by Bill McBride on 1/18/2017 07:00:00 AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Mortgage applications increased 0.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 13, 2017. The previous week’s results included an adjustment for the New Year’s holiday.Click on graph for larger image.
... The Refinance Index increased 7 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 5 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 25 percent compared with the previous week and was 1 percent lower than the same week one year ago.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($424,000 or less) decreased to its lowest level since December 2016, 4.27 percent, from 4.32 percent, with points decreasing to 0.39 from 0.41 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
The first graph shows the refinance index since 1990.
It would take a substantial decrease in mortgage rates to see a significant increase in refinance activity - although we might see more cash-out refis.
The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index.
Even with the increase in mortgage rates, purchase activity is still holding up. However refinance activity has declined significantly.
Posted by Bill McBride on 1/18/2017 07:00:00 AM