Mortgage application activity rose 4.1% in the week ending Dec. 9 due solely to a jump in refinancing activity as mortgage rates declined.

The rate on 30-year conforming loans fell to 4.12% from 4.18%; Jumbo loan rates to 4.47% from 4.52%, and Federal Housing Administration rates to 3.94% from 3.98%. All were at their lowest level for 2011.

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