Mortgage Rates Ease Some More

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WASHINGTON – Long-term mortgage rates declined for a second week in a row, after rising four of the previous five weeks.

The average for the 30-year, fixed-rate loan dipped to 4.71% this week, from 4.77% last week; while the average for the 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4.08% from 4.13%, according to Freddie Mac.

ARM rates also moved lower, with the average for the five-year ARM falling to 3.72%, from 3.75%; and the average for the one-year ARM dropping slightly to 3.23% from 3.24% last week.

“Fixed mortgage rates followed bond yields lower for the second consecutive week, bringing them to a four-week low,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac.


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