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Mortgage Apps Drop 7.3 Percent in Holiday-Shortened Week

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Dec 03, 2014

Mortgage applications decreased 7.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Nov. 28, 2014. This week’s results included an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 7.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 37 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 13 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased three percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 32 percent compared with the previous week and was four percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 60 percent of total applications from 63 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 6.7 percent of total applications.

The FHA share of total applications decreased to 9.3 percent this week from 9.4 percent last week. The VA share of total applications decreased to 9.4 percent this week from 10.3 percent last week. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent this week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to 4.08 percent, the lowest level since May 2013, from 4.15 percent, with points increasing to 0.28 from  0.25 (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) increased to 4.11 percent from 4.10 percent, with points decreasing to 0.22 from 0.25 (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 decreased to 3.85 percent from 3.90 percent, with points decreasing to 0.09 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 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.30 percent from 3.35 percent, with points remaining unchanged from 0.25 (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 increased to 3.07 percent from 3.06 percent, with points decreasing to 0.32 from 0.41 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.

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