Wednesday, February 08, 2012

MBA: Refinance activity increases as mortgage rates fall to record low

by Calculated Risk on 2/08/2012 08:33:00 AM

From the MBA: Refinance Activity Increases as Rates Hit Survey Lows

The Refinance Index increased 9.4 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.1 percent from one week earlier.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) decreased to 4.05 percent, the lowest rate in the history of the survey, from 4.09 percent ...

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500)decreased to 4.29 percent, the lowest rate in the history of the survey, from 4.33 percent ...
The purchase index is still moving sideways at a very low level, but I expect the changes to HARP to lead to a surge in refinance activity in March.