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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MBA: 30 Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 4.94 Percent

by Calculated Risk on 9/30/2009 08:42:00 AM

The MBA reports: Mortgage Applications Decrease

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. ...

The Refinance Index decreased 0.8 percent from the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 6.2 percent from one week earlier.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.94 percent from 4.97 percent ...
MBA Purchase Index Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the MBA Purchase Index and four week moving average since 2002.

The Purchase index declined to 270.4, and the 4-week moving average declined to 283.9.

Note: The increase in 2007 was due to the method used to construct the index: a combination of lender failures, and borrowers filing multiple applications pushed up the index in 2007, even though activity was actually declining.