by Calculated Risk on 3/07/2018 07:00:00 AM
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Mortgage applications increased 0.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 2, 2018. The previous week’s results included an adjustment for the Washington’s Birthday (Presidents’ Day) holiday.Click on graph for larger image.
... The Refinance Index increased 2 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 13 percent compared with the previous week and was 1 percent higher than the same week one year ago. ...
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($453,100 or less) increased to its highest level since January 2014, 4.65 percent, from 4.64 percent, with points decreasing to 0.58 from 0.63 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
The first graph shows the refinance index since 1990.
Refinance activity will not pick up significantly unless mortgage rates fall 50 bps or more from the recent level.
The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index
According to the MBA, purchase activity is up 1% year-over-year.
Posted by Calculated Risk on 3/07/2018 07:00:00 AM