Freddie Mac documented a decline in mortgage rates during the week ended March 4, with 30-year fixed home loans slipping to 4.97 percent from 5.05 percent and 15-year interest averaging 4.33 percent.

Also, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that its index of home loan applications jumped 15 percent during the week ended Feb. 26. Refinancing activity was up 17 percent, and purchase demand rose 9 percent.

Source: Kansas City Star