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Overall mortgage applications dropped 4.0 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week before, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey.   The MBA seasonally adjusted purchase index decreased by 5.2 percent to 453.1 from 477.9 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index decreased 1.6 percent to 1418.1 from 1441.8 one week earlier.   The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 41.7 percent of total applications, from 40.2 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity decreased to 32.6 percent of total applications, from 33.5 percent the previous week.   The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 6.22 percent from 6.28 percent one week earlier. Points includi...