Mortgage Applications Down For Week

Mortgage applications declined slightly for the week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey released Wednesday.

The survey found that overall applications were down 2.5 percent, while the Refinance Index dropped 1 percent for the week and was 18 percent lower than the same week a year ago. The Purchase Index decreased 4 percent for the week and was 34 percent higher than last year.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 60.6 percent of total applications from 60.0 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity decreased to 3.5 percent of total applications.

“Even with a few weeks of lower rates, most borrowers have likely already refinanced, which is why activity has decreased in seven of the last eight weeks,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting. “The purchase market’s recent slide comes despite a strengthening economy and labor market. Activity is still above year-ago levels, but accelerating home-price growth and low inventory has led to a decline in purchase applications in four of the last five weeks.”