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4.50: Mortgage Rates Take a Dip

by Shilpi Paul

4.50: Mortgage Rates Take a Dip: Figure 1

Interest rates took a bit of a dip this week.

On Thursday morning, Freddie Mac reported 4.50 percent with an average 0.7 point as the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Last week, rates averaged 4.57 percent and in August, they hit a yearly high of 4.58 percent.

From Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft on today’s rates:

Mortgage rates drifted downwards this week amid signs of a weakening economic recovery. Retail sales rose 0.2 percent in August which was nearly half of July’s 0.4 percent increase. In addition, industrial production in August grew 0.4 percent, less than the market consensus forecast. And lastly, consumer sentiment fell for the second consecutive month in September to the lowest reading since April. This, in part, was why the Federal Reserve chose to maintain its MBS and bond-buying program at its September 12th and 13th monetary policy committee meeting.

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:

4.50: Mortgage Rates Take a Dip: Figure 2

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1 Comment

  1. RC said at 7:54 pm on Thursday September 19, 2013:
    And probably dropping a bit further, at least for now, thanks to the Fed. Thanks, Uncle Ben!

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