U.S. mortgage applications fall in latest week: MBA

The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, fell 5.5 percent to 374.6 in the week ended December 13. Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s vice president of research and economics, said the index dropped to its lowest “in more than a dozen years… as interest rates increased going into today’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting.” The refinance share of total mortgage activity rose to 65.8 percent of applications from 65 percent the week before, while adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) fell to 7.9 percent of total applications, down from 8.1 percent last week, which had been its highest level since July 2008. Fixed 30-year mortgage rates averaged 4.62 percent in the week, up 1 basis point from 4.61 percent the week before.

    

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