Modest Increase in US Mortgage Activity to Start 2024

By Jesse Wade
NAHB – Eye on Housing
January 10, 2024
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States

Per the Mortgage Bankers Association’s survey through the week ending January 5th, total mortgage activity increased 9.9% from the previous week, and the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate rose five basis points to 6.81%. After the total mortgage activity index fell 10.7% in the last week of December, it bounced back in the first week of the year. The data includes an adjustment for New Year’s. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, rose by 9.9% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. Purchasing activity increased 5.6% and refinancing activity increased 18.8% week-over-week. Purchasing activity was 6.8% lower than one year ago, and refinancing activity was up 30.2% from the same week one year ago.

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