US Mortgage Rates Drop to Record Low of 4.71%

Posted on 03 December 2009

There is a record drop in mortgage rates for fixed 30-year loans, among signs that the housing market has started emerging from the worst slump since the 1930s.

Rates fell to lowest ever recorded 4.71%

The rate has become as low as 4.71% for the week ended today. This has been recorded as the lowest since Freddie Mac began compiling the data in 1971.

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Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac of McLean, Virginia,  said today in a statement that the average 15-year rate was 4.27%.

Increase in Mortgage Applications

Low mortgage costs and a tax credit for first-time homebuyers have rendered help to increase the demand for property as in October the number of contracts to buy previously owned homes rose and last week there has been a surge in mortgage applications.

The challenges for the housing industry are jobless rate at a 26-year high and mounting foreclosures.

Rise in Pending Home Sales Index

The National Association of Realtors said on Dec. 1 that, the index of signed purchase agreements, or pending home sales, has shown a rise of 3.7% to 114.1 after rising 6% in September.

Rise in MBA’s Index of applications to purchase home or refinance

In the week ended on Nov. 27 the Mortgage Bankers Association’s index of applications to purchase a home or refinance a mortgage rose 2.1%. A 4.1% rise in purchase index and 1.7% rise in the refinancing has been noted.

Federal Reserve program has helped reducing mortgage rates

This year a Federal Reserve program to buy up to $1.25 trillion in securities backed by home loans has helped to reduce the mortgage rates. The program is scheduled to end in the first quarter of next year.

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