Mortgage Applications Drop as Rates Edge Higher

For the second week, mortgage applications fell as higher interest rates continued to put the squeeze on refinancing activity, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports.

The MBA’s index on mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchases, dropped 4.6 percent for the week ending Aug. 16.

The refinance index was attributed to that drop, falling 7.7 percent last week from the previous week — its largest weekly drop since late June. The refinance index has fallen 62.1 percent since reaching its peak during the week ending May 3.

Applications dropped as mortgage rates rose 12 basis points to 4.68 percent last week. That matches the year’s high for 30-year mortgage rates, which was first hit in July, according to the MBA. Mortgage rates continue to rise as concerns mount over the Fed tapering its bond-buying program, which had been keeping mortgage rates near its historical lows in recent months.

Source: “U.S. Mortgage Applications Fall as Rates Push Higher,” Reuters (Aug. 21, 2013)

As Interest Rates Rise, Mortgage Applications Drop!

Loan demand dropped last week as interest rates rose for the fourth straight week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports. 

The index measuring mortgage application activity, which includes applications for refinancing and home purchases, fell 6.4 percent for the week ending Feb. 8.

Separated out, refinancing applications during the week dropped 5.5 percent while applications for home purchases, viewed as a leading indicator of home sales, fell 9.5 percent. 

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.75 percent last week, up from 3.73 percent the previous week. The 30-year rate is at its highest level since September 2012, according to the MBA. 

Source: “U.S. Mortgage Applications Slumped Last Week as Rates Rose,” Reuters (2/13/13)