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Adjustable-rate mortgage demand jumps as buyers struggle


A house is for sale in Arlington, Virginia, July 13, 2023.

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As mortgage rates hover near the highest level in more than two decades, homebuyers are turning to riskier mortgage products to help them get into a home.

Last week, the average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($726,200 or less) decreased to 7.86% from 7.90%, with points falling to 0.73 from 0.77 (including the origination fee) for loans with a 20% down payment, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. That is still 80 basis points higher than the same week one year ago.

Adjustable-rate mortgages, which are considered riskier because the rates…


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