Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Dip to Start 2014

By USDR

Mortgage rates pulled back, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 4.64 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.

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

The average 15-year fixed mortgage was down to 3.69 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage inched higher to 4.73 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were mostly lower, with the average 5-year ARM settling at 3.46 percent and the 10-year ARM slumping to 4.19 percent.

Mortgage rates started out 2014 by pulling back, helped by a few down sessions in the stock market. This week’s decline largely unwinds the increase in mortgage rates seen in the last week of 2013. Mortgage rates are closely related to yields on long-term government bonds, so as those bond yields move up and down, mortgage rates typically follow.

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 4.64 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $1,030.08, a difference of almost $130 per month for anyone that waited too long.

SURVEY RESULTS

30-year fixed: 4.64% — down from 4.69% last week (avg. points: 0.34)

15-year fixed: 3.69% — down from 3.73% last week (avg. points: 0.25)

5/1 ARM: 3.46% — down from 3.52% last week (avg. points: 0.26)

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. The panelists are evenly divided this week, with half expecting mortgage rates to rise, and the other half predicting that rates will remain more or less unchanged. Interestingly, none of the respondents forecast a decline in mortgage rates in 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.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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