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Mortgage Apps Remain Flat, But Refis See Significant Drop

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Jul 22, 2015
Mortgage Applications Remain Flat

Mortgage applications increased 0.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 17, 2015. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 0.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 0.4 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased one percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased one percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased one percent compared with the previous week and was 18 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 50.3 percent of total applications from 50.8 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 7.3 percent of total applications.

The FHA share of total applications increased to 14.0 percent from 13.8 percent the week prior. The VA share of total applications increased to 11.3 percent from 10.8 percent the week prior. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged from 0.9 percent the week prior.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) remained unchanged at 4.23 percent, with points decreasing to 0.34 from 0.39 (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 4.16 percent from 4.20 percent, with points increasing to 0.33 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 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to four percent from 4.02 percent, with points decreasing to 0.17 from 0.26 (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 remained unchanged at 3.43 percent, with points increasing to 0.34 from 0.33 (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 decreased to 3.08 percent from 3.13 percent, with points decreasing to 0.41 from 0.42 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.

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