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Freddie Mac: Average Mortgage Interest Rates Mostly Unchanged on Mixed Economic News

Percent Sign - JTEToday, 10/20/2011, Freddie Mac reported that the average mortgage interest rate for 30 year fixed-rate mortgages was 4.11%, just slightly down from 4.12% last week. The average interest rate for 15 year fixed-rate mortgages was 3.38%, up slightly from 3.37% last week. A year ago the 30 year rate was 4.21%. So one went up and the other down, but just a tad. For all intents and purposes, unchanged this week and still very low.

Again we get hit with the dreaded "mixed economic signals" excuse. Consumer sentiments were lower, but retail sales went up. The economy continued to grow, but there were "weaker or less certain outlooks" for businesses. One good to balance out one bad, and on and on. Gets tedious, doesn't it?

The following was Freddie Mac's observations concerning the current housing market conditions, "The home construction industry had some good news for a change. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index jumped four points in October, the largest one-month gain since April 2010. Housing starts sprang up 15 percent in September, largely driven by a spike in multifamily starts to a level last seen in 2008. Building permits on 5-or-more unit buildings fell by 13 percent, however, suggesting that the multifamily building pickup may be temporary."

Do keep in mind that we are a very large country. So figures that come out for the entire nation, may have little or no relevance for your particular area. In the end, it is best if you speak with a local REALTOR or financing expert to see what the situation is for your part of the United States. Florida is not Michigan, nor is Maine the same as California. Market conditions can be very different from place-to-place. Also, your own credit history, the property you want to buy, etc. will effect your specific loan options and interest rates. Your mortgage broker or bank loan officer can give you more specific information.

If you want to learn more about Freddie Mac or see the details of their survey, go to: and click on the link for "Current Weekly Survey". They break down the survey by specific regions in the United States so you can see how your state compares to other parts of the country. They also explain the mission of Freddie Mac and offer a lot of useful information for consumers.

If you would like to speak with a lender you can find some at my website: . You can also speak with your own bank, credit union, or mortgage broker to see what your particular interest rate would be, should you decide to finance a home purchase.

I would also be happy to assist you in any way that I can. Just call JOHN ELWELL - REALTOR at CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. : 813-783-4444 or e-mail me at: You are also welcome at my webpage:  Licensed in Florida.

John Elwell - REALTOR


Bill Nye Realty, Inc.


Licensed in Florida


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