At this time of year, the housing market typically begins slowing with mortgage applications to purchase a home at single digit year-over-year increases. But just like everything else this year, it has been difficult to predict what the housing market will do. Mortgage applications to purchase a home are 40% higher than a year ago, according to CNBC. From the previous week, mortgage applications grew by 3%. Applications for refinancing a home loan also rose by 3% and were 60% higher than a year ago. Mortgage rates remain low, continuing to fuel the home buying demand.
Buyers are still getting significant incentive from low mortgage rates. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances up to $510,400 fell to 3.07% from 3.08%, with points remaining unchanged at 0.36, including the origination fee, for loans with a 20% down payment.
For the 15-year fixed, the rate declined to a record low of 2.62% on conventional loans.
“There continues to be resiliency in the purchase market,” said Joel Kan, an MBA economist. “The average loan size continued to increase, hitting a survey high at $368,600. Highlighting the strong overall demand for buying a home, conventional, VA and FHA purchase applications all increased last week.”