Rising Interest Rates Curtail Mortgage Activity as Reported by MND Newswire

BY JANN SWANSON of Mortgage News Daily
Mar 13 2013, 8:16AM

Applications for mortgages decreased as mortgage interest rates rose to recent highs during the week ended March 8.  The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, was down 4.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous week and 4.0 percent on an unadjusted basis.

The Refinance Index was down 5 percent compared to the week ended March 1 and the refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 76 percent of total applications from 77 percent, the lowest share of refinancing applications since May 2012.  Thirty percent of those applications were for Home Affordable Mortgage’s (HARP), up from 28 percent the previous week.  The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index was down 3 percent while the unadjusted index was down 1 percent from the prior week and was 9 percent higher than one year earlier.

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