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Third week of record lows for mortgage rates

Interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.57 percent this week, Freddie Mac reported this morning. That's down just a hundredth of a percentage point from last week's rate, but it marks the third consecutive week of record-setting lows for the most popular type of home loan. Freddie Mac has been tracking this rate for 39 years.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  July 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mortgages , Statistics , The economy  
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The Weekend Poll: Which way for mortgage rates?

Interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages hit a new low, down to 4.69 percent, Freddie Mac announced Thursday. What's next?

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 25, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mortgages , Poll , Statistics , The economy , Weekend Poll  
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Low interest rates didn't cause the bubble, economists say

Since they don't know what did cause the bubble, but they are convinced that low interest rates and loose lending don't bear much of the blame, they conclude that there's little reason to worry about rising mortgage interest rates. And they feel more secure suggesting that government policy makers back away from popular programs aimed at reducing the cost of homeownership.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  May 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mortgages , Statistics , Taxes , The economy  
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Jumping mortgage rates and open house extravaganza

Mortgage interest rates shot up this week to the highest level since August, Freddie Mac economists report today. Perversely, rising interest rates tend to boost home sales--at least in the short term. Buyers who had been sitting on the fence often get jolted into action when they see rising rates eat into their new-home budget. Combine that with a major nationwide marketing push by Realtors to hold open houses on as many of their listings as possible over the April 10-11 weekend, and the market could get pretty interesting over the next week or so.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 8, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Buying , Mortgages , Selling , Statistics , The market  
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HUD to study housing discrimination toward gays

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is launching a national study of discrimination in the sale or rental of housing to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. "Our goal is to provide information -- to allow the dialogue to focus on facts rather than preconceived notions," said HUD Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic, who is heading the study.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  March 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Buying , Mortgages , Neighborhoods , Selling  
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Mortgage rates still under 5 percent

If you're in the market for a mortgage, congratulations. Your timing is great. If you're feeling nudged to act solely by "record" low rates, turn on the Olympics and watch some genuine records being set.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  February 18, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Refinancers cut interest rates and shrink their debt, Elizabeth Razzi , January 28, 2010
GAO releases new map of troubled mortgages, Sarah Halzack , January 13, 2010
30-year mortgage rates rise to 5.14%, Elizabeth Razzi , December 31, 2009
Mortgage rates at record low and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , December 4, 2009
Have you refinanced yet?, Elizabeth Razzi , November 12, 2009
Fannie Mae to allow some troubled owners to rent back, Elizabeth Razzi , November 5, 2009
Refinancers save $3 billion in a year, Elizabeth Razzi , November 3, 2009
Solar Winners, Chat Day and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , October 16, 2009
Get Free Alerts if Someone Messes With Your Deed, Elizabeth Razzi , October 15, 2009
What's the Mortgage-Interest Deduction for That Yacht?, Elizabeth Razzi , October 13, 2009
A Flood of Solar Events and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , October 2, 2009
Pickled Hard-Boiled Egg Mortgages? The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , September 25, 2009
Lousy Loan Offers Still Coming by Mail, Elizabeth Razzi , September 22, 2009
Chat Plus: Questioning the Appraisal, Elizabeth Razzi , September 21, 2009
Chat Plus: Borrow From Condo A for Condo B, Elizabeth Razzi , September 8, 2009
We're Messing Up the Mortgage Interest Deduction, Elizabeth Razzi , September 1, 2009
Appraisers Say 'Don't Blame Us', Elizabeth Razzi , August 26, 2009
Jobs, Foreclosures and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , August 21, 2009
Wells Fargo Being Sued Over Home Equity Loans, Elizabeth Razzi , August 20, 2009
Price Increases Coming in Foreclosure Hot Spots?, Elizabeth Razzi , August 12, 2009
Choosing Bankruptcy to Avoid Foreclosure, Elizabeth Razzi , August 6, 2009
Freddie Mac's Having a Foreclosure Sale, Elizabeth Razzi , July 22, 2009
Appraisal Quality Getting More Attention, Elizabeth Razzi , July 16, 2009
Balloon Mortgages: A Relic of the Boom Survives?, Elizabeth Razzi , July 13, 2009
Mortgage Fraud Rising in the Washington Area, Elizabeth Razzi , July 9, 2009
Appraisers Blamed for Killing a Market Recovery , Elizabeth Razzi , June 25, 2009
New Web Site Takes Mystery Out of Closing Costs, Elizabeth Razzi , June 18, 2009
Discrimination Complaints Hit a Record, Elizabeth Razzi , June 10, 2009
Regulator Warns Public About Reverse Mortgages, Elizabeth Razzi , June 9, 2009
Financial Product Safety Commission & The Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , May 22, 2009
Market Up, or Down, Or?, Elizabeth Razzi , May 12, 2009
Mortgage Crisis Show, Tonight on WAMU and WHUT, Elizabeth Razzi , April 30, 2009
Feds Charge Metro Dream Homes Officers, Elizabeth Razzi , April 28, 2009
More Hurdles to Seeing Your Credit Scores, Elizabeth Razzi , April 21, 2009
Long & Foster Adds Job-Loss Protection , Elizabeth Razzi , April 16, 2009
Guilty Pleas in Foreclosure-Avoidance Scheme, Elizabeth Razzi , April 15, 2009
Book Review: Reduce Debt, Reduce Stress, Elizabeth Razzi , April 14, 2009
Why Ask an Ex-Con for Mortgage Help?, Elizabeth Razzi , April 1, 2009
Sales Calls and Refinancing, Elizabeth Razzi , March 31, 2009
Dealing With Signs of Fraud in FHA Loans, Elizabeth Razzi , March 10, 2009
Refinance Opportunities Should Last a While, Elizabeth Razzi , March 9, 2009
Surprise! It's a Bailout for Vacation Homes, Too, Elizabeth Razzi , March 6, 2009
Sharpen Your Elbows to Get In on Borrower Bailout, Elizabeth Razzi , March 5, 2009
Jumbo Loans Get Supersized -- Again, Elizabeth Razzi , February 24, 2009
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