Wednesday, December 27, 2006

MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease

by Bill McBride on 12/27/2006 12:20:00 AM

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports: Mortgage Applications Decrease in Week before Christmas

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The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 555.8, a decrease of 14.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 647.6 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 15 percent compared with the previous week and was up 16.6 percent compared with the same week one year earlier.

The Refinance Index decreased by 18.5 percent to 1604.6 from 1968.8 the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased by 10.6 percent to 390.2 from 436.5 one week earlier.
Mortgage rates increased:
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 6.12 from 6.10 percent ...

The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs increased to 5.87 percent from 5.82 ...
The second graph shows the Purchase Index and the 4 and 12 week moving averages since January 2002. The four week moving average is down 1 percent to 429.3 from 433.4 for the Purchase Index.
The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 48.8 percent of total applications from 50.8 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 23.1 from 23.6 percent of total applications from the previous week. The ARM share is at its lowest level since October 2003.