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Mortgage applications drop a hefty 9% after strong January gains

Refis and purchases see big declines

A week after rising 1.3% and about four weeks after a 49% jump, mortgage applications decreased 9% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Feb. 6, 2015.

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 9% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 7% compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 10% from the previous week.

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 7% from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 1% compared with the previous week and was 1% higher than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 69% of total applications from 71% the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity increased to 5.7% of total applications.

The FHA share of total applications increased to 14.1% this week from 13.1% last week. The VA share of total applications decreased to 8.3% this week from 8.5% last week. The USDA share of total applications increased to 0.7% from 0.6% last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 3.84%, the highest level since Jan. 9, 2015, from 3.79%, with points increasing to 0.31 from 0.29 (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 fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) increased to 3.90% from 3.82%, with points decreasing to 0.19 from 0.22 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 3.72% from 3.69%, with points increasing to 0.13 from 0.07 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.15% from 3.14%, with points decreasing to 0.29 from 0.31 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans. The effective rate remained unchanged from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.07% from 3.03%, with points increasing to 0.44 from 0.39 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans.

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