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August 29, 2012 (Jeff Alan)

The average interest rates for conventional 30-year fixed rate single-family, fully amortized, purchase-money mortgages fell from 3.88 percent in June to 3.84 percent in July according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Monthly Interest Rate Survey.

The results of the survey reflect loans closed during the July 25-31 period from 26 lenders and data from 6,206 mortgage loans. Since mortgage loans typically take 30-45 to close, the reported rates reflect market conditions in mid to late June.

The average interest rate of all mortgage loans, fixed and adjustable-rate, was 3.65 percent in July, down from 3.67 percent in June.

The effective mortgage interest rate, including initial fees and charges, fell to 3.78 percent from 3.81 percent in June.

Twenty percent of all purchase-money mortgage loans were no-point loans, up from 17 percent in June, while initial fees and charges averaged 0.95 percent of the loan balance in July, down from 1.07 percent in June.

The average loan amount was $258,900 in July, down from $263,200 in June, with the average loan-to-price ratio increasing from 75.6 percent in June to 76.1 percent in July.

The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Home by Combined Lenders, used to index some ARM contracts, fell from 3.67 percent in June to 3.66 percent in July.

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