|Title: ||Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey|
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2013) — Mortgage applications decreased 4.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s
(MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 8, 2013.
The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted
basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 4 percent compared with the previous week. The
Refinance Index decreased 5 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent from
one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent compared with the previous week and was 9 percent higher
than the same week one year ago.
“The announcement of stronger than anticipated job growth last week led to an increase in interest rates, with the 30 year
fixed mortgage rate in our survey reaching the highest level in more than six months,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President
of Research and Economics. “Refinance applications declined as a result, but remain high given the steady flow of HARP applications.”
The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 76 percent of total applications, the lowest level since May 2012, from
77 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 5 percent of total applications.
The HARP share of refinance applications increased to 30 percent from 28 percent the prior week.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased
to 3.81 percent, the highest rate since August 2012, from 3.70 percent, with points remaining unchanged at 0.39 (including
the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,500) increased
to 3.90 percent from 3.80 percent, with points increasing to 0.46 from 0.37 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent
LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 3.53 percent from 3.47
percent, with points increasing to 0.38 from 0.33 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective
rate increased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.01 percent from 2.96 percent, with points
increasing to 0.42 from 0.36 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last
The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 2.62 percent from 2.55 percent, with points decreasing to 0.33
from 0.37 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
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