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Mortgage Interest Rates Drop Again after Rising a Bit Last Week!

Down Arrow - JTEToday, 3/21/2013 Freddie Mac reported that the average mortgage interest rate for 30 year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.54%  down from 3.63% last week. The average interest rate for 15 year fixed-rate mortgages was 2.72, down from 2.79% last week. A year ago the 30 year rate was 4.08%.

Freddie Mac's Vice President said that low inflation rates which have been relatively stable for some time have created downward pressure on interest rates. This has been the case a LONG time. For ages the rates have been under 4%. The consumer price index (CPI) has been below 2% or just at that level for 12 weeks. The producer index was even lower. So inflation does not seem like a threat for the near future. Freddie Mac says that at this point they expect that interest rates for 30 year fixed rate mortgages to remain below 4% for the rest of 2013. That sounds good to me and to many home buyers. Though do keep in mind that prices are rising in many areas as the housing market rebounds. That will somewhat offset the lower interest rates if you delay too long. Keep that in mind.

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 local lender you can find several 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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