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Mortgage rates ease
Average rates for 15-year, 30-year fixed, and ARM loans fall; 30-year at 5.98%.
August 26, 2004: 4:45 PM EDT

Mortgage Rates
30 yr fixed 4.45%
15 yr fixed 3.89%
5/1 ARM 4.19%
30 yr refi 4.45%
15 yr refi 3.88%

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Rates provided by Bankrate.com.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Mortgage rates eased the week ended Aug. 24, with the average 30-year fixed mortgage pulling back modestly to a 5.98 percent average, down from 6 percent the week prior.

"It is not uncommon to see lower or fairly steady mortgage rates as we approach the end of summer," said Arthur Shaboul, manager of loan products research at Informa Research Services, Inc.

The benchmark mortgage rate stood at 6.17 percent a month earlier, according to Informa Research Services, and had a range of 5.44 percent to 7.12 percent for the week ended Aug. 24.

Weekly rates information
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Mortgage rates ease
Credit card rates flatten
Savings rates steady

The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate slipped an average of 5.36 percent, down slightly from 5.4 percent the previous week, with a range of 4.69 percent to 6.99 percent. Rates stood at 5.58 percent a month earlier.

Adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) dipped to a 4.71 percent average from 4.77 percent the week prior, with a range of 2.99 percent to 7.09 percent. ARM rates stood at 4.83 percent a month earlier.

Below are the rates for three key mortgage products from five top national mortgage lenders. You can compare rates from more institutions with the rate-search tool above.

MORTGAGES: *TOP NATIONAL LENDERS
As of August 24, 2004
  15 Yr Conforming 30 Yr Conforming 1 Yr Adjustable
Institution Rate APR Pts Rate APR Pts Rate APR Pts
Washington Mutual 5.250 5.351 0.125 6.125 6.183 0.000 4.500 4.878 0.000
Wells Fargo 5.250 5.403 0.500 5.875 5.900 0.000 5.625 4.877 0.000
Bank of America 5.250 5.483 0.270 6.000 6.142 0.098 5.250 4.811 0.002
Countrywide 5.500 5.559 0.000 6.000 6.060 0.250 3.500 4.932 0.000
National City Mortgage 5.375 5.603 0.000 6.125 6.244 0.000 3.500 4.847 1.000
Mortgage rates are based on a purchase of a single family, owner occupied residence requiring 20% down payment. Conforming loan amount up to $333,700, Jumbo up to $650,000.
*Top National Lenders based by $ amount funded.
Source: Informa Research Services, Inc., 800-848-0218. © 2004. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form without express written consent of Informa Research Services, Inc.

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