Overall mortgage applications held steady last week, decreasing just 1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey. The MBA seasonally adjusted purchase index decreased by 0.4 percent to 488.9 from 490.9 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index decreased by 2 percent to 1,852.4 from 1,890.6 from one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 46 percent of total applications from 45.6 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity decreased to 34.2 percent from 34.5 percent of total applications. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 5.65 percent from 5.68 percent one week earlier. Points including the origination fee...
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