Home Buyers Growing Wary From Interest Rate Rises ?

Total mortgage applications, including both refinancing and home-purchase loans, dipped 1.5 percent last week from the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis as mortgage rates continued to tick up, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.

Applications for home purchases, viewed as a gauge of future homebuying activity, dropped 4 percent from the previous week to its lowest level since April. Yet, home purchase applications are still 11 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

“The drop this week may indicate borrowers being wary of the recent runup in mortgage rates,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s chief economist.

Source: “Weekly Mortgage Applications Drop 1.5% as Rates Rise,” CNBC (May 20, 2015)