Applications for New Home Purchases Drop 22% in November

(c) Can Stock Photo(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported today that their builder Application Survey data for November 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased by 22 percent from October.

“Following strong new home sales in October, our data shows November sales volume dropped significantly,” said MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni. “Average loan size increased to almost $307,000 in November from roughly $300,000 in October, indicating that builders are having greater success with higher priced homes and difficulty at the entry-level, as first-time buyers continued to face tight credit conditions.”

According to the report, loan applications for November were as follows:

  • 69.3 percent conventional loans,
  • 15.8 percent FHA,
  • 14 percent VA, and
  • 0.9 USDA.

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Jeff Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses. Sorg is awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), REEA (Real Estate Educators Association) the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus; Life Member award; 2020, 2021, 2022 Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee; Oregon REALTORS State Director. More on request.