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by Tom Moeller March 9, 2016
The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that its total Mortgage Market Volume Index notched 0.2% higher last week (20.0% y/y) following two weeks of sharp decline. Purchase applications jumped 4.2% (30.1% y/y) after a 0.6% dip, while refinancing applications dropped 2.3% (+13.3% y/y), the third consecutive week of sharp decline.
The effective interest rate on a 15-year mortgage of 3.2% remained down from the 3.5% highs of November and December. The effective rate on a 30-year fixed-rate loan of 4.0% also was lower versus 4.3% near year-end. The rate on a Jumbo 30-year loan similarly remained down at 3.90%. For adjustable 5-year mortgages the effective interest rate rose w/w to 3.31%, up versus the 3.0% low early last month.
The average mortgage loan size declined to $280,900 (+6.8% y/y). For purchases it rose to $302,900 (2.7% y/y), but for refinancings it fell to $264,000 (+9.2% y/y).
Applications for fixed interest rate loans increased 20.3% y/y while adjustable-rate loan applications improved 9.6% y/y.
The survey covers over 75 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications, and has been conducted weekly since 1990. Respondents include mortgage bankers, commercial banks and thrifts. The base period and value for all indexes is March 16, 1990=100. The figures for weekly mortgage applications and interest rates are available in Haver's SURVEYW database.
|MBA Mortgage Applications (SA, 3/16/90=100)||03/04/16||02/26/16||02/19/16||Y/Y %||2015||2014||2013|
|Total Market Index||497.3||496.5||521.5||20.0||417.8||355.3||607.6|
|15-Year Mortgage Effective Interest Rate (%)||3.24||3.21||3.22||3.31||3.37||3.54||3.42|