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Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Hold Steady

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Hold Steady

07:30 EDT Thursday, March 28, 2013

NEW YORK, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fixed mortgage rates showed little movement this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage inching down to 3.75 percent this week, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.34 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 rate remained unchanged at 2.97 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage, slipped to 4.10 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were mixed, with the 3-year ARM dipping to 3.95 percent and the 5-year ARM holding firm at 2.71 percent.

The last time mortgage rates were above 5 percent was Apr. 2011. At the time, the average 30-year fixed rate was 5.07 percent, meaning a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,082.22. With the average rate currently at 3.78 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $929.64, a difference of $153 per month for anyone refinancing now.

SURVEY RESULTS

30-year fixed: 3.75% -- down from 3.78% last week (avg. points: 0.34)

15-year fixed: 2.97% -- unchanged from 2.97% last week (avg. points: 0.33)

5/1 ARM: 2.71% -- unchanged from 2.71% last week (avg. points: 0.31)

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. Only 8 percent of the panelists expect an increase in mortgage rates over the next week.  Forty-two percent forecast a decrease and the remaining 50 percent predict mortgage rates to remain more or less unchanged over the next seven days.

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

To download the Bankrate Mortgage Calculator & Mortgage Rates iPhone App 2.0, go tohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bankrate-mortgage-calculator/id551454062?mt=8.

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 YatesSenior Director, Corporate Communicationskyates@bankrate.com (917) 368-8677     

SOURCE Bankrate, Inc.

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