Mortgage rates for 30-year loans fell for the first time in four weeks, decreasing borrowing costs for homebuyers as the recovery in prices stretched into 2014.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.28% this week, down on a weekly basis from 4.37%, Freddie Mac said today. The average 15-year rate slipped to 3.32% from 3.39%, the McLean, Va.-based mortgage-finance company said.

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