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MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest Weekly Survey


by Calculated Risk on 11/16/2022 07:00:00 AM

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 2.7 percent from one
week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage
Applications Survey for the week ending November 11, 2022. This week’s results include an adjustment
for the observance of Veterans Day.

… The Refinance Index decreased 2 percent from the previous
week and was 88 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase
Index increased 4 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 10 percent
compared with the previous week and was 46 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

“Mortgage rates decreased last week as signs of slower inflation pushed Treasury yields lower. The 30-
year fixed rate saw the largest single-week decline since July 2022, dropping to 6.9 percent,” said Joel
Kan, MBA’s Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist. “Application activity, adjusted to account for the
Veterans Day holiday, increased in response to the drop in rates – driven by a 4 percent rise in home
purchase applications. Purchase applications increased for all loan types, and the average purchase loan
dipped to its smallest amount since January 2021. Refinance activity remained depressed, down 88
percent over the year. There is very little refinance incentive with rates so much higher than last year.”

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances
($647,200 or less) decreased to 6.90 percent from 7.14 percent, with points decreasing to 0.56 from 0.77
(including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans
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Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the refinance index since 1990.

With higher mortgage rates, the refinance index has declined sharply this year.
The refinance index is at the lowest level since the year 2000.
The second graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index

According to the MBA, purchase activity is down 46% year-over-year unadjusted.
The purchase index is 7% below the pandemic low and just up from the lowest level since 2015.

Note: Red is a four-week average (blue is weekly).

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