Greetings neighbors,

There has been an increase in the amount of mortgage applications according to a recently released survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). According to the survey which ended the week of July 30th, there was a 1.3% increase of the Market Composite Index which measures the volume of mortgage loan applications. This increase was on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous week. When looking at an unadjusted basis there was a 1.4% increase when compared to the previous week.

The survey also reported a 1.3% increase in the refinance index when compared to the previous week. There was a 1.5% increase in the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index as well as 3.4% increase in government purchase applications which was said to have contributed to the increase of the Purchase Index for the third week in a row. In addition, the unadjusted Purchase Index showed a 1.5% increase when compared to the previous week.

As for the four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Market Index there was a 0.3% increase. In addition, there was a 0.9% increase in the four week moving average for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, while this average is up 0.2% for the Refinance Index.

The survey went on to show that the refinance share of mortgage activity stayed flat with 78.0% of total applications from the week prior. Adjustable-rate mortgages actually decreased from the previous week's percentage of 5.7 to 5.4 of total applications.

In addition, the survey showed a decrease from 4.69% to 4.60% in the average contract interest rate for 30-year FRM's with an increase of points from 0.88 to 0.93 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans.

There was a decrease to 4.03% from 4.12% in the average contract interest rate for 15-year FRM's with point increases from 0.83 to 1.01 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. This number marked the lowest ever recorded in MBA's survey.

Lastly, one-year ARM's average contract interest rate declined from 7.15% to 7.10% with points decreasing from 0.23 to 0.21 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans.