Low rates spur refi applications

Demand for FHA purchase loans at record high

Applications for refinancings jumped 17.4 percent last week as interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages dipped below 5 percent for the first time since May, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in releasing the results of its Weekly Applications Survey.

Applications for purchase loans were also up 5.6 percent from a week earlier, helping push an index measuring all applications up by a seasonally adjusted 12.8 percent for the week ending Sept. 18, the MBA said.