Home sellers hope interest drop will boost sales

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Many Vermont real estate professionals are hoping a drop in mortgage interest rates will spur a wave of home buying in early spring.

Chris D’Elia of the Vermont Bankers Association says mortgage rates have fallen from around 6 percent to about 5 percent.

Meanwhile, some Vermonters are taking advantage of the lower rates by refinancing their mortgages, potentially saving hundreds of dollars a month in interest charges.

The drop in mortgage interest rates was prompted by a decision by the Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark interest rate to nearly zero as a way to make it cheaper for Americans to borrow money.

D’Elia says it’s too soon to say if the rate will get people back into the real estate market.

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