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Mortgage Rates Tumble as 30-Year at 16-Month Low of 3.97%

U.S. mortgage rates plunged, sending borrowing costs for 30-year loans below 4 percent for the first time in 16 months, as signs of a slowing global economy drove investors to the safety of government bonds.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 3.97 percent, the lowest since since June 2013, from 4.12 percent last week, Freddie Mac said in a statement today. The average 15-year rate fell to 3.18 percent from 3.3 percent, the McLean, Virginia-based mortgage-finance company said.