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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

MBA: Refinance Activity increases as Mortgage Rates fall to New Record Low

by Calculated Risk on 6/06/2012 07:00:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

The Refinance Index increased 2 percent from the previous week to its highest level since February 10, 2012. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased slightly from one week earlier to its lowest level since April 13, 2012.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) decreased to 3.87 percent, the lowest rate in the history of the survey, from 3.91 percent, with points remaining unchanged at 0.46 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
Mortgage rates and refinance activity Click on graph for larger image.

The purchase index is still very weak. The purchase index has mostly moved sideways for the last two years.

Refinance activity continues to increase as mortgage rates fell to another record low last week.