Real estate loan applications fell last week, led by a drop-off in home purchases, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported today in its weekly survey. The market composite index, a measure of mortgage application volume, sank 2.5 percent, falling to 630.6 on a seasonally adjusted basis from 646.6 one week earlier. The index that tracks home purchases fell 4.2 percent from the beginning of April, according to MBA, while the refinance index dipped 0.3 percent -- its fifth consecutive weekly decrease. Because of the considerable drop in purchase loans, the refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 43.6 percent of total applications from 42.8 percent the previous week, and the adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share decreased to 18.1 percent from 18.7 percent. Borrowing costs across all...
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