Higher Mortgage Rates Didn’t Deter Purchase Loan Activity

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There was a jump in purchase mortgage applications during the week ended September 14 even as interest rates moved higher. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said its Market Composite Index, a measure of applications volume, ticked down 0.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, as the increase in its Purchase Index offset a significant decline in refinance activity. The Index was up 10 percent on an unadjusted basis, bouncing back from a 9 percent decline the prior week which was shortened by the Labor Day holiday. The Purchase Index increased 6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, posting its third consecutive week of gains. The unadjusted index was 16 percent higher than the week before and up 15 percent compared to the same week in 2018 . The average loan for a purchase mortgage…(read more)

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