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Mortgage Apps Hit Mid-Summer Lull

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Aug 12, 2015

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 Aug. 7, 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 decreased one percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased three percent from the previous week to its highest level since May 2015. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased four percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased four percent compared with the previous week and was 20 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 53.1 percent of total applications from 51.3 percent the previous week. This is the highest refinance share since April 2015. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at 6.8 percent of total applications.

The FHA share of total applications decreased to 13.3 percent from 13.8 percent the week prior. The VA share of total applications increased to 11.3 percent from 10.5 percent the week prior. The USDA share of total applications decreased to 0.7 percent from 0.8 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 4.13 percent, with points decreasing to 0.31 from 0.34 (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) remained unchanged at 4.08 percent, with points increasing to 0.34 from 0.27 (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 3.94 percent from 3.96 percent, with points unchanged at 0.22 (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 increased to 3.39 percent from 3.36 percent, with points increasing to 0.38 from 0.37 (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 3.02 percent, with points decreasing to 0.32 from 0.43 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

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