Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Hit 5%


NEW YORK, N.Y. – December 16, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Mortgage rates soared again this week, with the average rate on the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 5 percent, according to’s weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.40 discount and origination points.

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The average 15-year fixed mortgage increased to 4.37 percent, and the larger jumbo 30-year fixed rate did as well, rising to 5.58 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were also higher, with the average 5-year ARM jumping to 3.95 percent and the average 7-year ARM climbing to 4.36 percent.

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate hit 5 percent for the first time since May as the recent run-up in mortgage rates continued. On Nov. 3, mortgage rates were at a record low of 4.42 percent. This week, strong retail sales, a more bullish economic outlook, and plenty of government red ink had bond investors commanding higher yields. Mortgage rates are closely related to yields on long-term government bonds.

The last time mortgage rates were above 6 percent was Nov. 2008. At that time, the average 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 5 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $1,073.64, a savings of $168 per month for a homeowner refinancing now.

SURVEY RESULTS 30-year fixed: 5.00% — up from 4.89% last week (avg. points: 0.40)
15-year fixed: 4.37% — up from 4.26% last week (avg. points: 0.38)
5/1 ARM: 3.95% — up from 3.85% last week (avg. points: 0.45) 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.

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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. Nearly three-quarters of the panelists, 73 percent, expect mortgage rates to increase and only 7 percent predict rates to decline. The other 20 percent forecast that rates will remain more or less unchanged over the next week.

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About Bankrate, Inc.

The Bankrate network of companies includes,,, Nationwide Card Services,, Fee Disclosure, InsureMe, Bankaholic, and NetQuote. Each of these businesses helps consumers to make informed decisions about their personal finance matters. The company’s flagship brand, is a destination site of personal finance channels, including banking, investing, taxes, debt management and college finance. is the leading aggregator of rates and other information on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and CDs, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. reviews more than 4,800 financial institutions in 575 markets in 50 states. provides financial applications and information to a network of more than 75 partners, including Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), America Online (NYSE: AOL), The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times (NYSE: NYT).’s information is also distributed through more than 500 newspapers. Bankrate, Inc. was acquired by Apax Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity investment groups, in September 2009. Apax operates across the United States, Europe and Asia and has more than 30 years of investing experience. For more information on Apax, visit:

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