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Refi applications fall to 53% of mix amid rate spike

Mortgage applications decreased 5.4% for the week ending Feb. 11, reflecting what the mortgage market looks like when rates eclipse 4% for the first time since 2019.

The Mortgage Bankers Association‘s seasonally adjusted refi index fell 8.9% from the previous week, bringing its share of total applications to the lowest level in 19 months. Meanwhile, the purchase index dropped a mere 1.2%.

Compared to the same week one year ago, mortgage apps overall dropped 39.8%, with a sharp decline in refi (-54.1%) compared to purchase (-6.8%). The survey, conducted weekly since 1990, covers over 75% of all U.S. retail residential mortgage details ⇒

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