Mortgage application rates fall to lowest level in more than 20 years

Worsening affordability challenges are affecting first-time homebuyers

Mortgage applications rise for second week despite historically high rates 

Despite a slow start to the spring homebuying season, prospective buyers are showing some resiliency in the face of higher mortgage rates, as seen by two weeks in a row of increasing loan applications. 

Mortgage applications fall as rates hit 13-year high 

Overall mortgage-application volume was at its lowest level since 2018, the Mortgage Bankers Association said.

Guaranteed Rate acquires Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund Inc.

Hoping to streamline end-to-end residential transactions, Guaranteed Rate has announced its acquisition of the Chicago-based title insurance underwriter Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund Inc.

Mortgage applications slide with rate hike and more Ukraine uncertainty ahead

“Investors are weighing the impacts of rapidly increasing inflation in the U.S. and many other parts of the world against the potential for a slowdown in economic growth due to a renewed bout of supply-chain constraints.” — MBA associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting Joel Kan

Mortgage applications rise, interest rates fall as Ukraine uncertainty roils markets 

“Looking ahead, the potential for higher inflation amidst disruptions in oil and other commodity flows will likely lead to a period of volatility in rates.” — MBA associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting Joel Kan 

Mortgage applications fall to pre-pandemic low as rates rise 

Mortgage applications fell more than 13% in the most-recent week tracked by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Market Composite Index, while interest rates continued to rise. 

Mortgage applications fall more than 8% 

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration increased to 3.93% from 3.86%, the Mortgage Bankers Association said. 

Mortgage applications, interest rates rise first week of January

“MBA expects solid growth in purchase activity this year, as demographic drivers and the strong economy support housing demand. However, the strength in growth will be dependent on housing inventory growing more rapidly to meet demand.” — Mortgage Bankers Association Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting Joel Kan

Mortgage applications fall during last two weeks of 2021

At the same time, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.33%, its highest level since April 2021, the Mortgage Bankers Association said.

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