53 %   32 %   39 %
Type                
FHA   18 %   19 %   20 %   21 %
Conventional   70 %   71 %   71 %   70 %
Days to Close                
All   41     47     50     49  
Refinance   41     48     51     51  
Purchase   42     46     47     47  
ARMs vs. Fixed, Length, Rate
ARM %   5 .9%   5 .2%   2 .3%   2 .7%
15 Year %   14 .6%   15 .5%   16 .8 %   16 .8%
30 Year – Note Rate   4 .618   4 .357   3 .723   3 .763

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

 

       

PROFILES OF CLOSED AND DENIED LOANS FOR AUGUST 2013

   

Closed First-Lien Loans
(All Types)

  Denied Loans

(All Types)

FICO Score (FICO)   734   696
Loan-to-Value (LTV)   82   84
Debt-to-Income (DTI)   24/37   28/44

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 (i.e., the May 2013 applications) to calculate an overall closing rate of 53.1% in August 2013, down from 55.4% in July 2013 (see full report).

“Purchase loans continued to gain share in August, climbing 4% to 57% of all loans,” said Jonathan Corr, president and chief operating officer of Ellie Mae. “This was the highest percentage of purchase loans since we began tracking this data in August 2011.

“HARP-related high LTV refinances (95% or more) continued their resurgence, moving up from 11.1% in July 2013 to 13.4% in August 2013,” he added.

“In August 2013, the average FICO score for closed loans dropped to 734, the lowest level since we began our tracking in August 2011,” noted Corr. “Meanwhile, loan-to-value and debt-to-income ratios rose slightly again last month—continuing the credit-easing trend.

“The average 30-year note rate jumped to 4.618% in August 2013, up from 4.357% in July 2013 and nearly a whole percentage point from a year ago.”

About Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report

In 2012, the total volume of mortgages that ran through Ellie Mae’s Encompass360 mortgage management software was approximately three million loan applications, or 20% of all U.S. mortgage originations. The Origination Insight Report mines its application data from a robust sampling of approximately 44% of all mortgage applications that were initiated on the Encompass origination platform. Given the size of this sample and Ellie Mae’s market share, the Company believes the Origination Insight Report is a strong proxy of the underwriting standards that are being employed by lenders across the country.

The Origination Insight Report focuses on loans that closed or were denied in a specific month and compares their characteristics to similar loans that closed or were denied 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 nonqualification.

The Origination Insight Report details aggregated, anonymized data and does not disclose client-specific or proprietary information.

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

About Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae, Inc. (ELLI) is a leading provider of on-demand automation solutions for the mortgage industry. The Company offers an end-to-end solution, delivered using a Software-as-a-Service model that serves as the core operating system for mortgage originators and spans customer relationship management, loan origination and business management. The Company also hosts the Ellie Mae Network™ that allows Encompass® users to electronically conduct business transactions with the lenders and settlement service providers they work with to process and fund loans. The Company’s offerings include the Encompass, Encompass360® and DataTrac® mortgage management software systems.

Ellie Mae was founded in 1997 and is based in Pleasanton, California. To learn more about Ellie Mae, visit www.EllieMae.com or call 877.355.4362.

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