National mortgage rates for Aug. 30, 2012

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  • 3.8% (30-year fixed)
  • 0.4 (average points)

Mortgage rates fell to near-record lows this week as investors kept their eyes on the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 11 basis points to 3.8 percent. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.

The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 9 basis points to 3.03 percent. The average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages, or generally for those of more than $417,000, fell 5 basis points to 4.38 percent.

The 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage fell 10 basis points to 2.8 percent. With a 5/1 ARM, the rate is fixed for five years and adjusted annually thereafter.

The volume of mortgage applications decreased 4.3 percent last week, compared to one week earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.




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