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Mortgage Apps Dip by Five Percent

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Jan 25, 2012

Mortgage apps dropped five percent over last week's totals according to data collected from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Jan. 20, 2012. The results include an adjustment to account for the Martin Luther King holiday. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased five percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 13.8 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 5.2 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 5.4 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 9.7 percent compared with the previous week and was 6.5 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 4.12 percent. The four week moving average is up 0.47 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is up 4.85 percent for the Refinance Index. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 81.3 percent of total applications from 82.2 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 5.3 percent from 5.6 percent of total applications from the previous week. In December of 2011, among refinance borrowers, 56.6 percent of applications were for fixed-rate 30-year loans, 24.3 percent for 15-year fixed loans, and 5.3 percent for ARMs. The share of refinance applications for "other" fixed-rate mortgages with amortization schedules other than 15 and 30-year terms was 13.8 percent of all refinance applications. The share for 30-year fixed increased from the previous month while the 15-year fixed, ARM and the "other" fixed category shares decreased from last month. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased to 4.11 percent from 4.06 percent, with points decreasing to 0.47 from 0.48 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans. The effective rate also increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500) decreased to 4.39 percent from 4.40 percent, with points increasing to 0.40 from 0.37 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate also decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 3.97 percent from 3.91 percent, with points decreasing to 0.57 from 0.59 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate also increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.40 percent from 3.33 percent, with points increasing to 0.40 from 0.39 (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 2.91 percent from 2.90 percent, with points decreasing to 0.41 from 0.45 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate also increased from last week.
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Jan 25, 2012
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