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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

MBA: Mortgage Purchase application activity increases slightly

by Calculated Risk on 5/25/2011 07:35:00 AM

The MBA reports: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

The Refinance Index increased 0.9 percent to its highest level since December 10, 2010. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1.5 percent from one week earlier.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.69 percent from 4.60 percent, with points decreasing to 0.69 from 0.93 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.
MBA Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This graph shows the MBA Purchase Index and four week moving average since 1990.

Refinance activity increased to the highest level since December 2010.

The four week average of purchase activity is at about 1997 levels. Of course this doesn't includes cash buyers - and there is a very high percentage of cash buyers right now. This suggests weak existing home sales through mid-year (not counting cash buyers).