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MBA Survey: Mortgage Apps Increase Again

The ""Mortgage Bankers Association"":http://www.mortgagebankers.org (MBA) released its ""Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey"":http://www.mbaa.org/NewsandMedia/PressCenter/69699.htm Wednesday, which showed an increase in home loan requests for the third week in a row.
For the week ending July 17, 2009, MBA reported that total mortgage application volume rose 2.8 percent from one week earlier. Based on the association’s market data, home loan petitions are 6.6 percent compared with the same period a year ago.
MBA’s Purchase Index increased 1.3 percent for the week. The Refinance Index jumped 4.0 percent, with the refinance share of mortgage activity now comprising 55.5 percent of total applications.
The association also reported average contract interest rates for applications submitted last week, and they rose for every loan product in MBA’s study, which could put a damper on activity going forward. The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) loan increased to 5.31 percent, up significantly from 5.05 percent the week before.
For 15-year FRMs, the average interest rate increased to 4.80 percent. The week before, it was reported at 4.59 percent. One-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) also rose, from 6.47 percent to 6.50 percent.

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Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.

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