WASHINGTON — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week, after six straight weeks of declines putting them at historically low levels.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage held steady from last week at 3.82 per cent, its lowest point since September 2017. By contrast, a year ago the benchmark rate stood at 4.62 per cent.The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans slipped this week to 3.26% from 3.28%.The declining rates have been a boon to potential purchasers in the spring home buying season, and the number of prospective buyers seeking mortgages jumped last month.The Associated Press

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