Ellie Mae Releases April Origination Insight Report

Small and Mid-sized Lenders Appear to Be Doing a Better Job Keeping Up with Refinance Demand

To get a meaningful view of lender “pull-through”, Ellie Mae reviewed a sampling of loan applications initiated 90 days prior (i.e., the January applications) to calculate a closing rate for April. Ellie Mae found that 48.1% of all applications closed in April compared to 46.9% in March (see full report).

“As we move into the spring and summer buying season, there was a significant pick up in the percentage of purchase loans: 44% in April up from 39% in March,” said Jonathan Corr, chief operating officer of Ellie Mae. “This is the highest level of purchase loans activity in the last nine months.

“In April, the average loan-to-value (LTV) for closed loans hit 80%, the highest we have seen since we started tracking in August 2011,” Corr added. “The increase was driven by an easing of LTVs on conventional refinances (the average LTV was 69% in April compared with 65% in March) and what we believe to be the first surge in Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) 2.0 activity from correspondent lenders.

“Last month closed refinances with LTVs of 95%-plus, nearly doubled to 7.1% compared to 3.6% in March. This has been slowly increasing since the HARP 2.0 announcement in October 2011, but correspondent lenders have only recently been able to run these loans through Desktop Underwriter and Loan Prospector.”

“Recently, the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets have been reporting that the nation’s largest retail lenders are now quoting long timelines for refinances—in some cases as long as 60 to 90 days,” said Corr. “While the average refinance going through our platform took five days longer in April than in March, it still only took 47 days. So, it appears that small and mid-sized lenders and community banks on our platform are providing faster decisions than the retail channels of some mega-lenders.”

About Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report

In 2011, the total volume of mortgages that ran through Ellie Mae’s Encompass360 mortgage management software was approximately two 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 33% 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 in the prior three-month and six-month periods. The closing rate is calculated on a 90-day cycle, rather than a monthly basis, because most loan applications typically take one and a half months to two months from application to closing. Loans that do not close could still be active applications, withdrawn by consumer, or denied for incompleteness or non-qualification.

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

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

About Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae, Inc. 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 mortgage professionals to conduct electronic 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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Bill Campbell
Campbell Lewis Communications

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