Mortgage demand fell last week as interest rates halted

With no major move in mortgage rates, there was suddenly no incentive to refinance home loans last week, so fewer people did.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, it has fallen 2.5% since last week.

The average contract interest rate for the 30-year fixed rate was unchanged at 3.07% with a loan balance of $ 510,600. For loans with a 20% down payment, the points, including basic fees, decreased from 0.36 to 0.32.

While the monetary rate was adjusted, according to the MBA rate, including the Labor Day holiday, mortgage rates have come down, so many borrowers have already sought refinances that fell 4% for the week has gone.

The amount of refinance applications was 30% higher than a year ago, but this annual comparison has been shrinking for several months.

Joel Kahn, an economist at MBA, said, “With the mess of refinancing activity over the past several months, demand for remaining borrowers in the market may slow.

Mortgage applications to buy the house fell 1% for the week, but were up 6% compared to a year ago. This annual comparison is the smallest since May, in the range of 20% over the past few weeks.

“Purchasing activity has surpassed the level a year earlier for 17 consecutive weeks, with a strong increase in debt with higher balances pushing the average loan size of the MBA to a new high of $ 370,200,” Kahn said.

The high loan size is due to two factors: home prices are steadily rising and more high priced homes are available for sale. The most acute is the lack of inventory at the lower end of the market. Entry-level buyers may also struggle more in the Kovid-19 economy.

Mortgage interest rates rose higher this week, as investors rebounded in the stock market and showed less interest in the bond market. The Federal Reserve statement scheduled for Wednesday afternoon is not expected to react much, as its zero percent policy seems ripe for now.


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