Small Jump for Apps

Application volume increased by 4.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ended Dec. 9, as rates fell to their lowest levels this year, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The Refinance Index increased by 9.3% from the previous week, as the market share of refi applications rose to 79.7%—their highest market share this year—from 76% one week prior. 

But purchase application volume suffered last week, down 8.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis. On an unadjusted basis, it is down less than 4.3% from the same week in 2010.

All four categories of fixed-rate loans tracked were at their lowest rate for 2011. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) was down six basis points to 4.12%, while for 30-year FRMs with jumbo loan balances, the average contract rate fell by five basis points to 4.47%.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year Federal Housing Administration-insured loans declined by four basis points to 3.94%, while the average contract interest rate for 15-year FRMs fell nine basis points to 3.44%.

Daily Briefing | Friday, December 16, 2011

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  • California Lender Closes East Coast Operations

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    Senator David Vitter, R-La., late this week introduced legislation that would pressure the Federal Housing Administration to recapitalize its single-family mortgage insurance fund in two years.

  • Nevada Sues LPS for Foreclosure Fraud

    Nevada’s attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto this week filed civil fraud charges against Lender Processing Services and two subsidiaries alleging the company engaged in a widespread fraud of forging foreclosure documents.

  • SEC Sues Former GSE Chiefs Over Nonprime Disclosures

    The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday sued Richard Syron, the former chief executive officer of Freddie Mac, and Daniel Mudd, ex-CEO of Fannie Mae, over disclosures they made about subprime assets the GSEs invested in.

  • Merry Christmas from FHFA: No Salary Hikes for Agency, Fannie and Freddie

    Rank and file workers at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac this week were told that there will be no “merit salary” increases in 2012, according to a memo provided to National Mortgage News.

  • Fannie Exec: Pricing of MF DUS REMIC Draws Large Orders

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  • NAMB Takes Exception to Presidential Put-Down

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  • 10-Year Drops, Mortgage Rates May Fall Again

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  • Signs of Life in California Housing Market

    California home sales rose 2.1% in November on a sequential basis, and were up 2.3% compared to the same month a year ago, according to the state’s premier Realtor group.

  • Foreclosures Remain Huge Problem for Small Banks

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  • Trial Starts in Alabama ‘Silent Seconds’ Scam

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Article source: http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/dailybriefing/2010_496/small_jump_for_apps-1027876-1.html

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