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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has released its Weekly
Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 10, 2009.
The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application
volume, was 1113.2, a decrease of 11.0 percent on a seasonally
adjusted basis from 1250.6 one week earlier. On an unadjusted
basis, the Index decreased 10.9 percent compared with the previous
week and increased 45.6 percent compared with the same week one
The Refinance Index decreased 10.9 percent to 6071.7 from 6813.5
the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index
decreased 11.3 percent to 264.1 from 297.7 one week earlier. The
Conventional Purchase Index decreased 13.5 percent while the
Government Purchase Index (largely FHA) decreased 7.7 percent.
The MBA does not provide a holiday adjustment for the
Easter/Passover weekend, which may have contributed to this week's
decrease in application volume.
The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market
Index is up 5.3 percent. The four week moving average is up 0.6
percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this
average is up 6.5 percent for the Refinance Index.
The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 77.8
percent of total applications from 77.9 percent the previous week.
The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained
unchanged at 1.5 percent of total applications from the previous
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate
mortgages decreased to 4.70 percent from 4.73 percent, with points
increasing to 1.23 from 1.03 (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 4.46 percent from 4.49 percent, with points
increasing to 1.04 from 0.93 (including the origination fee) for 80
percent LTV loans.
The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs decreased
to 6.21 percent from 6.23 percent, with points increasing to 0.15
from 0.14 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV
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,
For more information, visit www.mortgagebankers.org.