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Mortgage Apps Rise 7.3 Percent Over Last Week

Dec 10, 2014

Mortgage applications increased 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 Dec. 5, 2014.  

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 7.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 52 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased 13 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent from one week earlier.  The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 37 percent compared with the previous week and was four percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 64 percent of total applications from 60 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to seven percent of total applications.

The FHA share of total applications decreased to 9.0 percent this week from 9.3 percent last week. The VA share of total applications increased to 9.6 percent this week from 9.4 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) increased to 4.11 percent from 4.08 percent, with points remaining unchanged from 0.28 (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) decreased to 4.07 percent from 4.11 percent, with points decreasing to 0.16 from 0.22 (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 increased to 3.87 percent from 3.85 percent, with points decreasing to 0.03 from 0.09 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate remained unchanged from last week. 

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.35 percent from 3.30 percent, with points increasing to 0.30 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 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.11 percent from 3.07 percent, with points decreasing to 0.19 from 0.32 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate remained unchanged from last week. 

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