Mortgage rates drop
Interest rates for 30-year fixed mortgages have dropped to 4.8 percent this morning, according to quotes given on the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace. Yesterday, rates were as high as 5.3 percent before the Fed announced that it's purchasing more mortgage-backed securities and debt from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (How much? What $1.2 trillion can buy.)
The Sun's story today notes that this is aimed at lowering interest rates to combat recession. I know some of you Wonk readers have strong opinions about low mortgage rates, so weigh in:
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