Mortgage applications bounce back after three-week slump

by MPA17 Apr 2017
Mortgage applications rose 1.5% from a week earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 7. This marked a reversal from the previous three straight weeks of declines.

On an unadjusted basis, the MBA’s Market Composite Index increased by 1.5% week-on-week. The refinance index remained unchanged from the previous week, and the seasonally adjusted purchase index rose by 3% from a week ago. The unadjusted purchase index rose 5% from the week prior and the annualized rate was 3% higher.    

Refi activity decreased to 41.6% of total mortgage applications – the lowest level since September 2008 – from 44% a week ago; the rate of adjustable-rate mortgage activity remained unchanged at 8.5% of total applications. The average loan size for purchase applications reached a survey high at $318,700.

Meanwhile, FHA applications dipped to 10.7% from the prior week’s 11.1%; VA applications were virtually unchanged, with 11.3% from the prior week’s 11.1%; and USDA applications continued a 1% growth.

“As a four-decade veteran of the mortgage industry, I can tell you from experience that recently-enacted laws have created commendable consumer protections and have made the market safer as a whole,” said chairman-elect Dave Motley in a congressional testimony late last month.

“MBA has consistently supported reasonable requirements that will prevent a reemergence of housing and market disruptions. However, we must be mindful that new regulatory demands imposed under Dodd-Frank have also negatively impacted the availability of affordable and sustainable mortgage credit.”

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