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This June 20, 2019, photo shows an existing home is offered for sale in Rutledge, Ga. On Thursday, June 27, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates.
. John Bazemore / The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — US long-term mortgage rates are near historically low levels this week, with the average on the benchmark 30-year loan falling to its lowest level since November 2016.

The low borrowing rates have been a boon for home buyers, even as global financial markets are roiled by concerns over the global economy. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan declined to 3.55 percent this week, from 3.6 last week. By contrast, the rate stood at 4.51 percent a year ago.

The average mortgage rate for 15-year fixed-rate home loans eased to 3.03 percent from 3.07 percent last week.

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