Today, 11/17/2011, Freddie Mac reported that the average mortgage interest rate for 30 year fixed-rate mortgages was 4.00%, up from 3.99% last week. The average interest rate for 15 year fixed-rate mortgages was 3.31%, up from last 3.30% week. A year ago the 30 year rate was 4.39%. The change was hardly worth mentioning, especially for loan with lives of 15 to 30 years.
Freddie Mac said: "Mortgage rates were little changed this week just as the economy is showing potential for further gains in the near term. Retail sales rose for the fifth straight month in October and beat the market consensus forecast. Meanwhile, consumer confidence rose for the third consecutive month in early November to the highest reading since June, according to the University of Michigan's sentiment index. Lastly, homebuilder confidence exhibited a back-to-back monthly increase in November to the strongest level since May 2010, based on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index."
Just a few minutes ago, I read on the internet that the employment figures had improved a bit. We will have to see if this translates into any changes for interest rates next week. The next report from Freddie Mac will likely come out on Wednesday next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday which will take place on Thursday.
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: www.freddiemac.com 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: www.jelwell.century21bnr.com . 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.
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