The highest interest rates in about a month and high home prices took their toll on the mortgage business last week.
Total mortgage application volume slipped 2.5 percent from the previous week and 12 percent from a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted report.
While homebuyers are less sensitive to weekly rate moves, mortgage applications to buy a home fell for the third straight week to the lowest level in a month. Application volume for homebuyers was down 3 percent for the week and just 1 percent higher than a year ago. Home sales have been weakening for months as high prices hit affordability and low inventory limits choices.
Mortgage applications to refinance a home loan, which are highly sensitive to interest rate moves, fell 2 percent for the week and were nearly 29 percent lower than a year ago, when rates were nearly three-quarters of a percentage point lower.
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