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After a HUGE Jump Last Week, Mortgage Interest Rates Settle Lower

Down Arrow - JTEToday, 7/3/2013 Freddie Mac reported that the average mortgage interest rate for 30 year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.29%  up from 4.46% last week. The average interest rate for 15 year fixed-rate mortgages was 3.39%, up from 3.50% last week. A year ago the 30 year rate was 3.62%.

Perhaps the shock of last weeks big jump will be a motivator for some people who were still delaying. Keep in mind that even at 4.46% the rates were very low compared to those of the not-so-distant past. In 2005 I was paying over 6%. So if you are going to be buying in the future, don't drag your feet and start making some concrete steps to find that home you want.

Freddie Mac's Vice President said, "Fixed mortgage rates fell over the holiday week as market concerns over the timing of the Federal Reserve's pullback in bond purchases eased somewhat. Rates are still low by historical standards and should continue to aid in housing affordability and the ongoing recovery of the housing market. For instance, pending home sales rose 6.7% in May to the strongest pace in over six years. In addition, residential construction spending increased in four of the first five months this year."

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 contact 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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