Application activity increases, led by uptick in refis

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"I took an application last week, and the borrower said, ‘My brother told me rates are down, and this is a good time to refinance,’ " Scarpello said. Another borrower applied for a 20-year term – lowering the duration of the mortgage as well as the interest rate, he said.

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Refis Take Another Step Toward 50% of All Mortgage Apps. The MBA’s Market Composite Index, a measure of overall application volume, increased 0.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week ended June 9. On an unadjusted basis however, the Composite Index dipped 0.4 percent. The Refinance Index gained 2 percent from the week before,

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Mortgage applications jumped 23.1 percent nationally last week on low rates and a dramatic upswing in refinancing activity, the Mortgage Bankers. continuing a monthslong trend. The increases have.

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Purchase activity, which led the rebound in application activity early this year, continued to climb higher and is approaching cycle highs again. Overall there has been a clear shift in activity since rates started to fall late last year.

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 4.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 4.2 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased 9.3 percent from the previous week to its highest level since Nov. 4, 2011.

"Refis dominate. The uptick in purchase activity, however, is a result of the historically low interest rates, he says. "July and August settled down a bit after the tax credits expired, and just.

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