PhotoMortgage applications have posted a solid gain after falling for two weeks in a row, rising 2.9% during the week ending September 30.

The Mortgage Bankers Association also reports the Refinance Index jumped 5% from the previous week, taking the refinance share of mortgage activity to 63.8% of total applications from 62.7% the week before.

The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity rose to 4.5% of total applications, the FHA share dropped to 10.0% from 10.2%, the VA share of total applications fell to 11.4%, and the USDA share of total applications increased to 0.7% from 0.6% a week earlier.

Contract interest rates

  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) fell four basis points -- from 3.66% to 3.62% -- the lowest level since July 2016, with points decreasing to 0.32 from 0.33 (including the origination fee) for 80% loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) dipped to 3.60% from 3.64%, with points decreasing to 0.25 from 0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs backed by the FHA decreased by two basis points to 3.50%, with points falling to 0.16 from 0.21 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 15-year FRMs slipped to 2.93% from 2.95%, with points decreasing to 0.32 from 0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs was unchanged at 2.92%, with points increasing to 0.44 from 0.40 (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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