Mortgage application volume increased 2.4% on an adjusted basis during the week ended May 5, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.
Applications for refinances increased 3%, while applications for purchases increased 2%.
On an unadjusted basis, total volume increased 3% compared with the previous week. Applications for purchases increased 2%, on an unadjusted basis, and increased 6% compared with the same week a year earlier.
Encouragingly, applications for conventional purchase loans increased 2% compared with the previous week to reach the highest level since April 2009.
The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 41.9% of total applications – up from 41.6% the previous week.
The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 8.2% of total applications.
The average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) remained unchanged at 4.23%.
The average rate for a 30-year jumbo FRM was 4.22%, up from 4.18%.
The average rate for a 30-year FRM backed by the Federal Housing Administration was 4.09%, up from 4.06%.
The average rate for a 15-year FRM was 3.50%, down slightly from 3.51%.
The average rate for a 5/1 ARM was 3.36%, up from 3.29%.
All rates are based on closings.