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Purchase Loans Account for Nearly 75% of Q3 Mortgages

Purchase Loans Account for Nearly 75% of Q3 Mortgages

According to a snapshot of mortgage trends released this week by Guaranteed Rate, purchase loans accounted for 73 percent of all mortgage volumes last quarter, up from 63 percent a year prior. The increase came as refinancing numbers dropped off by more than a third annually—"indicative of the fact that the third quarter of 2013 was when the mortgage market began to account for higher interest rates," Guaranteed Rate said.

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Mortgage Applications Jump on Refinance Surge

Mortgage Applications Jump on Refinance Surge

MBA's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey shows mortgage application volumes jumped 11.6 percent for the week ending October 17. The surge in the headline index stemmed from a substantial jump in the refinance application component, which was up 23 percent week-over-week to hit its highest level since November 2013.

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Revolving HELOC Volumes Hit Six-Year High

Revolving HELOC Volumes Hit Six-Year High

Credit reporting agency Equifax released on Monday its latest National Consumer Credit Trends Report, revealing that the total balance of new credit for revolving home equity loans in the year's first seven months was $65.9 billion. The figure, up 21.4 percent year-over-year, marks a six-year high.

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Mortgage Apps Jump Following Topple in Interest Rates

Mortgage Apps Jump Following Topple in Interest Rates

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported a 5.6 percent increase in its mortgage applications index for the week ending October 10. The headline index got a boost from refinancing applications, which surged 11 percent over the week as the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to 4.20 percent, its lowest in more than a year.

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Profits Rise at Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase

Profits Rise at Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase

Third-quarter profits improved annually at two of the nation's biggest megabanks, though mortgage banking results were mixed. For the latest completed quarter, JPMorgan Chase reported net income of $5.6 billion compared to a loss of $380 million a year ago. On the other side of the country, Wells Fargo posted profits of $5.7 billion for the quarter, up from $5.6 billion in Q3 2013 and flat from Q2 2014.

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Mortgage Applications Up 3.8% in Weekly Survey

Mortgage Applications Up 3.8% in Weekly Survey

Mortgage application volumes kicked off the month with a small increase as interest rates tumbled a few points, according to industry data. The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) weekly measure of mortgage applications rose 3.8 percent for the week ending October 3, the group reported Wednesday.

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HELOC Lending Volumes Bound 27% in Q2

HELOC Lending Volumes Bound 27% in Q2

Experian estimates new mortgage origination volumes totaled $292 billion for the months of April through June, reflecting a 15 percent increase from a slow first quarter. Home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) led in gains for the quarter, totaling $35 billion—up 25 percent over the same period last year. Over the last 12 months, HELOC originations totaled $120 billion, marking a 27 percent increase from the prior period.

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