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Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Post Mixed Results

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Post Mixed Results

07:30 EDT Thursday, August 15, 2013

NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fixed mortgage rates were little changed, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching up to 4.57 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.28 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 slipped to 3.61 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate retraced last week's move to settle at 4.73 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were up more forcefully, with the popular 5-year adjustable rate jumping to 3.61 percent and the 7-year ARM to 3.98 percent.

Mortgage rates have been range bound since late June, but where they move within that range is dependent on what the market thinks about when the Federal Reserve will begin tapering their bond purchases. Talk of a September tapering has kept mortgage rates in the upper half of that range in the past couple weeks.

As recently as May 1st, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.52 percent. At that time, a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $900.32. With the average rate currently at 4.57 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $1,021.71, a difference of $121 per month for anyone that waited too long.

SURVEY RESULTS

30-year fixed: 4.57% -- up from 4.56% last week (avg. points: 0.28)

15-year fixed: 3.61% -- down from 3.62% last week (avg. points: 0.21)

5/1 ARM: 3.61% -- up from 3.53% last week (avg. points: 0.20)

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. Two-thirds of respondents ? 67 percent ? expect mortgage rates to rise in the coming week, while 22 percent predict that mortgage rates will remain more or less unchanged. Just 11 percent forecast a decline in mortgage rates in the next week.

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

About Bankrate, Inc.

Bankrate is a leading publisher, aggregator, and distributor of personal finance content on the Internet. Bankrate provides consumers with proprietary, fully researched, comprehensive, independent and objective personal finance editorial content across multiple vertical categories including mortgages, deposits, insurance, credit cards, and other categories, such as retirement, automobile loans, and taxes. The Bankrate network includes Bankrate.com, our flagship website, and other owned and operated personal finance websites, including CreditCards.com, Interest.com, Bankaholic.com, Mortgage-calc.com, CreditCardGuide.com, InsuranceQuotes.com, CarInsuranceQuotes.com, InsureMe.com, and NetQuote.com. Bankrate aggregates rate information from over 4,800 institutions on more than 300 financial products. With coverage of nearly 600 local markets in all 50 U.S. states, Bankrate generates over 172,000 distinct rate tables capturing on average over three million pieces of information daily. Bankrate develops and provides web services to over 80 co-branded websites with online partners, including some of the most trusted and frequently visited personal finance sites on the Internet such as Yahoo!, CNN Money, CNBC, and Comcast. In addition, Bankrate licenses editorial content to over 500 newspapers on a daily basis including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.

For more information contact:Ted RossmanPublic Relations ManagerBankrate, Inc.ted.rossman@bankrate.com (917) 368-8635

SOURCE Bankrate, Inc.

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