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Economy in Brief
Chicago Purchasing Managers Index Dips; Inventories Surge
Chicago purchasing managers indicated that their September Business Barometer Index fell to 60.5 this month...
U.S. Gasoline Prices Hold Steady; Crude Oil Price Falls
The cost of a gallon of regular gasoline held at $3.35 last week (-2.1% y/y)...
Europe Dodges a Bullet; EMU Unemployment Rate Stays Put in August
The unemployment rate in the European Monetary Union stayed put at 11.5% in August...
U.S. Consumer Spending Posts Firm Rise As Income Improves
Personal consumption expenditures increased 0.5% during August (4.1% y/y) following an unchanged July reading...
NABE Predicts Improving Economic Growth
Expectations for 3.0% real GDP growth in 2015 were little-changed but this year's advance was lessened to 2.1%...
U.S. Pending Home Sales Decline
Pending sales of single-family home sales declined 1.0% last month (-2.2% y/y) following a 3.2% July increase...
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