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Demand for mortgages weakened again last week as mortgage rates resumed their climb toward 7 percent, according to a weekly survey of lenders by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
The MBA’s weekly mortgage applications survey shows demand for purchase loans dropped by a seasonally adjusted 2 percent last week compared to the week before and was down 39 percent from a year ago. Requests to refinance were down 2 percent from the week before and 86 percent from a year ago.
“Mortgage rates moved higher once again during the first week of the fourth quarter of 2022, with the 30-year conforming rate reaching 6.81 percent, the highest level since 2006,” said MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni, in a statement. “Application volumes for both refinancing and home purchases declined and continue to fall further behind last year’s record levels. The news that job growth and wage growth continued in September is positive for the housing market, as higher incomes support housing demand. However, it also pushed off the possibility of any near-term pivot from the Federal Reserve on its plans for additional rate hikes.”
Although rates on 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loans rose by 20 basis points, requests for ARM loans accounted for 11.7 percent of applications, down only slightly from 11.8 percent the week before.
FHA loans accounted for 13.5 percent of applications, up from 13.2 percent the week before, and the share of VA applications also grew to 10.9 percent, up from 10.7 percent the week before.
Mortgage rates resume their climb
After easing slightly at the end of September, mortgage rates are on the rise again as bond market investors anticipate the Federal Reserve will implement its fourth 75-basis point rate hike of the year on Nov. 2.
Markets have also been roiled by a run on U.K. government bonds prompted by plans to boost economic growth by implementing debt-funded tax cuts.
According to the Optimal Blue Mortgage Market Indices, rates for 30-year fixed-rate conforming mortgages hit a new 2022 high of 6.805 percent on Friday, and have continued to climb. A rate index published by Mortgage News Daily shows rates on 30-year fixed mortgages averaging 7.14 percent on Tuesday.
For the week ending Oct. 7, the MBA reported average rates for the following types of loans:
- For 30-year fixed-rate conforming mortgages (loan balances of $647,200 or less), rates averaged 6.81 percent, up from 6.75 percent the week before. With points increasing to 0.97 from 0.95 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans, the effective rate also increased.
- Rates for 30-year fixed-rate jumbo mortgages (loan balances greater than $647,200) averaged 6.25 percent, up from 6.14 percent the week before. Although points decreased to 0.61 from 0.79 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans, the effective rate increased.
- For 30-year fixed-rate FHA mortgages, rates averaged 6.61 percent, up from 6.60 percent the week before. With average points increasing to 1.71 from 1.51 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans, the effective rate also increased.
- Rates for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.12 percent, up from 5.96 percent the week before. With points increasing to 1.30 from 1.08 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans, the effective rate also increased.
- For 5/1 ARMs, rates averaged 5.56 percent, up from 5.36 percent the week before. Although points decreased to 0.9 from 1.02 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans, the effective rate increased.