Applications for U.S. home mortgages fell last week as interest rates rose, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports.
Average long-term mortgage rates arrested their five-week decline this week but the benchmark 30-year loan remained below 4 percent, Freddie Mac says.
U.S. home prices grew more slowly in August amid modest sales, a trend that could help make homes more affordable in the months ahead.
The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes ticked up slightly in September, as it remained difficult to qualify for mortgage financing.
Sales of newly built homes rose to a six-year high in September, but a sharp downward revision in August sales show the housing recovery remains fragile.
Average mortgage rates continued to slide this week, raising prospects for a wave of refinancings, as rates for 30-year loans fell further below 4%.
U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013.
Housing starts and permits rose in September, a signal the market's modest recovery is supporting what appears to be growing strength in the larger economy.
Home prices in the U.S. increased at the slowest pace in 20 months in July, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale.
Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.
Housing starts and permits fell in August, but upward revisions to the prior month's data suggested the housing market continued to gradually improve.
Despite adjustments for the Labor Day holiday the previous week, mortgage applications surged last week, even amid rising rates.
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