Posted To: MND NewsWire

Mortgage application activity gave back much of the previous week’s gains as interest rates increased. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said its Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week ended February 5 and was down 3 percent before adjustment. The Refinance Index, which had surged by 11 percent during the last week in January, was down 4 percent last week but was still 46 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The refinancing share of overall activity decreased to 70.2 percent from 71.4 percent the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index dropped 5 percent from one week earlier but was up 2 percent from the prior week and 17 percent year-over-year on an unadjusted…(read more)

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Source: Mortgage News Daily