“According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, applications for mortgages declined by -0.8% last week compared with a week earlier. The refinance index rose by 1%, but the purchase index fell by -9%. Here’s the MBA’s take:
Refinance volume increased again last week, but the composition of activity changed markedly. Despite rates remaining near all-time lows, conventional refinance application volume declined, and the HARP share of refinance activity dropped to 20 percent. On the other hand, FHA refinance volume exploded to an all-time high, more than doubling over the week. … Purchase activity fell off last week, but this is likely only a recalibration following the Memorial Day holiday, as the level of activity remains within the narrow band seen for the past 3 years.”
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