Mortgage Applications Rise Sharply in Latest MBA Survey
|October 4, 2006|
The Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey conducted by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) for the week ending September 29 found that: the Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 633.9, an increase of 11.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 566.5 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 11.5 percent compared with the previous week and was down 10.9 percent compared with the same week one year earlier.
“Refinance applications continue to increase as mortgage rates have declined to their lowest levels since the beginning of the year,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s senior director, single family research and economics.
The seasonally-adjusted Refinance Index increased by 17.5 percent to 1970.8 from 1677.5 the previous week and the Purchase Index increased by 7.6 percent to 404.6 from 375.9 one week earlier. Other seasonally adjusted index activity includes the Conventional Index, which increased by 11.8 percent to 939.3 from 840 the previous week, and the Government Index, which increased 12.9 percent to 124.8 from 110.5 the previous week. The four week moving average for the seasonally-adjusted Market Index is up 2.9 percent to 595.1 from 578.2. The four week moving average increased 0.9 percent to 397.2 from 393.4 for the Purchase Index, while this average is up 5.7 percent to 1748.5 from 1654.5 for the Refinance Index.
The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 46.7 percent of total applications from 44.3 percent the previous week. This is the highest that the refinance share has been since February 2005. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 27 percent of total applications from 26.4 percent the previous week.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 6.24 percent from 6.18 percent, with points decreasing to 1.03 from 1.06 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.
The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 5.86 percent from 5.81 percent, with points decreasing to 1 from 1.12 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.
The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs decreased to 5.86 percent from 5.90 percent, with points remaining unchanged at 0.79 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.