Rates for home loans lurched to a fresh 2017 low, trailing bond yields in the wake of new geopolitical fears and lingering monetary stimulus, mortgage provider Freddie Mac said Thursday.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.78% in the week ended Sept. 7 week, down four basis points from the previous week, and the lowest since just before the November presidential election.

The benchmark mortgage rate is still higher than one year ago, …
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