Mortgage rates little changed in week

Sept. 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Fixed mortgage rates on long-term loans in the United States were little changed in the week ending Thursday, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said.

The average 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate held steady at 3.55 percent with an average 0.6 points, Freddie Mac said.

A year earlier, interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate loans were at 4.09 percent.

For 15-year loans, interest rates dropped slightly, falling from 2.86 percent to 2.85 percent with an average 0.6 points. A year ago, 15-year loan rates averaged 3.3 percent.

Average interest rates for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages dropped from 2.75 percent to 2.72 percent in the week with 0.6 points. In the same week of 2011, rates for five-year ARM contracts stood at 2.99 percent.

The average interest rates for one-year ARM contracts was 2.61 percent in the week with 0.4 points, identical to last week.

Rates a year ago for one-year ARM contracts averaged 2.81 percent.

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