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Americans More Secure Financially; Expect Further Home Price Growth

As government data points to depreciating home prices in certain areas of the country, a new survey released this week shows more than half of Americans still expect prices to increase over the next 12 months. "Housing, like the stock market, is something consumers look to as an indicator for whether things are headed in the right direction," said Greg McBride, CFA, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.

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Mortgage Rates Move Up from 2014 Lows

Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate came up slightly to 4.12 percent (0.5 point) for the week ending September 11, marking the first increase after three weeks of year-low averages. A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.57 percent in Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

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Fixed Mortgage Rates Hold for Third Straight Week

Mortgage interest rates stayed fairly level this week, settling in ahead of Friday's August jobs report. Freddie Mac released on Thursday the results of its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) coming in at 4.10 percent (0.5 point) for a third straight week, the lowest level seen so far this year.

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Mortgage Rates Hover Heading into Holiday Weekend

Having hit their lowest level of 2014 last week, mortgage rates barely budged in the latest market report from Freddie Mac. The company reported Thursday the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) was 4.10 percent (0.5 point) for the week ending August 28, unchanged heading into the Labor Day holiday.

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Long-Term Mortgage Rates Fall to Year-Low

Average fixed mortgage rates drifted down again this week, sinking to their lowest level so far this year. Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average fixed interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) was 4.10 percent (0.5 point) for the week ending August 21, down 2 basis points from last week's average. The previous 2014 low was 4.12 percent, first seen in late May and then again three more times throughout the summer.

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Fixed Mortgage Rates Sink Slightly

The average rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) dropped to a year-low 4.12 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending August 14, according to Freddie Mac, down from 4.14 percent from the week ending August 7 and from 4.40 percent from the same week in 2013.

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Recalibrated Credit Model Expected to Raise Scores

The company responsible for one of the most widely used measures of credit health is making changes to its current model that could boost credit scores nationwide. While the changes may have a significant impact on approval rates for credit cards and auto loans, the effects will be more subtle for borrowers and lenders in the mortgage space, says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for personal finance website Bankrate.com.

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Mortgage Rates Remain Stuck

Nearly three months after first settling into the 4.10 percent to 4.20 percent range, long-term fixed mortgage rates continue to show little movement. According to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate this week came to an average 4.14 percent (0.7 point), up slightly from 4.12 percent in the last survey.

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Mortgage Closing Costs Up 6% as Fees Climb

According to data from finance site Bankrate.com, closing costs in 2014 are up 6 percent over last year, rising to an average $2,539 on a $200,000 loan (assuming a 20 percent down payment). "New mortgage regulations are the biggest reasons why closing costs went up over the past year," said Holden Lewis, senior mortgage analyst for Bankrate. "The good news is that some lenders have not increased fees."

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Mortgage Rates Edge Down

Freddie Mac released Thursday the results of its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) coming in at an interest rate of 4.13 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending July 17. Bankrate.com's survey was similarly flat, with both the 30- and 15-year fixed averages falling 1 basis point each.

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