Driven by falling mortgage rates, the volume of purchase mortgage applications increased by 5 percent for its seventh straight weekly gain.

Purchase activity increased by 18 percent year over year.

While refinancing volume slid by a modest amount, overall purchases helped make up the difference during the end of May. Year over year, it stood 137 percent higher. Refinancing made up about a 60 percent share of all applications.

Total applications for FHA loans remained unchanged from the previous week, at 11.2 percent. For VA loans, the share fell to 12 percent; USDA loans accounted for less than 1 percent of all loans.

The average loan amount rose to nearly $320,000.

Interest rates dropped in all categories except for FHA loans.

For fixed-rate mortgages, interest rates and points dipped.

The Mortgage Bankers Association said the market index, which measures loan application volume, dropped about 3.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted basis. The holiday may have dragged it down.

Pent-up demand from homebuyers reentering the real estate market is supporting recovery and growth. Job loss and lack of housing inventory, however, continue to hold back greater recovery activity.

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