by Bill McBride on 3/25/2015 07:00:00 AM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Mortgage applications increased 9.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 20, 2015. ...Click on graph for larger image.
The Refinance Index increased 12 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 5 percent from one week earlier to its highest level since January 2015.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to 3.90 percent, its lowest level since February 2015, from 3.99 percent, with points decreasing to 0.37 from 0.40 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
The first graph shows the refinance index.
2014 was the lowest year for refinance activity since year 2000.
2015 will probably see a little more refinance activity than in 2014, but not a large refinance boom.
The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index.
According to the MBA, the unadjusted purchase index is 3% higher than a year ago.
Posted by Bill McBride on 3/25/2015 07:00:00 AM