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Mortgage loan application volume was down for the week ending April 7, and long-term interest rates edged higher, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest weekly survey. The market composite index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 579.4, down 5.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 612.8 one week earlier, the MBA reported. On an unadjusted basis, the index decreased 5.1 percent compared with the previous week and was down 14.7 percent compared with the same week one year earlier.  The seasonally-adjusted purchase index decreased 4.7 percent to 417.7 from 438.2 the previous week, and the refinance index decreased 6.6 percent to 1,532.4 from 1,640.8 one week earlier. The four-week moving average for the seasonally-adjusted market index is up 0...