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Thirty-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Inches Up for Second Straight Week

National Rate Continues to Rise Monday, According to Zillow® Mortgage Rate Monitor

Dec 15, 2009





SEATTLE, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages increased five points last week to 4.72 percent, up from 4.67 percent the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by leading real estate Web site®. Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages rose one basis point to 4.21 percent from 4.20 percent, and 5-1 adjustable rate mortgages increased seven basis points to 3.81 percent, from 3.74 percent the week prior.




The volume of mortgage requests last week fell 14 percent from the prior week. Of last week's requests, 46 percent were for refinance loans, 53 percent were for purchase loans and 2 percent were for home equity loans. The prior week, 51 percent of requests were for refinance loans, 47 percent were for purchase loans and 2 percent were for home equity loans.



                         Average Rate          Average Rate      Change in
    Mortgage Type    Week ending 12/13/09  Week ending 12/6/09  Basis Points
    -------------    --------------------  -------------------  ------------
    30-year fixed                   4.72%                4.67%            +5
    15-year fixed                   4.21%                4.20%            +1
    5-1 ARM                         3.81%                3.74%            +7


On Monday, rates for 30-year fixed purchase mortgages were even higher, with the average rate on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 4.76 percent. For current, up-to-the-minute rates, visit


Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates varied by state. Connecticut mortgage rates, New York mortgage rates, North Carolina mortgage rates, and Pennsylvania mortgage rates increased the most, from 4.68 percent to 4.80 percent in Connecticut, from 4.81 percent to 4.91 percent in New York, from 4.68 percent to 4.78 percent in North Carolina and from 4.71 percent to 4.81 percent in Pennsylvania. New York mortgage rates (4.91%) and Illinois mortgage rates (4.90%) were the highest in the country, while Texas mortgage rates (4.64%) and Colorado mortgage rates (4.68%) were the lowest. California mortgage rates were the most requested among all states.



                       Average 30-yr.          Average 30-yr.
                         Fixed Rate              Fixed Rate        Change in
    State            Week ending 12/13/09    Week ending 12/6/09  Basis Points
    -----            --------------------    -------------------  ------------
    Arizona                         4.83%                  4.74%            +9
    California                      4.69%                  4.64%            +5
    Colorado                        4.68%                  4.63%            +5
    Connecticut                     4.80%                  4.68%           +12
    Florida                         4.69%                  4.65%            +4
    Georgia                         4.76%                  4.70%            +6
    Illinois                        4.90%                  4.81%            +9
    Maryland                        4.80%                  4.71%            +9
    Massachusetts                   4.78%                  4.70%            +8
    Michigan                        4.74%                  4.72%            +2
    New Jersey                      4.76%                  4.68%            +8
    New York                        4.91%                  4.81%           +10
    North Carolina                  4.78%                  4.68%           +10
    Ohio                            4.87%                  4.78%            +9
    Oregon                          4.72%                  4.65%            +7
    Pennsylvania                    4.81%                  4.71%           +10
    Texas                           4.64%                  4.58%            +6
    Utah                            4.72%                  4.70%            +2
    Virginia                        4.74%                  4.67%            +7
    Washington                      4.73%                  4.68%            +5


The Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor is compiled each week using thousands of mortgage rates for conforming loans quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace by mortgage lenders to borrowers who have submitted loan requests. State-level data is gathered for the top 20 states with the highest quote volume on Zillow. Learn more about our rates.


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