Housing investors don’t despair: despite increasing interest rates, applications for home mortgages in the United States rose last week and refinancing accounted for a slightly smaller portion of that activity.
The Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity — which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand — jumped 3.4 percent in the week ended February 1. This compares to a decrease of 8.1 percent the previous week. On an unadjusted basis, the index jumped 16 percent.
Along with the survey of mortgage application activity, the MBA reported that its seasonally adjusted index of refinancing applications rose 3.5 percent, while its measurement of home loans, an important indicator for home sales, increased 2.2 percent.
Of the total mortgage activity, 78 percent of applications were for refinancing, down from 79 percent the week before…