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GAO submits first report and recommendations on TARP to Congress

National Mortgage Professional
Dec 03, 2008

Mortgage applications surge with large drop in rates in latest MBA Weekly SurveyMortgagePress.comMBA, Weekly Survey, statistics, Market Composite Index, Refinance Index, ARM The Mortgage Bankers Association has released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Nov. 28, 2008, which was a shortened week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 857.7, an increase of 112.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 404.4 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 51.4 percent compared with the previous week and was down 21.9 percent compared with the same week one year earlier. "Many borrowers missed an opportunity to take advantage when rates dropped sharply for a brief period when the GSEs were placed under conservatorship," said Orawin Velz, Associate Vice President of Economic Forecasting. "When rates plummeted following the Fed's announcement that it would buy GSE debt and MBS, many of those on the sidelines decided to quickly jump in and take advantage of lower rates before they began to rebound." The Refinance Index increased 203.3 percent to 3802.8 from the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 38.0 percent to 361.1 from one week earlier. The Conventional Purchase Index increased 37.4 percent while the Government Purchase Index (largely FHA) increased 39.2 percent. All results include an adjustment to account for the Thanksgiving holiday. The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 29.7 percent this week. The four week moving average is up 9.5 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is up 56.1 percent for the Refinance Index. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 69.1 percent of total applications from 49.3 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 1.4 percent from 3.0 percent of total applications from the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 5.47 percent from 5.99 percent, with points decreasing to 1.16 from 1.23 (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 5.13 percent from 5.78 percent, with points decreasing to 1.28 from 1.29 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs decreased to 6.61 percent from 6.87 percent, with points decreasing to 0.52 from 0.64 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. For more information, visit www.mortgagebankers.org.
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