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Correction: Mortgage Rates story

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019 file photo, a sign stands outside a home for sale in southeast Denver. U.S. mortgage rates turned down this week, lowering the cost of purchasing a home and supporting the housing market. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday, Nov. 21, that the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.66% this week from 3.75% last week. The average 15-year rate declined to 3.15% from 3.2%.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

WASHINGTON, DC – In a story Nov. 21 about U.S. mortgage rates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a year ago, the 30-year rate was at 3.81%. It was at 4.81%.

A corrected version of the story is below:

US mortgage rates fell this week, boosting housing market

US mortgage rates fell this week, supporting greater home sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. mortgage rates turned down this week, lowering the cost of purchasing a home and supporting the housing market.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.66% this week from 3.75% last week. The average 15-year rate declined to 3.15% from 3.2%.

Rates have fallen sharply in the past year. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that home sales in October rose 4.6% from a year ago. The construction of new homes and apartments jumped nearly 4% in October.

The 30-year rate has dropped from 4.81% last year, while the 15-year rate was nearly 4.25% a year ago.

Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week to compile its mortgage rate figures.