Mortgage Applications Jump on Lower Rates

Washington, DC, Oct. 30, 2013 -- Mortgage applications surged higher by 6.4% for the week ending Oct. 25, the Mortgage Bankers Association said.

The refinance index rose 9%, while the purchase index grew 2% as refinance applications ticked up. 

The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 67% of total applications, which is the highest level since June.

The average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 4.33% from 4.39%.