It was a short week and one in which most
Americans focused on food and families so the plunging number of mortgage
applications filed during the week ended November 29 was not a surprise. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
reported a 12.8 percent decline in its Market Composite Index, a measure of
application volume, on a seasonally adjusted basis compared to the previous
week. There was also an adjustment to
the numbers to account for the Thanksgiving holiday. On an unadjusted basis applications fell 40
percent from the week ended November 22.
MBA's Refinance Index was down 18
percent from the previous week to its lowest level since the week ended
September 6, also a holiday shortened period. The refinance share of mortgage
applications fell to 63 percent from 66 percent.
The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index
decreased by 4 percent from a week earlier and the unadjusted index was 36 percent
lower than the week before and 37 percent below the level the same week in
Purchase Index vs 30 Yr Fixed
Refinance Index vs 30 Yr Fixed
The average contract interest rate for
30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) with conventional loan balances of $417,000
or less increased to 4.51 percent with 0.38 point from 4.48 percent with 0.31
point. The average rate for 30-year FRM
with jumbo balances above the conforming limit increased one basis point to
4.49 percent and points increased from 0.15 to 0.24. The effective rate for these and all fixed
rate products increased during the week.
FHA-backed 30-year FRM had an average
contract rate of 4.17 percent compared to 4.16 percent the previous week. Points increased from 0.24 point to 0.36.
The average contract interest rate for 15-year
fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.56 percent from 3.52 percent. Points increased to 0.32 from 0.31
rate mortgages (ARMS) maintained an 8 percent share of applications during the
week. The average contract interest rate
for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 3.09 percent from 3.18 percent, with points
decreasing to 0.28 from 0.37. The
effective rate decreased from the previous week.
Mortgage Applications Survey has been conducted since 1990 and covers over 75
percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications. Respondents include mortgage bankers,
commercial banks and thrifts. Base period and value for all indexes is
March 16, 1990=100. Interest rate quotes
are for loans with an 80 percent loan-to-value ratio and points include the