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Mortgage refinance demand plunges 43% from a year ago


A house’s real estate for sale sign is seen in front of a home in Arlington, Virginia, November 19, 2020.

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The recent sharp rise in interest rates is now taking a toll on mortgage refinance demand, as the number of borrowers who could benefit shrinks.

Applications to refinance a home loan fell 5% last week compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. They were also 43% lower compared with the same week one year ago. That is the first year-over-year drop since March 8, 2019. Last year at this time mortgage rates fell dramatically as fears of the coronavirus hit financial markets. That caused a large…


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