Mortgage rates slide to lowest levels of year

NEW YORK — Fixed mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest levels of the year, giving Americans more incentive to buy homes or refinance their loans.  

Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.63 percent from 4.71. The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage slipped to 3.82 percent from 3.89 percent. Both are at their lowest points since December. It marked the fourth straight weekly decline.

Rates track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which fell close to its lowest level of the year this week.

Low mortgage rates could boost the struggling housing market, which has dragged on the economy. Home sales are far below healthy levels. Most homebuilders reported a drop in new orders in the first three months of the year, an indication of future activity….read more

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