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Thursday, July 05, 2012

MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease, Record Low Mortgage Rates

by Calculated Risk on 7/05/2012 07:00:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease Driven by a Drop in Refinances in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

The Refinance Index was down about 8 percent overall this week, largely driven by a significant drop in refinance applications for government loans. The HARP 2.0 share of refinance applications has been 24 percent over the past two weeks, up slightly from 20 percent three weeks ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased less than 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 3.86 percent from 3.88 percent, with points increasing to 0.41 from 0.40 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. This is the lowest 30-year fixed rate since MBA began tracking the series.
Mortgage rates and refinance activity Click on graph for larger image.

The decline in refinance activity was from a very high level. This just offset the surge in refinance activity two weeks ago related to the change in FHA streamline refinancing.

The purchase index is mostly moving sideways.