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Overall mortgage applications dropped 9.2 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey. The MBA seasonally adjusted purchase index decreased by 4.9 percent to 436.3 from 459 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index decreased by 14.2 percent to 1,949.2 from 2,270.8 one week earlier.  The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 44.5 percent of total applications from 47.1 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity increased to 34.9 percent of total applications from 33.9 percent the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 5.69 percent from 5.78 percent one week earlier. Points including the origination...