Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows but Applications Fell Flat

The volume of mortgage applications dipped slightly last week. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said its Market Composite Index, a measure of that volume, was down 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week ended October 9 and was 1 percent lower on an unadjusted basis.

The Refinance Index slipped 0.3 percent from the previous week and was 44 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 65.6 percent of total applications from 65.4 percent the previous week.

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent from one week earlier and 1 percent unadjusted. The Index was 24 percent higher than the same week one year ago, continuing a string of year-over-year gains that started during the week ended May 22.