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Refi Mortgage Applications Jump in U.S.

Refi Mortgage Applications Jump in U.S.


According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 15, 2016, mortgage applications increased 9.0 percent from one week earlier.

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 9.0 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 12 percent compared with the previous week.

The Refinance Index increased 19 percent from the previous week.  The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 4 percent compared with the previous week and was 17 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 59.1 percent of total applications from 55.8 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 6.0 percent of total applications.

The FHA share of total applications decreased to 13.7 percent from 14.4 percent the week prior. The VA share of total applications decreased to 10.8 percent from 12.2 percent the week prior. The USDA share of total applications decreased to 0.7 percent from 0.8 percent the week prior.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to its lowest level since October 2015, 4.06 percent, from 4.12 percent, with points increasing to 0.41 from  0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.  The effective rate decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) decreased to its lowest level since October 2015, 3.93 percent, from 4.02 percent, with points increasing to 0.31 from 0.30 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.  The effective rate decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to its lowest level since October 2015, 3.86 percent, from 3.90 percent, with points increasing to 0.36 from 0.34 (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 decreased to its lowest level since October 2015, 3.29 percent, from 3.42 percent, with points unchanged at 0.39 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.20 percent from 3.14 percent, with points decreasing to 0.18 from 0.42 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.  The effective rate decreased from last week.

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