"The average loan size for purchase applications increased to a record high, led by a rise in the average size of conventional loans," said Mike Fratantoni, MBA senior vice president and chief economist. "This suggests that move-up and higher-end buyers have so far become a greater share of the spring market."
Entry-level buyers have been plagued by a short supply of affordable homes for sale. The increase in listings has been mainly on the move-up and high end.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($484,350 or less) increased to 4.67 percent from 4.65 percent, with points increasing to 0.44 from 0.42 (including the origination fee) for loans with a 20 percent down payment.
That tiny increase was enough to pull refinance demand down 2 percent for the week and 6 percent compared with a year ago. Interest rates are almost exactly the same now as they were a year ago, so there is not a huge incentive for borrowers to refinance. Most borrowers already refinanced when rates were in the 3 percent range. Those who might want to pull cash out of their homes are more likely to take out a second loan, rather than lose that rock-bottom rate on their primary mortgage.
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