by Bill McBride on 5/13/2015 07:00:00 AM
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
From the MBA: As Rates Climb, Refinance Applications Continue to Drop
Mortgage applications decreased 3.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 8, 2015. ...Click on graph for larger image.
The Refinance Index decreased 6 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 0.2 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 0.1 percent compared with the previous week and was 12 percent higher than the same week one year ago.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 4.00 percent, its highest level since March 2015, from 3.93 percent, with points increasing to 0.36 from 0.35 (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.
It would take much lower rates - below 3.5% - to see a significant refinance boom this year.
The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index.
According to the MBA, the unadjusted purchase index is 12% higher than a year ago.
Posted by Bill McBride on 5/13/2015 07:00:00 AM