Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Inch Higher

Sep 29, 2011, 07:30 ET from Bankrate, Inc.

NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate inched higher to 4.30 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.37 discount and origination points.

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To see mortgage rates in your area, go to http://www.bankrate.com/funnel/mortgages.

The average 15-year fixed mortgage bounced back to 3.47 percent while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed rate climbed to 4.87 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were mostly higher, with the average 5-year ARM rising to 3.13 percent and the 7-year ARM jumping to 3.33 percent.  

After falling in each of the past eight weeks and setting new record lows for 5 consecutive weeks, mortgage rates were higher this week. Optimism that Europe can avoid a full-blown financial meltdown gave markets a boost, and that resulted in mortgage rates moving up. But with the backdrop of a weak U.S. economy, slower growth around the globe, and the Federal Reserve reinvesting in mortgage-backed bonds, mortgage rates are destined to stay low in the months ahead.

The last time mortgage rates were above 6 percent was Nov. 2008. At the time, the average 30-year fixed rate was 6.33 percent, meaning a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,241.86. With the average rate now 4.30 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $989.74, a difference of $252 per month for anyone refinancing now.

SURVEY RESULTS

30-year fixed: 4.30% -- up from 4.29% last week (avg. points: 0.37)

15-year fixed: 3.47% -- up from 3.42% last week (avg. points: 0.35)

5/1 ARM: 3.13% -- up from 3.05% last week (avg. points: 0.42)



Bankrate's national weekly mortgage survey is conducted each Wednesday from data provided by the top 10 banks and thrifts in the top 10 markets.

For a full analysis of this week's move in mortgage rates, go to http://www.bankrate.com.

The survey is complemented by Bankrate's weekly Rate Trend Index, in which a panel of mortgage experts predicts which way the rates are headed over the next seven days. There is no clear consensus this week, with 40 percent of the panelists predicting mortgage rates will rise. One-third, 33 percent, expect mortgage rates to remain more or less unchanged, and the remaining 27 percent forecast a decline in mortgage rates over the upcoming week.

For the full mortgage Rate Trend Index, go to http://www.bankrate.com/RTI.

About Bankrate, Inc. (NYSE: RATE)

The Bankrate network of companies includes Bankrate.com, Interest.com, Mortgage-calc.com, Nationwide Card Services, InsureMe, CreditCardGuide.com, Bankaholic, CreditCards.com and NetQuote.  Each of these businesses helps consumers to make informed decisions about their personal finance matters. The company's flagship brand, Bankrate.com is a destination site of personal finance channels, including banking, investing, taxes, debt management and college finance. Bankrate.com is the leading aggregator of rates and other information on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and CDs, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. Bankrate.com reviews more than 4,800 financial institutions in 575 markets in 50 states. Bankrate.com provides financial applications and information to a network of more than 75 partners, including Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), America Online (NYSE: AOL), The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times (NYSE: NYT). Bankrate.com's information is also distributed through more than 500 newspapers.

For more information contact:
Kayleen Yates
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
kyates@bankrate.com
(917) 368-8677

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