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Mortgage rates for July 12, 2012

 

A disappointing jobs report raised further concerns about the U.S. economy and helped push mortgage rates to the 10th new record low in the past 12 weeks.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 8 basis points to yet another record low of 3.79 percent. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also fell 8 basis points to 3.05 percent. And the average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages fell 3 basis points to 4.44 percent.

Between the European debt crisis, and evidence of weaker economic growth both in the U.S. and around the globe, investors have had plenty to worry about. And when investors worry, they gravitate toward secure investments like U.S. government bonds, to which mortgage rates are pegged.

The other thing weak economic data does is raise speculation that the Federal Reserve will come riding to the rescue with further bond-buying stimulus, and investors often pour money into U.S. Treasuries in anticipation, hoping to score quick profits by front-running the Fed.

Of course anytime you're looking to buy a home or refinance the one you already have -- it's wise to search for the best rates by visiting Bankrate.com. I’m Kristin Arnold.

 

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