Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall back to record lows

U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, coming in at or near their all-time record lows, Freddie Mac reported today. The average 30-year fixed rate dropped to its record low of 3.49 percent, while the 15-year fixed rate hit a new record low of 2.77 percent. Said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac:

“Following the Federal Reserve’s announcement of a new bond purchase plan, yields on mortgage-backed securities fell bringing average fixed mortgage rates to their all-time record lows which should aid in the ongoing housing recovery. New construction on one-family homes rebounded in August, rising by 5.5 percent to the fastest pace since April 2010. In addition, existing home sales increased by 7.8 percent in August to its strongest pace since May 2010.”

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Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.

One thought on “Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall back to record lows

  1. This latest decrease brought rates to new record lows for the second consecutive week for both 30 year fixed and 15 year fixed rate mortgage loans. It’s remarkable to see that fixed mortgage rates have fallen to this level. This is a wonderful opportunity for those in the position to buy a home or refinance a higher rate mortgage

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