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U.S. mortgage activity declines in week

June 22, 2011 at 11:48 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity declined in the week ending June 17, despite dropping long-term interest rates.

Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose from 4.51 percent to 4.57 percent with points falling from 1.04 to 0.91. Rates for 15-year, fixed-rate contracts rose from 3.67 percent to 3.7 percent with points dropping from 1.06 to 1.05, the association said.

The banking group said its weekly mortgage activity index fell 5.9 percent, while the refinancing Index rose 7.2 percent.

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