Purchase loan demand eases as mortgage rates rise

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With rates headed up, demand for purchase loans fell a seasonally adjusted 4 percent from the week before during the week ending May 10, but was still up 10 percent from a year ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in releasing the results of its latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.

After declining for seven weeks in a row, rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) averaged 3.67 percent, up from 3.59 percent the week before, the MBA said. Points also increased to 0.41 from 0.33 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans.

Applications for refinancings were down 8 percent from week to week, but refi requests still accounted for 76 percent of all mortgage applications. Source: mbaa.org.