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Mortgage demand increases again, but interest rates are rising


A For Sale sign displayed in front of a home on February 22, 2023 in Miami, Florida.

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Mortgage demand has increased for three straight weeks now, as interest rates dropped in response to the recent bank failures.

But rates are rising again, and that could put a damper on application volume.

Total mortgage application volume rose 3% last week compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association‘s seasonally adjusted index.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($726,200 or less) decreased to 6.48% from 6.71%, with points decreasing to 0.66 from 0.79 (including the origination fee) for…


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