Press Release - Weekly Application Survey


Title: Mortgage Applications Decrease In Latest MBA Survey
Source:   MBA
Date: 6/20/2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2007) — The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 15, 2007.  The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 643.7, a decrease of 3.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 666.5 one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 4.1 percent compared with the previous week and was up 13.2 percent compared with the same week one year earlier.

The Refinance Index decreased 4.2 percent to 1776.8 from 1854.8 the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 3.0 percent to 450.9 from 464.7 one week earlier. The seasonally adjusted Conventional Index decreased 3.7 percent to 943.0 from 979.1 the previous week, and the seasonally adjusted Government Index decreased 0.3 percent to 144.7 from 145.2 the previous week.
 
The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is down 1.6 percent to 643 from 653.6.  The four week moving average is up 0.7 percent to 444.0 from 440.8 for the Purchase Index, while this average is down 4.9 percent to 1815.8 from 1910.3 for the Refinance Index.

The refinance share of mortgage activity remained unchanged at 38 percent of total applications. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 20.3 from 18.7 percent of total applications from the previous week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 6.60 percent from 6.61 percent, with points increasing to 1.58 from 1.44 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages remained unchanged at 6.28 percent, with points increasing to 1.42 from 1.39 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.

The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs increased to 5.70 from 5.48 percent, with points decreasing to 1.16 from 1.18 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.

**SPECIAL NOTES**

The survey covers approximately 50 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage originations, 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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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the association works to ensure the continued strength of the nation's residential and commercial real estate markets; to expand homeownership and extend access to affordable housing to all Americans. MBA promotes fair and ethical lending practices and fosters professional excellence among real estate finance employees through a wide range of educational programs and a variety of publications. Its membership of over 2,200 companies includes all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, Wall Street conduits, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field. For additional information, visit MBA's Web site:   www.mba.org.