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Mortgage application volume up 16.6% after weeks of slipping

October 3, 2012
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contract Mortgage application volume up 16.6% after weeks of slipping

Mortgage application volume up

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 28, 2012, mortgage application volume rose 16.6 percent from the week prior, after a slow slide for many weeks prior.

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 16.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, rising 17.0 percent on an unadjusted basis.

New purchase applications rose 4.0 percent from the previous week, marking an 11.0 percent increase over the same week in 2011. The Refinance Index increased 20 percent from the previous week, which the MBA cites as the highest Refinance Index recorded in the survey since April of 2009. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 83 percent of total applications from 81 percent the previous week, slightly higher than the 80 to 81 percent mark it has hovered at in recent years.

“Refinance application volume jumped to the highest level in more than three years last week as each of the five mortgage rates in MBA’s survey dropped to new record lows in the survey,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. “Financial markets continue to adjust to QE3, as the ongoing presence of the Federal Reserve as a significant buyer of mortgage-backed securities applies downward pressure on rates. Although there was a slight decline in the HARP share of refinance activity, the level of HARP volume remains steady.”



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Average contract interest rates

According to the MBA:

  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) decreased to 3.53 percent from 3.63 percent, with points decreasing to 0.35 from 0.41 (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 3.82 percent from 3.87 percent, with points decreasing to 0.32 from 0.33 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to 3.37 percent from 3.44 percent, with points decreasing to 0.36 from 0.41 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 2.90 percent from 2.98 percent, with points decreasing to 0.27 from 0.41 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 2.59 percent from 2.61 percent, with points decreasing to 0.34 from 0.41 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.

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