MBA: Mortgage Applications Rise Again As Spring Home Shopping Season Warms Up

Posted by Patrick Barnard on April 01, 2015 No Comments
Categories : Residential Mortgage

Let the spring home shopping season commence!

After jumping an impressive 9.6% the previous week, mortgage application volume increased 4.6% on an adjusted basis during the week ended March 27, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.

On an unadjusted basis, application volume increased 5% compared with the previous week.

Applications for refinances increased 4%, while applications for purchases increased 6%.

On an unadjusted basis, applications for purchases increased 6% compared with the previous week and were up 8% compared to the same week one year ago.

‘There was a broad-based increase in mortgage applications last week relative to the week prior,’ says Lynn Fisher, vice president of research and economics for the MBA, in a release. ‘The increase in purchase volume was led by a nearly six percent increase in both conventional and government markets, perhaps signaling that households are finally ready to begin the home-buying season.’

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 60% of total applications, down from 61% the previous week.

Mortgage rates more or less held steady: The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) with conforming loan balance ($417,000 or less) was 3.89%, down slightly from 3.90% the week prior.

The average rate for a 30-year FRM with jumbo loan balance (greater than $417,000) was 3.90%, up slightly from 3.89% the previous week.

The average rate for a 30-year FRM backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was 3.73%, up from 3.71%.

The average rate for a 15-year FRM was 3.21%, down slightly from 3.22%.

The average rate for a 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) was 2.93%, down from 2.97%.

The ARM share of activity decreased to 5.6% of total applications.

Looking at volume by loan type, applications for mortgages backed by the FHA represented 12.8% of all applications, down from 13.3% the previous week. Applications for Veterans Affairs mortgages represented 10.5% of all loans, up from 10.1% the previous week. Applications for mortgages through the U.S. Department of Agriculture were unchanged at 0.8%.

All rates are based on closings. The survey covers over 75% of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications.

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