Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

by Bill McBride on 12/10/2014 07:01:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 7.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 5, 2014. ...

The Refinance Index increased 13 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent from one week earlier.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 4.11 percent from 4.08 percent, with points remaining unchanged from 0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
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Mortgage Refinance Index Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the refinance index.

The refinance index is down 72% from the levels in May 2013.

Even with the general decline in mortgage rates, refinance activity is very low this year and 2014 will be the lowest since year 2000.  As I've noted before - rates would have to decline significantly for there to be a large refinance boom.

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

According to the MBA, the unadjusted purchase index is down about 4% from a year ago.