Mortgage Purchase Applications Rise 1% From Previous Week, But Down 18% From Last Year Thanks To Unaffordable Home Prices

Simply unaffordable is what singer Robert Palmer would say. Homes, that is.


Mortgage applications increased 2.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 6, 2021.

The Refinance Index increased 3 percent from the previous week and was 8 percent lower than the same week one year ago. But recent declines in mortgage rates have produced a mini-refi wave (pink box).

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent compared with the previous week and was 18 percent lower than the same week one year ago. But rapidly rising home prices have cooled mortgage purchase applications since the beginning of 2021.

Here is the data from the MBA showing a rise in mortgage applications from the previous week of 2.79%.

Inflation report coming up next!

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