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Mortgage Rates Slip Slightly Lower this Week. Just Slightly!

Down Arrow - JTEToday, 8/21/2014,  Freddie Mac reported that the average mortgage interest rate for 30 year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.10% down a tad from 4.12% last week. The average interest rate for 15 year fixed-rate mortgages was 3.23%, down a little from 3.24% last week. A year ago the 30 year rate was 4.58%.

Another week with little change. But that is sure better than having the rates skyrocket, isn't it? As long as rates remain low, buyers can more easily get the properties they want and sellers can better sell their homes for a fair price. Win-win!

The problem many areas are seeing is the lack of sufficient inventory. I have several buyers who are ready to buy a home either via a mortgage or by paying cash. But there are just no homes out there that meet their requirements. This will change in coming months, but I think it will be a very long time before we find that the inventory of homes in our area is larger than the demand for them. Of course, sellers like this scenario better since it helps support higher prices. Something to keep in mind.

Freddie Mac's spokesperson said, "Mortgage rates were down slightly this week, following the decline in 10-year Treasury yields. Meanwhile, housing starts in July jumped 15.7 percent to 1.093 million units after falling 4.0 percent a month earlier. Also, July's consumer prices increased at a 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted pace, the slowest in five months."

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. in Zephyrhills, Florida: 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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