Mortgage Applications Soar 7.5% on Low Rates
Record low mortgage rates are creating more demand for mortgage applications. The Mortgage Bankers Association reports in its most recent weekly mortgage market survey that loan application volume increased 7.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis compared to one week earlier.
Refinance activity was due to most of that increase last week. Applications for refinancings increased 9.4 percent compared to a week earlier, while applications for purchases only ticked up slightly at 0.1 percent.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage on conforming loans reached its lowest rate in the survey’s history last week — falling from 4.09 percent to 4.05 percent. Freddie Mac was reporting even lower for the week ending Feb. 2, with 30-year rates averaging 3.87 percent nationwide.
Source: “Mortgage Applications Surge on Low Interest Rates,” HousingWire (Feb. 8, 2012)