Most American Homebuyers Believe Super-Low Mortgage Rates Are Normal

A staggering 83% of American homebuyers consider a “normal” rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan to be under 5%, new data from Redfin shows.

It seems the last few years — in which the Federal Reserve depressed interest rates in an effort to stimulate lending — has had a pretty crazy affect on American memories.

Rates have averaged 6.7% since 1990, according to Redfin. The rate for the 30-year mortgage never once dropped below 5% until March 2009.

Here’s the history of the 30-year conventional mortgage rate, courtesy of FRED:

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