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US new home sales fall 1.6 percent in November

...been boosted as average 30-year mortgage rates have hovered below 4 percent for the past few months. Mortgage firm Freddie Mac reported last week that rates were averaging 3.8 percent, the lowest level since May 2013.Sales of existing homes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-23/us-new-home-sales-fall-16-
Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent

...be a boon to potential homebuyers. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage...of next year.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-18/average-us-30-year-loan-ra
Business news

...of declines, but they remained at historically low levels that could entice potential homebuyers.Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage rose to 3.93 percent this week from 3.89 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-11/business-news
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveil lending rules to let more Americans buy homes with 3 percent down

...down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say.The new lending guidelines announced by the companies Monday are designed to help more low-income and first-time...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-08/fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac
Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

...Redfin.Richardson added that 3 percent down payments - a policy unveiled this week by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - are unlikely to have much effect in the costliest housing markets.Second, construction is running well below its...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-09/why-areas-good-jobs-have-h
US existing home sales rise in September

...and down payment savings needed to purchase a home. The federal regulator overseeing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is considering an option for lower down payments, so that more people can qualify for a mortgage.More buyers may...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-21/us-existing-home-sales-ris
Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.23 percent

...largest one-week gain this year.Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year...few more months.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-18/average-us-30-year-mortgag
Business news

...ease. The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate remained at a 52-week low of 4.10 this week.Mortgage company Freddie Mac also said Thursday that the average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, rose...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-28/business-news
U.S. existing home sales rise for fourth consecutive month

...for a 30-year mortgage fell to 4.1 percent this week, the lowest level this year, according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac. At the start of the year, the average rate was 4.53 percent.A study released Thursday by data provider Zillow found...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-21/us-existing-home-sales-ris
Fannie, Freddie post profits in 2Q; pay dividends

...Government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted profits for the April-June period as the U...repaid the $116 billion it received from taxpayers.Freddie Mac posted net income of $1.4 billion for the latest quarter...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-07/fannie-freddie-post-profit