Mortgage Bankers Weekly Survey: Mortgage Applications Decrease

Fixed rate mortgages are changed little this week, at 4.5%.

The MBAA reports their Market Composite Index: (Loan application volume) decreased 2.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.
Their Refinance Index: also decreased 2.6 percent from the previous week. However, Mortgage applications also decreased 5.9% from one week earlier The MBAA reports their Purchase Index  decreased 3 percent from thew week earlier
Key to better numbers is growth, especially job growth. The MBAA forecasts a slower, but positive growth situation. 4th quarter 2010 GDP growth was 3.1%. After a dip to 1.8% this quarter, they see growth through 2012 largely around 2.8%. Not likely a strong scenario for enough job growth to help the housing markets push forward.
Confirming the trend is the MBAA mortgage orgination forecast: Mortgage originations (in billions of dollars) are expected to come in at $1025 for 2011 and $961 for 2012.

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