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Mortgage Apps Up Nearly 10 Percent Week-Over-Week

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Mar 05, 2014

Mortgage applications increased 9.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 28, 2014. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 9.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 11 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased 10 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 9 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 12 percent compared with the previous week. The previous week’s results did not include an adjustment for the Presidents’ Day holiday. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index was six percent higher than its level two weeks earlier, but was still 19 percent lower than the same week one year ago. Despite the increase observed this week, the Refinance Index is still three percent lower than it was two weeks ago. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 57.7 percent of total applications from 58 percent the previous week and is at its lowest level since early September of 2013. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at 8 percent of total applications. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to 4.47 percent from 4.53 percent, with points decreasing to 0.28 from  0.31 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) decreased to 4.37 percent from 4.47 percent, with points increasing to 0.20 from 0.13 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to 4.13 percent from 4.17 percent, with points decreasing to 0.13 from 0.20 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.52 percent from 3.56 percent, with points decreasing to 0.18 from 0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 3.09 percent from 3.17 percent, with points increasing to 0.38 from 0.31 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
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