Seemingly unaffected by the end of the 16-day partial U.S. government shutdown, mortgage applications barely moved last week.
Total mortgage applications fell 0.6 percent week-to-week, while applications to refinance fell one percent and applications to purchase a home rose one percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The results do not include an adjustment for the Columbus Day holiday.
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The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) decreased to 4.39 percent, the lowest rate since June 2013, from 4.46 percent, according to the weekly survey.