Mortgage Applications Sag as Interest Rates Surge

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mortgage applicationsThe days of ultra-cheap loan rates may be on the wane as the decline in mortgage applications this week clearly underlines.

The mortgage application index, as compiled by the Mortgage Bankers Association, fell 5.5 percent for the week ending Feb. 4. Meanwhile, the average 30-year fixed-rate interest rate surged to a 10-month high to 5.13 percent from 4.81 percent.

The connection between the two data points is obvious. As rates climb, fewer people are interested in buying and refinancing -- though this may be an overreaction since rates are still historically low and home prices continue to slide.mortgage applications
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