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Mortgage applications increasing March 19, 2007

Posted by Jay Medina in News and Information.

Despite a generally sluggish market, mortgage applications are rising, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. At the end of February, applications were up 8.8 percent over the same week a year ago.

Applications for mortgages to finance the purchase of a home increased 5.2 percent during the week ending February 23, compared to the previous week. Refinance mortgage applications increased 1.2 percent from the previous week. It appears the market is strengthening. The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage lowered to 6.16 percent on March 1, down from 6.19 percent during the previous week, according to MBA. The average rate for a 15-year fixed-rate loan is down to 5.84 percent. These are rates for 80 percent LTV loans.



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