Interest rates for 30-year fixed loans have remained below 9% for at least two weeks - longer in some parts of the country. Those low rates, coupled with the coming spring homebuying season, could mean a pickup in activity for lenders, particularly in fixed-rate products.

The last time offering rates nationally dipped below 9% was the week ended Sept. 30, when rates were 8.91%, according to HSH Associates, Butler, N.J.

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