Overall mortgage applications fell again last week, dropping 10.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week before, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey. During the holiday-shortened week, the MBA seasonally adjusted purchase index decreased by 13.7 percent to 417.3 from 483.8 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index decreased by 5.7 percent to 1,701.3 from 1,803.9 one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 48 percent of total applications from 46.2 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity decreased to 32.6 percent from 33.8 percent of total applications. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 5.67 percent from 5.72 percent one week earlier. Points including the origination fee increased to 1.35 from 1.33 the previous week for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans. The average contract interest rate for 15-year...
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