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Economy in Brief
U.S. Mortgage Loan Applications Ease as Rates Rise Further
The MBA total Mortgage Market Volume Index declined 0.7% last week (-2.4% y/y)...
U.S. Consumer Credit Usage Slackens
Consumer credit outstanding increased $16.0 during October (6.6% y/y)...
German IP Rises - A Mixed to Weak View from the Rest of Europe
Germany's industrial production has come through another period of relative turbulence...
U.S. Trade Deficit Deepens as Imports Surge
The U.S. trade deficit in goods and services increased to $42.6 billion during October from $36.2 billion in September...
U.S. Energy Product Prices Strengthen
Regular gasoline prices increased to $2.21 per gallon (7.5% y/y) last week...
U.S. Productivity Rose 3.1% in Q3
Growth in nonfarm output per hour during Q3'16 was unrevised at 3.1% (SAAR, 0.0% y/y)...
by Tom Moeller January 23, 2013
The Mortgage Bankers Association index of total mortgage applications rose 7.0% (15.4% y/y) last week yet still were below the late-September peak. Applications to refinance an existing loan rose another 7.7% (15.3% y/y), adding to the sharp gains in the prior two weeks. Home purchase applications rose a moderate 2.5% (16.3% y/y) following the prior week's 12.9% jump.
Applications for fixed interest rate loans rose 17.5% y/y while adjustable rate loan applications fell 22.0% y/y. The average mortgage loan size was $212,700. The average for home purchases was $250,200 last week while for refinancings it was $204,200. The average size of a fixed rate loan was $199,700 last week and for variable rate loans it was $559,300.
The effective rate on fixed-interest, conventional 15-year mortgages was 2.97% and remained down compared to 3.47% in January. The effective rate on a 30-year fixed rate was 3.74% last week while the rate on a Jumbo 30-year loan was 3.94%. Though it's recently narrowed, the spread between 15- and 30-year loan rates continued wide by historical standards. The effective interest rate on an adjustable 5-year mortgage was roughly stable at 2.73%, down from its 3.93% high during February of last year.
The Mortgage Bankers Association surveys between 20 to 35 of the top lenders in the U.S. housing industry to derive its refinance, purchase and market indexes. The weekly survey covers roughly 50% of all U.S. residential mortgage applications processed each week by mortgage banks, commercial banks and thrifts. The figures for weekly mortgage applications are available in Haver's SURVEYW database.
|MBA Mortgage Applications (SA, 3/16/90=100)||01/18/13||01/11/13||01/04/13||Y/Y%||2012||2011||2010|
|Total Market Index||894.8||836.5||726.4||15.4||813.8||572.3||659.3|
|15-Year Mortgage Effective Interest Rate (%)||2.97||2.95||2.98||3.47