Applications for New Home Purchases Increased in June

Ali Ahmad
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2015) - The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for June 2015 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 1 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

"As house prices continue to recover, mortgage applications for the purchase of newly constructed homes increased slightly in June. Application activity in June was slightly higher compared to the past two years, leading us to estimate that new homes sales increased 8 percent from May on a seasonally adjusted annual basis," said Lynn Fisher, MBA's Vice President of Research and Economics.

By product type, conventional loans composed 67.2 percent of loan applications, FHA loans composed 19.6 percent, RHS/USDA loans composed 1.0 percent and VA loans composed 12.2 percent. The average loan size of new homes increased from $320,744 in May to $321,678 in June.

The MBA estimates new single-family home sales were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 496,000 units in June 2015, based on data from the BAS. The new home sales estimate is derived using mortgage application information from the BAS, as well as assumptions regarding market coverage and other factors.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for June is an increase of 8.1 percent from the May pace of 459,000 units. On an unadjusted basis, the MBA estimates that there were 45,000 new home sales in June 2015, unchanged from May.

MBA's Builder Application Survey tracks application volume from mortgage subsidiaries of home builders across the country. Utilizing this data, as well as data from other sources, MBA is able to provide an early estimate of new home sales volumes at the national, state, and metro level. This data also provides information regarding the types of loans used by new home buyers. Official new home sales estimates are conducted by the Census Bureau on a monthly basis. In that data, new home sales are recorded at contract signing, which is typically coincident with the mortgage application.

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