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Overall mortgage applications jumped by 4.3 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 0.6 percent to 480.3 from 483 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index increased by 10.6 percent to 2,375.4 from 2,148.7 one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 48.6 percent of total applications from 45.2 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity decreased to 34 percent of total applications from 35.3 percent the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 5.7 percent from 5.69 percent one week earlier. Points including the origination fee de...