According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, “The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 70.0 percent of total applications from 68.7 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 2.0 percent of total applications.”
In a press release issued on November 11th, MBA stated, “Mortgage applications decreased 0.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 6, 2020.”
“The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 0.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 1 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased 1 percent from the previous week and was 67 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 5 percent compared with the previous week and was 16 percent higher than the same week one year ago.”
The number of mortgage applications decreased last week, despite the 30-year fixed rate falling to 2.98 percent.
On the other hand, the refinance index climbed to its highest level since August, with a 1.5 percent increase in conventional refinances.
Homebuyer demand eased somewhat, but in the overall view, activity remains elevated. The demand remains solid, but without the frenetic trajectory seen in the second quarter of 2020.
According to the release, “Homebuyer demand is still strong overall, and activity was up 16.5 percent from a year ago. However, inadequate housing supply is putting upward pressure on home prices and is impacting affordability.”
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