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Mortgage Applications Fall as Rates Rise to 6-Month High

Mortgage application volume continued to decline last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 15. The survey's Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, fell 1.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous week. On an unadjusted basis, the index fell 1.0 percent. According to the MBA's measure, the average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.78 percent last week, the highest rate since August 2012.

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Mortgage Application Volume Falls as Rates Climb

Mortgage applications dipped last as long-term rates reached a five-month high, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). MBA's weekly Market Composite Index showed a 6.4 percent drop for the week ending February 8. On an unadjusted basis, the index was down 5 percent. After showing some strength in the previous week, purchase application activity also dropped, falling by an adjusted 10 percent (or an unadjusted 4 percent). Year-over-year, however, volume was still up 15 percent.

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Applications Pick Up, Purchase Volume Strongest in 18 Months

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Mortgage applications saw a slight bump in the recent holiday week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. The survey's Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 3.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ending February 1. Capital Economics also issued its data for mortgage application activity throughout January, observing that application volume for purchase loans was the strongest it's been in a year and a half.

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Demand, Credit Terms for Loans Both Ease in Q1

The percentage of banks reporting stronger demand for mortgage loans dropped in the first quarter from the fourth quarter last year, and a slightly greater percentage are reporting easing lending standards, the Federal Reserve Reported Monday. In the case of "traditional" mortgage loans, 4.6 percent of banks reported standards easing somewhat. While the survey results suggest a direction of lending standards, they could be misleading: A bank which has tightened lending standards as much as possible may not ease them but cannot tighten further.

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Increasing Rates Topple Mortgage Applications

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Mortgage applications declined for the week ending January 25, according to application data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. The survey's Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, decreased 8.1 percent week-over-week on a seasonally adjusted basis, the association reported. The results include an adjustment for the Martin Luther King holiday. After reaching a two and a half year high last week, purchase applications also dipped.

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MBA: Purchase Applications Reach Highest Level Since 2010

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Applications for purchase loans reached their highest level since 2010 last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported Wednesday. The group's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 18 showed overall application volume was up a seasonally adjusted 7 percent from the prior week. On an unadjusted basis, application volume was up about 8 percent. The rise in applications comes despite a slight rise in interest rates.

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JPMorgan Reports Record Profit for Third Straight Year

According to its quarterly filing, JPMorgan took in $5.7 billion in net income during 2012's final quarter, up 53 percent from the same quarter in 2011. Revenue for the quarter was $24.4 billion, up 10 percent compared with the prior year. Much of that profit came on the bank of JPMorgan's strengthened mortgage business. The bank's mortgage banking division reported originations of $51.2 billion in Q4, up 33 percent year-over-year and 8 percent quarter-over-quarter.

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Mortgage Applications Rise for Second Week

Mortgage applications continue to perk up after ending 2012 on a low note, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. The Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, increased 15.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis in the week ending January 11. On an unadjusted basis, the index was up 45 percent from the prior week. Purchase activity continued strong, with the Purchase Index rising 13 percent to its highest level since April 2011.

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