Blame it on mortgage insurance
applications dropped 5.6 percent
from a week earlier as of April 22, reported the Mortgage
Bankers Association. This coincided with a hike in FHA loan premiums -- over the past month, applications had risen as home buyers tried to beat the deadline. There also was no adjustment made for Good Friday, which fell on the final day of this week.
Remarkably, however, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage interest rate declined to 4.80 percent. In this turbulent housing market, low
interest rates alone apparently are not enough to counter plunging home values
and naggingly high unemployment
. Is this the dreaded double dip in the housing market economists have feared?
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