POSTED: 4:39 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2011 LAST UPDATED: 9:29 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2011
WASHINGTON >> The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage was nearly unchanged for a second straight week after rising from a record low.
Freddie Mac says the rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.10 percent from 4.11 percent last week. Three weeks ago, it dropped to 3.94 percent. The National Bureau of Economic Research says that's the lowest rate ever.
The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage was unchanged at 3.38 percent. Three weeks ago, it hit a record low of 3.26 percent.
Low rates have done little to jolt the struggling housing market. Sales remain depressed, and home prices are still dropping in many markets. High unemployment and declining wages have made it harder for many people to qualify for loans.