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Mortgage Interest Rates Stay About the Same for Another Week
Today, 8/15/2013, Freddie Mac reported that the average mortgage interest rate for 30 year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.40% unchanged from last week. The average interest rate for 15 year fixed-rate mortgages was 3.44%, up from 3.43% last week. A year ago the 30 year rate was 3.62%.
Freddie Mac's Vice President said, "Fixed mortgage rates have been bouncing around over the past few weeks on market speculation that the Fed will taper some of its monetary stimulus. In fact, 65 percent of economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect the Fed to reduce the amount of bond purchases at its September 17th and 18th monetary policy committee meetings. Currently, mortgage rates on 30-year fixed mortgages are 1.1 percentage points above their all-time low set on November 21, 2012, which translates into $125 more per month in mortgage payments on a $200,000 loan."
Do keep in mind that we are a very large country, So figures that come out for the entire nation, may have little or no relevance for your particular area. In the end, it is best if you speak with a local REALTOR or financing expert to see what the situation is for your part of the United States. Florida is not Michigan, nor is Maine ... more
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