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by Tom Moeller April 20, 2016
The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that its total Mortgage Market Volume Index increased 1.3% last week (14.9% y/y) to the firmest level since early-February. Refinancing applications increased 2.6% (13.4% y/y). Purchase applications eased 0.5% (+17.2% y/y) following an 8.4% increase.
The effective interest rate on a 15-year mortgage eased to 3.14%, and remained down from the 3.50% highs of November and December. The effective rate on a 30-year fixed-rate loan of 3.93% also was lower versus 4.28% near year-end. The rate on a Jumbo 30-year loan similarly remained down at 3.85%. For adjustable 5-year mortgages, the effective interest rate held steady at 3.01%.
The average mortgage loan size eased to $278,100 (+5.0% y/y). For purchases, it fell to $300,800 (+2.8% y/y); for refinancings, it declined to $259,900 (+6.8% y/y).
Applications for fixed interest rate loans increased 15.5% y/y, while adjustable-rate loan applications gained 5.4% 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)||04/15/16||04/08/16||04/01/16||Y/Y||2015||2014||2013|
|Total Market Index||1.3||10.0||2.7||14.9||17.9||-41.4||-24.2|
|15-Year Mortgage Effective Interest Rate (%)||3.14||3.19||3.19||3.21||3.37||3.54||3.42|