Tag Archive for ‘mortgage applications’

Refinancing Remains Robust

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey shows that, for the week ending October 16, 2020, mortgage application activity decreased by 0.6% from the prior week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as indicated by its Market Composite Index. One of its two constituent indexes, the Purchasing Index, decreased by 2.1% from one week earlier, while the other, the Refinance… Read More ›

Amid Record Low Rates, Mortgage Application Activity Falters

For the week ending September 25, 2020, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey showed a decrease in application activity, both in purchasing and refinancing, as its Market Composite Index decreased by 4.8% from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis. Its constituent indexes, the Purchasing and Refinancing indexes, decreased from the previous week by 1.9% and 6.5%,… Read More ›

Despite Weekly Declines, Refinancing Year-over-year Gains Remain Strong

For the week ending September 11, 2020, the Mortgage Banker’s Association’s (MBA) Weekly Application Survey indicated a decrease in its Market Composite Index, a measure of both purchasing and refinancing, of 2.5% from one week earlier on a seasonally adjusted basis. The Purchasing and Refinancing Indexes decreased by 0.5% and 3.7%, respectively. The survey’s tracked 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate remained… Read More ›

Pending Home Sales See Biggest Increase on Record in May

After two months of sharp decline, pending home sales surged the most on record in May, as homebuyers rushed back to the market after the phased reopening of the economy. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), is a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts. The PHSI edged up 44.3% from 69.0 in… Read More ›

Mortgage Activity Posts Solid Year-over-Year Gains

The Mortgage Bankers’ Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey, for the week ending September 27, 2019, showed sharp increases in the year-over-year gains in purchasing and refinancing activity of all mortgages, of 9.6% and 132.9%, respectively (seasonally adjusted). Throughout most of the current year since mid-March, refinancing activity on a year-over-year basis has been particularly strong this year, holding steady from… Read More ›

Refinancing Activity Buoyed by Federal Reserve Rate Cuts

The latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Application Survey show a strong reaction to the market among prospective homebuyers and those wishing to refinance their existing home loans. There are two main factors: The Federal Reserve’s cutting of interest rates and the ongoing trade war with China. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped by 15 basis points from the previous… Read More ›

Refinance Activity Surges on a Year-over-Year Basis

Data from the latest survey of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Application Survey show small year-over-year gains in purchasing activity and larger year-over-year gains in refinancing activity. The Primary Market Mortgage Survey indicated no change in the 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) from the previous week, at a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.8%. However, two weeks ago, the FRM decreased… Read More ›

Refinancing Activity Soars Due to Rate Declines

Amid growing concerns about housing affordability, the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly mortgage applications survey show a surge in home refinancing, a week-to-week increase of 39% on a seasonally adjusted basis. The increase is contemporaneous with the fourth consecutive week of mortgage rates’ declining. Despite the widespread decrease in mortgage rates, changes in purchasing activity (i.e.,… Read More ›

Existing Home Sales – Real Time Tracking

In normal times roughly 70% of new home purchases are trade-up buyers (i.e., they have an existing home to sell) so the strength of existing home sales affects the strength of new home sales. Two series published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) gauging the strength of the existing home sales sector are: pending sales and sales. The pending… Read More ›

Is it Easy to Obtain a Mortgage?

For many households, obtaining a mortgage is the most important step when seeking to purchase a home. As housing analysts, a natural question to ask when assessing the prospects for home buying is “how easy is it for households to obtain a mortgage?” The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) or Fannie Mae attempts to shed light on this question with… Read More ›