Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MBA: Refinance Mortgage Applications Increase

by Calculated Risk on 1/22/2014 07:02:00 AM

From the MBA: Refinance Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 4.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 17, 2014. ...

The Refinance Index increased 10 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 4 percent from one week earlier. ...
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to 4.57 percent, the lowest level since November 2013, from 4.66 percent, with points increasing to 0.36 from 0.33 (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 up a little over the last two week, but down 67% from the levels in early May.

With the mortgage rate increases, refinance activity will be significantly lower in 2014 than in 2013.

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

The 4-week average of the purchase index is now down about 9% from a year ago.

The purchase index is probably understating purchase activity because small lenders tend to focus on purchases, and those small lenders are underrepresented in the purchase index.