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     WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the text of the Mortgage Bankers
Association's Mortgage Applications Survey released Wednesday morning:
     Mortgage applications increased 3.0 percent from one week earlier,
according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage
Applications Survey for the week ending August 4, 2017. 
     The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume,
increased 3.0 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On
an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 3 percent compared with the previous
week. 
     The Refinance Index increased 5 percent from the previous week. The
seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent from one week earlier.
The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 0.3 percent compared with the previous
week and was 7 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The refinance
share of mortgage activity increased to 46.7 percent of total applications from
45.5 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of
activity increased to 6.8 percent of total applications. 
     The FHA share of total applications decreased to 10.2 percent from 10.3
percent the week prior. The VA share of total applications increased to 10.7
percent from 10.1 percent the week prior. The USDA share of total applications
remained unchanged from the week prior at 0.8 percent. 
     The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with
conforming loan balances ($424,100 or less) decreased to 4.14 percent from 4.17
percent, with points increasing to 0.38 from 0.36 (including the origination
fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate
decreased from last week. 
     The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with
jumbo loan balances (greater than $424,100) decreased to 4.07 percent from 4.11
percent, with points increasing to 0.26 from 0.25 (including the origination
fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week. 
     The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed
by the FHA decreased to 4.02 percent from 4.07 percent, with points increasing
to 0.38 from 0.35 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The
effective rate decreased from last week. 
     The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages
decreased to 3.41 percent from 3.45 percent, with points decreasing to 0.41 from
0.44 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective
rate decreased from last week. 
     The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.31 percent
from 3.30 percent, with points decreasing to 0.21 from 0.29 (including the
origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from
last week.
--MNI Washington Bureau; tel: +1 202-371-2121; email: kevin.kastner@marketnews.com
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