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Weekly Mortgage Rate Report: Rates Fall to New Lows

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RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—Mortgage rates fell to new lows 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 17, lenders on the LendingTree network offered mortgage rates as low as 4.00 percent (4.13% APR) for a 30-year fixed mortgage, 3.5 percent (3.85% APR) for a 15-year fixed mortgage and 2.875 percent (3.41% APR) for a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM). Rates fell one eighth of a point week-over-week for all product types.

Average home loan rates offered by lenders on the LendingTree network were 4.52 percent (4.70% APR) for 30-year fixed mortgages, 4.14 percent (4.43% APR) for 15-year fixed mortgages and 3.48 percent (3.72% APR) for 5/1 ARMs.

“The current rate spread has widened to 108 basis points or 1.08%, approaching the high of 111 basis points we reached at the end of July,” said Cameron Findlay, Chief Economist of LendingTree.com. “For perspective, the median spread this year has been 74 basis points. So consumers in the market for a home loan should really be doing their homework to ensure they’re getting the best possible deal before locking in a rate. Spreads this wide provide an opportunity for borrowers to take control by using sites like LendingTree.com to negotiate with multiple lenders.”

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
LOWEST MORTGAGE LOAN-TO- % WITH NEGATIVE
STATE RATE VALUE RATIO 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 3.88% (4.01% APR) 72% 20.2%
Connecticut 3.88% (4.01% APR) 58% 11.6%
Delaware 4.00% (4.11% APR) 69% 14.3%
District of Columbia 3.88% (4.10% APR) N/A N/A
Florida 3.88% (4.01% APR) 91% 47.8%
Georgia 3.88% (4.01% APR) 80% 27.8%
Hawaii 4.00% (4.12% APR) 53% 9.3%
Idaho 3.88 % (4.01% APR) 72% 22.7%
Illinois 3.88% (3.99% APR) 72% 20.9%
Indiana 3.88% (4.01% APR) 69% 10.7%
Iowa 4.00% (4.13% APR) 66% 8.9%
Kansas 4.00% (4.14% APR) 70% 10.7%
Kentucky 3.88% (4.05% APR) 67% 9.0%
Louisiana 4.00% (4.13% APR) N/A 23.8%
Maine 3.88% (3.99% 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% (3.99% APR) 65% 16.6%
Mississippi 4.00% (4.20% APR) N/A 23.8%
Missouri 4.00% (4.12% APR) 71% 15.5%
Montana 4.00% (4.13% APR) 57% 6.9%
Nebraska 4.00% (4.20% APR) 72% 8.8%
Nevada 4.00% (4.14% APR) 123% 69.9%
New Hampshire 3.88% (4.01% APR) 69% 19.1%
New Jersey 3.88% (4.03% APR) 62% 16.1%
New Mexico 3.88% (4.01% APR) 66% 12.3%
New York 3.88% (4.03% 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% (4.01% APR) 75% 19.8%
Oklahoma 3.88% (3.99% APR) 70% 6.0%
Oregon 3.88% (4.01% APR) 68% 15.9%
Pennsylvania 3.88 % (3.98% APR) 62% 7.5%
Rhode Island 4.13% (4.26% APR) 55% 16.8%
South Carolina 4.00% (4.12% APR) 70% 13.5%
South Dakota 3.88% (3.99% APR) N/A 23.8%
Tennessee 4.00% (4.12% APR) 71% 13.9%
Texas 3.88% (3.99% APR) 70% 11.9%
Utah 3.88% (4.01% APR) 73% 21.1%
Vermont 4.00% (4.14% APR) N/A 23.8%
Virginia 3.88% (4.01% APR) 72% 24.3%
Washington 3.88% (4.01% APR) 67% 15.9%
West Virginia 4.00% (4.13% APR) N/A 23.8%
Wisconsin 4.00% (4.13% APR) 68% 14.7%
Wyoming 3.88% (4.01% 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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