The 30-year FRM averaged 4.10 percent, down from last week when it averaged 4.14 percent, while the 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.36 percent, down from last week when it averaged 3.39 percent. However, the five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) squeaked out a scant uptick, averaging 3.19 percent this week after recording a 3.18 percent average in the prior week.
“After three straight weeks of declines, the 30-year mortgage rate is now barely above the 2017 low,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac. “Next week's survey rate may be determined by Friday's employment report and whether or not it can sustain the strength from earlier this year.”
Separately, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced that its Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI)
increased 3.2 percent to 183.4 in March. Three of the four component indices increased—the Jumbo MCAI (up 11.7 percent), the Conventional MCAI (up 4.5 percent) and the Government MCAI (up 2.3 percent)—while the Conforming MCAI slipped by 2.6 percent.
“Credit availability increased in March driven by increased availability of Jumbo loan programs and Government loan programs,” said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s vice president of research and economics. “Led by a wave of adjustable rate Jumbo offerings, the Jumbo MCAI surged in March, more than offsetting its 4.4 percent decline in February, which was the first tightening of the that component index in 11 months. Increases observed in the Government MCAI were driven by increased availability of FHA’s Streamline Refinance and 203 K home rehabilitation loan programs.”