Demand for mortgages increases 2.2% as interest rates marginally decrease.

The total number of mortgage applications increased for the week but was still significantly lower than in the previous year.

For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($647,200 or less), the average contract interest rate dropped from 6.90% to 6.67% last week.

Mortgage applications to buy a home increased by 3% for the week but decreased by 41% from the previous year.

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index shows that mortgage applications increased 2.2% last week compared to the prior week, driven by a slight drop in interest rates.

Applications for refinances, which are typically the most sensitive to weekly rate changes, increased by 2% for the week but remained 86% lower than they had been the previous year. Only 220,000 people, according to real estate data company Black Knight, can still benefit from a refinance, despite interest rates have dropped from their recent high of 7.16% a month ago.

Mortgage applications to buy a home increased by 3% for the week but decreased by 41% from the previous year. Despite the fact that some prospective buyers may be entering the market once more now that they have more negotiating power and less competition, there are still not enough available homes for sale, and prices have not decreased significantly.

Despite last week’s slight easing, rates are still twice what they were at the start of the year. For loans requiring a 20% down payment, the average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($647,200 or less) dropped from 6.90% to 6.67%, while the number of points increased from 0.56 to 0.68 (including the origination fee).

Joel Kan, an MBA economist, said in a release that the drop in mortgage rates “should improve the purchasing power of prospective homebuyers, who have been largely sidelined as mortgage rates have more than doubled in the past year.” “With the decline in rates, the ARM share [adjustable-rate mortgage] of applications also declined to 8.8% of loans last week, down from the range of 10% and 12% during the previous two months,” says the report.

Due to the usual volume drag caused by the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, mortgage rates haven’t changed at all this week.

It’s not that nothing is happening. According to Matthew Graham, chief operating officer of Mortgage News Daily, “They just aren’t moving like normal. Expect the situation to return to more normal levels the following week, but for the biggest moves, the market should continue to wait until December 13 and 14.

When the Federal Reserve makes its next announcement regarding interest rates, the government issues its upcoming major report on inflation.

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