Fed Assurances Help Keep 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Mostly Steady; Current Rate is 4.13%, According to Zillow Mortgage Rate Ticker

SEATTLE, Sept. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow® Mortgages is currently 4.13 percent, down 6 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered around 4.17 percent for most of the week, peaking at 4.28 percent on Saturday before easing down to the current rate.

"Mortgage rates were mostly flat last week after the Fed offered reassurance that they would not accelerate the wind-down of the stimulus program," said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. "With uncertainty about the Fed's plans dismissed, we expect rates will remain steady throughout the coming week."

Zillow's real-time mortgage rates are based on thousands of custom mortgage quotes submitted daily to anonymous borrowers on the Zillow Mortgages site, and reflect the most recent changes in the market. These are not marketing rates, or a weekly survey.

The rate for a 15-year fixed home loan is currently 3.18 percent, while the rate for a 5-1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is 2.97 percent.

Purchase Mortgage Application Activity

Zillow predicts tomorrow's seasonally adjusted Mortgage Bankers Association Weekly Application Index will show purchase loan activity increased by 1 percent from the week prior. Zillow combines loan requests made on Zillow Mortgages last week with the previous week's Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Weekly Application Index to predict the MBA's Weekly Application Index for purchase loans, which will be released tomorrow. For more information about this prediction, visit http://www.zillow.com/research/mortgage-app-index-part-one-7016/.

Below are current rates for 30-year fixed mortgages by state. Additional states' rates are available at: http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates.

Current Last Week's
30-Year 30-Year Change in
State Fixed Rate Fixed Rate Basis
(09/23/14) (09/16/14) Points
California Mortgage Rates 4.13% 4.18% -5
Colorado Mortgage Rates 4.06% 4.17% -11
Florida Mortgage Rates 4.11% 4.19% -8
Illinois Mortgage Rates 4.22% 4.20% +2
Massachusetts Mortgage Rates 4.21% 4.26% -5
New Jersey Mortgage Rates 4.10% 4.14% -4
New York Mortgage Rates 4.27% 4.28% -1
Pennsylvania Mortgage Rates 4.10% 4.19% -9
Texas Mortgage Rates 4.12% 4.18% -6
Washington Mortgage Rates 4.11% 4.15% -4

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