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Mortgage rate locks tumble amid sharp rate rise

Fewer buyers rushed to lock mortgages last month amid a rapid climb in long-term mortgage rates, reflecting home affordability concerns, reports from Mortgage Capital Trading and Black Knight showed. 

Total mortgage rate locks by dollar volume were down 5% in April from the previous month, according to MCT’s monthly Mortgage Lock Volume Indices report. Compared with the same period last year, the number of rate locks by mortgage volume was down 25.4%. 

The average 30-year conforming mortgage rate climbed to 5.27% last week, marking the highest average since 2009, according to Freddie Mac PMMS. Black Knight’s details ⇒

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