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Daily Real Estate News  |  January 6, 2011  |   Mortgage Rates Drop Slightly for the Week
Interest rates took a slight dip this week as economic uncertainty continued to plague the market, according to Bankrate.com’s national survey of large lenders.

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgages dropped slightly to 4.94 percent for the week. Meanwhile,15-year fixed rate mortgages were 4.32 percent for the week, while 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages held nearly steady at 3.99 percent.

The drop in rates suggests the financial market may have overreacted to the inflation fears that had originally pushed rates higher in late December, according to Bankrate.com.

"Unemployment is starting to stabilize. Housing is stabilizing, although there are still soft pockets. Stocks are up, and there are inflationary fears with energy prices going up, so directionally and logically, we're in for potentially higher interest rates," predicts Anthony Hsieh, chief executive of loanDepot.com, a direct mortgage lender in Irvine, Calif.

Source: “Mortgages Dip on Economic Uncertainty,” Bankrate.com (Jan. 4, 2011)

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