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3.32: Rates Stay Near Historic Lows

by Shilpi Paul

3.32: Rates Stay Near Historic Lows: Figure 1

This week, mortgage rates stayed close to last week’s historic lows.

On Thursday morning, Freddie Mac reported 3.32 percent with an average 0.8 point as the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.

From Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft:

Mortgage rates were virtually unchanged this week amid growing concerns around the fiscal cliff. Although low mortgage rates failed to boost new home sales in October, year-to-date sales are up 20 percent compared with 2011 volumes, and there are growing signs of a turnaround in house prices. The S&P/Case-Shiller® national home price index (seasonally adjusted) rose 5.2 percent over the first three quarters of this year. In addition, all 20 of the city indices (seasonally adjusted) had positive growth over the first 9 months, led by a 17.9 percent increase in Phoenix. More recently, the Federal Reserve’s November 28th regional economic review, known as the Beige Book, noted that 10 of the 12 districts reported the market for single-family homes continued to improve leading into mid-November.

The UrbanTurf Mortgage Rate Disclaimer: The rates reported by Freddie Mac for 30-year mortgages are usually the best rates that the most qualified borrowers can get, so borrowers or those considering refinancing should not necessarily read this news and think that they can go out and get a loan with the quoted interest rate.

Here’s a look at the path of rates since January 2010:

3.32: Rates Stay Near Historic Lows: Figure 2

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