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Mortgage rates bounce off record lows

Upbeat unemployment report sends most rates up
Published on Dec 11, 2009

Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages bounced back from last week's record lows, averaging 4.81 percent with an average of 0.7 point, Freddie Mac said in releasing the results of its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey.Last week, the 30-year fixed-rate hit a record low of 4.71 percent in records dating back to 1971. The rate remains well below the 5.47 percent reported a year ago, thanks in large part to ongoing Federal Reserve purchases of $1.25 trillion in mortgage-backed securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae.That program is scheduled to wind down at the end of March 2010. The Mortgage Bankers Association in October projected that 30-year fixed-rate mortgages will hit 5.4 percent next year, 6 percent in 2011, and 6.3 percent in 2012 (see story).Mortgage rates were up this week after an upbeat employment report pushed long-term bond yields up slightly, with fixed mortgage rates following, said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist.The ec...

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