Mortgage Rates in U.S. Remain Low in Late August

Freddie Mac | September 04, 2019

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate in the last week of August 2019 averaged 3.58 percent in the U.S., a slight increase from last week.
Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist says, "Mortgage rates inched up slightly this week, closing the month with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate averaging 3.6 percent - almost a full percent from the same time last year. Low mortgage rates along with a strong labor market are fueling the consumer-driven economy by boosting their purchasing power, which will certainly support housing market activity in the coming months."

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MRI Software | August 08, 2022

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