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ARM Apps Show Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Sep 05, 2012

Mortgage applications decreased 2.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 31, 2012. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased three percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased three percent from the previous week to the lowest level since May 2012. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 0.8 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased three percent compared with the previous week and was one percent higher than the same week one year ago. The refinance share of mortgage activity remained unchanged at 79 percent from the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to five percent of total applications. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) decreased to 3.78 percent from 3.80 percent, with points decreasing to 0.37 from 0.42 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500) decreased to 4.05 percent from 4.06 percent, with points decreasing to 0.32 from 0.34 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to 3.54 percent from 3.60 percent, with points decreasing to 0.44 from 0.48 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.10 percent from 3.12 percent, with points decreasing to 0.37 from 0.44 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate decreased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 2.64 percent from 2.68 percent, with points decreasing to 0.35 from 0.36 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate decreased from last week. The MBA's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey covers over 75 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, 1990=100.
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