Home Sales, Mortgage Applications Feel Holiday Lull
Mortgage application activity faltered last week as rates edged up and holiday duties rose to the tops of priority lists, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Mortgage Bankers Assn. For the critical retail week ending Dec. 22, the MBA's Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan appreciation volume, decreased 14.2% to 555.8 on a seasonally-adjusted basis from 647.6 the week ending Dec. 15. On an unadjusted basis, the index was up 16.6% year-over-year.
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