Overall mortgage applications rose 4.6 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week before, with refinancings fueling the increase, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported today. The seasonally adjusted refinance index increased by 8.4 percent to 1,546.8 from 1,427.4 one week earlier, while the purchase index increased by 2.4 percent to 426.7 from 416.5 the previous week. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 35 percent of total applications from 33.8 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity increased to 29.9 percent of total applications from 28.5 percent the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 6.66 percent from 6.61 percent, with points increasing to 1.17 fr...
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