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Lehigh Valley Mortgage Rates
for Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton Pennsylvania

New Low on 30-yr Fixed Rate:
Christmas week 2011 marked a new low for the 30 year fixed rate loan. The interest rate on a 30 year fixed rate loan averaged 3.91 % (percent) according to Freddie Mac's primary mortgage market survey. This new low was down from 3.94 % (percent) the week before and it is the lowest in the survey's 40 years.

Mortgage loan info:
Several factors broadly define the characteristics of a mortgage. All of these factors may be subject to local regulation and legal requirements.

    • Interest: interest may be fixed for the life of the loan or variable, and change at certain pre-defined periods; the interest rate can also, of course, be higher or lower.

    • Term: mortgage loans generally have a maximum term, that is, the number of years after which an amortizing loan will be repaid. Some mortgage loans may have no amortization, or require full repayment of any remaining balance at a certain date, or even negative amortization.

    • Payment amount and frequency: the amount paid per period and the frequency of payments; in some cases, the amount paid per period may change or the borrower may have the option to increase or decrease the amount paid.

    • Prepayment: some types of mortgages may limit or restrict prepayment of all or a portion of the loan, or require payment of a penalty to the lender for prepayment.

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