From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly SurveyMortgage applications increased 2.8 percent from one
week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage
Applications Survey for the week ending November 10, 2023.
The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 2.8 percent on
a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 0.4
percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased 2 percent from the previous
week and was 7 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase
Index increased 3 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 0.3 percent
compared with the previous week and was 12 percent lower than the same week one year ago.
“Although Treasury rates dipped midweek, mortgage rates were little changed on average through the
week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate remained at 7.61 percent, about 30 basis points lower than three
weeks ago,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist. “Both purchase and
refinance applications increased to the highest weekly pace in five weeks but remain at very low levels.
Despite the recent downward trend, mortgage rates at current levels are still challenging for
many prospective homebuyers and current homeowners.”
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances
($726,200 or less) remained unchanged at 7.61 percent, with points decreasing to 0.67 from 0.69
(including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.
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The first graph shows the MBA mortgage purchase index.
According to the MBA, purchase activity is down 12% year-over-year unadjusted.