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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MBA: Record low mortgage rates, Mortgage Purchase activity increases slightly

by Calculated Risk on 7/11/2012 07:42:00 AM

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

The Refinance Index decreased 3 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 3 percent from one week earlier. ... This week’s results include an adjustment for the Fourth of July holiday.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) decreased to 3.79 percent, the lowest rate in the history of the survey, from 3.86 percent, with points decreasing to 0.36 from 0.41 (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 decline in refinance activity was from a very high level.

The purchase index has increased for two consecutive weeks, but is mostly moving sideways.