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Mortgage Apps Experience Near Nine Percent Weekly Decline

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Feb 26, 2014

Mortgage applications decreased 8.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Feb. 21, 2014. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 8.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased seven percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 11 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased four percent from one week earlier to the lowest level since 1995. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 0.1 percent compared with the previous week and was 15 percent lower than the same week one year ago. "Purchase applications were little changed on an unadjusted basis last week, but this is the time of a year we would expect a significant pickup in purchase activity, and we are not yet seeing it,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Chief Economist. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 58 percent of total applications, the lowest level since September 2013, from 61 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at eight percent of total applications. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 4.53 percent, the highest rate since week ending Jan. 17, 2014, from 4.50 percent, with points increasing to 0.31 from  0.26 (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 $417,000) increased to 4.47 percent, the highest rate since week ending January 24, 2014, from 4.45 percent, with points increasing to 0.13 from 0.11 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 4.17 percent, the highest rate since week ending Jan. 24, 2014, from 4.16 percent, with points increasing to 0.20 from 0.14 (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 3.56 percent, the highest rate since week ending January 24, 2014, from 3.55 percent, with points decreasing to 0.28 from 0.33 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 3.17 percent from 3.20 percent, with points decreasing to 0.31 from 0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate decreased from last week.
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Feb 26, 2014
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