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Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Trickle Lower

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage rates were slightly lower this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate sliding to 4.27 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.26 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 downward to 3.39 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate pulled back to 4.35 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages moved lower, with the 5-year ARM slipping to 3.32 percent and the 10-year ARM stepping down to 3.81 percent.

Mortgage rates continue to hover in a very narrow range, fluctuating less than one-tenth of a percentage point since mid-May. While there is no obvious catalyst to jolt rates out of the summer lull seen in the past three months, the risk over the coming week would be two upcoming inflation releases. A scare from either the Producer Price Index or the Consumer Price Index could cause some volatility. But if the readings are benign, then mortgage rates could revisit their lows of the year seen in late May.

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 4.27 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $986.22, a savings of nearly $50 per month for anyone that waited.

SURVEY RESULTS

30-year fixed: 4.27% -- down from 4.29% last week (avg. points: 0.26)

15-year fixed: 3.39% -- down from 3.40% last week (avg. points: 0.21)

5/1 ARM: 3.32% -- down from 3.34% 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. According to the panelists, rates aren't headed much of anywhere. Nearly three-fourths of the panelists – 73 percent - expect mortgage rates to remain more or less unchanged over the coming week. Just 20 percent predict a rebound in mortgage rates, and only 7 percent forecast a further decrease in mortgage rates over the next seven days.

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

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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