Industry News

Real estate purchases drop

Falling interest rates not enough to convince borrowers

Overall mortgage purchases dropped 6.8 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey. The MBA seasonally adjusted purchase index decreased by 9.4 percent to 402.2 from 444 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index decreased by 4.7 percent to 3,099.1 from 3,250.6 one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 56.9 percent of total applications from 57 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity decreased to 26.3 percent from 27.2 percent the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 5.6 percent from 5.63 percent one week earlier. Points including the origination fee decreased to 1.4 from 1.42 the previous week for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans.  The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.88 percent from 4.92 percent one week earlier. Point...