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MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest Weekly Survey

by Calculated Risk on 6/16/2021 07:00:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 4.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 11, 2021. The previous week’s results included an adjustment for the Memorial Day holiday.

… The Refinance Index increased 6 percent from the previous week and was 22 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 11 percent compared with the previous week and was 17 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

“Mortgage applications bounced back after three weeks of declines, increasing over 4 percent last week.
Both purchase and refinance applications were up, including a 5.5 percent gain in refinances. The jump in
refinances was the result of the 30-year fixed rate falling for the third straight week to 3.11 percent – the
lowest since early May. U.S. Treasury yields have slid because of the uncertainty in the financial markets
regarding inflation and how the Federal Reserve may act over the next few months,” said Joel Kan,
MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting. “Purchase activity also
rebounded, even as supply constraints continue to slow the housing market. An almost 5 percent
increase in government purchase applications drove most of last week’s gain while also tempering the
recent growth in loan sizes. Purchase applications were still down 17 percent from a year ago, which was
when the mortgage market started seeing large post-shutdown increases in activity.”

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances
($548,250 or less) decreased to 3.11 percent from 3.15 percent, with points increasing to 0.36 from 0.34
(including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
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Mortgage Refinance IndexClick on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the refinance index since 1990.

With low rates, the index remains elevated, and picked up this week as rates declined.

The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index

Mortgage Purchase Index
According to the MBA, purchase activity is down 17% year-over-year unadjusted.

Note: The year ago comparisons for the unadjusted purchase index are now more difficult since purchase activity picked up in late May 2020.

Note: Red is a four-week average (blue is weekly).

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