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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Freddie Mac: 30 Year Mortgage Rates Lowest Since Survey Started

by Calculated Risk on 12/18/2008 11:47:00 AM

From MarketWatch: 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 37-year low

The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage tumbled to a national average 5.17% this week, the lowest level since Freddie Mac began its weekly rate survey in 1971.
"Interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates fell for the seventh consecutive week, moving these rates to the lowest since the survey began in April 1971," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac chief economist. "The decline was supported by the Federal Reserve announcement on Dec. 16, when it cut the federal funds target to a record low and stated it stood ready to expand its purchases of mortgage-related assets as conditions warrant."
Yeah, but what about jumbo rates?

As an example Wells Fargo is offering a 30 year fixed at 4.75% (up to $417K), but their rates are 7.375% for loans above that limit.