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Mortgage demand drops as interest rates hit a 2-month high


A ‘for sale’ sign hangs in front of a home on June 21, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

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Higher mortgage rates and a severe shortage of homes for sale are taking their toll on mortgage demand.

Mortgage applications to purchase a home dropped 4.8% last week, compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. Volume was 26% lower than the same week one year ago.

“Purchase applications decreased to the slowest pace in a month, as buyers remain wary of this rate volatility, but also as for-sale inventory in many parts of the country remains scarce,” wrote Joel Kan, an MBA economist, in a release.

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