Mortgage applications jumped dramatically for the week ending Sept. 12, up 7.9% from the week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Sept. 12, 2014.
After mortgage banker costs skyrocketed the past 6 quarters, well out of the realm of profitability, the latest Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report from the Mortgage Bankers Association reports the landscape shifted from losing money to making money, as costs came more under control.
Mortgage applications fell 2.7% from one week earlier, losing any gains made last week. Meanwhile, the refinance share of mortgage activity declined to 54% of total applications from 55% the previous week.
"The move to a single security will enable the two GSEs to compete on a more level playing field, and this competition will be beneficial to both homebuyers and lenders,” David Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, said.
"I applaud the bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Julián Castro as our next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development," President Obama said. "Julián is a proven leader, a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods."
2014 does not stand a chance against the record-breaking housing numbers witnessed in 2013 but that does not mean it is all bad news for this year. This week provided some good tidbits for housing, with mortgage applications rising and record traffic for online real estate sites.
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