Mortgage application volume rose last week even as interest rates climbed, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. The group's market composite index, a measure of total home loan application volume, gained 2.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the end of November, pushed higher by strong refinancing activity. MBA reported an increase of 4.3 percent in the index that tracks applications for refinancings and a 1.7 percent gain in the purchase-loan index. As a result, the refi share of applications last week rose to 57.6 percent from 56 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity, however, dropped to 9.4 percent from 11.6 percent the week before. Borrowing costs rose considerably last week as the average contract interest rate on 30-...
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