U.S. Mortgage Rates Drop to 3 Month Low in December

Freddie Mac | December 17, 2018

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the second week of December 2018, U.S. mortgage rates dropped significantly after several weeks of moderating. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist, says, "The 30-year fixed fell to 4.63 percent this week - the lowest it has been since mid-September. Mortgage rates have either fallen or remained flat for five consecutive weeks and purchase applicants are responding with an uptick in demand given these lower rates. While the housing market softened in response to higher rates through most of this year, the combination of low unemployment and recent downdraft in rates should support home sales heading into the early winter months."

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A fully functioning and well regulated real estate market can be an important factor to enhance the economy of countries in the UNECE region, both through upgrades in the housing stock and building capacities as well as the development of mortgage finance.

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A fully functioning and well regulated real estate market can be an important factor to enhance the economy of countries in the UNECE region, both through upgrades in the housing stock and building capacities as well as the development of mortgage finance.

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