Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for 30-year fixed loans this week was 4.44%, down from 4.49% last week. That's the lowest since Freddie Mac began tracking rates in 1971.
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The average rate on the 15-year fixed loan dropped to 3.92% from 3.95%, also the lowest on record.
Rates have fallen since spring as investors sought the safety of Treasury bonds, lowering their yield. Mortgage rates tend to track those yields.