Newly Released Optimal Blue Mortgage Market Indices Deliver a New Level of Rate Transparency to the Industry

Optimal Blue, operator of the mortgage industrys leading secondary marketing automation platform, announced today the release of its latest market innovation “ Optimal Blue Mortgage Market Indices„¢ or OBMMI„¢. Created to provide consumers and mortgage professionals with greater visibility into key drivers of mortgage pricing, OBMMI provide an unprecedented level of daily insight into observed mortgage transactions. Based on actual locked rates with consumers across more than 30% of all mortgage transactions nationwide, OBMMI provide the most comprehensive, accurate, timely, and interactive analysis of pricing ever conducted in the mortgage industry.

Scott Happ, CEO of Optimal Blue, said, This is an important milestone in Optimal Blues transformation from a pricing engine to a digital mortgage marketplace. We are uniquely positioned to introduce these new benchmarks and trust they will be of value to a broad range of participants looking for transaction-based mortgage price data.

In this groundbreaking inaugural release of OBMMI, Optimal Blue provides multiple mortgage rate indices developed around the most popular mortgage loan products and specific borrower attributes. Each of the sixteen mortgage indices are represented with the national average of mortgage rates locked by consumers each day and include the change from the previous day. Indices can be compared through compelling interactive and configurable visualizations. For example, users can easily select pre-defined or custom time periods to isolate specific market movements or illustrate unique trends, such as the well documented jumbo-conventional spread inversion that currently exists.

For close to two decades, Optimal Blue has led the mortgage industry with pricing automation technology designed to facilitate transactions between consumers and lenders, explained Bob Brandt, VP of Marketing and Strategic Alliances at Optimal Blue. Complete with the industrys largest product and pricing library and backed by an unparalleled commitment to accuracy, Optimal Blues platform ensures that consumers are presented with the best-fit financing alternatives and that lenders consistently deliver the best price. OBMMI will help both audiences better understand trends and pricing in the mortgage market.


Optimal Blue, a financial technology company, operates the nations largest Digital Mortgage Marketplace, connecting a network of originators and investors and facilitating a broad set of secondary market interactions. The companys technology solutions include product eligibility and pricing, lock desk automation, risk management, loan trading, and data and analytics. More than $750 billion of transactions are processed each year across the Optimal Blue platform, including approximately 30% of all consumer mortgage rate locks. For more information, please visit

Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
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