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Rates on 15-yr mortgage dips below 4%

March 24, 2011

Average rate on 15-year mortgage dips below 4 pct.
March 17, 2011|By JANNA HERRON, AP Real Estate Writer

(03-17) 07:40 PDT NEW YORK, (AP) —

Fixed mortgage rates tumbled this week and the 15-year loan dipped below 4 percent for the first time in three months. Rates followed the yield on U.S. Treasury bonds, which fell on worries that the crisis in Japan could slow economic growth.

Freddie Mac said Tuesday the average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage, a popular refinance option, dropped to 3.97 percent from 4.15 percent. The last time the rate was below 4 percent was in mid-December. It reached 3.57 percent in November, the lowest level on records dating back to 1991.

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