A real estate agent shows a home to a prospective buyer in Miami.
The end of August usually marks the beginning of the slow season for housing, but as with everything else, this year’s trends are like no other.
Mortgage applications to purchase a home rose 3% last week from the previous week and were a stunning 40% higher from a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. The year-on-year comparison is usually in single digits. While it may have been skewed slightly by the Labor Day holiday,which fell earlier last year, purchase demand is still running significantly higher than a year ago.
Buyers are still getting significant incentive…