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Mortgage Applications Down 4.6 Percent

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications report, mortgage applications have decreased 4.6 percent from last week.

The Market Composite Index, which measures the amount of mortgage loans, decreased 4.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ending May 1. The Index experienced a 4 percent decrease compared to last week on an unadjusted basis.

“Purchase activity increased slightly over the week, and the average loan amount for a purchase application reached a record high, a sign that the mix of purchase activity is still skewed toward higher priced homes," said Mike Fratantoni, MBA's chief economist..

According to the report, mortgage refinance activity decreased to 53 percent, a 2 percent drop from last week. The Purchase Index, which is seasonally adjusted, increased 1 percent to its highest level since June 2013, while the unadjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent. A 6.1 percent increase of applications occurred for the adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity. A survey found that the average loan size was $297,400 for purchase applications.

"Refinance volume dropped last week as rates in the US increased sharply towards the end of the week, with signs of recovery in Europe lifting rates across the globe,” Fratantoni said.

MBA Mortgage Application Facts:

  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 3.93 percent from 3.85 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) increased to 3.91 percent from 3.82 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 3.70 percent from 3.66 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.

 

About Author: Xhevrije West

Xhevrije West is a writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University.
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