Wednesday, July 06, 2011

MBA: Mortgage Purchase Application activity increases

by Calculated Risk on 7/06/2011 07:52:00 AM

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

The Refinance Index decreased 9.2 percent from the previous week. The Refinance Index has decreased for 3 consecutive weeks, reaching its lowest level since May 6, 2011. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 4.8 percent from one week earlier.
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The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.69 percent from 4.46 percent, with points decreasing to 0.90 from 1.19 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans. This is the highest 30-year rate recorded in the survey since the middle of May 2011.
The following graph shows the MBA Purchase Index and four week moving average since 1990.

MBA Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

The four week average of purchase activity is at about 1997 levels - and mostly moving sideways. Of course there is a very high percentage of cash buyers right now, but this suggests weak existing home sales through the next month or two.