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National mortgage rates for Dec. 27, 2012

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  • 3.59% (30-year fixed)
  • 0.34 (average points)

Mortgage rates dropped slightly this week after rising for two consecutive weeks.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 3 basis points to 3.59 percent. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.

The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 2 basis points to 2.87 percent. The average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages, or generally for those of more than $417,000, was 4.07 percent, the same as last week.

The 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage fell 1 basis point to 2.77 percent. With a 5/1 ARM, the rate is fixed for five years and adjusted annually thereafter.

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