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Lower weekly mortgage demand hints at pullback by first-time homebuyers


Real estate agents arrive at a brokers tour showing a house for sale in San Rafael, California.

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With mortgage interest rates hovering near a record low, mortgage demand, especially from homebuyers, is now significantly higher than a year ago, but there are warning signs that first-time buyers may be struggling to stay in the market. 

Total mortgage application volume fell 0.8% last week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. 

Mortgage applications to purchase a home were 2% lower last week than the previous week but a strong 21% higher annually. Homebuyers are making up for lost time last spring and appear to have a…


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