Home Loan Demand Dips As ‘Interest Rates Rise’

A sharp rise in mortgage rates dampened mortgage application volume last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports. Total mortgage application volume for both refinancings and home purchases fell 3.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ending May 8. Still, volume is 14 percent higher than a year earlier.

Broken out, applications for refinancings attributed to most of the drop in loan demand last week. Refinancing applications fell 6 percent week-over-week and have fallen 16 percent in the past four weeks alone, MBA reports. Applications for home purchases, which are viewed as a leading indicator of future home sales, mostly held steady last week, down just 0.2 percent from the previous week. Applications for home purchases are 12 percent higher than a year earlier.

MBA reports that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4 percent last week; it had averaged 3.93 percent the week prior.

Source: “Weekly Mortgage Applications Fall 3.5% as Rates Rise,” CNBC (May 13, 2015)