Millennials keep refinancing, flock to Wyoming

Aly J. Yale
The Mortgage Reports contributor

Refis on the rise

Inventory might be low, but that’s not stopping Millennials from upping their housing game. According to new data from Ellie Mae, Millennials are refinancing their existing home loans in droves.

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The resurgence of refinance

Ellie Mae’s Millennial Tracker showed that refinances accounted for 15 percent of all Millennials’ closed loans in December – the third month in a row that share has held steady. It comes in just below the 17 percent peak for Millennial refis, reached in February 2017.

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According to Joe Tyrrell, executive vice president of corporate strategy at Ellie Mae, low interest rates were likely the driver. The average 30-year rate was 4.18 for the month, compared to 2017’s monthly average of 4.34.

“With seasonality and low inventory levels at the end of the year, Millennial borrowers continued to take advantage of refinancing options during the fourth quarter,” Tyrrell said. “Many may have been driven by a desire to take advantage of low interest rates given uncertainty about potential rate hikes in the new year.”

Refinances on conventional loans were highest. About 19 percent of all closed conventional loans in December were refis. FHA refinance loans came in at 6 percent of all closed loans for the month.

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Top spots for Millennials

Millennials accounted for large shares of home buyers in December, but the place they claimed the biggest piece of the pie was Casper, Wyoming. According to Ellie Mae’s data, 71 percent of mortgage loans closed in the city were for Millennial buyers.

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Other cities with large Millennial shares were Williston, North Dakota, where Millennials made up 63 percent of closed loans, and Victoria, Texas, where the Millennial share clocked in at 61 percent. Mount Pleasant, Michigan, also came in with 61 percent.

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