Stock Market Volatility Slows Mortgage Demand

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were virtually unchanged last week, remaining at two-month lows. But despite favorable rates, demand for mortgage applications fell. Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s chief economist, told CNBC buyers may have been leery due to recent fluctuations in the stock market. “Potential home buyers may be a little rattled by the swings in the stock market the past few weeks, but the job market continues to strengthen, which should power demand through the spring season,” Fratantoni said. In other words, the temporary ups-and-downs of the stock market may have shaken up last week’s results but there is still a high level of buyer demand this spring. In fact, despite falling two percent from the week before, requests for loans to buy homes were still five percent higher than at the same time last year. The MBA’s weekly survey has been conducted since 1990 and covers 75 percent of all retail residential mortgage applications. More here.

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