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[NEW YORK] Applications for US home mortgages rose last week as both purchase and refinancing applications increased, an industry group said on Wednesday.
The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, rose 7.3 per cent in the week ended Dec 5.
The MBA's seasonally adjusted index of refinancing applications rose 13.2 per cent, while the gauge of loan requests for home purchases, a leading indicator of home sales, rose 1.3 per cent.
Fixed 30-year mortgage rates averaged 4.11 per cent in the week, up 3 basis points from 4.08 per cent the week before.
The survey covers over 75 per cent of US retail residential mortgage applications, according to MBA.