Rates Continue to Slip Amid Fears of a Coronavirus Resurgence

Mortgage Weekly Update

Overall, mortgage activity increased by 2.2% this week, though the data does include an adjustment for the Fourth of July holiday. Purchase applications increased 5% from this time last week while refinance applications increased 0.4%. Both metrics were also an increase from the same time last year.

Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting, attributes the increase in applications to a decrease in rates, following fears of a coronavirus resurgence.

He reports, “Mortgage rates declined to another record low as renewed fears of a coronavirus resurgence offset the impacts from a week of mostly positive economic data, such as June factory orders and payroll employment. The 30-year fixed-rate slipped to 3.26 percent — down 53 basis points since late March. Borrowers acted in response to these lower rates, after accounting for the July 4th holiday.” 

Kan also noted that the average purchase loan size also reached a record high in response to low inventory rates, saying, “The average purchase loan size increased to $365,700 — also another high — as borrowers contend with limited supply and higher home prices.”

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This Week in Mortgage Rates

Once again, rates dropped across the board this week. 

Here’s a look at what happened with each type of loan:

  • All 30-year, fixed-rate loans: 3.26%, 0.35 points
  • Jumbo 30-year, fixed-rate loans: 3.52%, 0.36 points
  • FHA 30-year, fixed-rate loans: 3.31%, 0.24 points
  • 15-year, fixed-rate loans: 2.77%, 0.32 points
  • 5/1 ARMs: 2.98%, 0.10 points

Be sure to check in next week for the most up-to-date information on where rates are headed next.

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