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Mortgage Application Volume Down

US Mortgage applications plunged last week, largely reflecting a drop in demand for home refinancing loans. Mortgage application volume tumbled 28.7 percent during the week ending March 28, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey. Mortgages to purchase homes dropped a seasonally adjusted 11.8% last week, compared with the previous week. Refinancing applications took a 38.1% dive on a week-to-week basis, according to the MBA's latest survey. The U.S. real estate market is currently suffering one of the worst downturns in its history. Last week's drop in demand may indicate what is in store for the hard-hit sector this spring, which is the peak home-buying season. Borrowing costs on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, excluding fees, averaged 5.75 percent, up 0.01 percentage point from the previous week.

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