Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Manufactured Home Real Estate Photo by Eric MillerMortgage applications decreased 0.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 24, 2012. This week’s results are adjusted for the Presidents Day holiday. The MBA Market Composite Index decreased 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 9.4 percent compared with the previous week. “Mortgage rates remained near survey lows last week, but refinance volume fell slightly,” said Michael Fratantoni, Vice President of Research and Economics at the Mortgage Bankers Association. Fratantoni continued, “According to survey participants, more than 20 percent of refinance applications were for Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) loans. The HARP share of total refinance applications has increased over the past month. Purchase application volume increased over the week, but remains within the narrow and anemic range of activity we have seen since the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit in May 2010.”

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