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Mortgage Apps Slide 2.3 Percent

Apr 15, 2015

Mortgage applications decreased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 10, 2015. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased two percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased two percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased three percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased two percent compared with the previous week and was seven percent higher than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 58 percent of total applications from 57 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 5.4 percent of total applications.

The FHA share of total applications increased to 13.5 percent from 13.2 percent the week prior. The VA share of total applications increased to 11.1 percent from 10.7 percent the week prior. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent from the week prior.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 3.87 percent from 3.86 percent, with points increasing to 0.38 from 0.27 (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 3.84 percent from 3.81 percent, with points increasing to 0.35 from 0.26 (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 3.67 percent from 3.69 percent, with points increasing to 0.23 from 0.18 (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 3.16 percent from 3.15 percent, with points remaining unchanged from 0.29 (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 2.82 percent from 2.76 percent, with points decreasing to 0.40 from 0.45 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

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