Mortgage rates have held rock steady throughout June at or near lows for the year, as interest rates on fixed-rate loans remained virtually unchanged this week for the fourth consecutive week, Freddie Mac said in releasing the results of its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

A separate survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association showed demand for purchase loans was down slightly last week compared the week before but up from the same time a year ago.

Freddie Mac’s survey of 125 lenders nationwide showed rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaging 4.51 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending June 30, virtually unchanged from 4.5 percent last week and down from 4.58 percent a year ago.

Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages hit a 2011 low of 4.49 percent during the first week of June. After hitting an all-time low in Freddie Mac records dating to 1971 of 4.17 percent during the week ending Nov. 11, 2010, rates on 30-year fixed-rate loans surged back to a 2011 high of 5.05 percent in February.

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