Press Release


Title: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Source:   MBA
Date: 6/16/2010
Contacts:
Name:Phone:Email:
 Carolyn Kemp(202) 557-2727ckemp@mortgagebankers.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2010) — The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 11, 2010.  The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 17.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 29.7 percent compared with the previous week, which was a shortened week due to the Memorial Day holiday.

The Refinance Index increased 21.1 percent from the previous week. This is the highest Refinance Index recorded in the survey since May 2009. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 7.3 percent from one week earlier, which is the first increase in six weeks. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 17.4 percent compared with the previous week and was 31.3 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

“Mortgage applications for home purchases increased last week, the first increase in over a month.  Refinance applications also picked up significantly over the week,” said Michael Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. “While it is clear that purchase applications in May dropped sharply as a result of the tax credit induced increase in applications in April, it is unclear whether we are seeing the beginnings of a rebound now.”
 
The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 3.8 percent.  The four week moving average is down 1.7 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is up 5.5 percent for the Refinance Index.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 74.8 percent of total applications from 72.2 percent the previous week, which is the highest refinance share observed in the survey since the week ending December 18, 2009. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 5.2 percent from 5.1 percent of total applications from the previous week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.82 percent from 4.81 percent, with points decreasing to 0.89 from 1.02 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.  However, due to the decrease in points, the effective rate decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.23 percent from 4.26 percent, with points decreasing to 0.83 from 0.95 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate also decreased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs increased to 7.07 percent from 6.94 percent, with points decreasing to 0.27 from 0.30 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.

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

Media inquiries should be directed to Carolyn Kemp at (202) 557-2727 or ckemp@mortgagebankers.org.

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.

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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.