RATES LITTLE CHANGED: Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages changed little this week and remained slightly above record lows reached earlier this year.
THE NUMBERS: The rate on the 30-year loan declined to 3.55 percent, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says. The rate on the 15-year mortgage was unchanged at 2.86 percent.
OUTLOOK: Six weeks ago, the rate on the 30-year loan fell to 3.49 percent, the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s. The low rates have aided a modest housing recovery this year.