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Apps Jump Five Percent Despite Rise in Rates

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Jun 12, 2013

Mortgage applications increased five percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 7, 2013. Last week’s results included an adjustment for the Memorial Day holiday. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased five percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 16 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased five percent from the previous week. Despite the increase in the refinance index last week, the level is still 11 percent lower than two weeks prior and 36 percent lower than the recent peak at the beginning of May. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased five percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 14 percent compared with the previous week and was 6 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 69 percent of total applications from 68 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 7 percent of total applications. The HARP share of refinance applications fell from 32 percent the prior week to 29 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased to 4.15 percent, the highest rate since March 2012, from 4.07 percent, with points increasing to 0.48 from 0.35 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500) increased to 4.25 percent, the highest rate since May 2012, from 4.20 percent, with points increasing to 0.32 from 0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 3.81 percent, the highest rate since April 2012, from 3.76 percent, with points decreasing to 0.26 from 0.32 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.32 percent, the highest rate since April 2012, from 3.23 percent, with points remaining unchanged at 0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 2.78 percent, the highest rate since June 2012, from 2.76 percent, with points decreasing to 0.30 from 0.41 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
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