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Loans Still Taking 2 Months to Close as Refi Demand Stays Strong

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The interest rates on 30-year fixed rate mortgages originated in December reached an all-time low in ICE Mortgage Technology’s (formerly Ellie Mae’s) records, an average of 2.93 percent and a 4-basis point decline from the November rate. The company, in its monthly Origination Insight Report , said the note rate for all three loan types it tracks, FHA, Conventional, and VA, were all below 3.0 percent for the second straight month. FHA and Conventional loans dropped to 2.94 and 2.96 percent, respectively. Each averaged 2.99 percent the prior month. The VA rate fell from 2.72 to 2.66 percent. Refinances continued to dominate at 60 percent of originations , down 1 percentage point from November but up from 46 percent a year earlier. The outsized share was skewed toward conventional loans at 68…(read more)

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