Economists' Outlook

Housing stats and analysis from NAR's research experts.

Mortgage Applications

Each day the Research staff takes a look at recently released economic indicators, addressing what these indicators mean for REALTORS® and their clients. Today’s update discusses mortgage applications.

  • Mortgage applications increased 4.1 percent during the week ending December 9.
  • The Purchase Index declined 8.2 percent from the prior week, while the Refinance index moved in the opposite direction, rising 9.3 percent, driven by declining interest rates.
  • Interest rates on 30-year fixed mortgages declined to 4.12 percent, the lowest rate of 2011.
  • Cash purchases—which have been steady at 30 percent of transactions—were not captured in the data.
  • Import prices during the month of November increased 0.7 percent, according to a report by the Labor Department.
  • On a yearly basis, import prices have risen 9.9 percent, adding to the upward inflationary pressure.
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