Mortgage Rates Drop Below 6%

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For the first time since early spring, mortgage rates have fallen below the 6-percent threshold.

Freddie Mac reports that 30-year fixed loans came in at an average of 5.93 percent this week, down from 6.35 percent a week ago and 6.31 percent at the same time last year.

A borrower taking out a $200,000 mortgage at 5.93 percent would pay $1,190 for monthly principal and interest payments, which is $54 less than the payments on last week’s rate.

“Consumers see a five in front of mortgages, and they get excited,” says Keith Gumbinger, a vice president at research firm HSH Associates.

Source: The Washington Post, Dina ElBoghdady (09/12/08)

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