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Home loan applications slow

Borrowers pass up bargain 30-year rate

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Although the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to its lowest level since January, overall mortgage applications last week were down 3.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week before, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest survey. The seasonally adjusted refinance index decreased by 4.3 percent to 1,935.3 from 2,022.2 the previous week, and the purchase index decreased by 2.8 percent to 401.4 from 412.9 one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 48.6 percent of total applications from 48 percent the previous week, and is now at its highest level since February 2005. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged from the previous week at 25.5 percent of total applications. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell to 6.13 percent last week -- a 10-month low -- from 6.15 percent the previous week, with points including the origination fee decreasing to 0.95 from 0.98 f...