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Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Move Higher

NEW YORK, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage rates moved slightly higher this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching lower for a second consecutive week to 4.50 percent, 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 rose to 3.51 percent and the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate stepped up to 4.54 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were also higher, with the popular 5-year adjustable climbing to 3.30 percent and the 7-year ARM increasing to 3.61 percent.

Mortgage rates were slightly higher this week, but remain well within the familiar range of recent weeks. A respectable jobs report removed some angst about the economy, but the persistent cold weather has still taken an apparent toll. With the Federal Open Market Committee meeting next week, it is likely that the Fed will stay the course on tapering their bond purchases, keeping bond yields and mortgage rates from any wild fluctuations. Mortgage rates are closely related to yields on long-term government bonds.

On May 1, 2013, 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 4.50 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $1,013.37, a difference of $113 per month for anyone that waited too long.

SURVEY RESULTS

30-year fixed: 4.50% -- up from 4.45% last week (avg. points: 0.34)

15-year fixed: 3.51% -- up from 3.46% last week (avg. points: 0.21)

5/1 ARM: 3.30% -- up from 3.26% last week (avg. points: 0.24)

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. The majority of experts predict that mortgage rates will remain more or less unchanged in the coming week.  The remaining panelists are split, with 20 percent expecting mortgage rates to rise, and 20 percent predicting mortgage rates will fall over the next 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, 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:
Kayleen Yates
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
[email protected] 
(917) 368-8677          

www.bankrate.com 

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