Rates on Mortgage Loans Decline Again

The interest rates on US fixed mortgage loans decreased once again to its lowest ever. As a result, potential buyers have more motivation to face the housing market.

According to Freddie Mac, a mortgage buyer, the average interest rate on the 30-year mortgage loan declined to 3.56 percent, which is down from 3.62 percent in the previous week and the lowest ever since the 1950s, when long-term mortgages started.

Moreover, the average interest rate on the 15-year mortgage decreased to 2.86 percent, which was down from 2.89 percent in the previous week.

One of the reasons for the moderate housing recovery this 2012 is the inexpensive mortgages. In fact, home sales increased for the month May compared to the same period in the previous year.

The low interest rates for mortgages could offer assistance to the economy as well, if a larger number of people refinance. People who refinance at lower rates will be charged with a lower interest on their loans, thereby having more money to consume and save. A lot of homeowners allocate their savings on renovation, furniture, appliances and other developments, which causes the economy to grow further.

However, the rate of home sales is still under strong levels because there are still a lot of people who find it hard to be eligible for a mortgage loan or do not have enough money to pay a large amount for deposit as demanded by banks.

In addition, the weak job market could also discourage some people from buying homes. According to a report from the government in the previous week, only 80,000 jobs were added by US employers during the month of June, causing the unemployment rate of 8.2 percent to remain the same. This slow job creation leads to less spending of consumers.

There has been a decline in the mortgage rates since they tend to trace the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. Because of the weaker US economy and uncertainty concerning how the Europe debt crisis can be solved, investors buy Treasury securities, which are deemed as harmless investments. When there is a greater demand for Treasury securities, there is a corresponding decrease in the yield.

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