Mortgage Applications Increase 2.1% in Week Ending May 7, 2021

According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Application Survey for the week ending April 30, 2021, the Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 2.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 2% compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased 3% from the previous week but was -12% lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1% percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 1% percent compared with the previous week and was 13% higher than the same week one year ago. In a statement prepared for the release of the weekly survey, Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting said, “Mortgage rates fell last week to the lowest levels since February, tracking the dip in Treasury yields. The decline in rates helped the refinance index reach its highest level in eight weeks, driven by a 4% increase in conventional refinances. Additionally, refinance loan balances increased for the fourth straight week, an indication that higher-balance borrowers acted to take quick advantage of lower rates. The first week of May was also strong for the purchase market. Applications were up 13% from a year ago, which was around the time the housing market awakened from the pandemic-induced stall in activity. Most markets this spring continue to see robust demand, but activity continues to be constrained by insufficient inventory levels, as well as homebuilder challenges related to the ongoing shortages and price increases for building materials.”

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Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey