LendingTree.com Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse Reports Average Rates Fall to 4.45 Percent

Focus on Loan Eligibility Could Spur Housing Market

CHARLOTTE, NC (August 25, 2010) – Average mortgage rates fell this week, according to the LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse, a snapshot of the lowest and average mortgage rates available within the LendingTree network of lenders.

On August 24, lenders on the LendingTree network offered mortgage rates as low as 4.0 percent (4.13% APR) for a 30-year fixed mortgage, 3.5 percent (3.74% APR) for a 15-year fixed mortgage and 2.75 percent (3.43% APR) for a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM). Rates for 30 year and 15 year home loans remained flat week over week, while rates for 5/1 ARMs fell one eighth of a point.

Average home loan rates offered by lenders on the LendingTree network dropped from last week’s lows to 4.45 percent (4.66% APR) for 30-year fixed mortgages, 4.01 percent (4.33% APR) for 15-year fixed mortgages and 3.43 percent (3.65% APR) for 5/1 ARMs.

“As mortgage pipelines are choking with volume given strict underwriting and processing demands, treasury yields are falling faster than mortgage rates,” said Cameron Findlay, Chief Economist of LendingTree.com. “Unless we see some signs of significant market stability, which is unlikely based on NAR’s weak July existing home sales numbers, I believe the government’s next move will focus on eligibility rather than rate control, encouraging refinancing in the near term and spurring consumer spending to avert further home price erosion”

Below is a state-by-state comparison of mortgage data including a snapshot of the lowest 30-year fixed rates offered by lenders on the LendingTree network, average loan-to-value ratio and percentage of consumers with negative equity.

 

 

STATE-BY-STATE MORTGAGE DATA

STATE

LOWEST MORTGAGE RATE

LOAN-TO-VALUE RATIO

% WITH NEGATIVE EQUITY

Alabama

3.88% (3.99% APR)―

65%

8.6%

Alaska

3.88% (4.01% APR) ―

67%

9.3%

Arizona

3.88% (3.99% APR) ―

95%

51.3%

Arkansas

4.00% (4.13% APR) ―

74%

12.6%

California

3.88% (3.99% APR) ―

72%

35.1%

Colorado

4.00% (4.13% APR) ↑

72%

20.2%

Connecticut

3.88% (4.98% APR) ―

58%

11.6%

Delaware

3.88% (4.03% APR) ↓

69%

14.3%

District of Columbia

3.88% (4.10% APR) ―

N/A

N/A

Florida

3.88% (4.07% APR) ↑

91%

47.8%

Georgia

4.00% (4.13% APR) ↑

80%

27.8%

Hawaii

4.00% (4.20% APR) ↑

53%

9.3%

Idaho

4.00 % (4.13% APR) ↑

72%

22.7%

Illinois

3.88% (3.99% APR) ―

72%

20.9%

Indiana

4.00% (4.13% APR) ↑

69%

10.7%

Iowa

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↓

66%

8.9%

Kansas

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↓

70%

10.7%

Kentucky

4.00% (4.18% APR) ↑

67%

9.0%

Louisiana

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↓

N/A

23.8%

Maine

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↓

N/A

23.8%

Maryland

3.88% (4.10% APR) ―

69%

22.9%

Massachusetts

4.00% (4.12% APR) ―

61%

15.8%

Michigan

3.88% (3.99% APR) ―

85%

38.5%

Minnesota

3.88% (3.98% APR) ↓

65%

16.6%

Mississippi

4.00% (4.20% APR) ↑

N/A

23.8%

Missouri

3.88% (3.99% APR) ↓

71%

15.5%

Montana

4.00% (4.13% APR) ↓

57%

6.9%

Nebraska

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↓

72%

8.8%

Nevada

4.00% (4.14% APR) ―

123%

69.9%

New Hampshire

4.00% (4.12% APR) ↑

69%

19.1%

New Jersey

3.88% (3.98% APR) ↓

62%

16.1%

New Mexico

4.00 (4.15% APR) ↓

66%

12.3%

New York

3.88% (4.07% APR) ↑

49%

6.3%

North Carolina

4.00% (4.13% APR) ―

70%

10.2%

North Dakota

4.00% (4.13% APR) ―

60%

7.6%

Ohio

3.88% (3.99% APR) ↓

75%

19.8%

Oklahoma

3.88% (4.02% APR) ↑

70%

6.0%

Oregon

4.00% (4.16% APR) ↑

68%

15.9%

Pennsylvania

3.88 % (4.07% APR) ↑

62%

7.5%

Rhode Island

4.13% (4.26% APR) ―

55%

16.8%

South Carolina

3.88% (3.99% APR) ↓

70%

13.5%

South Dakota

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↑

N/A

23.8%

Tennessee

4.00% (4.13% APR) ↑

71%

13.9%

Texas

3.88% (3.99% APR) ―

70%

11.9%

Utah

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↓

73%

21.1%

Vermont

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↓

N/A

23.8%

Virginia

3.88% (4.10% APR) ↑

72%

24.3%

Washington

4.00% (4.15% APR) ↑

67%

15.9%

West Virginia

3.88% (4.01% APR) ↓

N/A

23.8%

Wisconsin

3.88% (4.01% APR)↓

68%

14.7%

Wyoming

3.88% (3.99% APR) ↓

N/A

23.8%

 

Additional refinance mortgage rates are available at http://www.lendingtree.com/mortgage-loans/rates/.

The LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse will be published every Wednesday. Home loan rates above are reflective of actual rates offered to borrowers by lenders on the LendingTree network. Lowest rates shown reflect the payment of one discount point. Rates will vary based on the borrower’s loan details and credit profile. Visit www.lendingtree.com to learn more.

 

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