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Mortgage Rates Fall To Four-Week Low

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell to a four-week low last week. Rates were down for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with both conforming and jumbo balances. The decline helped push refinance activity up 2 percent from the week before. But while refinancing homeowners were more active, home buyers weren't. In fact, demand for loans to buy homes fell 3 percent from one week earlier. Joel Kan, MBA's associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, says the high end of the market is seeing more activity these days. “The average purchase loan increased for the second straight week to $416,200 – the second highest amount ever,” Kan said. “The elevated loan size is an indication that activity is more on the higher end of the market.” The MBA's weekly survey has been conducted since 1990 and covers 75 percent of all retail residential mortgage applications