Refinancing Applications Jump to 15-Month High
The MBA's Refinance Index rose 17.1% from a year earlier, and is now at its highest since May 2009, the MBA said in a statement. The refinance share of total mortgage applications rose to 81.4%, the highest since January 2009.
Demand for refinancing loans helped drive The Market Composite Index up by 13% on a seasonally adjusted basis from a week earlier. The index is a measure of total mortgage loan applications.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages was 4.6%, up from 4.57% a week earlier.