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Refis See Sixth Consecutive Week of Declines

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Mar 28, 2012

Mortgage applications decreased 2.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 23, 2012. The Refinance Index decreased 4.6 percent from the previous week, marking a decline in refi apps for the sixth consecutive week, falling to its lowest level since December, 24.2 percent lower than its 2012 peak observed in February. The decline in the Refinance Index was driven largely by a 12 percent drop in government refinance activity, while conventional refinance applications fell by less, decreasing 3.4 percent from the previous week. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 2.6 percent compared with the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 3.3 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased three percent compared with the previous week and was one percent higher than the same week one year ago. The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is down 3.40 percent. The four week moving average is up 2.14 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is down 4.94 percent for the Refinance Index. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 71.9 percent of total applications, the lowest level since July 2011, from 73.4 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 5.4 percent from 5.6 percent of total applications from the previous week. During the month of February, the investor share of applications for home purchase was at 6.1 percent, a decrease from 6.4 percent in January. This change was led by a decrease in the New England region. In addition, the share of purchase mortgages for second homes decreased to 5.8 percent in February from 5.9 percent in January. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased to 4.23 percent, the highest rate since November 2011, from 4.19 percent, with points decreasing to 0.45 from 0.47 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500) increased to 4.54 percent, the highest since rate December 2011, from 4.49 percent, with points increasing to 0.46 from 0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 3.96 percent from 3.93 percent, with points increasing to 0.52 from 0.48 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.50 percent, the highest rate since December 2011, from 3.47 percent, with points increasing to 0.42 from 0.40 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.00 percent, the highest since rate December 2011, from 2.90 percent, with points decreasing to 0.42 from 0.44 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate increased from last week.
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Mar 28, 2012
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