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Bankrate: Mortgage Rate Movements Remain Tame

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage rates were little changed, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate nosing higher to 4.24 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The 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 rate inched lower to 3.37 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate held steady at 4.29 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were mixed, with the 5-year ARM sliding to 3.25 percent while the 7-year ARM increased to 3.52 percent.       

Movements in mortgage rates have been very tame all summer, with rates fluctuating within a band of just one-eighth of a percentage point since mid-May. But at some point, that will come to an end. If we get another upbeat jobs report this week, the bond market could begin to realize that higher interest rates are an eventuality, leading mortgage rates higher. Mortgage rates are closely related to yields on long-term government bonds.

As 2013 came to a close, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.69 percent. At that time, a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,036.07. Mortgage rates have moved lower thus far in 2014, and with the average rate now 4.24 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $982.71, a savings of more than $53 per month for anyone that waited.

SURVEY RESULTS

30-year fixed: 4.24% -- up from 4.23% last week (avg. points: 0.28)

15-year fixed: 3.37% -- down from 3.38% last week (avg. points: 0.19)

5/1 ARM: 3.25% -- down from 3.32% last week (avg. points: 0.16)

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/mortgagerates

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. One thing is clear according to this week's panelists – rates won't be moving lower in the next week, as just 8 percent forecast a decline in mortgage rates. The remainder are evenly split, with 46 percent predicting an increase in mortgage rates and an equal 46 percent expecting mortgage rates to remain more or less unchanged in the coming week.

For the full mortgage Rate Trend Index, go to http://www.bankrate.com/news/rate-trends/mortgage.aspx.

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

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, CreditCards.com and InsuranceQuotes.com, our flagship websites, and other owned and operated personal finance websites, including Caring.com, Interest.com, Bankaholic.com, Mortgage-calc.com, CreditCardGuide.com, Nationwide Card Services, CarInsuranceQuotes.com, InsureMe, CreditCards.ca, 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!, AOL, CNBC, and Bloomberg. 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:
Kayleen Yates
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
kyates@bankrate.com
(917) 368-8677

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SOURCE Bankrate, Inc.

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