U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly higher this week, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey, released Thursday.

"Average mortgage rates were nearly unchanged during the past week, leaving rates above the levels of two weeks ago," Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's chief economist, said in a press release. "Reflecting the rate uptick from two weeks ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that loan applications were down 23% last week."

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