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November 9th, 2011

Euro troubles send mortgage rates toward record lows

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foreign currencyJust as we discussed on Monday, economic troubles overseas are helping to force U.S. mortgage rates lower. As it stands today, mortgage rates are trending back towards record lows.

“Italy has joined Greece in making the markets nervous. Troubles over there are driving interest rates down here, as investors are doing what they can to get their money out of harm’s way,” said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com.

“There is little to suggest that any immediate solution to the fiscal woes of these countries is coming soon, but if supports aren’t enacted at some point and these countries default on their debts, the economic trouble it would cause would far outstrip the benefits of low mortgage rates.”

According to the latest weekly mortgage rate report from HSH.com, rates on two of the most popular types of mortgages dipped the week ending November 8. The average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages were as follows:

Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage

  • Average rate: 4.13 percent
  • Average points: 0.28

Conforming 5/1 ARM

  • Average rate: 3.02 percent
  • Average points: 0.24

Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the previous week ending November 1 were, according to HSH.com:

Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage

  •     Average rate: 4.22 percent
  •     Average points: 0.27

Conforming 5/1 ARM

  •     Average rate: 3.07 percent
  •     Average points: 0.23

Methodology
The Weekly Mortgage Rate Radar reports the average rates and points offered on conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and conforming 5/1 ARMs. The weekly mortgage rate survey covers a large sample of mortgage lenders and is conducted over a Wednesday-to-Tuesday cycle, with data released every Wednesday. HSH.com’s survey helps consumers find the best rates on home loans in changing market conditions. Unlike mortgage rate surveys that report average rates only, the Weekly Mortgage Rate Radar’s inclusion of both average rates and average points provides a more accurate view of mortgage terms currently offered by lenders.

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