Press Release - Weekly Application Survey

Title: Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Source:   MBA
Date: 3/17/2010
 Carolyn Kemp(202)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2010) — The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 12, 2010.  The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 1.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 1.7 percent compared with the previous week.

The Refinance Index decreased 1.7 percent from the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2.3 percent from one week earlier.  The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 1.8 percent compared with the previous week and was 13.9 percent lower than the same week one year ago.
The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 0.8 percent.  The four week moving average is up 1.1 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is up 0.8 percent for the Refinance Index.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 67.3 percent of total applications from 67.2 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 4.6 percent from 5.1 percent of total applications from the previous week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.91 percent from 5.01 percent, with points increasing to 1.30 from 0.82 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.  This is the lowest 30-year fixed-rate observed in the survey since mid-December of 2009, yet the effective rate was unchanged from last week due to the significant increase in points.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.24 percent from 4.32 percent, with points increasing to 1.47 from 0.88 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. This is the second time in the last three weeks that the contract 15-year fixed-rate has reached a record low in the survey.  However, the increase in points led to an increase in the effective rate from last week.

The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs decreased to 6.75 percent from 6.80 percent, with points remaining unchanged at 0.30 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.

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The survey covers over 50 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.



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: