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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

MBA: Refinance Activity Highest in Three Years

by Calculated Risk on 8/01/2012 07:00:00 AM

From the MBA: Refinance Applications Increase Again to Three-Year High in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

The Refinance Index increased 0.8 percent from the previous week to its highest level since the week ending April 17, 2009. The slight increase in refinance activity was muted by a 6 percent drop in government refinance applications, while conventional refinance activity increased about 2 percent over the week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased about 2 percent from one week earlier.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased to 3.75 percent from 3.74 percent, with points increasing to 0.51 from 0.43 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index. The purchase index has been mostly moving sideways over the last two years.

Note: Yesterday Zillow reported record low mortgage rates in their survey: "The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgage Marketplace is currently 3.34 percent, down one basis point from 3.35 percent at the same time last week."

Refinance IndexThe second graph shows the refinance index.

The refinance index is at the highest level in three years.