Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MBA: Mortgage Purchase Application Index decreases, Mortgage rates at low for year

by Calculated Risk on 12/21/2011 07:23:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Rates Drop to Another 2011 Low in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

The Refinance Index decreased 1.6 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 4.9 percent from one week earlier.
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The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) decreased to 4.08 percent, the lowest rate this year, from 4.12 percent ...

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500) decreased to 4.44 percent, the lowest rate this year, from 4.47 percent ...
The following graph shows the MBA Purchase Index and four week moving average since 1990.

MBA Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image.

The purchase index decreased last week, and the 4-week average decreased slightly. This index has mostly been sideways for the last 2 years - and at about the same level as in 1997.

The MBA index was one of the indicators that suggested the NAR was overestimating existing home sales for the last several years.

All current Existing Home Graphs