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Purchase Mortgage Applications Plunge

It might be hot outside but its freezing in the inboxes of hundreds of the nation’s mortgage lenders.  Last week applications fell to their lowest level since February.

Maybe it’s just a sign that the selling season is winding down. More likely it’s something a lot more serious—yet another signal that the housing recovery is seriously sick and keeps getting sicker.

Mortgage applications decreased last week from the previous week, led by a drop in purchase loan requests. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index revealed that loan application volume fell 3.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis for the period ending July 11 after increasing the previous week, which included an adjustment for the July 4 holiday.

The dip in mortgage activity was mainly attributed to an 8% decline in purchase applications. These applications, where the average loan size sought was $268,500, plunged to their lowest level since February, the Washington-based trade group said on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, refinance activity was only down 0.1% from the prior week.

Yet this time no one is attributing the decline to interest rates.  Bankrate reports that mortgage rates dropped to record lows again last week after a sluggish employment report disappointed investors.  The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 8 basis points to 3.79 percent. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 8 basis points to 3.05 percent. The average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages, or generally for those of more than $417,000, fell 3 basis points to 4.44 percent.


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