Skip to main content

Mortgage applications increase in latest MBA Weekly Survey - Week ending May 15th

ericp
May 20, 2009

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 15, 2009. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 915.9, an increase of 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 895.6 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 2.0 percent compared with the previous week and increased 42.0 percent compared with the same week one year earlier. The Refinance Index increased 4.5 percent to 4794.4 from 4588.6 the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 4.4 percent to 254.0 from 265.7 one week earlier. The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is down 6.4 percent. The four week moving average is up 0.1 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is down 8.2 percent for the Refinance Index. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 73.6 percent of total applications from 71.9 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 2.4 percent from 2.3 percent of total applications from the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.69 percent from 4.76 percent, with points decreasing to 1.13 from 1.18 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans. The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.44 percent from 4.50 percent, with points decreasing to 1.01 from 1.08 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs decreased to 6.38 percent from 6.41 percent, with points decreasing to 0.10 from 0.11 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The survey covers approximately 50 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications, and has been conducted weekly since 1990. Respondents include mortgage bankers, commercial banks and thrifts. Base period and value for all indexes is March 16, 1990=100. For more information, visit www.mortgagebankers.org.
Biden Appoints Sandra Thompson As Acting Director Of The FHFA

The White House appointed Sandra L. Thompson as acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), effective immediately. Her statement reveals that a permanent director will be confirmed in December.

Regulation and Compliance
Jun 24, 2021
Supreme Court Gives Biden Full Control Over Federal Housing Finance Agency

The U.S. Supreme Court gave President Joe Biden the authority to remove the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) while dismissing claims from shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Industry News
Jun 23, 2021
Ocwen Financial To Acquire Reverse Mortgage Servicing Platform

Ocwen Financial Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary, PHH Mortgage Corporation will acquire RMS' reverse mortgage servicing platform.

Industry News
Jun 18, 2021
UniteCT Emergency Rental Assistance Succeeds

Thanks to the successful launch of the UniteCT program, emergency rental assistance funds are helping Connecticut residents maintain housing.

Industry News
Jun 17, 2021
Angel Oak Mortgage Announces Initial Public Offering

Angel Oak Mortgage announced its initial public offering of 7,200,000 shares of its common stock at $19 per share.

Industry News
Jun 17, 2021
Mortgage Apps Rebound After Three Consecutive Weeks Of Declines

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported the first increase in mortgage applications after a three consecutive weeks on declines.

Industry News
Jun 17, 2021