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Mortgage Activity Slows On Climbing Interest Rates

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Mortgage activity declined sharply last week as interest rates hit a two-year peak, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday.

Mortgage activity involving new loans dropped 11.7 percent and refinancing fell 16 percent, the MBA said.

The organization said average interest rates for standard 30-year, fixed-rate conforming loans increased from 4.46 percent to 4.58 percent. Average points for 30-year, fixed rate loans rose from 0.35 to 0.43, the MBA said.

For loans of more than $417,500, called jumbo loans, rates rose from 4.52 percent to 4.68 percent, the highest rates since October 2011. Points for long-term jumbo loans rose from 0.28 to 0.38.

Average rates for 30-year, fixed rate contracts backed by the Federal Housing Administration rose from 4.2 percent to 4.27 percent, the highest rate since August 2011, with points increasing from 0.4 to 0.44.

The average interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased from 3.55 percent to 3.64 percent, the highest rate since July 2011. Points increased to 0.44 from 0.43 in the week.

For short-term, adjustable-rate contracts, interest rates rose from 3.06 percent to 3.33 percent with points averaging 0.31, down from 0.39.

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  • matt93312

    New homes are being built in my town for the first time in years. How much you want to bet that they spike the interest rates and kill the market? Once again, the small time builders will be stuck with homes they can’t sell because Obama has spooked the market.

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