According to a February 12, 2020 article, written by Jann Swanson for Mortgage News Daily, “Refinancing was up for the third straight week, adding 5 percent to that index which is now 207 percent higher than on an annual basis. The share of applications that were for refinancing grew to 65.5 percent; 1 percentage point higher than the prior week.”
According to an article by Matthew Graham for Mortgage News Daily, “the jobs report has a more consistent track record of causing big market movement than any other piece of economic data”. He further states “the underlying bond market improved throughout the day and held onto that improvement, resulting in lenders offering lower rates”.
October 2019 was the first time that nearly half of loan originations were refinance. According to an article on MortgageNewsDaily.com, continuing lower interest rates are driving the refinance market.