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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

MBA: Mortgage Purchase activity highest since June

by Calculated Risk on 10/10/2012 07:02:00 AM

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

The Refinance Index decreased 2 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent from one week earlier.

“Refinance applications declined somewhat last week although volume is still near three-year highs, and purchase applications increased to the highest level since June, with both conventional and government volumes increasing,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. “Rates on 30-year fixed-rate loans remain historically low, benefitting both prospective homebuyers and those seeking to refinance.”

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased to 3.56 percent from 3.53 percent, with points increasing to 0.39 from 0.35 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The 30 year contract rate increased for the first time after declining for six consecutive weeks.
Purchase IndexClick on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index. The purchase index is up about 7% over the last three weeks and is at the highest level since June.

However the purchase index has been mostly moving sideways over the last two years.