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On Your Side: Extreme drought could increase levels of radioactive gas in homes

The extreme drought continues to worsen across many parts of Alabama. It's having an impact on many things ... it allows more radon to enter homes and enter into the atmosphere,” Matthew White with SWAT Environmental said. You can’t see, smell or ...

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Published: Nov 4, 2009 7:00 a.mET Share .st0{fill:#FFFFFF;} .st1{fill:#E12828;} .st2{fill:#FAEAEA;enable-background:new ;} .st3{fill:#FAD4D4;enable-background:new ;} Lower rates draw in homeowner applicants, data show window.videoDomain = ''; By AmyHoak Editor CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Applications filed for mortgages rebounded last week, rising a seasonally adjusted 8.2% as refinancing-minded borrowers sought to take advantage of more attractive interest rates charged on home loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest survey The uptick reverses three weeks in which the volume of mortgage applications droppedSee related storyRefinancing applications increased 14.5% for the week ended Oct30 compared with the previous week, while filings seeking mortgages to purchase homes fell a seasonally adjusted 1.8%, the MBA reported WednesdayThe Washington-based MBA's weekly survey covers more than half of all applications filed for U.Sretail residential mortgages The four-week moving average tracking all mortgages was down 5.5% Refinancings made up 66.1% of all application activity last week, up from the prior week's 62.3%Adjustable-rate mortgages accounted for 6.1% of applications as tracked by the MBA, down from 6.9% Rates on fixed-rate mortgages dropped on a week-to-week basis, but the average rate on one-year ARMs rates rose, ticking up to 6.83% from 6.79% For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, the average rate came to 4.97% in the latest week, down from 5.04% the week beforeFifteen-year fixed-rate mortgages, a popular choice for refinancings, averaged 4.33%, down from 4.53% To obtain the rates, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage required payment of an average 1.01 points, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage required an average 1.33 points and the one-year ARM required an average 0.31 pointA point is 1% of the mortgage amount, charged as prepaid interest var SA = SA || []; SA.push({ container: "#sa_calc_623629", version: 1.1, data: { key: "npqzoaaw8ttdneqrelpmx2gdnehdyiog" } }); var smscript = document.createElement('script'); smscript.type = 'text/javascript'; smscript.async = true; smscript.src = ''; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(smscript, s); MarketWatch Partner Center Most Popular Dow futures rise 180 points as attention turns to corporate results My brother stole my $110,000 inheritance by altering our mother’s will 5 great questions Americans are asking about the market’s crazy ride Trump felt misled, angry over expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats: report What 'Flash Boys' Brad Katsuyama thinks is killing Wall Street trade Mortgage Rates Powered by This advertisement is provided by Bankrate, which compiles rate data from more than 4,800 financial institutionsBankrate is paid by financial institutions whenever users click on display advertisements or on rate table listings enhanced with features like logos, navigation links, and toll free numbersDow Jones receives a share of these revenues when users click on a paid placement. 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