Home Prices In Southern California End 2008 In A Down Trend With More Weakness Seen In First 6 Months Of 2009 As Increased Short Sales And Foreclosures Will Keep Qualified Buyers On Sidelines


    • Rates on mortgage loans are the lowest in the 37-year history of the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey
    • The average 30-year, fixed-rate loan issued to borrowers declined to 5.1%, with 0.7 up-front points, for the week ending December 31, according to the survey.
    • The rate dropped from an average of 5.14% last week, which was the previous 37-year low.
    • Freddie Mac began surveying lenders back in 1971.
    • The 30-year fixed was at 6.06% a year ago.
    • The average for a 15-year, fixed rate loan was just 4.83%, its lowest level since March 25, 2004, when it hit 4.70 percent.