Ellie Mae powered through industry declines in mortgage volumes and recorded a strong boost in revenue for the first quarter 2017. As industry wide mortgage volume declined by 34% from the fourth quarter, Ellie Mae managed to grow its revenue by 26% in the first quarter.
Ellie Mae drove the industry to the brink Monday and Tuesday after its loan origination system Encompass 360 shut down. Then factor in that it was the end of the month—an extra busy time for lenders—and the market almost lost it.
"We’ve started the implementation and expect significant improvements in our day-to-day operational efficiency and customer service once the system is fully operational," said Rob Eastep, president and CEO of Union Mortgage Group.
For anyone actively working in the mortgage industry, it’s no secret that reverse mortgages have taken a brutal hit in the last two years. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued major program changes at the end of 2017 that effectively limited the amount of proceeds and the number of people who could qualify for the loan. The result had lenders across the space enduring sizable volume drops and subsequent gashes to their bottom lines.