Mortgage rates jumped in response to the recent sharp sell-off resulting from perceived lower odds of further quantitative easing based on improving economic news.Freddie Mac reported 30-year fixed mortgage rates averaged 4.08%, a 16 basis points increase from last week. This is the highest level since late October. In addition, with an average 0.08-point, the no-point rate is near 4.30% and places 3.5% and some 4.0% coupons out of the refinancing window.

As a result, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is likely to report further declines in refinancing activity for the week ending March 23.

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