Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MBA: Mortgage Applications Unchanged in Latest Survey

by Bill McBride on 10/23/2013 07:02:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Essentially Unchanged in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 0.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 18, 2013. This week’s results do not include an adjustment for the Columbus Day holiday. ...

The Refinance Index decreased 1 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent from one week earlier. ...
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The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to 4.39 percent, the lowest rate since June 2013, from 4.46 percent, with points increasing to 0.41 from 0.31 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
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Mortgage Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image.


The first graph shows the refinance index.

The refinance index is up over the last six weeks as rates have declined from the August levels.

However the index is still down 61% from the levels in early May.


Mortgage Refinance Index The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index.  

The 4-week average of the purchase index has fallen since early May, and the 4-week average of the purchase index is now down 4% from a year ago.