Rising Interest Rates Result in Fewer Mortgage Applications

Fewer applications were filed due to the increase in mortgage rates, which hit record highs, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

For the week ending November 8, applications fell 1.8% and again by 2.89% the previous week. Refinancing applications decreased 2.3% and 3.9% the week before. Last week, the purchase index dropped by 0.5%; two weeks ago, the index fell by 0.79%.

Bankers cited the rising interest rates as the reason for the decline in mortgage applications. The MBA reported that the average rate of a 30-year fixed-rate for conforming loan balances below $417,000 jumped to 4.44%, a one-month high, from 4.32% a week earlier. Rates on 30-year fixed-rate jumbo loans above $417,000 rose to 4.48%, when last month the rate was 4.37%. That was also the highest in a month.

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