US Mortgage Applications Unchanged At 5-Year Peak
|December 31, 2008|
Mortgage applications for the week ending December 26, 2008, werer relatively staple according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.
The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 1245.7, essentially unchanged, on a seasonally adjusted basis from 1245.4 one week earlier. This week’s results included an adjustment to account for the shortened week due to the Christmas holiday. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 40.0 percent compared with the previous week and was up 155.0 percent compared with the same week one year earlier.
The Refinance Index decreased 0.4 percent to 6733.8 the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1.4 percent to 320.9 from one week earlier. The seasonally adjusted Conventional Purchase Index increased 1.1 percent while the Government Purchase Index (largely FHA) increased 2.2 percent. The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 10.3 percent. The four week moving average is down 3.2 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is up 15.7 percent for the Refinance Index.
The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 82.9 percent of total applications from 83.2 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at 0.8 percent of total applications from the previous week.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 5.03 percent from 5.04 percent, with points increasing to 1.24 from 1.17 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.
The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.79 percent from 4.91 percent, with points increasing to 1.26 from 1.03 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.
The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs decreased to 6.15 percent from 6.36 percent, with points increasing to 0.44 from 0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.