MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 9.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 8, 2017. This week’s results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday.
... The Refinance Index increased 9 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 11 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 13 percent compared with the previous week and was 7 percent higher than the same week one year ago. ...
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($424,100 or less) decreased to 4.03 percent from 4.06 percent, with points increasing to 0.40 from 0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
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The first graph shows the refinance index since 1990.
Refinance activity will not pick up significantly unless mortgage rates fall well below 4%.
The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index.
According to the MBA, purchase activity is up 7% year-over-year.