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Uptick in ARM volume spurs slight increase in mortgage applications

“While most mortgage rates increased last week, rates on ARMs declined, resulting in a rise in ARM volume and a rise in overall applications,” Kan explained. “The level of ARM applications increased by 15% over the week, bringing the ARM share as much as 9.2% of all applications, the best share since November 2022. The yield curve has change into less inverted in recent weeks, and ARM pricing has actually improved.”

According to MBA’s data, the typical contract rate of interest for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages has skyrocketed to a 23-year high – up 40 basis points to 7.67%.

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Consequently, the refinance share of total applications continued to diminish to 31.6%, down from 31.7% the week before. The ARM share of mortgage activity, then again, grew to 9.2% of total applications.

“Application activity stays depressed and shut to multi-decade lows, with purchase applications still almost 20% behind last yr’s pace,” Kan said. “Refinance applications also proceed to be limited, and the typical loan size has fallen to its lowest level since 2017.”

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