MORTGAGE BANKERS: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 4.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data released Wednesday, April 16, 2014  from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 11, 2014.

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 4.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 5 percent compared with the previous week.  The Refinance Index increased 7 percent from the previous week.  The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent compared with the previous week and was 16 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 52 percent of total applications from 51 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at 8 percent of total applications.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to 4.47 percent from 4.56 percent, with points decreasing to 0.32 from  0.33 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.  The effective rate decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) decreased to 4.39 percent from 4.49 percent, with points increasing to 0.18 from 0.14 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.  The effective rate decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to 4.14 percent from 4.19 percent, with points decreasing to 0.06 from 0.16 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.  The effective rate decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.54 percent from 3.62 percent, with points decreasing to 0.24 from 0.31 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 3.15 percent from 3.26 percent, with points decreasing to 0.41 from 0.50 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.  The effective rate decreased from last week.

MBA's Web site:   www.mba.org.

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