Plummeting Mortgage Rates Near Record Low
Rate for 30-year mortgage again below 5%
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 12:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Interest rates for fixed-rate mortgages decreased this week, with the rate for a 30-year mortgage falling 0.05% to an average 4.98%, near January’s record low of 4.96%, MarketWatch reports. Thirty- and 15-year mortgage rates are down nearly a full percentage point from a year ago. The fall in rates comes a day after the Fed announced it would buy Treasuries to depress lending costs.