Mortgage Applications Decrease for Fourth Week in a Row in the Week Ending March 26, 2021

According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Application Survey for the week ending March 26, 2021, the Market Composite Index — a measure of mortgage loan application volume — decreased -2.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased -2% compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased -3% from the previous week and was -32% lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased -2% from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased -1% compared with the previous week but was 39% higher than the same week one year ago. Commenting on the third straight week of declines in mortgage applications Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting said, “After seven consecutive weeks of increasing mortgage rates, the 30-year fixed rate declined 3 basis points to 3.33 percent, which is still almost half a percentage point higher than the start of this year. Mortgage applications for refinances and home purchases both declined, but purchase activity was still convincingly higher than the pandemic-induced drop seen a year ago, as well as up 6 percent from the same week in March 2019. Many prospective homebuyers this spring are feeling the effects of higher rates and rapidly accelerating home prices. Record-low inventory is pushing home-price growth at double the rate from a year ago, and even above the 10 percent growth rates seen in 2005. The housing market is in desperate need of more inventory to cool price growth and preserve affordability.”

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Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey