Markets & Economy

Mortgage refinance applications take ‘huge hit’

MBA: Key interest rates hit 13-month high

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A jump in mortgage rates last week appeared to drive refinance demand down to its lowest level in well over a year. Applications for refinance loans dropped 15 percent for the week ending May 31 from a week earlier, reaching their lowest level since November 2011, according to the results of the latest Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. The decrease coincided with the first year-over-year rise in mortgage rates recorded by Freddie Mac in a long time. The MBA also observed a spike in rates. The trade group reported that key rates hit a 13-month high, and said that refinance applications took a "huge hit." Meanwhile, applications for purchase loans dropped a seasonally adjusted 2 percent, but were up 14 percent on an annual basis, the MBA said. For the same week, rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.81 percent with an average point of 0.8 percent for the week ending May 30, up from 3.59 percent a week earlier and 3.75 pe...