While Mortgage Applications Increase in the United States, Interest Rates Continue to Rise

In the United States, there has been an increase in mortgage applications in recent times. However, despite these positive developments, the rise in interest rates continues.

According to a study conducted by the U.S. Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the seasonally adjusted mortgage application index increased by 0.6%, reaching 179.3 points.

Additionally, according to the weekly report published by MBA, the purchase index increased by 0.7%, reaching 137.5 points, while the refinancing index increased by 0.3%, reaching 385.8 points. There seems to be a growing demand for both home purchases and refinancing existing mortgages.

Rising Interest Rates

Despite this increase in mortgage applications, 30-year mortgage rates continue their upward trend. The 30-year mortgage rate has increased over the past five weeks, reaching 7.67%, representing the highest level seen since December 2000.

The 15-year mortgage rate also increased by 11 basis points to reach 6.97%. However, the 5-year ARM (adjustable-rate mortgage) interest rate decreased by 16 basis points, falling to 6.33%.

Increase in Jumbo Home Loan Interest Rates

30-year mortgage rates for jumbo home loans (those exceeding $647,200) also increased by 19 basis points, reaching 7.70%. This marks another historical high for jumbo home loan interest rates.

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