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Mortgage applications rise as loan demand remains strong

Mortgage applications rise as loan demand remains strong.

Glenn McCullom

 

Mortgage applications increased 4.1% from one week earlier as consumers continued to pursue both purchases and refinancings even as conforming rates rose from their record lows, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The MBA’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 17 found that the refinance index increased 5% from the previous week and was 122% higher than the same week one year ago. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 64.8% of total applications from 64.2% the previous week.

“Mortgage applications increased last week despite mixed results from the various rates tracked in MBA’s survey,” Joel Kan, the MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, said in a press release.

“There continues to be strong homebuyer demand this summer, as home shoppers have returned to the market in many states,” Kan said. “Purchase activity increased again last week and was up 19% compared to last year, the ninth straight week of year-over-year increases.”

The seasonally adjusted purchase index increased 2% from one week earlier while the unadjusted purchase index increased 2% compared with the previous week.

Adjustable-rate mortgage activity remained unchanged at 3% of total applications, while the share of Federal Housing Administration-insured loan applications decreased to 10.8% from 11.1% the week prior.

The share of applications for Veterans Affairs-guaranteed loans decreased to 10.8% from 11% and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development share remained unchanged from 0.6% the week prior.

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