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Mortgage Applications Decrease In Latest MBA Weekly Survey

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RISMEDIA, Nov. 26, 2007-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 16, 2007. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 681.7, a decrease of 3.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 707.3 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 5.2% compared with the previous week and was up 9.8% compared with the same week one year earlier.The Refinance Index decreased 5.0% to 2199.9 from 2315.7 the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2.0% to 424.1 from 432.6 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Purchase Index decreased 5.5% to 373.7 from 395.4 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Conventional Index decreased 3.9% to 977.4 from 1017.0 the previous week, and the seasonally adjusted Government Index decreased 1.1% to 188.7 from 190.8 the previous week.

The four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index is up 0.9% to 685.3 from 679.0. The four week moving average is up 0.5% to 420.6 from 418.5 for the Purchase Index, while this average is up 1.6% to 2235.2 from 2200.0 for the Refinance Index.

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 50.3% of total applications from 50.2% the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 15.8 from 15.5% of total applications from the previous week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 6.18% from 6.19%, with points decreasing to 1.01 from 1.16 (including the origination fee) for 80% loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 5.71 from 5.77%, with points decreasing to 1.12 from 1.13 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans.

The average contract interest rate for one-year ARMs remained unchanged at 5.98%, with points decreasing to 0.89 from 0.93 (including the origination fee) for 80% LTV loans.

The survey covers approximately 50% 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.

For more information, visit: www.mortgagebankers.org.

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