Loan Demand Is on the Upswing for Spring

Mortgage applications for home purchases and refinancings continue to rebound, with volume rising 4.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis last week compared to the week prior, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports in its latest index reading for the week ending March 27.

“This week’s mortgage application survey falls right into line with recent indications that home sales – new, existing, and pending – are on the rise, as is consumer sentiment,” says Lynn Fisher, the MBA’s vice president of research and economics.

Broken out, loan applications for home purchases, viewed as a gauge of future home sales, increased 6 percent week over week. Purchase applications are 8 percent higher than year-ago levels. Refinancing applications increased 4 percent during the week. Refinancing applications are 44 percent higher than they were a year ago, according to the MBA.

Federal Housing Administration loans, a big draw to first-time buyers, and Veterans Administration loans continue to post a strong performance with volume of these government-insured loans growing by 19 percent compared to last year.

The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.89 percent last week, from 3.90 percent the week prior, the MBA reports.

Source: “Mortgage Applications Surge on Spring Demand,” CNBC (April 1, 2015)