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Mortgage rates fall to 3.66 percent

The latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association show that mortgage rates fell to 3.66 percent over the past week.

By Guest blogger / September 5, 2012

This chart uses data from the Mortgage Bankers Association to track the average interest rate for 30-year and 15-year fixed rate mortgages since 2006. This week, 30-year mortgage rates fell to 3.66 percent.

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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) publishes the results of a weekly applications survey that covers roughly 50 percent of all residential mortgage originations and tracks the average interest rate for 30 year and 15 year fixed rate mortgages as well as the volume of both purchase and refinance applications.

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The purchase application index has been highlighted as a particularly important data series as it very broadly captures the demand side of residential real estate for both new and existing home purchases.

The latest data is showing that the average rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage (from FHA and conforming GSE data) declined to 3.66% since last week while the purchase application volume declined 0.8% and the refinance application volume declined 3.0% over the same period.

The following chart shows the average interest rate for 30 year and 15 year fixed rate mortgages since 2006.

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