PhotoThe Mortgage Bankers Association is reporting a slight uptick of 0.6% in new mortgage applications in the week ending October 14. The tally includes an adjustment for the Columbus Day holiday.

The Refinance Index, on the other hand, dipped 1% from the previous week, with the refinance share of mortgage activity dropping to 61.5% of total applications from 62.4% a week earlier.

The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity was unchanged at 4.1% of total applications, the FHA share rose to 11.3% from 10.9% the previous week, the VA share was up to 12.8% from 12.0%, and the USDA share of total applications held steady at 0.7%.

Contract interest rates

  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) rose five basis points to its highest level since last June -- 3.73% from 3.68% -- with points increasing to 0.36 from 0.35 (including the origination fee) for 80 % loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) jumped from 3.67% to 2.72%, the highest level since June, with points increasing to 0.29 from 0.24 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs backed by the FHA was unchanged at 3.54%, with points increasing to 0.30 from 0.23 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 15-year FRMs came in at 3.03%, a gain of six basis points to its highest level since June, with points decreasing to 0.27 from 0.34 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs rose to 2.87%, its highest level since last May, with points increasing to 0.41 from 0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

The survey covers over 75% of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications.


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