Morning Minute: 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage finishes year near record lows

Freddie Mac reports today that mortgage rates finished the year near record lows, helping to keep homebuyer affordability high.  A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.35 percent, while the 15-year FRM averaged 2.65 percent. Last year the 30-year FRM averaged 3.95 percent, while the 15-year FRM averaged 3.24. Read the news release from Freddie Mac.

In other news:

Even as prices rise, owning easily beats renting cost in ChicagoCrains 

Consumer Confidence Dips; New Home Sales RiseNPR 

‘Move-up’ buyers trending in suburban areaDaily Herald


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