Average US rate on 30-year loan at 4.41 pct.
AP - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages declined this week, edging closer to historically low levels.
Eight ways to improve your home appraisal
Reuters - When Kellie and Michael May decided to refinance their home in the New York suburbs, they wanted to take advantage of historically low interest rates. But before landing a new 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, they had to get through a home appraisal.
Decoding the First-Time Homebuyer
US News & World Report - First-time homebuyers are crucial to any housing market, not least because they allow existing homeowners to move out of starter homes and into their next place, keeping the real estate cycle moving.
Housing to drive economic growth
CNNMoney - The bursting of the housing bubble plunged the economy into a recession from which it has yet to fully recover. But economists say this could finally be the year that housing lifts us out of the doldrums.