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Mortgage Activity Rebounds as Rates Drop Again

Industry data released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Wednesday shows that consumer demand for home loans intensified last week as mortgage interest rates dropped to their second-lowest level on record. MBA says its measurement of total mortgage loan application volume rose 3.2 percent for the week ending October 22, after dipping more than 10 percent the week before.

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Mortgage Rates Head Upward for First Time in Five Weeks

The freefall for mortgage interest rates hit a pause this week. Rates on 30-year mortgages rose for the first time in five weeks, edging up to 4.21 percent, according to data released by Freddie Mac Thursday. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also inched up to 3.64 percent. Adjustable-rate mortgages, on the other hand, slipped to new record lows. Bankrate says the ongoing foreclosure controversy surrounding court documents and paperwork errors could ultimately be passed along to future borrowers through higher mortgage rates.

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Mortgage Application Volume Dips 10% in Latest Weekly Survey

Consumer demand for mortgages waned last week, as interest rates edged up for the first time in six weeks. The Mortgage Bankers Association says its index of total mortgage loan application volume dropped 10.5 percent for the week ending October 15. It's the steepest plunge seen in mortgage activity in the past four months, and some market observers are attributing the falloff to the recent turmoil surrounding foreclosure paperwork errors by servicers and the uncertainty it's brought for buyers of distressed properties.

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Mortgage Rates Drop Yet Again to New Lows

The last time rates for 30-year mortgages were as low as they are now was in April 1951. Thirty-year fixed-rate mortgages have been under 5 percent for 23 weeks in a row, according to data gathered by Freddie Mac. This week, the GSE reports that the average 30-year rate fell again to break the survey's all-time low, hitting 4.19 percent. The 15-year fixed rate also averaged a record low of 3.62 percent.

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Mortgage Refinancing Rallies as Rates Fall to New Lows

Home loan applications for mortgage refinancing increased for the first time since late August, as borrowers sought to take advantage of the lowest market interest rates in more than 50 years. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported Wednesday that its measurement of refinance applications jumped 21 percent for the week ending October 8, 2010. Refinance volumes are now close to their highest level of the year.

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MBA Sees Sharp Jump in Purchase Activity Led by FHA Loan Apps

The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) index of loan applications for home purchases jumped 9.3 percent last week as mortgage interest rates dropped again. It's the highest reading for purchase activity since the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit, and could signal a rebound in home sales ahead. The increase was led by a 17.2 percent upsurge in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) applications, as borrowers sought to beat the agency's October 4th effective date for higher credit score and down payment requirements.

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Mortgage Refinance Apps Decrease Despite Decline in Rates

The volume of mortgage loan applications last week declined 0.8 percent, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported Wednesday. The drop was manufactured by a falloff in consumer demand for mortgage refinancing, despite the fact that interest rates again declined to new record-lows. For the week ending September 24, MBA's refinance index decreased 1.6 percent. The purchase index rose 2.4 percent.

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New Bill Calls for Refinancing of 30 Million GSE Mortgages

Legislation to stabilize the foreclosure crisis through the federal government's conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday. The Housing Opportunity and Mortgage Equity (HOME) Act would require Fannie and Freddie to allow borrowers to refinance their mortgages by locking in today's record-low interest rates for longer fixed-term loans. The legislation would affect up to 30 million mortgages held or backed by the two GSEs.

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Foreclosure Starts Hit Highest Level Since January: LPS

The August Mortgage Monitor report released Friday by Lender Processing Services shows that foreclosure starts are continuing to accelerate, with the GSEs displaying more aggressive timelines on early stage delinquencies. Last month, the company tracked 282,528 newly initiated foreclosures. That's 20 percent above a year ago and the highest level recorded by LPS since January of this year, when there were 287,865. As of August month end, there had been more than 2 million foreclosure starts so far this year.

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Mortgage Applications Fall 1.4% in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

The volume of home loan applications submitted to lenders last week fell 1.4 percent compared to the week prior, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Overall mortgage activity was marred by a drop in both refinance requests and home purchase applications despite the fact that interest rates headed lower.

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