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US mortgage rates fall to three-month low

February 05, 2014 01:22PM

As investors increasingly snatch up government bonds, average mortgage rates last week hit a lowest level since November.

The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 4.47 percent from 4.52 percent week-over-week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Applications for refinancing a home increased 3 percent week-over-week while still sitting at a low level.

“We are eyeing 4.0% on the primary mortgage rate to be a bellwether for increased originator supply,” analyst Walter Schmidt of FTN Financial told the Wall Street Journal.

To boost refinancing applications, market experts said the mortgage rates would need to reach 4 percent.

Borrowing costs have been at historic lows during the Fed’s stimulus, with rates also held down by a limited supply of homes for sale.[WSJ]Mark Maurer