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Real estate purchases remain steady

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Overall loan applications remained steady last week, increasing by just 0.1 percent to 601.2 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey. The MBA seasonally adjusted purchase index increased by 1.1 percent to 454.9 from 449.5 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index decreased by 1.7 percent to 1,454.6 from 1,479.4 one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 33.4 percent of total applications from 33.8 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity decreased to 33.5 percent of total applications from 34.7 percent one week earlier. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 6.21 percent from 6.34 percent one week earlier. Points including the origination fee decreased to 1.26 from 1.29 the previous week for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans. The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to...