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After a Rise, Average Mortgage Interest Rates Settle Back Below 4% Again

Down Arrow - JTEToday, 3/29/2012, Freddie Mac reported that the average mortgage interest rate for 30 year fixed-rate mortgages was 3.99%, down from 4.08% last week. The average interest rate for 15 year fixed-rate mortgages was 3.23%, down from 3.30% from last week. A year ago the 30 year rate was 4.86%. Nice to see the rates go down rather than continue upward. Four percent sure sounds good to me and a lot of my buyers. Sellers like it too since it means more people can afford to purchase their homes!

Unfortunately, part of the small dip was due to weaker housing indicators for January. New home sales declined, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. We have had a large inventory of existing homes that are backed-up in the pipeline. To me it makes no sense to keep pumping new homes into the market when we need to diminish the inventory that we already have. Sounds logical doesn't it? But I am no big Wall Street economic whiz. Nor do I want to be! Also, as I always say, this is a general report on housing. It does not mean that in different regions things may be a lot rosier.

We will just have to wait and see what the future holds. I did hear that unemployment figures where supposed to be better this month. Hope that turns out to be true.

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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