Applications for mortgages to purchase homes gained for the fourth consecutive week while refinancings dropped, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a Wednesday report.

A seasonally adjusted index measuring purchase applications rose 11% last week, compared with a 6% increase in the prior week, according to the report. Applications for refinancings fell 3% from the prior week, though the level was 201% higher than a year ago, MBA said.

“There continues to be a stark recovery in purchase applications, as most large states saw increases in activity last week,” said Joel Kan, an MBA associate vice president.

New York led the increases with a 14% jump, after a 9% gain in the prior week. Illinois, Florida, Georgia, California and North Carolina also had double-digit increases

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