MBA: Mortgage Application Volume Dipped 2% Last Week


After increasing slightly for three consecutive weeks, mortgage application volume dipped 2%, on an adjusted basis, during the week ending Feb. 7, as per the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.

On an unadjusted basis, volume increased 0.3% compared with the previous week.

Refinancing volume dipped 0.2% compared to the previous week, leaving the refinance share of mortgage activity unchanged at 62% of total applications.

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index – an indicator of incoming volume – decreased 5% from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis the Purchase Index increased 1% and was 13% lower than the same week one year ago.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) with conforming loan balance ($417,000 or less) was 4.45%, down slightly from 4.47% the week prior.

The average rate for a 30-year FRM with jumbo loan balance (greater than $417,000) was 4.40%, down slightly from 4.42% the previous week.

The average rate for a 30-year FRM backed by the Federal Housing Administration was 4.13%, up ever so slightly from 4.12%.

The average rate for a 15-year FRM was 3.49%, down from 3.53% the week prior.

The average rate for a 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) was 3.11%, down from 3.15%. The ARM share of activity increased to 8% of total applications.

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