Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MBA: Mortgage Purchase Application Index increased slightly

by Bill McBride on 10/26/2011 07:29:00 AM

The MBA reports: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

The Refinance Index increased 4.4 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 6.4 percent from one week earlier.
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The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) remained unchanged at 4.33 percent, with points decreasing to 0.47 from 0.48 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans. The effective rate also decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500) increased to 4.68 percent from 4.64 percent, with points decreasing to 0.42 from 0.45 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans. The effective rate also increased from last week.
The following graph shows the MBA Purchase Index and four week moving average since 1990.

MBA Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

The purchase index is at about the same level as in 1996, and the 4-week average is at the lowest level this year. This does not include cash buyers, but this suggests weaker home sales in November and December.