Pent Up Refinance Demand Awaits Record Low Mortgage Rates

by devteam May 18th, 2011 | Share

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the weekrnending May 13, 2011.<br /<br /The MBA's loan application survey covers over 50% of all U.S. residentialrnmortgage loan applications taken by mortgage bankers, commercial banks, andrnthrifts. The data gives economists a snapshot view of consumer demand forrnmortgage loans. In a falling mortgage rate environment, a trend of increasing refinancernapplications implies consumers are seeking out lower monthly payments. Ifrnconsumers are able to reduce their monthly mortgage payment and increaserndisposable income through refinancing, it can be a positive for the economy asrna whole (may boost consumer spending. It also allows debtors to pay downrnpersonal liabilities faster. A trend of declining purchase applications impliesrnhome buyer demand is shrinking.<br /<br /Excerpts from the Release…</p

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume,rnincreased 7.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one weekrnearlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 7.1 percent comparedrnwith the previous week.  The four weekrnmoving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 3.6rnpercent.  </p

The Refinance Index increased 13.2 percent from the previous week and is atrnits highest level since the week ending December 10, 2010.  The four weekrnmoving average is up up 7.2 percent for the Refinance Index. The refinancernshare of mortgage activity increased to 66.7 percent of total applications fromrn63.1 percent the previous week.  This isrnthe largest refinance share observed since late January.</p


The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 3.2 percent from one weekrnearlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 3.3 percent compared with thernprevious week and was 1.7 percent lower than the same week one year ago.  The four week moving average is down 2.9rnpercent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index.</p

<br /<br /The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgagesrndecreased to 4.60 percent from 4.67 percent, with pointsrndecreasing to 0.94 from 1.10 (including the origination fee) for 80 percentrnloan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.  This is the lowest 30-year rate recordedrnin the survey since the end of November 2010. The effective rate also decreasedrnfrom last week.<br /<br /The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgagesrndecreased to 3.75 percent from 3.81 percent, with pointsrnincreasing to 1.22 from 1.05 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVrnloans.  This is the lowest 15-year rate recorded in the survey since earlyrnNovember 2010.  The effective rate also decreased from last week.</p

The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 6.3rnpercent from 6.5 percent of total applications from the previous week.</p


“The 30-year fixed mortgage rate is now 53 basis pointsrnbelow its 2011 peak, and has decreased for five straight weeks,” said MichaelrnFratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research. “Over this five week span, thernrefinance index has increased by about 33 percent. Refinance applicationrnvolumes remain about 50 percent below the most recent peak last October.” </p

“Right now we’re witnessing the beginnings of a mini-refinance boom in the primary mortgage market, but there has been little activity in the secondary market that would indicate increased rate locking by consumers.” says MND’s Managing Editor Adam Quinones. “However, if conventional 30-year rates reach 4.25%, we’d expect to see a mini-boom scenario play out. There is much stored demand in the system as many borrowers missed the boat on record low rates in October and early November. This crowd is waiting in the wings for those rates to return. Whether or not that happens is still very much up in the air” </p


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Steven A Feinberg (@CPAsteve) of Appletree Business Services LLC, is a PASBA member accountant located in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

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