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Mortgage Applications in U.S. Uptick in Late July

Mortgage Applications in U.S. Uptick in Late July


According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 25, 2014, mortgage applications decreased 2.2 percent from one week earlier.

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 2 percent compared with the previous week.

The Refinance Index decreased 4 percent from the previous week.  The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.2 percent from one week earlier.  The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent compared with the previous week and was 12 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 53 percent of total applications from 54 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) remained unchanged at 4.33 percent, with points increasing to 0.24 from 0.23 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.  The effective rate increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) increased to 4.22 percent from 4.21 percent, with points increasing to 0.23 from 0.20 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.  The effective rate increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA remained unchanged at 4.03 percent, with points decreasing to 0.00 from 0.15 (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 remained unchanged at 3.47 percent, with points decreasing to 0.25 from 0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.  The effective rate remained unchanged from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.31 percent from 3.21 percent, with points increasing to 0.40 from 0.32 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.  The effective rate increased from last week.

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