3.59: Mortgage Rates Drop as Labor Day Approaches

  • Aug 30th 2012

by UrbanTurf Staff

3.59: Mortgage Rates Drop as Labor Day Approaches: Figure 1

This morning, Freddie Mac reported 3.59 with an average 0.6 point as the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The drop comes after long-term rates increased for four straight weeks. In July, rates hit an all-time low of 3.49 percent.

From Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft:

Treasury bond yields fell, allowing mortgage rates to follow, after the release of the July 31st and August 1st minutes of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee. Committee members agreed that economic activity had decelerated more in recent months than they had anticipated at their last meeting in June. Some members even saw room for additional stimulus fairly soon if needed.

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:

3.59: Mortgage Rates Drop as Labor Day Approaches: Figure 2

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