Refinancing Fuels Loan Activity
Loan applications rose 8.2 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted basis compared to the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association weekly survey.
Most of the increase was in refinances, which rose 14.5 percent, while purchases decreased 1.8 percent. On an unadjusted basis, the purchase index decreased 3 percent compared with the previous week and was down 3.4 percent compared to the same week a year ago.
Mortgage rates declined overall:
Source: Mortgage Bankers Association (11/04/2009)