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News Summary: US 30-yr mortgage rate at record low

Source : AP
Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 19:15 hrs

: Average U.S. mortgage rates fell to fresh record lows this week, a trend that is boosting home sales.

THE NUMBERS: Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the average 30-year loan rate dipped to 3.31 percent, the lowest on records dating back to 1971. The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage dropped to 2.63 percent, also a record.

HOUSING RECOVERY: Home sales and construction are rising, providing a much-needed boost to the economy. Lower rates have also persuaded more people to refinance. That usually leads to lower monthly mortgage payments and more consumer spending.



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