Average US 30-year mortgage rises to 3.52 percent

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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2015, file photo, new homes are under construction and for sale in Charlotte, N.C. Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) (The Associated Press)

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week, reaching their highest levels since June.

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Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.52 percent from 3.47 percent last week.

Rates still remain near historic lows. The benchmark 30-year rate is down from 3.79 percent a year ago and close to its all-time low of 3.31 percent in November 2012.

The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, popular with homeowners who are refinancing, rose to 2.79 percent from 2.76 percent.