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Purchase Apps Dip to Lowest Point Since 1996

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Oct 19, 2011

Mortgage applications decreased 14.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Oct. 14, 2011, which included the Columbus Day holiday. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 8.8 percent from one week earlier and is at the lowest level in the survey since December 1996. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 14.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 14.9 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 16.6 percent from the previous week. Both conventional and government purchase activity declined last week, with the Conventional Purchase Index decreasing 11 percent and the Government Purchase Index decreasing 5.9 percent from the previous week. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 8.6 percent compared with the previous week and was 5.1 percent lower than the same week one year ago. While all the other indices fell year over year, the Government Purchase Index increased 3.3 percent on an unadjusted basis, the second straight increase. The government share of purchase activity has increased three consecutive weeks to 43.5, the highest level since April 2011. The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is down 2.36 percent. The four week moving average is down 1.53 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is down 2.58 percent for the Refinance Index. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 77.6 percent of total applications from 79.1 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 5.8 percent from six percent of total applications from the previous week. The share of purchase applications in the Pacific region increased in September to 19.6 percent from 18.9 percent in August while the share in the New England, East North Central and South Atlantic regions fell. The share of refinance applications in the Pacific decreased from last month but increased in the Mid-Atlantic, East North Central and New England regions. Wyoming had the largest increase in purchase applications while Vermont had the largest increase in refinance applications. The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased to 4.33 percent from 4.25 percent, with points increasing to 0.48 from 0.47(including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate also increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500) increased to 4.64 percent from 4.59 percent, with points decreasing to 0.45 from 0.49 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate also increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs backed by the Federal Housing Adminiostration (FHA) increased to 4.12 percent from 4.06 percent, with points decreasing to 0.53 from 0.58 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate also increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 15-year FRMs increased to 3.61 percent from 3.53 percent, with points decreasing to 0.43 from 0.45 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate also increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.08 percent from 3.03 percent, with points decreasing to 0.48 from 0.54 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate also increased from last week.
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