Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest Survey

by Bill McBride on 12/18/2013 07:01:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Fall During Holiday-Shortened Week

Mortgage applications decreased 5.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 13, 2013. ...

The Refinance Index decreased 4 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 6 percent from one week earlier to the lowest level since December 2012....
"Mortgage applications fell further last week, with the market index falling to its lowest level in more than a dozen years,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. “Both purchase and refinance applications fell as interest rates increased going into today's Federal Open Market Committee meeting."

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 4.62 percent, the highest level since September 2013, from 4.61 percent, with points increasing to 0.38 from 0.26 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
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Mortgage Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the refinance index.

The refinance index is down sharply - and down 70% from the levels in early May.

Mortgage Refinance Index The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index.  

The 4-week average of the purchase index is now down about 11% from a year ago.