Mortgage refinancing in high demand as rates fall lower
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.
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.”