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Strength of Purchase Apps Forces 5.3 Percent Weekly Rise

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
May 07, 2014

Mortgage applications increased 5.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 2, 2014. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 5.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased six percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased two percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased nine percent from one week earlier to the highest level since January 2014. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 10 percent compared with the previous week and was 16 percent lower than the same week one year ago. "It is official: we are in a majority purchase market for the first time since 2009,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Chief Economist. “A sizeable increase in purchase applications last week likely reflected the impact of somewhat lower mortgage rates as well as continued growth in the job market, as confirmed by Friday’s employment report from the BLS. Despite the strong increase in the purchase market last week, volume continues to run 16 percent behind last year's pace." The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 49 percent of total applications from 50 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to nine 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 4.43 percent, the lowest rates since November 2013, from 4.49 percent, with points decreasing to 0.21 from  0.38 (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 4.29 percent, the lowest rate since June 2013, from 4.37 percent, with points remaining unchanged at 0.14 (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 -0.03 from 0.10 (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 3.53 percent, with points decreasing to 0.22 from 0.31 (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 3.21 percent from 3.26 percent, with points decreasing to 0.29 from 0.35 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
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