30-year mortgage rates fall below 4% for first time
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Mortgage rates have never been cheaper, with the 30-year rate falling below 4% for the first time in history.
The interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate loan fell to 3.94% this week, the lowest rate since mortgage giant Freddie Mac (FMCC, Fortune 500) began tracking it. Meanwhile, the average for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also hit a record, falling to 3.26%.
"Average 30-year conventional fixed mortgage rates fell below 4% for the first time in history this week following a sharp drop in 10-year Treasuries early in the week as concerns over a global recession grew," said Freddie's chief economist, Frank Nothaft.
Yields on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury bond, which mortgage rates closely track, have been under 2% this week, closing as low as 1.78%.
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