30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Up From 19-Month Low; Current Rate is 3.73%, According to Zillow Mortgage Rate Ticker

SEATTLE, Dec. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow® Mortgages is currently 3.73 percent, up seven basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose early in the week, then hovered around 3.73 for the remainder of the week.

"Rates moved slightly higher last week, retreating from the 19-month lows recorded the previous week," said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. "We expect mortgage rates to remain flat this week as lenders and consumers focus on the holiday."

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 2.96 percent, while the rate for a 5-1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is 2.85 percent.

Purchase Mortgage Application Activity

Zillow predicts tomorrow's seasonally adjusted Mortgage Bankers Association Weekly Application Index will show purchase loan activity increased by 7 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.

State Current
Fixed Rate
Last Week's
Fixed Rate
Change in
California Mortgage Rates 3.73% 3.67% +6
Colorado Mortgage Rates 3.69% 3.61% +8
Florida Mortgage Rates 3.72% 3.66% +6
Illinois Mortgage Rates 3.73% 3.64% +9
Massachusetts Mortgage Rates 3.72% 3.68% +4
New Jersey Mortgage Rates 3.75% 3.68% +7
New York Mortgage Rates 3.75% 3.67% +8
Pennsylvania Mortgage Rates 3.72% 3.65% +7
Texas Mortgage Rates 3.72% 3.67% +5
Washington Mortgage Rates 3.68% 3.67% +1

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