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August 2019
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Mortgage Rates Decline as Refinance Applications Rise

Low mortgage rates continue to stimulate refinancing activity and the Obama administration hopes to encourage more first time buyers to seek financing to jump-start the struggling housing markets. Mortgage refinance applications jumped last week, as low mortgage interest rates fueled the increased refinance activity. The Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday its weekly application index climbed 21.2 % for the week ended March 13.

KMG Publisher, Jason Cardiff told Mortgage Related News that he anticipates that the FHA mortgage rates could decline to 4.5% or even 4.25%. Cardiff said, “Obama is serious about reviving the cash flow for homeowners on Main St. and the Federal Reserve made another move to pump more blood back into the housing sector.”

The index was 876.9, up from 723.4 a week earlier, the trade group said. Almost 73% of mortgage applications came from borrowers seeking to mortgage refinance loans at reduced interest rates, not home buyers. The lending survey provides a snapshot of mortgage lending activity involving mortgage bankers, commercial banks and thrifts. It covers about half of all new residential home loans made each week. An index value of 100 is equal to the application volume on March 16, 1990, the first week the association tracked it.