tommiegun54 Thursday, 12/12/19 12:16:55 PM Re: None Post # of 1025 MBA CITES JOBS AND LOW RATES TREND HELP MORTGAGE APPS Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey Dec 11, 2019 CONTACT Adam DeSanctis firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 557-2727 WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 11, 2019) - Mortgage applications increased 3.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 6, 2019. The results for the week ending November 29, 2019 included an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 3.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 47 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased 9 percent from the previous week and was 146 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 0.4 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 35 percent compared with the previous week and was 5 percent higher than the same week one year ago. "Low mortgage rates continue to be the trend as 2019 comes to an end, and mortgage applications responded accordingly last week, rising 3.8 percent. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate remained under 4 percent for the fourth straight week, and rates for FHA loans declined close to their lowest level of the year. The decrease in FHA rates led to a 27 percent jump in refinance applications for those loans, and their share of refinance activity - at 14 percent - was the highest since 2016," said Joel Kan, MBA's Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting. "Purchase applications were down slightly, but were 5 percent higher than a year ago, which is in line with the gradual growth in the purchase market seen throughout this year." Added Kan, "The November jobs data showed increased payroll gains and low unemployment, which means conditions remain favorable for steady purchase growth in the coming months." The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 62.4 percent of total applications from 59.0 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 5.0 percent of total applications.