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Real estate loan applications fall 5.5%

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Overall mortgage applications sank 5.5 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week before, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported today. The seasonally adjusted purchase index decreased by 5.3 percent to 383.3 from 404.6 one week earlier, and the refinance Index decreased by 5.8 percent to 1,857 from 1,970.8 the previous week. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 46.4 percent of total applications from 46.7 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 26.9 percent of total applications from 27 percent the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 6.27 percent from 6.24 percent. Points including the origination fee increased to 1.08 from 1.03 for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans. Points, which are fees charged by lenders for loan processing, are expressed as a percent of the total loan amount. The average contract interest rate for 15-year ...