11 May, 2012

Another record low for mortgage rates

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Mortgage interest rates hit new lows this week as both the 30-year and the 15-year fixed-rates fell, according to a weekly survey by Freddie Mac. It was the second consecutive week that rates broke records.
The 30-year, the most popular mortgage product, fell by 0.01 percentage points to 3.83%. Last year at this time, it stood at 4.63%. The new lows can save borrowers $46 a month for every $100,000 borrowed. Over a 30-year term that comes to more than $16,000.
Rates are tracking the downward trend in Treasury yields, according to Frank Nothaft, Freddie's chief economist, which have fallen in response to election results in Europe and a weaker than expected U.S. employment report.
"The economy added just 115,000 jobs, below the market consensus forecast and less than in March," he said. "And although the unemployment rate declined, it reflected fewer people actively seeking jobs."

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