Mortgage refinancing in high demand as rates fall lower

November 21, 2017 - 2 min read

The resurgence of refis

Now that mortgage rates have hit their lowest point all year, it seems homeowners are clamoring to refinance. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insight Report, mortgage refinancing accounted for 39 percent of all closed loans last month. That’s the highest refi share since February.

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October refis, closed loans

Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight Report samples data from 80 percent of all mortgage applications initiated using its platform. According to October’s recently released report, refinances accounted for nearly 40 percent of all loans that month – up from just 47 percent one year ago.

October saw mortgage rates fall to 4.20 percent – a new low for 2017 (though rates have dropped more since then.) According to Ellie Mae’s CEO and President, Jonathan Corr, these ever-dropping rates are spurring serious demand for refinancing.

“We are continuing to see borrowers take advantage of the lower interest rates as the refinance percentage increased to 39 percent of total loans in the month,” Corr said. “We saw increases in October across all loan types, with FHA refinances at 23 percent, conventional refinances at 46 percent and VA refinances at 32 percent of all closed loans.”

The news comes right on the heels of another Ellie Mae report – its Millennial Tracker, which revealed refinances are up significantly with younger buyers.

Faster refinancing, too

Homeowners aren’t just refinancing more. According to the report, they’re also refinancing faster. Refinances took just 40 days to close last month – the fastest rate since February. One year ago, refis took 48 days, on average, to close.

The average FICO score on homeowners refinancing rose one point last month, hitting 650 for FHA loans, 732 for conventional loans and 702 for VA loans.

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Aly J. Yale
Authored By: Aly J. Yale
The Mortgage Reports contributor
Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston who has contributed to Forbes and worked for organizations such as The Dallas Morning News, PBS, NBC, and Radio Disney.