Among Government-Backed Home Loans, USDA Loans’ Average Size Spike


The latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey show a decrease of 2.4% in fixed-rate mortgage applications on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.

Currently, fixed-rate mortgages account for about 95% of all mortgage activity, with the rest of mortgage applications being adjustable-rate mortgages. While through most of June, refinancing activity was experiencing highs that had not been seen in more than two years, it slumped 6.5% in the latest week. Meanwhile, purchase activity had increased 2.3% from the previous week.

In addition to providing indexes of various types of market activity, the Weekly Applications Survey also provides detail on government-backed loans with specific types of discounts to eligible applicants; these are the commonly known FHA, VA , and USDA loans.

From the figure above, it is seen that VA loans have traditionally maintained higher average loan sizes since 2014 than FHA-backed or USDA-backed VA loans. Due to rising home prices, it is unsurprising that average loan sizes of these government loans have been trending upwards.

Furthermore, USDA-backed loans have shown a dramatic spike in the last week, reaching a new high average loan size of $179,400. The data from the Weekly Application Survey show that the volume of such loans has nonetheless decreased by 6.7% from the previous week.

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