Press Release - Weekly Application Survey


Title: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Source:   MBA
Date: 10/11/2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 12, 2011) — Mortgage applications increased 1.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 7, 2011. 

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 1.3 percent compared with the previous week.  The Refinance Index increased 1.3 percent from the previous week.  The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1.1 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 1.2 percent compared with the previous week and was 2.9 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The increases were driven mainly by the government loan category, with the Government Purchase index up 2.4 percent and Government Refinance index increasing 9.9 percent. The Conventional Purchase and Refinance indexes increased 0.1 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 1.56 percent.  The four week moving average is down 0.51 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is up 2.15 percent for the Refinance Index.

The refinance share of mortgage activity remained unchanged at 79.1 percent of total applications from the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 6.0 percent from 6.4 percent of total applications from the previous week.

The average loan size of all loans for home purchase in the US was $210,863 in September 2011, down from $212,736 in August 2011. The average loan size for a refinance was $237,632, down from $241,323 in August.  The largest purchase loans were made in the Pacific region at $ 302,110. The largest refinance loans were also made in the Pacific region at $ 339,592. 

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 4.25 percent from 4.18 percent, with points increasing to 0.47 from  0.44(including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.  The effective rate also 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 4.59 percent from 4.49 percent, with points increasing to 0.49 from 0.41 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.  The effective rate also increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA  increased to 4.06 percent from 4.05 percent, with points decreasing to 0.58 from 0.69 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.  The effective rate also decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.53 percent from 3.49 percent, with points remaining unchanged from 0.45 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate also increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.03 percent from 3.02 percent, with points increasing to 0.54 from 0.41 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.  The effective rate also increased from last week.

If you would like to purchase a subscription of MBA’s Weekly Applications Survey, please contact MBA Research at (202) 557-2830 or mbaresearch@mortgagebankers.org or click here.

The survey covers over 75 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:   www.mba.org.