October 28, 2016

Lower Rates Give Loan Demand Slight Boost

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Lower Rates Give Loan Demand Slight Boost

After several weeks of drops in interest rates, mortgage applications finally got a modest lift as refinancers and home buyers took advantage of the dip — albeit still at an anemic pace, CNBC reports.

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly mortgage market index showed that total mortgage application volume rose 2.8 percent during the week ending Aug. 22 compared to a week earlier.  

Broken out, applications for refinancings increased 3 percent last week but remain 25 percent below a year ago — even when mortgage rates were higher, MBA reports. Home-purchase mortgage applications also rose 3 percent during the week and remain 11 percent below its rate last year at this time.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.28 percent during the week from 4.29 percent the prior week, MBA reports.

Source: “U.S. Mortgage Volume Ekes Out Gain on Tiny Drop in Rates,” CNBC (Aug. 27, 2014)