According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates increased last week across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and 15-year fixed-rate loans. The increase brought rates to their highest level in a month. Joel Kan, an MBA economist, said rates were reacting to news from the Fed. “Mortgage rates increased to their highest levels in almost a month following a relatively hawkish Fed statement last week, driving the decline in refinance activity,” Kan told CNBC. And, it's true that higher rates did slow refinance demand. In fact, it was 4 percent lower than the previous week. At the same time, however, demand for loans to buy homes was up 3 percent, showing that there is still strong demand from prospective home buyers looking to buy a house this fall. For home buyers in Eastern, NC, the demand has been high but with a good inventory and moderate prices, along with incentives and down payment programs, there has been a strong market. Buyers are able to find what they are wanting in a price range they can afford in this area. To see some of the homes available go to: http://www.firstcarolina.com/listings/ or join social media at: https://www.facebook.com/fcrhavelock/. The MBA's weekly survey has been conducted since 1990 and covers 75 percent of all retail residential mortgage applications. More here.

Buyers Are Active In Eastern, NC

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