Mortgage applications rise amid strong demand for ARMs

Mortgage applications surprisingly jumped 8% last week compared to the previous seven day period, boosted by demand for adjustable-rate mortgages, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. However, applications are still down 10% compared to one week ago. The MBA said that last week’s jump in mortgage rates may have actually increased homebuying demand, as consumers

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Demand for adjustable rate mortgages doubles

Demand for adjustable-rate mortgages is soaring. The share of mortgage applications with ARMs more than doubled last week compared to three months ago, according to a report by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Unlike the more popular fixed-rate mortgage, ARMs start at one rate and then fluctuate after a set period of time. Buyers can lock

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