|Title: ||Mortgage Purchase Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey|
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2010) — The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 26,
2010. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 1.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted
basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 1.5 percent compared with the previous week.
“Purchase applications have increased over the past month, and are now at their highest level since last October when many
homebuyers were rushing to get loans closed before the expected expiration of the homebuyer tax credit,” said Michael Fratantoni,
MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. “We may be seeing a similar pattern now, as the extended version of the tax
credit ends next month.”
The Refinance Index decreased 1.3 percent from the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 6.8
percent from one week earlier. This is the highest Purchase Index since the week ending October 30, 2009. The unadjusted
Purchase Index also increased 6.8 percent compared with the previous week and was 9.3 percent lower than the same week one
year ago. While both conventional and government purchase indexes saw increases this week, the government purchase index and
the government share of purchase applications are at their highest levels since October 2009. The government share of purchase
applications is currently 47.2 percent.
The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 2.2 percent. The four week moving average is
up 5.4 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is up 0.9 percent for the Refinance Index.
The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 63.2 percent of total applications from 65.0 percent the previous week.
This is the lowest refinance share recorded in the survey since the week ending October 23, 2009. The adjustable-rate mortgage
(ARM) share of activity increased to 5.2 percent from 4.8 percent of total applications from the previous week.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 5.04 percent from 5.01 percent, with points increasing to 1.07 from 0.76 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.
The effective 30-year rate also increased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.34 percent from 4.33 percent, with points increasing to 0.98 from 0.77 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective 15-year
rate also slightly increased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs increased to 6.88 percent from 6.75 percent, with points decreasing to 0.31 from 0.32 (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
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that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the
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