December 2017   Volume 43, Number 12      


Weekly Mortgage Applications Stall Along With Rates and Home Sales

Rising interest rates and rising home prices are hurting mortgage demand, as fewer consumers have the incentive to refinance or purchase a home.

Total mortgage application volume declined by 0.4 percent during the last week of September from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted report. Mortgage volume now stands 24 percent lower than it did a year ago.

With interest rates higher than they were a year ago, applications to refinance are likely to continue to decline. They decreased 2 percent week to week and are down just over 40 percent from one year ago. Refinance volume has declined over the past month as interest rates continue to climb higher.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of $424,100 or less increased to 4.12 percent from 4.11 percent, with points increasing to 0.45 from 0.40, including the origination fee, for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans.

“Rates moved higher over the course of last week, at least partially due to signs of stronger economic growth. Four of the five mortgage rates that we track increased,” said Joel Kan, an MBA economist.

Mortgage applications to buy a home are still well below historical averages and increased just one percent for the week.

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