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Mortgage Apps Drop by Two Percent Over Last Week

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Mar 12, 2014

Mortgage applications decreased 2.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 7, 2014.  The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased one percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased three percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased one percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased one percent compared with the previous week and was 17 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 57 percent of total applications, the lowest level since April 2011, from 58 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at eight percent of total applications. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 4.52 percent from 4.47 percent, with points increasing to 0.29 from  0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) increased to 4.41 percent from 4.37 percent, with points unchanged at 0.20 (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 4.18 percent from 4.13 percent, with points increasing to 0.21 from 0.13 (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 3.53 percent from 3.52 percent, with points increasing to 0.28 from 0.18 (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 3.18 percent from 3.09 percent, with points decreasing to 0.36 from 0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTVs. The effective rate increased from last week.
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Mar 12, 2014
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