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Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Hover Near Record Lows

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage rates continue to hover near record-low territory. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell one basis point over the past week to 3.53 percent, according to Bankrate.com's (NYSE: RATE) weekly national survey. That is just one basis point higher than the record low that was set in early October. This week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.39 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 fell slightly to 2.86 percent (two basis points higher than the record low), while the average jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate sank to a fourth-straight record low (4.01 percent). Adjustable mortgage rates were mixed, with the 3-year ARM rising slightly to 2.84 percent and the 5-year ARM edging down to 2.70 percent.

The last time mortgage rates were above 6 percent was Nov. 2008. At the time, the average 30-year fixed rate was 6.33 percent, meaning a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,241.86. With the average rate now 3.53 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $901.44, a difference of $340.42 per month for anyone refinancing now.

SURVEY RESULTS

30-year fixed: 3.53% -- down from 3.54% last week (avg. points: 0.39)
15-year fixed: 2.86% -- down from 2.87% last week (avg. points: 0.30)
5/1 ARM: 2.70% -- down from 2.72% last week (avg. points: 0.41)

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. This week, the survey was conducted on Tuesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 week. The majority of the panelists, 64 percent, see little change in mortgage rates over the next week. Twenty-seven percent expect an increase and nine percent forecast a decrease.

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, Nationwide Card Services, InsuranceQuotes.com, CarInsuranceQuotes.com, InsureMe, Bankrate.com.cn, CreditCards.ca, NetQuote.com, and CD.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:
Ted Rossman
Public Relations Manager
ted.rossman@bankrate.com
(917) 368-8635

SOURCE Bankrate, Inc.

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