Overall mortgage applications jumped by 8.2 percent last week even as mortgage rates increased, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey. The MBA seasonally adjusted purchase index increased by 12.6 percent to 496.5 from 440.9 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index increased by 3.1 percent to 2,303.9 from 2,233.8 one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 45.7 percent of total applications from 47.7 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity decreased to 34.4 percent of total applications from 34.9 percent the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 5.65 percent from 5.54 percent one week earlier. Points including the origination fe...
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