mortgage applications

Mortgage Applications Ease Off as 2010 Comes to an End

Mortgage applications slowed down in the week before Christmas and increased the week after, while interest rates rose to a seven-month high, then retreated again, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday. Shifts in refinancing were the key factor.

Mortgage Applications Rise, Thanks to Low Interest Rates

Demand for mortgage loans rose last week, driven by low interest rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its Market Composite Index rose 5.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis from a week earlier. The index measures the volume of applications for loans.

What's Behind the Drop in Mortgage Applications?

The Mortgage Bankers Association said mortgage applicatins dropped 10.5% last week, the biggest drop in four months. Elsewhere -- housing starts and homebuilder confidence -- signs are more hopeful. But the mortgage mess could be a spoiler.