Tag Archive for ‘interest rates’

Mortgage Application Activity Tapers in August

The last weeks in August finished with subdued mortgage activity, per the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey. However, demand remains strong: Overall mortgage activity was 35% higher than what it was the same week one year ago. For the week ending August 28, 2020, the Market Composite Index decreased 2% from one week prior on a seasonally adjusted… Read More ›

Again, Credit for Builders Tightens While Rates Decline

Builders and developers responding to NAHB’s survey on financing for Acquisition, Development and Construction (AD&C) indicated that credit continued to become tighter in the second quarter of 2020.  The net tightening index derived from the survey came in at 12.0, after reaching an 8 1/2-year high of 22.7 in the first quarter. The index is constructed so that positive  numbers… Read More ›

Adjustable-rate Mortgage Activity Increases

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Weekly Application shows an uptick in applications for the week ending July 17, 2020. The Market Composite Index increased by 4.1% from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis. Refinancing activity showed continued fervor, increasing by 5.3% from the previous week, while purchasing activity increased moderately by 1.8%. The MBA’s 30-year fixed-rate mortgage… Read More ›

Purchasing and Refinance Activity Thrive Amid Low Rates

As the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate reached a new historic low of 3.3%, sliding down by 8 basis points from the previous week, its benchmark Market Composite Index increased by 8% from the previous week, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Purchase applications increased to the highest level in over 11 years and for the ninth consecutive week…. Read More ›

Mortgage Activity Buoyed by Growth in Purchasing

The latest home buying and refinancing data have shown an increase in overall mortgage activity, as indicated by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Application Survey. The benchmark Market Composite Index increased by 2.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. The Primary Mortgage Market Survey’s interest rate hovered 2 basis points above the historical low of 3.40% reached… Read More ›

Purchasing Activity Recovers from April Lows

Current mortgage activity, as indicated by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey, indicates a slight rise in purchasing activity and slight decline in refinancings of existing home loans, each by about 6% on a seasonally adjusted basis. Overall, the Market Composite Index decreased by about 2.6%. The contract rate as determined by the Primary Mortgage Market Survey slid… Read More ›

Credit for Builders Tightens, Virus Blamed

For the first time since 2012, builders and developers reported tighter credit conditions on loans for land acquisition, development and single-family construction (AD&C) in NAHB’s AD&C financing survey for the first quarter of 2020.  The net tightening index derived from the NAHB survey jumped to 22.7, about 40 points higher than the -22.3 reported in the fourth quarter of 2019. … Read More ›

Rates on Construction Loans Continue to Drift Downward

In the fourth-quarter of 2019, builders and developers reported declining interest rates on all types of loans covered in NAHB’s quarterly survey on acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) financing (Exhibit 8).  The average interest rate declined from 6.39 to 6.13 percent on loans for land acquisition, from 6.31 to 5.94 percent on loans for land development, from 5.99 to 5.63… Read More ›