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Mortgage Applications Decline as Mortgage Rates Jump in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 17, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 12, 2010. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 14.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. The results do not include an adjustment for Veterans Day. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 15.0 percent compared with the previous week.

The Refinance Index decreased 16.5 percent from the previous week and is at the lowest level observed since July of this year. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 5.0 percent from one week earlier, the first decrease after three consecutive weekly increases. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 8.2 percent compared with the previous week and was 11.3 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

“Rates increased sharply last week due to stronger economic data and lingering uncertainty regarding the structure and impact of the Fed’s QE2 program. Mortgage applications, particularly for refinances, dropped in response,” said Michael Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics.

The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is down 2.8 percent. The four week moving average is up 1.3 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is down 3.7 percent for the Refinance Index.

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 80.3 percent of total applications from 81.7 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained constant at 5.3 percent of total applications.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.46 percent from 4.28 percent, with points increasing to 1.13 from 1.04 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans. This is the highest 30-year fixed-rate observed in the survey since the week ending September 10, 2010. The effective rate also increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.87 percent from 3.64 percent, with points decreasing to 0.91 from 1.08 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. This is the highest 15-year fixed-rate observed in the survey since the week ending September 17, 2010.The effective rate also increased from last week.

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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: