Wednesday, January 03, 2018

MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease over Previous Two Weeks

by Bill McBride on 1/03/2018 07:00:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease Over Two Week Period in Latest MBA Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 2.8 percent from two weeks earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 29, 2017. The results include adjustments to account for the Christmas holiday.

... The Refinance Index decreased 7 percent from two weeks ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent from two weeks earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 40 percent compared with two weeks ago and was 3 percent higher than the same week one year ago. ...

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($424,100 or less) decreased to 4.16 percent from 4.20 percent, with points decreasing to 0.35 from 0.39 (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 since 1990.

Refinance activity will not pick up significantly unless mortgage rates fall well below 4%.



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

According to the MBA, purchase activity is up 3% year-over-year.