Mortgage Rates Dip to Lowest Level in Almost Two Months

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Mortgage rates fell for the second straight week, dropping to their lowest level in almost two months last week and prompting a slight resurgence in applications for both refinancing and home purchases.

In the week ending April 16, the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dipped to 3.20% from 3.27% the previous week, data released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Wednesday showed. An index measuring the volume of applications from borrowers planning to refinance surged 10%—the first weekly increase since February—while an index of applications to buy a home, a leading indicator of real estate sales, increased 6%.

The housing market has boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, fueled by mortgage rates hitting new record lows last year and eventually bottoming at 2.85% in December. A recent upswing in rates had started to put a damper on demand for home loans, but the trajectory has reversed itself a bit over the last two weeks.