Uncertainty keeping mortgage rates low: Freddie Mac

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Mortgage rates rise – Sep. 12, 2002 – money.cnn.com – Rates for long-term mortgages rose slightly this week, as uncertainty in the U.S. stock markets kept movement to a minimum, mortgage lender freddie mac said Thursday.

Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, says, "Mortgage rates declined decisively this week amid various market reports, a strong bond auction and further uncertainty around the Brexit deal, which all contributed to driving bond yields lower.

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Uncertainty about the future of the Federal Reserve’s massive program to keep interest rates low could. Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities (MBS) – in the months ahead. That sent prices of MBS.

Freddie Mac’s chief economist pointed out rates continue to slip lower as uncertainty rises. But despite the continued decreases, interest rates are still higher than last year’s levels.

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Mortgage rates this week remained stuck in a holding pattern, with the average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) hovering at about 4.17%, down slightly from last week when it averaged 4.19%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.65%.

Global Uncertainty Pushes U.S. Mortgage Rates Lower. freddie mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS ), showing an investor flight to safety for U.S. Treasuries is pushing average fixed mortgage rates lower and helping to keep buyer activity strong towards the close of the spring homebuying season.

Rates for home loans sank to their lowest level of the year this week as inflation remained stubbornly low and fears about a possible government shutdown mounted, mortgage provider Freddie Mac said.

The fed funds rate does not directly impact long-term rates. Just because it increases, doesn’t mean mortgage rates will do the same. The Fed is focused on the bigger picture of stabilizing prices and maximizing employment; it doesn’t favor one segment of the economy over another.

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