Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MBA: Mortgage Refinance Activity declines as Rates Increase

by Bill McBride on 8/22/2012 07:01:00 AM

From the MBA: Refinance Applications Decline as Rates Increase

The Refinance Index decreased 9 percent from the previous week to the lowest level since early July. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.9 percent from one week earlier.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased to 3.86 percent from 3.76 percent, with points decreasing to 0.42 from 0.47 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index. The purchase index has been mostly moving sideways over the last two years.

Note: Yesterday Zillow reported "The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgage Marketplace is currently 3.5 percent, up eight basis points from 3.42 percent at this same time last week."

Refinance IndexThe second graph shows the refinance index.

The refinance activity has declined for three straight weeks as mortgage rates have moved higher. This is still a fairly high level of activity.