MBA: Mortgage applications rise despite slight decline in refinances
Last week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.05%, spurring a slight decline in refinance demand. Despite this retreat, the Mortgage Bankers Association indicates mortgage applications increased by 0.6%.
This means on an unadjusted basis, the index inched forward 0.3% for the week ending on October 25, 2019.
“The 10-year Treasury rate rose slightly last week, as markets expected more progress toward a trade deal between the U.S. and China,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s vice president of economic and industry forecasting. “Mortgage rates increased for the second straight week as a result, with the 30-year fixed-rate climbing to 4.05% – the highest level since the end of July.”
Mortgage applications were mostly unchanged, with
purchase activity rising 2% and refinances decreasing less than 1%, Kan said.
According to the MBA, the seasonally adjusted and unadjusted
Purchase Indexes both rose 2% from the previous week. However, the unadjusted Purchase
index is now 10% higher than the same week a year ago.
Kan said considering how much lower rates are compared to the end of 2018, purchase applications should continue showing solid year-over-year gains.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of this
week’s mortgage application data:
The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 58% from last week’s 58.5%.The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity rose to 5.2% of total applications.The Federal Housing Administration’s share of mortgage apps fell to 12% from last week’s 12.1%.The Department of Veterans Affairs share of applications moved backward to 11.8% from last week’s 13.5%.The Department of Agriculture’s share of total applications increased from last week’s 0.6% to 0.5%.Mortgage interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($484,350 or less) ticked up from last week’s rate of 4.02% to 4.05%.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $484,350) increased from last week’s 3.96% to 4.01%.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA rose to 3.83% from last week’s 3.79%.The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages grew from last week’s 3.39% to 3.4%.The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.43% from last week’s 3.29%.
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