by Bill McBride on 3/23/2016 07:01:00 AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Mortgage applications decreased 3.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 18, 2016.Click on graph for larger image.
The Refinance Index decreased 5 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent compared with the previous week and was 25 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) decreased to 3.93 percent from 3.94 percent, with points decreasing to 0.35 from 0.42 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
The first graph shows the refinance index since 1990.
Refinance activity was higher in 2015 than in 2014, but it was still the third lowest year since 2000.
Refinance activity picked up earlier this year as rate declined.
The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index.
According to the MBA, the unadjusted purchase index is 25% higher than a year ago.
Posted by Bill McBride on 3/23/2016 07:01:00 AM