Mortgage Applications Fall as Key Rates Reach Five Month Highs

by devteam February 13th, 2013 | Share

As rates rose the volume of mortgagernapplications fell during the week ended February 8 according to the MortgagernBankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Application Survey.  The seasonally adjusted Market CompositernIndex, a measure of loan application volume, was 6.4 percent lower than thernweek ended February 1 and the unadjusted index was 5 percent lower.</p

The Refinance Index was down 6 percentrnalthough refinancing retained the previous week’s 79 percent share of mortgagernapplications. The percentage of loans refinanced through the Home AffordablernRefinance Program (HARP) was also unchanged at 28 percent.</p

Thernseasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 10 percent from one week earlier. Thernunadjusted Purchase Index decreased 4 percent compared with the previous weekrnand was 15 percent higher than the same week one year ago.</p

Purchase Index vs 30 Yr Fixed</b</p

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Refinance Index vs 30 Yr Fixed</p

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Most interest rates</aincreased during the week, and contract rates for 15-year, and bothrnconventional and jumbo 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) rose to the highestrnlevels since September.   The average contract rate for a conventionalrn(loan balances of $417,500 or less) 30-year FRM rose to 3.75 percent from 3.73rnpercent with points unchanged at 0.43. rnThe jumbo version of the loan increased to 3.98 with 0.36 point fromrn3.96 percent with 0.38 point.  The effectivernrate for both 30-year loan types also increased.    </p

Thernaverage contract interest rate for 30-year FRM backed by the FHA remained unchangedrnat 3.53 percent, withrnpoints increasing to 0.39 from 0.38 and the effective rate increased. </p

The rate forrn15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased one basis point to 3.01 percent while points decreased to 0.28rnfrom 0.33.  The effective rate decreasedrnfrom the previous week.</p

The contract raternfor 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) fell from 2.72 percent with 0.30 pointrnto 2.66 with 0.31 point.  The effectivernrate decreased.  The ARM share ofrnactivity increased to 4rnpercent of total applications.</p

Ratesrnquoted are for loans with loan-to-value ratios of 80 percent.  Points include the origination fee.</p

MBA’s survey has been conducted weekly since 1990 and covers over 75 percent ofrnall U.S. retail residential mortgage applications. Respondents include mortgagernbankers, commercial banks and thrifts.  Base period and value for allrnindexes is March 16, 1990=100.

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