Record Low Mortgage Rates Fail to Boost Applications

July 6, 2012 (Chris Moore)

Another round of record low mortgage rates couldn’t help boost mortgage applications as volume fell due to a drop in applications for mortgage refinances while purchase applications edged up slightly according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 29th, 2012.

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume including purchase applications and refinance applications, fell a seasonally adjusted 6.7 percent from the previous week.

On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased by almost the same amount, 6.6 percent, from the previous week.

Purchase Applications:

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased less than one percent from the previous week, after falling about one percent the week before.

The unadjusted Purchase Index was virtually unchanged from the previous week after falling two percent the week before and was almost seven percent lower than the same week a year ago.

Refinance Applications:

The Refinance Index decreased almost eight percent from the previous week. The refinance share of mortgage activity fell to 78 percent of total applications from 79 percent the previous week.

Mortgage Interest Rates:

Average Contract Mortgages Rates
(80% loan-to-value)

Type of
Loan

Interest Rate (%)

Points

Effective Rate

Current

Previous

Current

Previous

30-Year FRM Conforming
($417,500 or less)

3.86*

3.88

0.41

0.40

Decreased

30-Year FRM Non-Conforming
($417,501 or more)

4.08

4.12

0.38

0.35

Decreased

15-Year FRM

3.20*

3.24

0.47

0.44

Decreased

FHA 30-Year

3.69*

3.71

0.50

0.46

Decreased

5/1 ARM

2.76

2.81

0.45

0.41

Decreased

*Record Survey Low

The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained at about four percent of total applications.

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Sources:
Mortgage Bankers Association